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Hartnell College Hosts Early Childhood Educator Conference

March 19th, 2008

Hartnell College will host the annual conference of the Monterey County Early Childhood Educators on Saturday, March 29, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on its main campus at 411 Central Avenue in Salinas.

In the line-up of workshops and presentations for participants are two riveting speakers whose work on childhood trauma and on cultural diversity have gained them widespread acclaim by academic institutions, clinicians, and practitioners in the fields of child development and education.

Dr. Bruce Perry, senior fellow of the Houston-based non-profit Child Trauma Academy, will present some of his important work on innovations in research, service, and education in child maltreatment and childhood trauma. Dr. Perry earned his medical degree and his Ph.D. at Northwestern University in Illinois, completed a residency in general psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine, and completed a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at The University of Chicago. He is a co-author of the popular book, The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog: What Traumatized Children Can Teach Us About Loss, Love and Healing. Among the many honors he has earned for his pioneering work with children in high profile cases of trauma and abuse are the T. Berry Brazelton Infant Mental Health Advocacy Award, the Award for Leadership in Public Child Welfare, and the Alberta Centennial Medal.

Dr. Roberto Dansie is a contemporary authority on cultural diversity. An award-winning speaker, trainer, and clinical psychologist, Dr. Dansie has been the keynote speaker for diverse organizations that range from The Mayo Clinic to the CNN Center Atlanta Youth Leadership Congress. He was a member of the Morehouse School of Medicine’s Cultural Competencies Advisory Group, is on faculty at Minnesota State University’s Mankato Campus, and is a regular contributor to the nation’s leading American Indian news source, Indian Country Today. Dr. Dansie has been awarded the Golden Medallion from the National Indian Health Board, the Cesar Chavez Award, and has been commended by the U.S. Administration on Aging. He is the author of two books: Eternal Wellsprings, and Semillas de Esperanza.

Conference organizers would like to thank First 5 of Monterey County, Hartnell College, HSBC, Mexican American Opportunity Foundation, Monterey County Office of Education, and Monterey Peninsula Foundation Youth Fund for their generous support of and contributions to this conference.

For more information on the conference, call Jeanne Hori-Garcia at 831-759-6065, or the Monterey County Resource and Referral Program at 831-757-0756.