On Thursday, October 24, CREC will host “School Safety: A Focus on Mental Health,” a follow-up conference to CREC’s popular May event: “School Safety: It’s Everybody’s Business.” This conference will highlight key student mental health issues and feature presentations by a variety of education and mental health experts.
CREC’s mission is for each and every student to receive the highest quality education possible. Ensuring the safety and security of students, teachers, and school faculty is integral to that mission. Following the recent, senseless violence in Newtown, the nation’s attention is focused on our schools. This conference will highlight essential resources and solutions to many of the mental health challenges schools are facing.
Keynoting this important event will be Nelba Marquez-Greene, LMFT. Last December, Nelba and her husband Jimmy Greene lost their precious daughter, Ana Grace in the tragic event at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. The Marquez-Greene family has partnered with Klingberg Family Centers to develop “The Ana Grace Project.” The goal of The Ana Grace Project is to promote love, community, and connection for every child and family. “Love wins” is a family slogan they adopted after Ana’s senseless murder. Nelba Marquez-Greene also works for Sandy Hook Promise, a non-profit corporation created by members of the community of Newtown with the goals of helping the community heal and advocating for change locally and nationally.
The conference program also includes presentations by Kevin Creeden, Director of Assessment and Research at the Whitney Academy; William Modzeleski, retired employee of the United States Department of Education; Dr. Jeremy Richman, Founder and CEO of the Avielle Foundation; Dr. Alice Forrester, Executive Director of the Clifford Beers Clinic; Betsy LeBorious, Program Manager for Youth and Family Development at CREC; and a panel discussion from the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI).
Early registration is $85 before October 10. After October 10, registration is $95. The event is open to the public and expected to attract hundreds of attendees. The event is coordinated by CREC’s John J. Allison Polaris Center, and will be held on Thursday, October 24, 2013 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Seating is limited, and registration is required. Visit www.crec.org/safety for more information and to register.