Professional Training Conferences

Criminology Related Conferences for professionals who work with trauma, anger, and other high risk behaviors.

Trainings and Conferences for Professionals and Communities

Magestro has written and created over 91 different professional trainings based on her unique blend of professional experiences. As a criminologist, interventionist, and teacher, she has the pulse of the reality many high- risk youth and families are facing. She has walked along side hundreds of youth and families as they navigate troubled waters. She stays close until the youth and family have made it to the other side. Seeing youth change the trajectory of their lives is one of her greatest joys. Susan works intimately with trauma; with young people, adults, and professionals. She knows the toll all this takes on all those she works with and is also trained and licensed as a yoga instructor (RYT 200) with a focus on trauma sensitive strategies to de-escalate and restore. Susan weaves strategies into her trainings to assist professional first responders and front liners to address their own compassion fatigue and secondary trauma. Her hands -on tools and strategies allow professionals to enthusiastically take new, ready to use strategies with them.

Her “Callouts” have revolved around youth and families. For Susan, the age of “youth” has rose to 30 years old, as more adult children are living at home or returning home to live with their families. Her “Family Consults” have included interventions and navigations with parents, youth, the legal system, the mental health system, etc. Severe anger is almost always present. Susan stabilizes the situation and often brings in additional professional support. Her “Number One” “call out is domestic violence,” with the youth being the abuser and parent being the victim. Over years, her cases have included homicides, attempted murders, assaults, school shootings, kidnapping, children placed into cults, crimes on social media, along with many others. Susan has worked in Alaska’s prisons since the mid 1990’s, re-integrating incarcerated parents with their children and accepting re-considerations of sentencing. While some of her work has been in Alaska, many cases have taken her throughout the contiguous states and Central America.

The Anger Wheel” is a tool which allows individuals or small groups to communicate and organize the many facets and layers of anger and rage. It allows the user to de-escalate themselves and others. The Anger Wheel is presently implemented across the United States by:

  • children of incarcerated parents
  • school districts and classroom teachers, counselors, with students
  • parents with children diagnosed with autism
  • parents with at-risk youth

Gradations of Anger: Tool allows professionals to explore patterns of anger.
Reality Visualization: Strategy and tool to teach youth and adults how to de-escalate anger. This concept uses a copy of visualization and breathing techniques.
Recipe for Disaster: Template for professionals to analyze and communicate detailed and observable behaviors.

Sue: Strategies and Tools to Move Forward from the Effects of Trauma to Youth and Families, Front Liners: Template to Record and Share Behavioral Observations with Wrap Around Professionals in the Youth’s / Family’s Life

Susan Magestro provides a series of trainings and conferences for professionals working with high risk youth and families

Target audiences include: educators, counselors, administrators, school and hospital nurses, social workers, law enforcement, fire fighters, licensed professional counselors, therapists, nurse practitioners, and physicians assistants, social workers, attorneys, judges, medical community, probation / parole office, corrections professionals and any other professionals working with high risk youth / young adults and their families

Topics include:

I. School Shooters: Averting the Tragedy
II. Tragedy Raging From Within: Angry Youth / Angry Adults
III. Voices of Children of Incarcerated Parents
IV. Moving Forward: Effects of Trauma and Mental Health on Youth and Families

School Shooters: Averting the Tragedy

Susan has presented this topic as a keynote speakers in San Diego at a national fire fighters conference Drawn to the Flames, to the International Rights of the Children Conference in Orlando.

Topics include:

  • Becoming familiar with the identifable warning signs of potential violence in schools and learn varied strategies to take action prior to the violence to avert a tragedy.
  • Exploring strategies and methods of changing the trajectory of the domains of the youth’s life, thus reducing violence.
  • Understanding how to navigate lack of reality base, bullying, threat assessment, trauma, emotional stunting, and leakage. 
Obtaining hands-on tools to determine patterns in order to de-escalate anger and build connectedness with youth who are isolated and privately imploding.
  • Observing how a school shooter plots, escalates, and carries out their plot so tragedy can be averted.
  • Reviewing diaries, plans, and strategies used by school shooters from 
Columbine to the present.

