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2020 Wellness Forum 

Due to concerns for public health during the COVID-19 Pandemic, Methodist College has made the decision to CANCEL the 2020 Wellness Forum. 

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Social and Emotional Health through the Lifespan: Improving Health While Enriching Lives

Methodist College is pleased to announce the 2020 Wellness Forum. The day-long professional development conference will be held on Wednesday, May 20 at Methodist College in Peoria.

This year's theme is Social and Emotional Health through the Lifespan: Improving Health While Enriching Lives and we are excited to announce our keynote speakers, Dr. Ted Bender and Mr. Derrick Booth.

Dr. Ted Bender is the new president of UnityPlace, leading the newly-formed healthcare organization's collective behavioral health and addiction services. Dr. Bender has a strong foundation in clinical psychology and is committed to improving access to quality care that dramatically changes Behavioral Health Care services in the community.

Mr. Derrick Booth has been the director of social and emotional learning at Peoria Public Schools since 2016. In his role he has developed programs and services to support students and their families. Booth led the efforts to develop and open the doors of the Wraparound Center at Peoria Public Schools which is a one-stop-shop that provides support, services, and resources to anyone in need throughout the City of Peoria.

The 2020 Wellness Forum also will include a full menu of breakout sessions that will provide education and resources to community members wishing to further explore social and emotional health and find ways to help others and themselves.

The 2020 Wellness Forum will soon put out a call for presenters. If you would be interested in presenting at this conference, please contact Ms. Alisha Alexander, coordinator of community engagement and continuing education at aalexander@methodistcol.edu.

We invite health care professionals, public service workers, educators, and the general public to attend the Forum. Continuing education credits will be available to nurses, social workers, counselors and K-12 educators.
Please feel free to share this information with your peers or others who you think would be interested in attending.

Registration for the conference will be open soon!