To increase understanding of how brain trauma occurs over a lifetime, Prairie View will sponsor a two-day conference, "What's Happening to Kids and War Veterans in Kansas?: Brain Trauma Over the Lifetime," on Oct. 28 and 29 in McPherson and Hutchinson, respectively.

Tim Feeney, PhD will be the featured speaker. His knowledge of research and science will assist every attendee in a deeper understanding of brain impairment and provide direction to develop collaborative supports to assist with these struggles.

Feeney was Executive Director of School and Community Support Services and,for the past 15 years, the Project Director of the New York Neurobehavioral Resource Project at STIC, a New York State Department of Health grant-funded program developed to support individuals with brain injury and significant behavioral challenges to live successfully in their home communities.

He is responsible for the procurement and coordination of over $10 million in grant-funded programs serving individuals with developmental disabilities and challenging behaviors, individuals with autism and related disorders, and persons with brain injury and challenging behaviors.

Feeney has co-authored over 50 scholarly journal articles and book chapters, is co-author of the book Collaborative Brain Injury Intervention: Positive Everyday Routines, and speaks and consults the world over on issues related to supporting individuals with brain injury and self-regulatory difficulties.

The conference will have 10 learning objectives:
*    Understand the effects of trauma during the earliest stages of pre-and post-natal development
*    Understand the short and long term effects of trauma on neurological functioning and on the ability to effectively interact successfully in typical social situations
*    Understand the definition of acquired brain injury, including traumatic brain injury as well as the methods by which brain injuries are defined, including concussion, mild, moderate and severe brain
*    Understand the short and long term effects of trauma and/or acquired brain injury on mental health and substance use and abuse
*    Understand the effects of brain injury on veterans returning from theaters of war, frank injury, and secondary issues regarding substance abuse, PTSD, and mental health issues
*    Understand methods of collaboration between clinical staff,
individuals with disability and their families
*    Understand methods of intervention that focus on the development of self-regulation at the earliest phases of recovery
*    Understand best practices in intervention and collaboration when working with individuals with multiple and complex needs in the community
 *    Understand how to develop supports that include the development of self-regulation, identity construction and reconstruction, project-based supports, and other positive approaches to intervention
*    Understand how to manage crises in a positive manner

The conference will be held at the McPherson Opera House, 221-223 S. Main in McPherson, on Oct. 28 and Hutchinson Community College's Stringer Fine Arts Center, 1300 N. Plum in Hutchinson, on Oct. 29.

Registration for both days will begin at 8:30 a.m. The cost to attend is $60. Lunch will not be provided in McPherson but a box lunch may be pre-purchased for $9 in Hutchinson.

The McPherson conference will end at 4 p.m. An additional session, "Identity Construction and Reconstruction, Positive Community Supports," will be held in Hutchinson. It will end at 4:30 p.m.

Six credit hours of continuing education will be offered for psychologists and social workers, and this conference offering is approved for six contact hours applicable for RN, LPN or LMHT relicensure. All other participants will receive a certificate of attendance showing clock hours attended.

A free public educational event will be held in Hutchinson the evening of Oct.29 also at Stringer Fine Arts Center. Feeney will present at 7 p.m. followed by a time of questions and answers. Continuing education will not be offered at this event.

Download the conference brochure from to view the complete agenda and registration information.

Mail registration information to: Prairie View, Attn.: Mary Viel, 2 E. Second Ave. Suite 200, Hutchinson, KS 67502-4864.  Information may also be faxed to 620-662-4700, e-mailed to , or given over the phone at 620-662-4700.  

This program is sponsored by The City of Hutchinson Tax Dollars, The City of McPherson Tax Dollars, and Prairie View, Inc.