The Third Judicial Circuit Family Violence Prevention Council will present its 11th annual spring training and luncheon on Wednesday, May 21 at the Edwardsville Moose.

Free of charge, the seminar will focus on school safety.

Speakers will include SIUE Police Department Chief Regina Hays who also teaches in the university's Criminal Justice program and in the Administration of Justice program at Southwestern Illinois College.

She served as president of the Southern Illinois Police Chiefs Association in 2006 and currently serves on the executive board of the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police.

Other speakers include:

  • Professor Michael Maher, who teaches sociology at Spoon River College in Canton, Ill. He will discuss school violence in terms of gender and how perpetrators of school shootings are almost exclusively male. He will look at violent masculinity in society.

  • Dr. Andrew King and Dr. Kerry Johnson, both counselors at SIUE, who traveled to Northern Illinois University after the recent shooting rampage perpetrated by a former student. King and Johnson will talk about their experiences.

  • John Pruett, BS, MSSW, who is employed by as an administrator of an area program that works with substance-abusing or dependent parents and who are involved with the Department of Children and Family Services.

    The training begins with registration and a free breakfast at 8:30 a.m. Presentations begin at 9 a.m. Lunch is also provided free. The Council will present its annual Partners in Peace awards during the luncheon. The seminar will conclude at 3:30 p.m.

    To register, call Tina Culp at (618) 465-1978.

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