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Stories of the Flint Hills

Tuesday, May 11

Instructor: Jim Hoy

The five million acres of the Kansas Flint Hills are the largest intact remnant of tallgrass prairie left in the world. This prairie once covered 170 million acres, stretching from Indiana to central Kansas, from Canada into Texas. A distinctive folk culture has developed here, including the annual burning of last year’s grass (a practice learned from the native inhabitants), a mix of farming and ranching, and a tri-part system of ranching that includes custom graziers, landowners, and cattle owners. It is also a region rich in legends and tales. This talk will feature many of these stories, as well as some of the interesting characters who have come from the Flint Hills. 

Jim Hoy, a native of Cassoday in the central Flint Hills, is Director Emeritus of the Center for Great Plains Studies and Professor Emeritus of English at Emporia State University, where he taught for 45 years.  He has published 18 books, the latest of which is My Flint Hills, issued by the University Press of Kansas in the autumn of 2020. 

Innovations in Conflict Resolution During Covid-19

Friday, May 21

Instructors: Dawn Kuhlman, Anna deDufour and Karlee Naylon

A 2020 study commissioned by M.A.R.C.H. Mediation assessed the effectiveness of virtual mediation via videoconferencing as a supplement to in-person and phone mediation options. Results from party and mediator surveys, qualitative interviews, and administrative data analysis show that the three mediation formats met the needs of different clientele. Parents and mediators chose formats based on preference and case characteristics, and each equally improved parents' ability to communicate post-mediation. These and additional findings may help inform mediators and the broader court ecosystem of the values and limitations of virtual, phone, and in-person mediation. This talk will provide an overview of the study, results, and application of the findings.

Dawn E. Kuhlman, MA is the Executive Director of the state-wide nonprofit mediation program MARCH Mediation. MARCH is funded by a federal grant and provides free mediation and limited scope legal services to eligible families in Missouri. 

Dawn is a respected pioneer in the mediation field and loves to create, challenge, and share ideas. She is the creator of a Trauma Informed Mediation Model and has been engaged in dialogue with mediators throughout the United States regarding the concept of Trauma Informed Mediation. 

Where is Emotion Built and How to Manage it Without Losing Your Mind

Tuesday, May 25

Instructor: Sally King

Emotions have increasingly become the focus of most enlightened Americans in the 21st century. Baby Boomers and younger were born into a post-psychology world. Ironically, despite this increased access and focus on emotions, things haven't fared well. Mental illness disability is at an all time high.  Assumed to be automatic, innate, and often uncontrollable, emotions have become a critical part of our own inner truth. Come learn what neuroscience is saying to this assumption  -- it might surprise you.

Sally King (MSW, LCSW, LSCSW, RYT 200) is a licensed clinical social worker, a specialist in adult and older adult mental health counseling, consulting and yoga in Missouri and Kansas. She has worked since 2001 in the field of community and emergency mental health with adults and seniors. Considered an older adult mental health expert, Sally has provided outreach, education, and project management on behalf of the KU Alzheimer’s Disease Center and Landon Center on Aging. Currently, she maintains a small private practice and is a nationally recognized speaker and trainer specializing in mental health and mindfulness across the adult lifespan. Sally is an authorized Medicare provider in Kansas and Missouri, and has received three professional of the year awards.

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