By Tippi Rasp Staff Writer



A local group of people working to make sure children grow up in a healthy environment is bringing an expert in child maltreatment and trauma to speak with local officials who work with children in law, social service, psychology and legal settings.

Enid Success By 6 officials expect as many as 300 to attend each of two sessions Sept. 28 at the Cherokee Strip Conference Center featuring Dr. Bruce Per-ry, a senior fellow of the Child Trauma Academy in Houston.

Perry is a teacher, clinician and researcher in children's mental health and neuroscience and noted authority on brain development and the affects of child abuse.

"He's a pretty big name to get to come here," said Paula Waters, Enid Success By 6 coordinator, adding there will be "instant name recognition" among law enforcement, social service and child advocacy groups who come to hear him speak.

CTA is a non-profit organization promoting innovations in service, research and education in issues dealing with the maltreatment and trauma of children.

Perry will speak about the need for communities to recognize and respond to alarming trends among children and about the need for programs that bring together a number of sectors in child advocacy to work closely to help the children and prevent future abuse.

The first session, from 2 to 5 p.m., will target social service agencies and legal and law enforcement officials and will feature challenges those professions face when dealing with child maltreatment and neglect.



The 6:30 to 8:30 evening session will target educators, child care providers, parents, medical professionals and the community to discuss the community response to school and other issues.



One local professional working to help children with such issues says Perry will talk about his scientific work to make sure all children are provided an environment in which they can live and grow.

"If we want our society to stay strong we have to make sure kids are strong and develop well," said Carole Wade, executive director of Garfield County CARE campus.

Wade said Perry has given empirical scientific evidence of why children should not be raised in homes with continued violence and trauma, how children can get maximum development and what kind of activities can stimulate development.

Wade said she hopes Perry emphasizes the importance of a community effort in raising children.

To register for one or both of the sessions, go to www.successby6enid.org. For information, call Waters at 548-2268 or e-mail successby6enid@yahoo.com.

The event also provides a number of workers with professional development credit hours.

A noon luncheon will feature local businesses accepting Enid Success By 6 Spirit of the Family awards. Cost for the luncheon is $10.

For information on Perry or Child Trauma Academy, go to www.childtrauma.org.



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