14th Annual Keeping Children Safe Conference
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14th Annual Keeping Children Safe Conference

Registration NOW OPEN-- REGISTER HERE!  

The Governor's Task Force on Children at Risk is pleased to welcome Laura van Dernoot Lipsky, founder and director of the Trauma Stewardship Institute and author of Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others.  

At age 18, she regularly spent nights volunteering in a homeless shelter. From there, she went on to work with survivors of child abuse, domestic violence, sexual assault, acute trauma, and natural disasters. Simultaneously, she has been active in community organizing and movements for social and environmental justice and has taught on issues surrounding systematic oppression and liberation theory.

Over a decade ago Laura experienced what she calls a near-psychotic break. It was the result of years of witnessing and being intimately involved in trauma without tending to herself in the necessary ways. After that, she began a journey of inquiry into the lasting effects on individuals and groups of exposure to the suffering, hardship, crisis, or trauma experienced by humans, other living beings, or the planet itself. She offered her first version of a workshop on trauma stewardship to a group of public health workers in 1999. Since then, she has trained a wide variety of people, including zookeepers and reconstruction workers in post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans, community organizers and health care providers in Japan, U.S. Air Force pilots, Canadian firefighters, public school teachers, and private practice doctors. She has worked locally, nationally, and internationally. Laura is known as a pioneer in the field of trauma exposure.

A plated lunch will be served during the conference and participants will be allowed ample time to network with others.  

Conference participants may pick up their packets starting at 7:30 AM on the day of the event.  A light breakfast will be available.  The conference will start at 8:30 AM.  

Overnight guests can receive a discounted rate by mentioning Keeping Children Safe Conference when making hotel reservations.  Deadline for this special rate is October 2.  

A Certificate of Attendance will be given to those who attend.  CLEs and POST credits are pending at this time.

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General conference information is available on the registration page.

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IMPORTANT SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION: This free event is hosted annually by the Governor's Task Force on Children at Risk.  Limited scholarships for travel and lodging is available on a first come, first serve basis.  To request a scholarship you must submit an email with subject line "scholarship request" to Mindy Peper at mindy@idcartf.org and it must include your name, your agency, contact information, what you are requesting scholarship funding for (travel, lodging, or both), and approximate roundtrip mileage or approximate airfare.  Scholarships will only be granted for a one-night stay, additional nights will need to be covered by your agency.  With agencies requesting to send more than one person, double-occupancy is preferred as well as carpooling.  Rooms must be secured with a personal or agency credit card.  Those who are approved for a scholarship and who show up will have their room charges transferred to the conference rooming list.  If you do not show or cancel within allotted time, your card will be charged for a one-night stay.