MT. VERNON — The 20th Annual Kids, Courts, Schools What Works conference will be held Oct. 3.
The annual event is sponsored by the 2nd Judicial Circuit Youth Council. The one day conference offers information, insight and continuing education credits for those involved in education, prevention, intervention, treatment and accountability for youth offenders and children at risk for abuse, neglect or delinquency.
"The primary purpose of this conference is to provide prevention and treatment specialists, child welfare workers, juvenile justice professionals, foster parents, educators and other interested individuals with the latest and best information and practical tools with which to improve the lives of Southern Illinois children by protecting them from neglect or physical or emotional harm, preventing them from developing emotional or substance abuse issues or delinquent behavior and holding them accountable for destructive behavior with proven recidivism-reducing measures," information about the conference states.
The conference will be held at the Rend Lake Resort and Conference Center, with registration being held from 7:30 to 8:15 a.m., when opening remarks will begin. The first session will start at 8:45 a.m. and the conference concludes at 4 p.m.
The welcome and introductions will be made by Chief Judge Stephen G. Sawyer.
Breakout session speakers and topics are: The Ivory Wave Tsunami: Synthetic Drugs of Abuse by Bruce Talbot; School Bullying and the Effects by Michelle Arnold; Zero Tolerance & Graduated Driver License Program by Missy Collins; IL State Model Domestic Violence Protocol training with the FVCC Training Team; School Violence the Power of Preparedness with Dr. Tina Brookes; Restorative Justice Practices in Schools and Community with Sally Wolf and Priss Parmenter; Working and Understanding Youth and Families of Poverty/Generational Poverty with D. Marie Goff; Schools Respond to Family Violence Project by the SRFVP Team; Trauma Informed at Your Agency and in the Community by Anne Studzinski and Michelle Arnold; Self Mutilation, The Why and What to Do by Gary Lemon and Sarah Usery; The Effects of Truancy on the Child, Schools and Communities by Ron Daniels and Kari Docherty; Juvenile Law Hot Topics by Judge Mark Stanley; Effective Community Based Alternatives to Detention in Illinois by Judge J. Ben Roe, Jeff Bradley, Justin Hood and JDAI Site Representatives; Digital Natives What We Need to Know About Kids Technology — Cell Phones, Texting, Internet, Social Networking by Hugh "Butch" Wilson; Engaging Parents for the Road Ahead by Cathy Ile; Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services Evidence of Effectiveness by Robert Studley III; and How to Reduce Underage Drinking in Your Community by Jody Hanisch.
Registration is available online at www.illinoissecondcircuit.info.com or by contacting Robin Dodd at 204-5075.
Continuing education credits are available for foster parents, LCSW/LSW, LPC/LCPC and alcohol and drug counselors. MCLE hours are available for attorneys, MTU hours for law enforcement and CPDU hours for educators.
The conference registration of $55 includes breakfast, lunch, handouts and door prizes. Special rates are available for students, interns, law enforcement and foster parents.