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Registration Opens for April Conference
on Adolescents and Families

RELEASED: Jan. 29, 2008

EAU CLAIRE — "Taking Action to Strengthen Relationships in our Families, Schools and Communities" is the theme of the 20th anniversary Adolescents and Families Conference.

The conference, sponsored by University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Continuing Education/UW-Extension, will be held April 17-18 at Heartwood Conference Center and Retreat in Trego.

The conference is designed for guidance counselors, teachers, administrators, social workers, youth counselors, law enforcement and school safety officers, parents, community leaders, and others who work with, nurture and mentor young people.

Conference keynote speaker Trudee Able-Peterson will discuss "Street Outreach Work in Small Urban and Rural Communities." Able-Peterson has 30 years of experience in youth services and has been the coordinator of outreach services for the StreetWorks Collaborative in Minneapolis since 2004. She developed the first street outreach program for sexually exploited homeless youth in New York in 1984. In 2002, she received the Bruce M Vento Distinguished Service Award in recognition of her work toward ending homelessness in Minnesota.

Following are other featured speakers:

  • Brian Weaver, coordinated school health programs consultant and CDC project director, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.
  • Therese Canfield, CESA 11, special education consultant.
  • Deb Ramacher, CESA 11, parent educator and parent of children with disabilities.
  • Tim Wavrunek, coordinator for the Eau Claire County Restorative Justice program.
  • Joe O'Hearn, teacher, Wisconsin Department of Corrections.
  • Dr. Julie Keown-Bomar, family living educator for UW-Extension.
  • Robert Tueteberg, narcotics investigator for the West Central Drug Task Force
  • Chad Holum, Chippewa County Sheriff's Office.
  • Tammy Will and Beth Neverdahl, CESA 11 Head Start school-age parent-family partners.
  • JoAnn Woodhull, prevention specialist for underage drinking and binge drinking, Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indian Tribe.
  • Sgt. Kevin Kontney, primary investigator of computer crimes, Ashland Police Department.
  • Sgt. Robert Moore, school resource officer for the Ashland School District, Ashland Police Department and member of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
  • Mary Barnes, coordinator, Friends of Adoption, Catholic Charities.
  • Jackie Tiller, former AODA/safe and drug-free school consultant for CESA 10; HIV/AIDS educator; and trainer for Second Step, a pre-k-9 violence prevention curriculum.
  • Mary Geissler, family living educator, UW-Extension Chippewa County.
  • Trina Starr, coordinator, Mentoring Children of Promise program.
  • Diane Hofstedt, program manager, Lutheran Social Services Runaway and Youth Services of West Central Wisconsin.

The conference fee is $195 for registrations received by April 2 or $225 for registrations received after April 2. The fee includes instruction, materials, lunch and refreshments both days, dinner April 17 and breakfast April 18. The conference covers Wisconsin Teacher Standards 2 and 10. A one graduate credit option is available for an additional fee.

For additional program information, or to request reasonable accommodations for disabilities, call 715-836-3636/toll-free 866-893-2423, use the Wisconsin Relay System (711), visit Continuing Education Web site or e-mail



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