2019  San Antonio Area Conference

Big Hearts Shaping Little Minds

February 9, 2019

Shearer Hills Baptist Church
12615 San Pedro Ave
San Antonio, TX 78216

Conference Details

Keynote Presenter | Session Presenters & Handouts | Conference Pricing  | ScheduleSession Descriptions

Dr. Gregory Williams – Opening Keynote

Shattered By The Darkness: Uncovering the Horrors of Child Sexual Abuse”

Hear the story firsthand that has been described in the acclaimed book, “Shattered By The Darkness” from author, Dr. Gregory Williams.  

Dr. Williams takes you on a journey that will forever change the way you look at child abuse. He shows you how to find a path back to healing from hurt and pain and how to recognize the signs and behaviors that my indicate a child is suffering from a traumatic experience.

Breakout Session:  “The Impact of ACEs and Toxic Stress in a Child’s Life”

Dr. Gregory Williams will give you an overview of what negative experiences in a child’s life can do to the long term health of the child.  These traumatic experiences are called Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and have a tremendous impact on children throughout their adult lives. Dr. Williams will share this information and help you discover ways to support children and families suffering from toxic stress.

About  Dr. Gregory Williams

Dr. Gregory Williams is on the Administrative Leadership Team at Baylor College of Medicine’s OB/GYN Department located in the heart of the Texas Medical Center in Houston, Texas.  He has a PhD in Counseling and is a well-known speaker/teacher.  Dr. Williams has just released his book “Shattered By The Darkness:  Putting the Pieces Back Together After Child Abuse.”  He is traveling throughout the country speaking to physicians, counselors, teachers, parents and abuse victims about many of the different aspects of childhood sexual abuse.

(Trainer Criteria (a.5) of Minimum Standard 746.1317)

Diane Goyette – Closing Keynote

Meltdown@ What Happens in the Brain – and How We Can Help

When children fall apart emotionally, their behavior is telling us that they are overwhelmed by the situation.  The most important thing we can do is to remain calm ourselves, which is of course much easier said than done!  In this closing session, you will learn how the brain reacts to strong emotions and explore how to provide the positive guidance children really need from us during a meltdown.   Leave with the knowledge and strategies to handle future meltdowns with confidence and skill.

Breakout Session:  

Connecting Games to Play with Infants & Toddlers

Building strong relationships between adults and children is the most important part of infant and toddler caregivers’ jobs. Participants will come away with at least 25 ideas for songs and games to help them connect with their young children.

Connecting Games to Play with Preschoolers

Warm, caring relationships between adults and children are the foundation for children’s development, and connecting activities help to create and maintain these relationships.  Participants will play at least 25 games that help them connect with preschool-age children.

About  Diane Goyette

Diane Goyette is a Child Development Specialist, a Master Registered Level Trainer with the Texas Early Childhood Professional Development System (TECPDS #1420), and a certified Child Care Health Consultant (CCHC).She holds a Master’s Degree in Child Development from The University of Texas at Austin and a Lifetime Texas Educator Certificate for Kindergarten and Pre-K. Diane has 30 years of experience teaching both young children and adults in a variety of settings, including public and private universities, public school kindergarten, faith-based preschools and child care programs.

(Trainer Criteria (a.5) of Minimum Standard 746.1317)

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