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Road to Resilience Conference to be hosted in Savannah in Sept.

On September 10, more than 2,000 Savannah-Chatham educators, counselors, social workers and criminal justice professionals, among others, are anticipated to attend the first-ever Road to Resilience Conference on Georgia Southern University’s Armstrong Campus

Previously three separate events — Brake the Stigma: Mental Health Awareness Car Show; Mental Health Symposium; and the Trauma Informed Education Symposium (TIES) — are coming together to form one day of professional education, training and awareness to address the behavioral and mental health needs of Chatham County.

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit presentation proposals for a 45-minute session (30 minutes of content and 15 minutes for Q&A) that addresses one of the four strands of the conference theme HEAL:

  • Heal:  Examples include practices related to self-care, mindfulness, self-compassion; trauma-sensitive yoga, coping skills;
  • Equity: Examples include justice, equity and inclusion practices, implicit biases, trauma-informed practices, respecting protective factors;
  • Advocacy: Examples include parental tips to advocate for a child, self-advocacy, understanding mental health and trauma to become a better advocate;
  • Learning: Examples include learning about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), suicide awareness, trauma-informed educational practices, mental health symptoms, local resources, evidence-based practices, and supporting teachings and students in schools.

Proposals should include a title and a 50-word abstract of the presentation as well as how the presentation relates to one (or more) of the conference strands. Email proposals to Regina Rahimi, Ed.D., professor of middle grades education, at no later than August 1.

The conference is co-hosted by Georgia Southern’s College of Education, Chatham County Strategic Planning, Savannah-Chatham County Public School System, Gateway of Savannah and Coastal Georgia Indicators Coalition.

Sponsorships for the event are also available. For questions about sponsorship or the event contact Regina Rahimi, Ed.D., at


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