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CTF encourages you to take advantage of several excellent training opportunities  occurring over the next several months that address a variety of prevention issues and topics.

Missouri KidsFirst is pleased to present a special one-day training event entitled Kids, Critters and Sexual Abuse.  This event will be held at the Doubletree Hotel in Jefferson City on Friday, November 21, 2008.  Phil Arkow, The Link director at the American Humane Association, will teach participants about the emotional significance of pets in the lives of children, and how this bond is often exploited by abusers seeking to coerce and control child victims of domestic violence, child abuse and child sexual abuse.  Please register soon or contact Missouri KidsFirst at (573) 632-4600 for additional information.

The Family Resource Center (FRC) in conjunction with The George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University is sponsoring a half-day evidenced-based practice conference.  The conference, Evidenced Based Practice for Kids: A Roadmap for Preventing Child Maltreatment, will take place Monday, December 1, 2008, 8:00 a.m.-12 noon at the Missouri History Museum located in Forest Park. For more information contact FRC at (314)534-9350 or register online.

The Missouri Coordinated School Health Coalition (MCHSC) is hosting a statewide conference on school health December 4-6, 2008 at the Lodge of the Four Seasons in Lake Ozark.  The conference, Educating the Whole Child, will feature a keynote presentation on December 5 by internationally renowned speaker Linda Chamberlain, Ph.D. Dr. Chamberlain, an epidemiologist specializing in childhood exposure to violence and brain development, is the founding director of the Alaska Family Violence Prevention Project.  The Children’s Trust Fund and Missouri KidsFirst are pleased to co-sponsor this presentation.  

Dr. Linda Chamberlain will also be the featured speaker at a one-day workshop hosted by Burrell Behavioral Health on December 4 at the University Plaza Hotel and Convention Center in Springfield.  During this community event entitled An Integrated Approach to Childhood Exposure to Violence and Implications for Brain Development, Dr. Chamberlain will explore the connection between different forms of family violence and the long-term implications of abuse over the lifespan.  She will present the latest science on adolescent brain development and illustrate the physical, mental, cognitive and behavioral health effects of childhood exposure to violence, including the hidden epidemic of post-traumatic stress disorder.

Celebrating 25 years of service, the Children’s Trust Fund (CTF) invites you to participate in its statewide prevention conference ‘A Generation of Prevention: Lessons Learned & Pathways to the Future’ March 18-20, 2009 at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Jefferson City.  Featured topics include Pathways to Prevention; the economic impact of early childhood education; changing social norms through positive messaging; Strengthening Families and the five protective factors of prevention; management, fund development and grant-writing; the link between child abuse and animal maltreatment; and a special presentation by Darrell Scott, Founder and President of Rachel’s Challenge.  Look for registration information to be available soon via the mail and the CTF website.