Each year, several community partners rally together to plan a free, multi-day, educational event for professionals in the field of helping and healing. Symposium themes have been identified based on community needs, and specific presentation topics are created by local professionals willing to share their expertise. Themes have included Child Drug Endangerment, Family Violence, and a Community Response to COVID-19. The symposium continues to grow each year, and we anticipate more than 300 people attend this conference annually. Each day of the symposium stands alone to give local agencies the opportunity to send all employees without interrupting services; however, people are invited to attend both days in order to participate in more breakout sessions.
The overarching goals of the symposium are threefold:
- Equip participants with practical tools to use in their respective disciplines.
- Give participants hope that they can – and will – make a difference in the community regarding family wellness and healing.
- Help participants leave with an action plan – things they plan to change or do differently in their respective disciplines to address the issue at hand.