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Ninth Annual Child Abuse Prevention Conference Set

WHEELING — The Ohio County Partners in Prevention Team with the Ohio County Family Resource Network will host the ninth annual Partners in Prevention Conference on Friday, Dec. 13 at The Highlands Event Center from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This workshop is a wonderful opportunity for both new and experienced professionals, parents and community members to learn about effective child protection strategies and other topics relating to helping children and families.

The keynote speaker will be Mandi Pierson, an expert on trauma who will be presenting on Complex Trauma and also facilitate a breakout session on how professionals can build better relationships in therapeutic settings. Participants at the keynote will learn about treatments for trauma survivors, self-care strategies, assessing levels of stress and how to respond accordingly. Attendees who select Pierson’s breakout session on building relationships will gain skills in rapport building, conflict resolution, maintaining boundaries and understand how and when to terminate a therapeutic

relationship.

Other breakout sessions include:

∫ Problem Gambling and Gaming – Information on youth problem gambling including prevalence, what it looks like and how to prevent it.

∫ Healthy Grandfamilies – An inside look at the West Virginia State University program for grandparents raising grandchildren including the lessons learned through implementation in West Virginia and how to better meet the needs of grandparents in a parenting role.

∫ LGBTQ 201 – Beyond a basic overview of LGBTQ issues, this session will look closely at what it means to be LGBTQ in 2019 and how to better serve those clients.

∫ Art Making as a Therapeutic Tool – An Art Therapist from UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh will share the benefits of art therapy and the unique ways art therapy helps children meet medical and therapeutic goals.

∫ Child Abuse Prevention for Children with Disabilities – WVU Center for Excellence in Disabilities staff will provide tips, statistics and strategies to use with children with special needs in implementing child abuse prevention programs.

∫ Talk Saves Lives – A presentation for communities about the general scope of suicide, research on prevention, warning signs, and how together, we can prevent it.

Continuing education credits for law enforcement, social work, counseling, STARS, Birth to Three, nursing, are approved. Registration fee is $40 if paid by Nov. 25 or $50 if paid by Dec. 2.

To register visit https://2019pip.eventbrite.com and for more information or to pay by check contact Claudia Raymer at 304-232-5600 or OhioCountyFRN@yahoo.com

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