Topics also include:

  • Who’s Running the House?
  • Paradigm Shift and Reality of Today’s Youth: Disconnectedness, Entitled, and lack of empathy
  • Effects of Social Media and video games as it relates to school shootings
  • Are youth “master maskers” or Can Parents Gain reality about their child?
  • Imploding verses Exploding Behaviors and how to de-escalate both

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Tragedy Raging From Within: Angry Youth / Angry Adults

Raging Youth and Adults

  • Why are we seeing more anger in youth and adults today?
  • What is the origin of this anger?
  • What can professionals do to de-escalate anger? (Strategies and Tools)
  • Professionals will learn how to pattern rage and anger.
  • What to look for in Oppositional Defiant Disorder and Conduct Disorder.
  • Techniques for professionals and parents to implement in turning behaviors.
  • Lack of motivation / Failure to Launch

Navigating the “other domestic violence”: violent teen abuser / parents as victims

  • What does this look like?
  • How does this happen?
  • Why is this kept a secret?
  • Is there an increase in the number of parents afraid of their children?
  • Why does there appear to be an increase in children harming their parents?
  • What should professionals do when a parent comes to them about their violent teen at home?

Dating Violence:

  • What are the signs of dating violence?
  • Teaching young people how to identify potential traits of domestic violence when they are dating
  • How can we as professionals identify dating violence?
  • What can parents do to prevent their children from experiencing dating violence?
  • How do we teach our children about the stages of dating violence?
  • How to get a victim out of an escalating violent dating situation?
  • What do we tell teens about how to help their friends involved in a dating violence experience?

School and Workplace Violence

  • Learning to identify “lack of reality” and how to work with a youth or parent who appears “detached”.
  • How to Use the Anger Wheel
  • Simulation experience using the Anger Wheel
  • How to gradate anger to identify patterns of responses to anger

Voices of Children of Incarcerated Parents

  • Inter-generational Incarceration: How to stop it
  • Considerations for families concerned about parental incarceration
  • The Relationship I Have with My Child Today
  • Through My Child’s Eyes
  • No Matter Where I Am, I Am Still the Parent
  • Understanding My Child’s Anger
  • Making Initial Contact
  • My Child’s Life, Where Do I Fit In?
  • Resiliency: Helping My Child Overcome Adversity
  • Reintegrating Incarcerated Parent Back Into My The new Family After Re-Entry, How Will That Look?
  • Disappointment Is Inevitable
  • Implementing the change for Re-Entry
  • How to get a child or teen ready for a visit to a prison to see their parent
  • What is the impact of the parent’s release on their child
  • What is the reality the parent will return to jail
  • A youth’s lack of respect towards authority and law enforcement as a result of their parent’s incarceration
  • How to address the fear each family member has about how to reconnect (Initial Contact after estrangement and Initial Contact when you walk in the door the first time)
  • How does a newly released or incarcerated parent navigate through their child’s anger, even if their child is an adult upon their release
  • How does a newly released parent reconcile that another man is stepping into the father role, either as step-father or boyfriend/
  • “The best gift you can give your child is to be respectful to your child’s mother” (SM) For many, this is the hardest piece until they see the importance this dynamic can have in changing the flow of the family
  • No matter where I am, I am the parent. I am not their
  • What does an incarcerated parent and child talk about during the visit? Keep it real or make talk about with your child during the visit
  • Purpose of the visit for the child and the adult
  • Should conversations be based on reality vs. keeping things calm
  • The “happy always syndrome”
  • How is the child feeling
  • What is happening in the child’s life
  • Answer questions the child has (Are you going to use drugs again?)
  • **No paint, markers, glitter pictures mailed now
  • Only colored pencils
  • Many of the children are angry
  • (Imploding or Exploding)
  • Teach their child everyone gets angry, it’s how we handle anger that will set us apart
  • Growing Up with an Incarcerated Parent
  • Youth continues to be “amped up” after the visit. Who do they de-brief with?
  • Stigma-
  • Do I tell where I went this weekend?
  • What will adults think of me when they know my parent is in prison?
  • What will my peers think of me when they know my parent is in prison?
  • Will other parents let their kids play with me?
  • Understanding Anger

Moving Forward: Effects of Trauma and Mental Health on Youth and Families

  • Professionals will learn how to “walk along–side” youth and families experiencing chronic, complex, or generational trauma
  • Exploration of types of trauma
  • Somatization and ways to address this
  • How trauma presents
  • Shifting how we look at a youth with trauma
  • Resiliency Overcoming Adversity
  • Strategies to use with a youth or adult in trauma
  • Staying connected during trauma
  • Empowering a youth or adult in trauma
  • How to set up safety nets for a person in trauma
  • Turning dreaming into reality
  • Effects of trauma on behavior, social currency, family dynamics, and academic achievement with youth in trauma
  • Interventions for youth and adults in trauma
  • Resiliency Strategies and Difficult Decision Making
  • Playing the Hand of Adversity and vulnerability
  • Impact of social media and cyber-bullying on youth