News Release

Wednesday, August 27, 2003

Contact: George Stinnett, CHKD, (757) 668-7043

Conference for Professionals Working with High-Risk Youth

“Symposium on Youth Violence: In the schools and In the Community”

HAMPTON ROADS, Va.—Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters will host a day-long conference for professionals working with high-risk youth October 2, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., at the Holiday Inn Executive Center, 5655 Greenwich Road, Virginia Beach. The program entitled “Symposium on Youth Violence: In the Schools and In the Community,” will focus on: identifying high-risk children; punishment philosophies; roles of poverty, race, drugs, guns and the media; anti-bullying programs; child rearing and its relationship to youth violence; and the community’s roles in responding to youth violence. Featured presenter will be Paul J. Fink, M.D., a prominent psychiatrist and expert on youth violence. Dr. Fink is professor of psychiatry at Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, where he chairs the Youth Homicide Subcommittee, consults for the Division of Prevention, Department of Humans Services and is a senior policy consultant for the public school district. He is credited with developing the Alternative Learning Center for Youth and a program to address the problem of first time offenders who carry guns. An internationally noted author and speaker on high-risk children, Dr. Fink also is a former professor and chairman of the department of psychiatry at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk. The conference is intended for teachers, guidance counselors, probation officers, psychotherapists, pediatricians, nurses and physical, occupational and speech therapists. There is a $30 registration fee, including lunch, and registration deadline is September 26. Late registration fee: add $10 (given space available). For more information or to register call (757) 668-7932.