Northland Prevention Conference Updated2News Release Tri-County Mental Health Services and the Northland Coalition will host the annual Northland Prevention Conference from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday, March 1 at Platte Woods United Methodist Church. Registration is $25 and includes breakfast and lunch.

Two keynote speakers will present at the Northland Prevention Conference. Pete Hall, international speaker, author of Fostering Resilient Learners, and consultant for Strive Success Solutions will show how he helps individuals build self-awareness and strong relationships. The talk is titled: “Trauma is a Word, Not a Sentence.”

Heather Harlan, a treatment engagement specialist and adolescent counselor at Phoenix Health Programs in Columbia, Mo. will be presenting, “What Gets Rewarded, Gets Repeated,” leaving the audience with a simple explanation for the way substance use disorders rewire the brain and create a chronic mental health situation. Harlan has been on the front lines of offering resources and treatment to adolescents and their families for nearly 20 years in Illinois and Missouri. As a Certified Reciprocal Prevention Specialist, she’s been active in community coalitions.

Three workshop sessions will take place during the event. Workshops include topics ranging from overcoming mental health challenges in today’s youth to taking meds seriously. Following the workshops, attendees will reconvene for the Resilience Summit, a powerful and practical workshop with Pete Hall addressing “Using the New 3 R’s to Address Youth Needs.”

The general public is encouraged to attend. Space is limited.

To learn more about the Northland Prevention Conference and to register, please visit

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