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Challenging Poverty's Hold

by Dr. Benton Johnson, II
December 5, 2014
Reg. 8:30 AM, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

St. John United Church of Christ
204 7th Street, Lincoln, Illinois

Description: Children and families living in poverty are challenged with multiple risk factors emerging out of poverty's powerful influence. The negative influences of inadequate nutrition, substance abuse, maternal depression, exposure to environmental toxins, trauma/abuse and quality of daily care pose significant impact to the developing brain in young children. While aware of some of these challenges, early childhood educators and other professionals may not have explored how these factors affect children and families and how they are related to poverty in general. Participants in this multi-media hands-on workshop will learn about the impact and begin to discover some ways for successful intervention.

Presenter Bios: Benton Johnson, PhD, LCPC, LMHC, NCC, DT is a dually licensed counselor in the states of Iowa and Illinois as well as a nationally certified counselor and developmental therapist. Dr. Johnson founded Ephphatha Consulting Services providing clinical therapy to young children, adolescents and families. Dr. Johnson provides workshops, training, and consultation to various international, national, regional and local agencies and various conferences. Dr. Johnson started his career in early childhood young as an educational interpreter for the Deaf as a teacher's aid. He worked as a research evaluator with Healthy Families; therapist/trainer within Safe from the Start programs working with young children exposed to violence; early intervention counselor; social emotional consultant; trainer for Early Intervention program as well as other trainings for STARNET. His expertise includes trauma/loss in children, poverty interventions, social emotional regulation, and family structural diversity.

Continuing Education - This training will provide 5 contact hours for the following:

  • CPDUs (Continuing Professional Development Units) for teacher certification
  • CDA (Child Development Associate) credit in area(s) 3
  • CE credit for SLP, SW, LCPC, PT, and OT professionals
  • Gateways to Opportunity credit in area(s) E
  • EI Credit in the areas of 2hr Atypical, 1hr Intervention, 2hr Families
Full attendance is required to receive a certificate.

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