April 28

Dr. Cathy Hockaday

Developer and Program Manager, Strengthen Families Program: Parents and Youth 10-14
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach

Dr. Cathy Hockaday is a Human Sciences Extension and Outreach Specialist and faculty member of Human Development and Family Studies at Iowa State University. Since 2008, she has served as program manager for the internationally recognized universal prevention program Strengthening Families Program: For Parents and Youth 10-14.

For the past 3 decades, Dr. Hockaday’s focus has been on at-risk youth. Her early work focused on adolescent pregnancy before she moved into the world of substance abuse prevention in 1994. Cathy has been the Co-Principal Investigator for several federal grants totaling over $3.7 million. She has led the evaluation of prevention programs focusing on school success, life skills training, and reducing health related risks such as substance use in children and adolescents. In 2018, Cathy spent a month in Malaysia as a Fulbright Specialist working with their National Anti-Drug Agency evaluating their national approach to substance abuse prevention and intervention.

In recent years, Dr. Hockaday has served as a research consultant to USA Boxing and DEVIDA, Peru’s national anti-drug agency. She has served on national opioid workgroups as well as served as an adolescent health expert for the World Health Organization’s Technical Meeting on Adolescent and Youth Health in the Americas.

In the past 2 years Cathy received the Iowa State University Award for Outstanding Achievement in Extension or Professional Practice and the North Central Region Award for Excellence in Extension. Both of these awards recognized her visionary leadership and accomplishments with the Strengthening Families Program 10-14 globally.

Learning from the Living Room: The Strengthening Families Program For Parents and Youth 10-14

The March 13, 2020 headline read “Ohio likely has 100,000 coronavirus cases”. The Strengthening Families Program: For Parents and Youth 10-14 (SFP 10-14) had already been preparing for pausing the program before the nation’s shutdown. After all, how can you continue to deliver a program that normally brings 10 families together in a room for two hours, sitting inches away from each other, and holding hands during some activities? As it became apparent that COVID-19 was not going to be as temporary as first thought, SFP 10-14 answered the call by adapting to the needs of families by using best practices to deliver a traditionally face-to-face program virtually. Implementing a global program during a pandemic presented challenges but also many great opportunities with families that will continue into the future. The presentation will share the successes and challenges of delivering the number one substance abuse prevention program in the world traditionally, socially distanced face to face, and virtually while maintaining fidelity to the curriculum.

April 29

Dr. Kira Mauseth

Co-Lead Behavioral Health Strike Team
Washington State Dept of Health

Kira Mauseth, Ph.D. Kira is a practicing clinical psychologist who sees patients at Snohomish Psychology Associates in Everett and Edmonds, WA, teaches as a Senior Instructor at Seattle University and serves as a co-lead for the Behavioral Health Strike Team for the WA State Department of Health. She also owns Astrum Health, LLC, and consults with organizations and educational groups about disaster preparedness and resilience building within local communities.

Dr. Mauseth has provided training to community groups and professionals both regionally and abroad as the co-developer of the Health Support Team program. Her work and research focus on disaster behavioral health, resilience, and recovery from trauma as well as small and large-scale critical incident response and preparation for organizations. She has worked abroad extensively with disaster survivors and refugees and has trained first responders and health care workers throughout Puget Sound the United States, and currently serves in the adult mental health clinical seat on Washington State’s Disaster Medical Advisory Committee (DMAC). 

Grief, Loss and Reconnecting with Vitality for Families & Youth

Participants will learn about the ways in which the current experiences of a multi-impact disaster cascade are affecting the ability of parents, educators and other mentors to support children and youth while trying to balance the demands of personal home and family life as well. Special attention will be given to the challenges with informational and emotional processing, as well as the necessity of working through issues of grief, loss and bereavement. Information is provided on best practices related to recovery from crisis, empowerment techniques, and how best to support yourself and others when exhaustion is prevalent.