Whitman hosts Walla Walla Valley Violence Prevention Conference
Monday, Mar 26, 2012
Dr. Vincent Felitti
The second annual Walla Walla Valley Violence Prevention Conference, titled “Stop Violence Now – For Yourself, Your Family, Our Community,” takes place March 26-27 on the Whitman College campus.
The conference, which includes a keynote speaker and number of workshops and panels on violence prevention in the community, is free and open to the public, with registration. For a complete schedule, click here.
It opens with a keynote speech by Dr. Vincent Felitti, a leading physician noted for his research into the ties between childhood trauma and problems in later life. A clinical professor of medicine at the University of California San Diego, his talk is titled “Adverse Childhood Experiences: Understanding the Links Between Violence and Illness.”
Tuesday, March 27 features a full day of workshops, panels and presentations. Registration takes place at Reid Campus Center at 8 a.m., and events begin at 8:45 a.m. and extend to 5 p.m. Participants must register to attend the conference. Topics range from cyber bulling and gang violence to holistic health strategies, such as good nutrition, exercise and meditation.
A highlight presentation of the conference will be delivered by Robert Crutchfield, professor of sociology at the University of Washington, who will discuss “What Makes a Delinquent” at 10 a.m. in Sherwood 222.
Concluding the conference is a Family Night at St. Patrick Church, featuring former NFL linebacker Allyn Griffin. Door prizes, a free dinner, free child care, transportation and Spanish interpretation will be available. Discussion topics include calming strategies, how to be strong and stay strong, raising health boys and more.
For more information or to register for the conference online, visit the Walla Walla Valley Violence Prevention Coalition website.