April is Child Abuse Awareness Month.
The Hope Center of Warren County is holding a free seminar and luncheon on Saturday, April 8 from 9 a.m. to noon called “Childhood’s Winning Hand.” Everyone is invited.
The event will take place at the First Methodist Church Outreach Building and is in cooperation with Childcare Resource and Referral of Tennessee, the Upper Cumberland Council on Children and Youth, Department of Children’s Services, Warren County Schools, and other community organizations.
The session will shine light on adverse childhood experiences, the damage they cause, and healing.
The session will focus on the 10 most common adverse childhood experiences, says The Hope Center operations manager and volunteer coordinator Pamela Harris.
“This seminar will detail the effects of adverse childhood experiences, such as abuse, divorce, and family incarceration, and will also feature a resource panel of experts who will be available to discuss solutions,” said Harris.
There are 10 types of childhood trauma measured in an Adverse Childhood Experiences Study.
Five are personal – physical abuse, verbal abuse, sexual abuse, physical neglect, and emotional neglect.
Five are related to other family members – a parent who’s an alcoholic, a mother who’s a victim of domestic violence, a family member in jail, a family member diagnosed with a mental illness, and the disappearance of a parent through divorce, death or abandonment.
The resource panel will be available to address questions and answers, and offer ways to foster recovery.
• Suzanne Blackwood, Family Counseling Center
• Bobby Cox, Director of Schools
• Pam Gross, licensed professional counselor at Covenant Fellowship Church
• Lisa Harvey, Hamilton Street Activity Center director
• Kyle Thompson, Timothy Hill Transitional Living Programs
• Ron Weaver, Kids of the Community
• Representatives from the Department of Children’s Services and others
Information tables from various organizations will also be in place.
For more information about the seminar and lunch, contact The Hope Center at 507-7800.