SEPTEMBER 28, 2021 – 4:30 to 8:30 PM (Eastern Time)

NEW PALESTINE INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL   5613 W 200 S, New Palestine, IN 46163 
Enter Door #9

Anxiety, Social Media, Grief and Loss, Depression/Suicide, Vaping/Smoking, Substance Misuse, Self-Regulation and Mind-Body Medicine.  A Q&A Session will be offered at the end of the evening. All presenters will be in one room to answer any questions.

INFORMATION BOOTHS and Dinner Provided.  Come visit each information booth and learn about what services are available in and around Hancock County.

HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT Simulation of a teenager’s bedroom: designed to educate parents/guardians on what can be found in their teenager’s room at home.  There will be clothing with pro-drug messages that some may not know are pro-drug messages, many items with stash compartments, clothing with stash pockets, everyday items that may be used to consume alcohol or another drug, and hidden vape devices.  Not all teenagers are using these items, but we are working to educate as many adults as possible to the possibilities.  Alcohol and drug use is a real thing among our teenagers.  Our usage rates are low compared to many communities around the country, but there is still teen usage happening here.  Visit our simulation so you can be aware of the many items that can be used to fool parents.  This room is an ADULTS ONLY simulation.

Mental health topics addressed through Rise Above It 


Topics Addressed

 Addiction – A discussion about addictive disorders from experimental use to full blown dependency. Why the drugs aren’t the issue and why treatment failures are common place. The how’s and why’s of treatment and mutual help groups.

Self-regulation – My Brain Does What? Understanding My Response to Stress: Everyday life can bring both incredible joy and significant challenges. In this session, you will learn about your upstairs brain and downstairs brain and how they function to support you in times of health and times of stress. You will leave with a better understanding of why we “flip our lid,” as well as ways to support your regulation needs and the regulation needs of others.

Anxiety – Ways to make it work for you and when to seek help.

Mind-Body Medicine – Scientifically proven stress reduction methods through The Center for Mind-Body Medicine. An intro to learn how to help yourself and those you care about through the integration of mind-body skills to help regulate emotions, improve focus and resilience.

Depression and Suicide – Depression looks differently across the lifespan and this session will focus on identifying variances in depression-related symptoms in children, adolescents, and adults. Suicide risks, warning signs and the impact of suicide and grief will be addressed as well as practical next steps for seeking professional assistance and treatment.

Grief and Loss – Right now, during this time of pandemic, we have all lost things that are important to us—our normal way of living, a feeling of security, and the normalcy of our lives the way we lived them pre-COVID-19. We miss our friends, we miss our plans, we miss the events and outings we so enjoyed with one another. In addition to these everyday losses, we may also have had heartbreaking losses like the death of a loved one, the loss of a home, or the disappearance of a fulfilling job or volunteer role. Collectively, we have a lot to grieve. Luckily, there is a way to understand why we grieve and discover simple things that can help us grieve in a health way. Join us for this workshop to learn some basics of self-care as we grieve. 

Social Media – Target: How Predators use technology to groom children- Technology changes all the time, and children are constantly finding the newest websites, apps and gadgets. It’s vital they learn the rules of Internet safety so they can use technology responsibly. The information provided will assist parents, community leaders, educators and youth group leaders in understanding the online challenges children face, and suggest some tips for both children and adults to navigate the online world.  This personal safety information focuses on information gathered from the Indiana State Police (ISP) and Indiana Crimes against Children Task Force (ICAC) Task Force.

Vaping and Smoking – Please join the Hancock County Tobacco Free Coalition for a powerful community conversation about the youth vaping epidemic affecting our youth in Hancock County and beyond. E-cigarettes and vaping products are the number one drug of choice among youth across our country today. Our goal is to educate and empower our youth, parents, and community about this issue and to work together to raise awareness and provide resources to help.

Presenter Bio's


Kevin Minnick is a Licensed Mental Health and Clinical Addiction Counselor, Behavioral Health Probation Officer, and Court Treatment Specialist for Hancock County Courts. He has 30 years as a substance use and addiction professional. He is the SMART Recovery Chair for Regional Coordinators and Facilitators for US and Canada. He is a Former Board member of Neighborhoods Against Substance Abuse and Mental Health Partners.



