Speaking

Speaking

Lynn & Jennie Owens are pleased to provide speaking and training about foster care, adoption, parenting and related topics for your organization.

Jennie Owens

Jennie’s work with youth in the Church, her time as a foster parent and adoptive parent give her a unique perspective into both the lives of the children we raise and the difficult work of the mother of adoptive and foster children. Her Past topics have included:

“When Caring Hurts: Compassion Fatigue and Secondary Trauma”: Caring for children who have been abused, neglected or orphaned can take its toll on a parent’s health and well-being and, in turn, on their ability to parent well. In this workshop, participants learn about issues like Compassion Fatigue and Secondary Trauma. We will discuss ways to prevent burnout and to heal from the damage already done by lack of self-care.

“Discipline Strategies for the Wounded Child”: Many of the regular discipline techniques we use with biological children do not work with adopted children or children who have experienced trauma. This workshop will examine ways to help children make good choices while continuing to build our relationship with them – without losing our minds in the process.

“Putting the ‘Fun’ Back into the Dysfunctional”: Many times with wounded children, fun is the first thing to go in families trying to parent them. This workshop discusses ways to purposefully infuse our lives with fun so that we can continue helping our child heal.

“How to Thrive While Parenting the Challenging Child”: Sometimes, while parenting wounded children, our own lives can feel like they are falling apart. This workshop covers areas of self-care necessary to not only survive parenting these children but to thrive while doing it.

“How to Deal With Lying”: Having a child repeatedly lie to you can be one of the most frustrating parts of parenting wounded children. This workshop deals with ways to handle lying without damaging our relationship with the child.

“How Can I Support Foster and Adoptive Families?”: Do you have a friend who has adopted and you would like to know how to help? Have a heart for adoption but don’t feel called to adopt? Want to make a difference? This workshop will help you to find out ways you can support the families called to be adoptive and foster parents. Become a part of this beautiful picture of God’s grace and love in tangible, practical ways.

Lynn Owens

A former house parent, foster parent and youth pastor, Lynn currently serves as a Mental Health Counselor for foster, adoptive children and their families when he is not speaking or training others on how to help those children reach their full potential. He is regularly invited to speak to school teachers and administrators, social service agencies orphan ministries and parent’s groups.  He supervises and trains other therapists in their preparation for serving this population. His previous speaking topics have included:

Healing the Traumatized Brain: Developing a plan for home, school and therapists that actually works. Includes 12 characteristics of parents who make the greatest impact with their children and are still standing and smiling.

Mental Health Issues With Children in Foster Care and Adoption

Adoptive Parent Toolbox: Fun and Effective Interventions to Assist Parents in the Health and Healing of the Adoptive and Foster Child.

Before You Start: Essentials Every parent needs to have in place before the your child comes home.

When Caring Hurts: Compassion Fatigue and Secondary Trauma: Caring for children who have been abused, neglected or orphaned can take its toll on a parent’s health and well-being and, in turn, on their ability to parent well. In this workshop, participants learn about issues like Compassion Fatigue and Secondary Trauma. We will discuss ways to prevent burnout and to heal from the damage already done by lack of self-care.

Healing the Whole Child: Diving into the latest work in nutrition, occupational therapy, neurology, counseling, education and medicine to give our children the greatest chance of success.

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