Hope Starts Here: The Prevention Connection

Presented by NH Children's Trust

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General registration fees:
Early-bird— $99

Join colleagues from family support and strengthening, early care and education, public health, parent leadership, family economic success, mental health, community organizing, and beyond for the seventh annual Strengthening Families Summit.

The Summit is based on the Strengthening Families Framework, a research-based, cost-effective strategy to increase family strengths, enhance child development and reduce child abuse and neglect. It focuses on building five protective factors that promote healthy outcomes and actions anyone can take to promote these factors in families.

The 8th annual Strengthening Families Summit will focus not only on protective factors, but also on positive experiences which result in healthy outcomes for children and their families. We will explore the HOPE framework detailed in the “Balancing Adverse Childhood Experiences with HOPE*” report (*Health Outcomes of Positive Experience). Report co-author Dr. Robert Sege from Tufts University School of Medicine will be our keynote speaker, and co-author Dr. Bart Klika, Director of Research for Prevent Child Abuse America, will be a workshop presenter. Join us for this day that is sure to inspire action that strengthens policies, culture, and behaviors that prevent child abuse and neglect and promotes health and well-being. Can’t wait to see you there!

The “HOPE Framework seeks to expand the conventional approach by elevating the importance of maximizing positive experiences for children exposed to experiences or conditions that create toxic stress” (Robert D. Sege & Charlyn Harper Browne, Academic Pediatrics, 2017, p. S81). These research-informed positive childhood experiences are organized in 4 broad categories:

  1. Being in nurturing, supportive relationships
  2. Living, developing, playing and learning in safe, stable, protective, and equitable environments
  3. Having opportunities for constructive social engagement and to develop a sense of connectedness
  4. Learning social and emotional competencies.  

Summit Objectives:

  1. Explore the importance of HOPE—Health Outcomes of Positive Experience—a framework that studies and promotes positive child and family well-being.
  2. Highlight NH resources that exemplify strategies and approaches that align with the HOPE Framework.
  3. Explore strategies and approaches representing various levels of the social ecology and examine how these create the context for healthy children and strong families. 
  4. Recharge and recommit to this important work.

Past Strengthening Families Summits have qualified for CEU’s for social workers and others licensed by the Board of Mental Health Practice, professional development hours for early care and education professionals, contact hours for nurses, and some workshops have qualified for CEU’s for Board-certified Guardians ad Litem. Information about the 2019 Summit’s qualification for continuing education credits will be updated here as soon as it is available.  


Monday, April 1, 2019 - 08:30
Grappone Conference Center, 70 Constitution Ave, Concord