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23rd Annual Conference “KIDS…COURTS…& SCHOOLS – WHAT WORKS?” Thursday, October 6, 2016 at Rend Lake Resort & Conference Center

The Second Circuit Youth Council (formerly the Juvenile Justice Council), through its Working Group, has planned a one-day conference offering information, insight and continuing education credit for individuals involved with education, prevention, treatment and accountability for children at risk for abuse, neglect or delinquency as well as young offenders.

The conference is also sponsored and supported by the Judges of the Second Judicial Circuit and the Jefferson County Mission Possible Coalition.

The primary purpose of this conference is to provide current and future prevention and treatment specialists, child welfare workers, juvenile justice professionals, guardians ad litem, foster parents, educators and other interested individuals with the latest and best informational and practical tools with which to enhance their effectiveness in improving the lives of Southern Illinois children by helping to protect them from neglect or physical or emotional harm, prevent them from developing emotional or substance abuse issues or delinquent behavior, and holding them accountable for delinquent and destructive behavior with proven recidivism-reducing measures.

Those attending the conference may choose their breakout sessions, each of which will feature presenters recognized for effectiveness in their areas of expertise. Topic titles include:

· Professional Morale and Stress Management

· Synthetic Drug Trends and Kids

· Youth Courts-Making a Difference for Youth in Communities

· Truant and Homeless – The Challenges

· Sippin Sizzrup, Lean Culture, Hip Hop and Promethazine with Codeine

· How to Build Protective Factors in Youth

· The Universal Language–Using Facial Expressions to Determine Immediate Mental State

· At Risk Youth to Successful Adults…The Process of Changing Their Mindset

· Be the Captain of Your Ship: Navigating School Law and Pending Legislation · Your Message, Your Mission Your Audience-Social Networking · You Make a Difference!

· Community Collaborations-We’re Better Together

Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) are also available for foster parents, LSW/LCSW, LPC/LCPC CPDU’s, CLE’s and MTU’s will be available

A showcase will be available. Anyone interested in having a display at the conference should contact Robin Dodd at 618-204-5075.

The registration fee includes breakfast, lunch, handouts, and door prizes in addition to the outstanding sessions. Special rates are available for students, interns, and foster parents. Registration will be available online at

For more information or questions, contact Robin Dodd at 618-204-5075 or [email protected]

ANYONE interested in the problems facing children today will find this conference useful. For up-to-the minute information on kids’ issues and effective responses to their problems, please join your colleagues and fellow workers for children on October 6th at the Kids, Courts and Schools Conference.