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Healing Conference Planned

FREDONIA — Hope and Healing Conference of Western New York will be held on Wednesday, June 3, and Thursday, June 4, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. both days at the Williams Center on the campus of the State University of New York at Fredonia, 280 Central Ave. in Fredonia.

The two-day event will include keynote speakers, informational wellness tables, and interactive educational workshops on mental health, chemical dependency and other wellness topics that are available in Chautauqua County and our region.

Hope & Healing of WNY will feature keynote speakers Anne Hazlett, Senior Advisor for Rural Affairs at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, and Jermaine Galloway (aka, “Tall Cop”), a nationally recognized and highly sought-after presenter on drug and alcohol prevention, trends, enforcement and education. Also speaking will be Chautauqua County native, Melissa Pietrkiewicz, a clinical social worker, trauma informed care specialist, and founder of Partners in Kind, a local organization that promotes charitable efforts “to make Chautauqua County whole again.”

Multiple breakout sessions on topics such as social/emotional learning, trauma-informed care, prevention, and harm reduction, are planned for the two-day event in addition to “FRED” Talks, brief and engaging presentations highlighting efforts to bring hope and healing in Chautauqua County.

A call for presentations and workshops is now open. If you would like to nominate yourself or someone else to present during the two-day event, please visit surveymonkey.com/r/HHProposals2020. Proposals are due by March 6, 2020.

Hope and Healing Conference of WNY 2020 Planning Committee Members include Chautauqua County Department of Mental Hygiene, State University of New York at Fredonia, Mental Health Association in Chautauqua County, Prevention Works, HOPE Chautauqua, Community Alliance for Suicide Prevention, Chautauqua Tapestry, Tobacco Free CCA, and other local organizations.

The event is open to the public, and registration is required. Lunch and refreshments for both days is included in the registration fee. Early bird registration is open until April 7, 2020. To register, visit Eventbrite.com and search for the Hope and Healing Conference of WNY.

For more information, please call the Prevention Works office at 664-3608.

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