Community Learning Conference is September 14 at Headquarters Library

August 15, 2018
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Alachua County Library District invites the public to attend its fifth annual Community Learning Conference on Friday, Sept. 14, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Headquarters Library. This professional development conference and networking opportunity is for anyone interested in the success of non-traditional students and the programs serving them. 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 – and Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) as a Community Benefit - Meridian Behavioral Healthcare, Inc.

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.


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. Please visit the Library District’s eBranch for additional information.




If a person with a disability needs an accommodation in order to participate in this event he or she is entitled, at no cost to him or her, to the provision of certain assistance.  Please contact the Alachua County Library District at 352-334-3910 at least three (3) days prior to the event.  TTY users please call 711 (Florida Relay Service). 



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