Friday March 7, 2013 , 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Cocoanut Grove, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

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The annual Calciano Youth Symposium was founded by the family of Jon E. Nadherny in 1995 as a way of dealing with the grief and impact resulting from his suicide.  Each year, the symposium brings together educators and therapists to listen to national experts and engage in conversation about the mental and behavioral issues that have great impact on the youth in our community. The Symposium is a collaboration between the Nadherny/Calciano family and the Dominican  Hospital Foundation.

The target audience for the symposium includes mental health professionals, youth service providers, law enforcement and engaged youth.

This year’s Symposium will focus on the topic of bullying with an emphasis on both the victims as well as the perpetrators.  The symposium will feature nationally recognized speakers: Dorothy Espelage, Ph.D. and Karyl Ketchum, Ph.D. and Jo Ann Allen of the Santa Cruz County Office of Education.  The day’s 5-hour program will expand the participant’s knowledge base about the topic of bullying as well as provide useful strategies and interventions and research about this important and widespread issue.  The program will again combine nationally recognized experts with a local expert presenter and will utilize both individual presentations followed by a panel discussion and question and answer period.

This symposium will be an interesting, timely and valuable program for high school students. In order to include young people in the symposium, the sponsors are offering a limited number of youth scholarships to students. Scholarship applications are due February 21, 2014.  For information about scholarships:  2014 Calciano Scholarship Packet.