Thursday, July 19, 2018

Increasing community safety

Open to all who are concerned about domestic violence, the Promoting Peace conference returns for the third year in Waseca and Owatonna on September 27 and 28. Speakers are planned for the 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. events. The conference idea can be credited to District Judge Karen Duncan, who states, “We are having hard conversations in the supportive environment of community dialogue.” 

This year the venue includes the following sessions:

•Helping Him Helps Her: people who use violence and aggression in relationships and how can we change these behaviors – Mark Skrien, M.S., L.P.  and Sandi Guggisberg, M.S., L.M.F.T., South Central Human Relations Center

•Interplay between exposure to violence and substance abuse – Dr. Tyler Oesterle, Mayo Clinic

•Sexual Exploitation of Youth: what it is, how to recognize the warning signs and how can we help – Laura Sutherland, J.D., Safe Harbor regional Navigator

•Exploitation, Incarceration, and Restoration – survivor panel from the Federal Correctional Institute

•Bullying: What this looks like in our community, and how agencies respond – panel of experts from schools, police, prosecution and child advocates

•What lies ahead?  Q & A wrap-up, brainstorming

 Registration is now live on Eventbrite:

Waseca Site:

Owatonna Site:

Anyone can attend this free event. Early registration is encouraged.

Each year conference attendance has grown. Anyone with an interest in promoting peace and increasing safety and well-being in our community is welcome. Each year members of the public as well as professionals have attended. Continuing education is offered including POST, CEU and CLE credits.

The first year conference focused on the neurology of trauma in sexual and domestic violence. According to Judge Duncan, “we wanted to start with sort of a broader base of knowledge. We thought that broader base would help people to adapt the info about adverse childhood events and would help them better implement using that information, whether it’s in your personal capacity or professional capacity. ” The second conference had a narrower target, although one that still affects millions of Americans: the effect on witnessing or being victim of domestic violence affects the development of children.

Sponsoring agencies include:   CADA, Community Ed, Mayo Clinic – Owatonna, Owatonna Police Department, Steele County Attorney, Waseca Police Department ,Connections, City of Waseca, Crisis Resource Center, Exchange Center for Family Unity, Minnesota Prairie County Alliance, Owatonna Hospital, Steele County Times, Steele County Sheriff, Steele County Public Health, Transitional Housing of Steele County, United Way of Steele County,  Steele County Probation Services, South Central Human Relations Center.

Please share this information with others and watch for further media updates.

Editor’s Note: Carolyn Wheeler is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, and Executive Director at South Central Human Relations Center.

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