Join us for the 37th Annual Challenge of Children Conference!
This year’s conference focuses on overcoming challenges associated with trauma, ADHD, Autism, pornography, anxiety and more! The keynote speaker, Dr. Stephanie Grant PhD, LPC, IMH-E®, is a proud biological, adoptive and foster mother of three (+) and Director of the REACH Parent-Child Program & Trauma Informed Communities at Developmental Enhancement Behavioral Health. Dr. Grant loves her work. It is not just what she does, it is a part of who she is. Whether it’s working with kids and their families, teaching college students, or providing training to adults, she looks forward to it. Her clinical work has been with children and their families. Her focus areas are on infant mental health and children who have experienced trauma, particularly trauma associated with foster care and adoption.
In the keynote speaker address, Dr. Grant will offer an overview of how childhood stress and trauma can change a child’s brain and body. She will examine how such changes result in differences in how the child reacts to stress, in how they respond to their environment, and in what they may need from their environment to be successful. She will also highlight why traditional care-giving strategies may be ineffective for such children.
The Challenge of Children Conference is a free annual conference for parents, professionals, and caregivers. Raising and caring for children is a demanding job. In 1981, a dedicated group of health and human service professionals recognized this challenge. They subsequently identified the need to offer parent education, support and a network where parents and caregivers could talk with one another about family life management. Today, the coalition extends into Allegan, Ottawa and Kent Counties, and the conference attracts more than 500 attendees every year.