Pre-Conference Mental Health Training - Ohio Camp Conference

Addressing Mental Health Issues at Camp

January 23, 2019 10:00am - 3:00pm

Asbury/Albright meeting room

West Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church

32 Wesley Boulevard Worthington, OH



The prevalence of mental health issues at camp continues to rise.  This workshop will focus on addressing mental health concerns of staff and participants so that you will feel better prepared when issues arise.  We will cover topics such as using trauma-informed care when working with campers with anxiety, depression, and chronic stress that can be shared with staff as well as cover strategies for promoting wellness and self-care in camp staff. We will consider wellness and mindfulness as they relate to addressing mental health issues.  Participants can expect to be better prepared and ready to respond to real life mental health issues at camp following this important and informative pre-conference workshop.

Registration deadline January 18, 2019.

Participants of both the ACA, Ohio Addressing Mental Health Issues at Camp pre-conference workshop and the 2019 ACA, Ohio Camp Conference are entitled to a discounted rate for this pre-conference workshop.  To access the discounted rate, register for the 2019 ACA Ohio Camp Conference and add the pre-conference to your registration in the 'Options' portion of the registration process.

Individual 1st Person  Regular Cost: Member $30;       Non-member $50

If attending both OCC, Ohio Camp Conference and the Mental Health Training

Individual 1st Person Regular Cost: Member $20;       Non-member $40


10:00 a.m. Ice breakers

10:30 a.m. Mindful, or Mind full?  Using Mindfulness to Achieve Wellness  

Gina McDowell, Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Participants will learn the definition of mindfulness and how to incorporate techniques into self-care.  Participants will further learn about the domains of wellness and participate in interactive exercises to create a plan for ongoing, personal practice.

Gina Mc Dowell is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and serves as the Clinical Educator for Behavioral Health staff at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.  She is a graduate of The Ohio State University and has worked for Nationwide Children’s Hospital for 4 years.  Gina is also a yoga instructor in the community and incorporates mindfulness exercises into her clinical work. 

12:00 p.m. Lunch

12:45 p.m. Self-care is in the Air: Training Staff About Self-care and Compassion Fatigue

Kristen Capadona, Serious Fun Camps

This presentation is designed to support and train your staff on compassion fatigue and burn out that often comes with caring for others. Strategies will include common signs of burn out and compassion fatigue and how to use self-care to avoid or support overcoming these issues.

Kristen Capadona is the Child Life Specialist at Flying Horse Farms, a cost-free camp for children with serious illnesses and their families. Kristen received her child life certification in 2014 and also currently works in a contingent role as a certified Child Life Specialist at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.  Kristen is an integral part of program adaptability, camper admissions, and psychosocial and medical support for campers and families at Flying Horse Farms. She leads a team of seasonal staff who focus on the critical needs of campers and their families to help them manage the challenges of illness and hospitalization.

1:45 p.m. Activity Break

2:00 p.m. Trauma Responsive Care

Marci Ryan & Thell Robinson, Central Community House

Marci Ryan is a certified trainer through the Tri State Trauma Network and Trauma Responsive Care Program. She is also a member of the Columbus CARE (Community, Action, Resilience, Empowerment) Coalition and serves on the training workgroup for the Coalition. Marci oversees afterschool and summer programs for youth in the Columbus area.

Thell Robinson is a certified trainer through the Tri State Trauma Network and Trauma Responsive Care Program. He is the Founder of Halt Violence that stops violence in central Ohio among gang members and drug dealers.  Thell is the owner of Cashmere Publications in which he published “Goin’ Hard”, “7 Year Bid” and “Test of My Faith”.

3:00 p.m. Adjourn