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Join us for the 14th Annual Joining Forces Family & Professional Partnership Conference

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Join us for the 14th Annual Joining Forces Family & Professional Partnership Conference!

MISSION -- To provide learning opportunities for supporting individuals and families through partnerships of community members, agencies, and organizations throughout Oklahoma.

OVERVIEW -- Joining Forces: Family & Professional Partnership Conference brings together local, state, and national leaders to discuss best practices and promising practices in the area of family-professional partnerships. Come join us as we learn together from some amazing Oklahoman's and how we can all Foster Belonging with HOPE and working together in community. This is where you "belong".

Opening Keynote ~ Justin Brown, Director Oklahoma Department of Human Services & Secretary Human Services & Early Childhood Initiatives

Special Message ~ Rev. Clarence Hill

Fostering Belonging: Joining Forces to Support the Ordinary Needs of Families

Keynote Speakers~

Jennifer Jones, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Science at Oklahoma State University. All of Dr. Jones’ endeavors are built on the core belief that disability is a natural part of human diversity and everyone benefits from inclusion. Her work in communities and in academia over the past 20 years have focused on improving the quality of life for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. Like many, Jennifer’s passion and beliefs are deeply personal as a mother of a son with intellectual disability. Jennifer is grateful for the places of welcome and belonging she and her family have experienced and strives to create environments where people with and without disabilities can flourish together.

Kami L. Gallus, PhD, LMFT is a Professor in Human Development and Family Science at Oklahoma State University. Dr. Gallus’ scholarship focuses on enhancing individual functioning, belonging, and relationship outcomes among vulnerable, often marginalized, and traditionally under-served populations, including female trauma survivors, at-risk youth, and individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. In contrast to a deficit model, which views vulnerability as a fixed internal trait, Kami’s scholarship conceptualizes vulnerability from a social ecological model, thus resulting from the person-environment fit. Ultimately, her systemic approach to applied research and clinical work focuses not on fixing or curing the individual, but rather on changing the understanding of the individual across contexts to provide supports that enhance the quality of life for all.


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