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03/01/2004
Hudson Valley Community College to Host Conference on Children and Mental Health: The Importance of Early Intervention

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Monday, March 1, 2004

How can teachers and parents nurture responsible behavior? What services are available locally for young children dealing with behavioral challenges? Are preschoolers displaying more aggressive behavior these days?

These questions and other will be discussed when parents, teachers, child care workers and human service professionals gather at Hudson Valley Community College on Friday, April 2, for "Emotional, Behavioral and Developmental Problems: Early Identification and Intervention."

The focus of the conference will be on finding early intervention tools for emotional, behavioral and developmental problems in children. The keynote speakers are developmental pediatrician Anthony Mallone, M.D. and child psychiatrist Jeffrey Daly, M.D.

Registration is open and parents are encouraged to attend the conference, which will run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the college's Bulmer Telecommunications Center. Deadline for registration is Monday, March 15. The conference is limited to the first 200 registrants. For more information, contact Linda Berquist of the Berne-Knox-Westerlo School District, 872-1482 ext. 265 or lberquist@bkwcsd.K12.ny.us

The conference is presented by the Southern Rural Albany County School and Human Services Partnership, which includes Berne-Knox-Westerlo, Bethlehem Central, Guilderland and Voorheesville school districts, Capital Region BOCES, Project Hope/Hope House, St. Catherine's Center for Children, Parsons Child and Family Center, the State Legislative Committee on Rural Services, and Cornell Cooperative Extension.

Conference co-sponsors include Four Winds Hospital, Parsons Child and Family Center, Capital Region BOCES, the University at Albany School of Social Welfare and Hudson Valley Community College's Department of Teacher Preparation and Department of Human Services.

Hudson Valley Community College, located in Troy, offers more than 50 degree and certificate programs in four academic divisions: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 11,000 students each year, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training.