Idaho State Prevention Conference

"The 22nd Annual Idaho State Prevention & Support Conference is a gathering focused on innovation, best practices, collective problem-solving and motivation to most effectively address youth risk behaviors, foster optimal health and realize academic success for Idaho students."

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Opening Keynote Speaker

Dr. James Garbarino

Creating & Sustaining Emotionally Safe Schools
Dr. James GarbarinoProfessionals and parents are paying increasing attention to the need for "anti-bullying programs" in American schools. Yet, the larger issue is creating and maintaining schools that are "emotionally safe." This commits the school to creating a social climate in which bullying, harassment, and emotional violence are inconsistent with the day-to-day norms of students, faculty, staff, and parents. This is made all the more challenging because of the "social toxicity" of contemporary American life. This presentation outlines an ecological perspective on child development and mental health, and shows how this way of looking at child and adolescent development leads to a focus on character education, structures of adult influence, and habits of peer group behavior. All this can improve the social climate both on site in the school and online in the virtual world of today's youth. The presentation includes case studies and strategies for improving emotional safety as a way of preventing violence.

Presenter: Dr. Garbarino is an author, psychologist and expert on violence and children. He earned his BA from St. Lawrence University and his PhD in human development and family studies from Cornell University. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association. Dr. Garbarino serves as a consultant to television, magazine and newspaper reports on children and families, and in 1981 received the Silver Award at the International Film and Television Festival of New York for co-writing Don't Get Stuck There: A Film on Adolescent Abuse. His latest book I Listen to Killers: Lessons Learned from 20 Years as a Psychological Expert Witness in Murder Cases is set to be released in 2015.

Closing Keynote Speaker

Manny Scott

The Power of One
Dr. James GarbarinoManny Scott shares his story and several eye-opening insights of how, through hard work and with the help of others, he went from being an “unreachable” and “unteachable” student to becoming a successful student, husband, father, entrepreneur, and public servant. His message inspires people to become change agents—“Page Turners”—who help others write new, more fulfilling chapters in their lives.

Presenter: By age 16, Manny’s story was almost over: His father was incarcerated, he missed 60-90 days of school annually from 4th to 9th grade, he dropped out of school at age 14, he lived in 26 places by age 16, and his best friend was brutally murdered. Sensing that the end of this life was near, Manny sat down on a park bench, considered how he would make others feel the despair and anger roiling in his soul. He says, “When I look back, I now see what I was headed down a path that would have destroyed me.” That day, on a park bench, Manny Scott turned the page. He returned to school with a new attitude and purpose, and ended up in the back of Erin Gruwell’s English class – a group now known worldwide as the Freedom Writers. Mr. Scot founded Ink International, Inc, an educational consulting team that is preventing thousands of suicides, raising student achievement, and improving teacher effectiveness. He is now happily married, a doting father of three, a successful entrepreneur, a Ph.D. student and one of the nation’s most sought after speakers.

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