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March 28, 2007

Seminar encourages participants to ACT Against Violence

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - On average, more children die in the state of Indiana from abuse and neglect than in any other state.

Because of alarming statistics like this one from Prevent Child Abuse America, the Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service and the Center for Families at Purdue have joined forces with the Julian Center in Indianapolis to present the Adults and Children Together (ACT) Against Violence program to promote children's wellbeing in Indiana.

On April 12-13 at the Indianapolis Marriott and April 20-21 at the Crown Room in Brownsburg, these partners will team up with other state and national family and child-focused organizations to present the Adults and Children Together Community Facilitator Training Seminar.

Purdue Extension has been working with the Adults and Children Together curriculum since 2003, and after having piloted and evaluated the program, Purdue Extension decided to share the program with other professionals committed to reducing violence for young children in Indiana.

"The ACT Against Violence program has been ongoing for several years in other states, but there was no real evaluation tool to prove its effectiveness," said Dee Love, Purdue Extension specialist. "Purdue created evaluation tools, participated in a pilot evaluation of the program and found evidence that the program does make a difference."

While Purdue has used the Adults and Children Together program to train its own Extension specialists, the April seminars will be the first in which other professionals will be invited as the primary audience.

"We aim to train professionals who work with young children, so that they can become ACT facilitators and implement the curriculum in their communities," Love said. "This program really differs from others of its kind because it is a program with multiple topics and sessions that really target those who work with young children, as opposed to older children."

The Indianapolis-based seminar will feature the Adults and Children Together teacher-oriented curriculum, while the Brownsburg location will use the Adults and Children Together "Parents Raising Safe Kids" curriculum. Both will focus on anger management, social problem solving, discipline and media violence, and will provide information on how violence affects young children. Attendees at each seminar will receive Adults and Children Together curriculum materials for both teachers and parents.

"The ACT Against Violence training is critical to our communities because we have noted that youth and adults who have experienced violence in childhood progress to become perpetrators of violence when they grow up," said William Glick, executive director of the Indiana Juvenile Task Force. "Our job is to work diligently to protect children and help ensure their safety and the safety of our communities."

Glick will be the speaker at the Brownsburg seminar, while Julia da Silva, the American Psychological Association's national director for Adults and Children Together will speak to Indianapolis participants.

Media resources and motivational materials will be provided at both locations, and participants will have the opportunity to network with others in the violence prevention community in the Indianapolis area.

Those who attend both days of a training seminar will be eligible for certification as an Adults and Children Together Community Facilitator so they can share the training with parents, teachers, and childcare professionals in their organizations and communities.

The cost is $50 per person to attend both days of one of the seminars, which includes breakfast and lunch both days, plus a Friday evening dinner event at which the guest speakers will make their presentations. For those who only wish to attend the Friday evening dinner event of either seminar, the cost is $20 per person.

For more information about the Adults and Children Together Against Violence initiative, visit http://www.actagainstviolence.org or call the Purdue Extension hotline at (888) EXT-INFO. For questions specifically regarding the April 12-13 training seminar, call the Indiana Association for the Education of Young Children at (800) 657-7577, or for the April 20-21 seminar, contact Sandy Krantz at Purdue Extension-Marion County at (317) 275-9264.

Writer: Jennifer Stewart, (765) 494-6682, jsstewar@purdue.edu

Sources: Dee Love, (765) 494-2933, loved@purdue.edu

William Glick, (317) 926-6100, director@ijjtf.org

Ag Communications: (765) 494-2722;
Beth Forbes, forbes@purdue.edu
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