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Rep. Khan Offers Remarks & Receives Honor at Northeast Juvenile Firesetting Conference

Location :Natick, MA  
Date :10-May-2012   Thursday  
Time : All day
Type:  Speaking Engagement 

In recognition of her dedicated work to the juvenile firesetters population in the Legislature and as a Psychiatric Nurse, Representative Kay Khan will be the guest speaker and receive an award at The Northeast Juvenile Firesetting Conference today in Natick, MA. This conference is intended to explore new ideas and best practices to strengthen and protect the families that are affected by this issue.

 

About the Conference

 

The Northeast Juvenile Firesetting Conference began in 2006 in response to a need for collaboration, training, and shared resources for people in all fields working with juvenile firesetting in Massachusetts and the Northeast. Each year the conference strives to address topics relevant to our multi-disciplinary attendees and provides workshops that reflect current best practice in firesetting assessment and treatment. Based on last year's feedback, the 2012 theme focuses on the critical importance of providing, "from incident to outcome, " a range of services and interventions to families in order to strengthen their capacities to keep children safe. The conference will again bring together over 250 fire service, education, mental health, state agency/child protective service, burn care, law enforcement and juvenile justice professionals from the Northeast and across the U.S.

The conference committee reaches out to key thought leaders and seasoned professionals in fire service, mental health, juvenile justice and burn care to offer innovative workshops, forums and themes that advance the firesetting prevention, build networks and relationships, and share best-practice for those working with children and families every day.

In 5 years the conference has welcomed over 1000 attendees and provided over 70 workshops- many with never-before-presented information, cutting edge research, and hands-on techniques and tools for immediate use. Driven by the needs and enthusiasm of attendees, the support of in-state and out-of-state agencies, the conference grew in size and scope. The Statewide Stakeholders Group and Northeast Juvenile Firesetting Task force, both born from the Northeast Juvenile Firesetting Conference, have spring-boarded countless more interdisciplinary solutions to juvenile firesetting in MA and the region.

The conference is nationally known, spurs new interest in firesetting prevention, and is a training ground for professionals entering the field. The event is, by all measures, a success in collaboration and has been integral in keeping the Northeast Region on the forefront of firesetting prevention, intervention & treatment.