Brad Dobson has been a licensed mental health and clinical addictions counselor since 2011 and a pastoral counselor since 2015. His experience includes work with drug court, community mental health, college counseling, private practice, adjunct undergraduate and graduate teaching. His areas of expertise include chemical addictions, grief and loss, mood disorders, young adult issues, suicide assessment, and faith exploration. You can find him at Providence Behavioral Group in Fortville.

Dr. Lani Jones is a licensed clinical psychologist, early intervention provider, and co-owner of Providence Behavioral Group. Her areas of expertise include the assessment and treatment of neurodevelopmental disabilities, such as Autism and ADHD, in addition to challenging behaviors, feeding difficulties, and mood disorders. She also conducts therapy with children, adolescents, and adults. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology with a concentration in children and adolescents from the University of Indianapolis.



Brandee Bastin has served as the Coordinator of the Hancock County Tobacco-Free Coalition since its May of 2002 and is the Tobacco Initiative Coordinator at Hancock Regional Hospital. She holds the Tobacco Treatment Specialist (TTS) accreditation from the Mayo Clinic. She coordinates youth tobacco prevention programs, sponsors the VOICE youth tobacco free advocacy movement, coordinates tobacco cessation programs, assists workplaces and communities with tobacco-free policy, including one of the only comprehensive smoke-free workplace laws in Indiana in Hancock County. Brandee holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication from the University of Evansville and a Master of Arts degree in Adult and Community Education from Ball State University.

Sergeant Christine Rapp Began working for the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department in January 1989. 10 years later she was assigned to teach D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education). She became a certified SRO (School Resource Officer) in 2000 and was then assigned the Community Relations Officer role in 2004. Chris became a mentor for D.A.R.E. Indiana in 2003 which allowed her to train other police officers to become D.A.R.E. instructors. She currently serves as the D.A.R.E. Indiana State Coordinator. Chris works with many agencies and businesses within Hancock county and serves on the board of directors for both NASA (Neighborhoods Against Substance Abuse) and The Boys & Girls Club of Hancock County.


Grief and Loss 

Katherine Murray is the chaplain and bereavement coordinator at Hancock Regional Hospice. She is also a clinical health coach and the facilitator of the mindfulness and guided imagery groups offered through Hancock Health. Katherine believes we can improve our sense of well-being and reduce stress in our lives by learning to support ourselves kindly as body, mind, and spirit.



Jennifer Luchtefeld Graduated from Indiana University with a Master’s Degree in Social Work in 2000.  Since then she has been working with families and children in a variety of contexts.  She enjoys seeing people build strength and resilience, and face life with courage, kindness and self-love. 


Social Media 

Stephanie Nancarrow received a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from IUPUI in Indianapolis. Stephanie worked at the Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS) as an assessment Family Case Manager for 5 years specializing in sexual abuse cases during her later years. Stephanie is now a Youth Educator with the Indiana State Police and ICAC Task Force educating youth on social media safety


My Brain Does What? Understanding My Response to Stress 

Alli Chance is a TBRI (Trust Based Relational Intervention) Practitioner with HopeAlight LLC. She spent the first 11 years of her career with Center Grove Community Schools, where she was a special education teacher and most recently the Director of Special Education. Alli earned her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary and Special Education, along with her Master’s degree in Special Education and Administration from Ball State University. Alli also graduated from The University of Indianapolis, where she earned her MBA in Educational Leadership. 


Mind-Body Medicine 

Laura Baker is the Congregational Network Navigator. With 20 years of experience working in social services, she has a strong passion for helping people feel loved by connecting people to a church community. Through her volunteer experience with her church’s mental health ministry, she has supported and seen many lives changed through the benefit of a loving church family. She also has a passion for the whole-body approach to wellness: spiritual, mental and physical.



Rise Above It Registration

Please call the Healthy365 Connection Center office at 317-468-4231 or email us at healthy365@hancockregional.org if you have any questions about the online form. All the information you provide is strictly confidential.

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