Conference on Issues that Impact Youth and Families

Written by on October 25, 2013 in News

The Henry County Substance Abuse Coalition is offering a one-day conference focusing on issues that impact youth and families.

Featured keynote speaker, Al Kerns, will share lessons that come from 35 years in the trenches of teaching and coaching young people and working with adults. He was a longtime assistant for football coach Ed Thomas whose football program won state titles and had legendary success during Coach Thomas’s career. A major part of his message comes from the tragedy requiring perseverance a community had to endure following an EF5 tornado in 2008 and an on campus murder of a best friend, Ed Thomas, in 2009. Al has had the opportunity to present to a wide variety of audiences over the years on effective teambuilding, character, and leadership, and overcoming adversity.

The day is filled with a variety of topics including: social networks teens are using, synthetic drugs, co-occurring disorders, building youth resiliency, bullying, ACES Research Study, youth voice and re-integration of military personnel and substance abuse issues.

Conference Objectives:
-Provide attendees with practical, timely and relevant skills and knowledge.
-Offer breakout sessions designed to educate participants on issues affecting today’s youth and families: bullying, co-occurring disorders, synthetic drugs, social networking, Adverse Childhood Experiences Study research.
-Gather strategies to keep youth safe.
-Become familiar with different counseling approaches.

Registration: $40 with an additional $10 fee for CEU’s and CLE’s.
Participants may register online at

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