Protecting Our Children and Youth // Conference and Worship Gathering November 7–9, Omaha, NE

bannerdnconf-updatedsDove’s Nest is thrilled to announce their first ever international conference—“Protecting Our Children and Youth”—taking place November 7–9, 2014, at the Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center on the campus of the University of Nebraska at Omaha. You won’t want to miss this awesome opportunity!

Early bird registration now through Thursday, 10/30 for only $50! (After 10/30, registration is $75. Students are only $25!)

Program Details:

Friday, November 7
7:00 p.m. – Early Arrival Social Gathering/Dinner

Saturday, November 8
8:00 a.m. – Registration
9:00 a.m. – Worship/Opening Remarks – Rev. Dr. Rebecca Zahller McNeil, Child Saving Institute and Dove’s Nest’s Board of Directors
10:00 a.m. – Break
10:30 a.m. – Plenary/Keynote Session – Deondra Brown, The 5 Browns and The Foundation for Survivors of Abuse
12:00 p.m. – Lunch (provided on-site)
1:30 p.m. – Breakout Session A

a. “Why Do You Need a Protection Policy in Your Church?” – Jan Slabaugh, BS Ed, MEd, Dove’s Nest Speaker’s Bureau
b. “Circles of Support and Accountability (COSA) – Ministering to Today’s Lepers and Keeping Children Safe” – Clare Ann Ruth-Hefflebower, DMin
c. “Equipping Pastors to Recognize and Report Abuse” – Melissa Hofsteter, PhD, MDiv, Psychologist
d. “Circle of Grace Curriculum” – Jeanette Harder, PhD, and Marlene Bogard, MA

2:30 p.m. – Break
2:45 p.m. – Breakout Session B

a. “Children, the Peace Position, and Vulnerability to Abuse” – Hilary Scarsella, MDiv, PhD candidate, Vanderbilt University
b. “Introduction to Early Childhood Trauma and Implications for Prevention and Early Intervention” – Kerry Beldin, PhD, University of Nebraska at Omaha
c. “Being Accountable to the Promise to Protect” – Mary Beth Hanus, LCSW, LMHP, Archdiocese of Omaha
d. “Child Abuse and Neglect 101: Reporting and Responding to Child Abuse and Neglect” – Mandy Busch, LMHP, Project Harmony

3:45 p.m. – Break
4:00 p.m. – Roundtable Discussions
6:30 p.m. – Banquet – DoubleTree Suites by Hilton (provided with registration)

Sunday, November 9
9:00 a.m. – Worship/Closing Remarks

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A block of rooms is available for $79 per night single/double at a nearby hotel. Transportation is provided to/from airport and conference site.

Space is very limited, so please, register today!

More details on the Dove’s Nest event page or by following their event page on Facebook.

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