Children’s Conference Focuses on Prevention

The Ohio County Partners in Prevention Team with the Ohio County Family Resource Network will conduct the annual Partners in Prevention Conference from 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at WesBanco Arena in Wheeling.

The workshop is an opportunity for both new and experienced professionals, parents and community members to learn about effective child protection strategies.

The keynote speaker will be Jay Otto, research scientist and managing director for the Center of Health and Safety Culture at Montana State University. He will provide strategies for community members to send positive messages as a way to prevent child maltreatment. “Positive Community Norming” is an approach to improving health and safety in the community by addressing many different audiences throughout the community for the purpose of growing positive norms and thereby improving health and safety. His keynote is interactive, and participants will leave the workshop with concrete ideas about how to communicate ideas in the community.

After the keynote, participants can attend one of three session:

– Darkness to Light, Stewards of Children -Research based child sexual abuse prevention program

– Burnout and Compassion Fatigue

– More than Words: Effectively Communicating with Atypically Developing Children

– Period of Purple Crying – Dispelling the myth of “colic” and education about shaken baby syndrome

– Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: Recognition and Response

– Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse

– Working with Parents with Disabilities

– The Correlation between Domestic Violence, Child Abuse and Animal Abuse

Continuing education credits for law enforcement, social work and counseling have been approved. Credits for STARS, Birth to Three and Domestic Violence Advocate Certification have been applied for. The first 20 parents to register may attend for no cost. There is a fee for professionals. Anyone interested in attending the event may contact Claudia Raymer at for a registration form. The registration deadline has been extended to Nov. 30.