Professional development conference and networking opportunities

The fifth annual Community Learning Conference on Friday, Sept. 14, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Headquarters Library, is a professional development conference and networking opportunity for anyone interested in the success of non-traditional clients and students and the programs serving them. Everyone is welcome. There is no cost to attend the conference at 401 E. University Avenue, in Meeting Room A.

Each year topics are presented for paid staff at schools, libraries, human services agencies and faith-based organizations interested in the success of non-traditional learners and clients. This Community Learning Conference includes two presentations:

Laying a Foundation for Learning and Life: The Impact of Early Trauma and a Trust-based Approach to Healing  - The Pearl Project of Ocala will share insights regarding how early trauma can impact brain development and will introduce Trust-Based Relational Intervention, a particularly effective intervention developed by the Texas Christian University Center for Child Development.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) as a Community Benefit Meridian Behavioral Healthcare will share a preview of Mental Health First Aid training, which helps community organizations recognize and respond to a person experiencing symptoms of mental illness. The presenter will also answer questions about working with people living in homelessness with mental health and/or substance use disorders.

To reserve space or for more information about the conference, please contact Alachua County Library District Literacy Coordinator Theresa Sterling at or (352) 334-3929.

Posted by NickieK on August 22, 2018