By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)– The 31st Annual Children’s Network Conference will be Sept. 20 to 21 at the Ontario Convention Center. This conference is one of the Inland Empire’s premier training events for professionals in the fields of social work, mental health, juvenile justice, child development, child welfare, medicine and nursing and is open to the public. Contact Children’s Network at (909) 383-9677 for more information or visit http://hs.sbcounty.gov/CN.The conference will feature a number of sessions for professionals who work with children.
“The 48 workshops at this year’s Children’s Network Conference will highlight topics including early childhood development, child and family welfare, issues affecting teens, education/self-help, father involvement, domestic minor human trafficking, youth suicide prevention, and Trauma Informed Early Intervention ,” said Kathy Turnbull, Network Officer.
The Sept. 20 keynote speaker, Ron Powell, Ph.D., has over 40 years of experience in public education as a special education teacher, consultant, administrator, and adjunct faculty at the University of California, Riverside. As an author, speaker, and expert in the administration of school-based mental health services, Powell has been instrumental in the development of exemplary programs for at-risk youth. Powell consults with school districts, county agencies, and nonprofit organizations to facilitate the adoption of trauma-informed practices that address the emotional and behavioral health needs.
The Sept. 21 keynote speaker, Tim Burns, is an educator and author whose background includes 40 years as a high school teacher, counselor, First Offender Program facilitator, adolescent and family drug-treatment program director, and university instructor. He taught for four years at the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Studies Institute at the University of New Mexico, while serving as program director at St. Vincent Hospital Family Recovery Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Burns authored three books and several resource manuals and curricula. His fourth book, co-authored by James Brown, The Anatomy of Possibility: A Mindful Approach to Integrated Brain, Body and Heart Intelligence, will be published this year.
The Children’s Network of San Bernardino County works to improve the quality of life for children at risk who, because of behavior, abuse, neglect, medical needs, educational assessment, and/or detrimental daily living situations are eligible for services from one or more of the member agencies of the Children’s Policy Council. Children’s Network is doing its part to help the community achieve the Countywide Vision by ensuring residents have the resources they need to provide the necessities of life to their families. Information on the Countywide Vision can be found at www.sbcounty.gov/vision.