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Symposium on Youth and Career Fair

The symposium presents a collaborative effort among MCC students and human service professionals working to enhance the lives of Rochester youths. The free, student-run event will bring students, experts and agency personnel together to create ideas for working together on the important issues facing this community.

8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 24
Damon City Campus, Monroe Community College, 228 East Main St.

All students and faculty are welcome to attend.
Mail or fax a registration form (see attached) by April 16.
For more information, call 262-1633.

The symposium is designed to interest students in human service, law and criminal justice, and teacher education. Each field needs professionals who are aware of current issues and are prepared to meet the challenges faced by Rochester's youths.

The event features a keynote address from Threshold’s Director Phil Yawman and their Prevention Services Director Carmen Wiriyagale, morning and afternoon workshops, and a roundtable session with more than a dozen agencies who will talk about careers in counseling of chemical dependency and other forms, criminal justice, early childhood, education, and human services.

Workshops include:
“Identifying Learning and Behavioral Disorders in Children”
Wanda Willard, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychology at MCC, will outline behavioral characteristics, symptomology and key assessment techniques used by school systems to diagnose learning and behavior disorders including attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, learning disabilities and emotional disturbance.

“Bullying: Putting a Stop to Cruelty”
Elizabeth Meeker, Psy.D., Program Manager for Youth Emergency Services (YES) and The Consortium on Trauma, Illness & Grief in Schools (TIG), will discuss how bullying is far more than a childhood rite of passage. Bullying is violence. It can range from a glaring stare to a physical attack, from gossiping to brandishing a weapon. The cost of cruelty for victims, bullies, bystanders and society are substantial. When addressed as a community-wide issue, well-targeted education programs and strategies are very effective in stopping this behavior. Participants will learn about the prevalence and costs of bullying as well as intervention that works.

“Poisoning Our Children”
Glenny Williams and Ralph Spezio from the Coalition to Prevent Lead Poisoning in Rochester/Monroe County by 2010, will discuss the efforts of the coalition and will provide insight on the devastating effect that lead has on children’s health and well-being. Learn about what is being done to address this serious issue in our community.
“Grief and Loss – Creating a Responsive School Culture”
Bonnie Rubenstein, Director of Guidance and Counseling for the Rochester City Schools, will discuss how the issues of grief and loss impact school culture and student learning. Presented in this workshop will be symptoms and stages of grief, and information on providing support during times when a school’s students and staff are impacted by grief and loss.

“The Thing about Adolescent Drug Use”
Gary Burdett, CSW, Clinical Supervisor at Hillside Children’s Center Halpern Day Treatment Program, will discuss a number of issues related to adolescent drug use. His presentation will include insights into “what users tell us.” He will explore the impact drug use has on the family and will explain dual diagnoses treatment interventions with adolescents.

Paula Fahy
Human Service