Child Safety Conference

The 12th Annual Child Safety Conference will be held at Decatur Baptist Church (2527 Danville Road SW, Decatur) on March 4, 2014. Over 400 people attended the day-long conference last year. This year’s event will feature two keynote speakers, as well as additional workshops. Continuing education credits are available.

For more information, call 256-353-1160. Now accepting sponsorship commitments.

Sponsorship opportunities are available.

  • Diamond - $2,000+ includes 8 registrations
  • Gold - $1000+ includes 7 registrations
  • Silver - $500+ includes 5 registrations
  • Bronze - $100+ includes 3 registrations

Please download the brochure below. If paying via credit card, sponsor incurs additional fees.


Online registration is no longer available. Please call the Mental Health Association in Morgan County office at 256-353-1160 to see if registration is still available for the conference.

Keynote Speakers

Beth Thomas

BethThomasBeth Thomas, once labeled the “Child of Rage” by HBO, is now a Neonatal Intensive Care Nurse. She was also nominated and selected as a top finalist for the 2008 and 2009 Mountain West Nurse of the Year Award and was the winner for 2010 Mountain West Nurse of the Year in Mentoring.

She is no longer a child of rage but a phenomenal woman. Beth knows what it is like to be an angry, defiant, destructive child. She once was one. She has unique insights into the mind of a challenging child with Attachment Disorder. Her life of survival and victory brings hope and understanding to parents and professionals working to heal a wounded child. She shares her experience and wisdom with love and laughter.

Beth gives a deeper understanding of Reactive Attachment Disorder from the inside out. She shares effective tools to make a difference with challenging children. Most of all she gives hope in a hopeless exhausting situation, empowering parents with a positive vision for their child’s future.

Carla Stokes, Ph.D., M.P.H.

CarlaStokesCarla Stokes, Ph.D., M.P.H. is an internationally recognized adolescent and girls’ health and behavior expert, professional speaker, and success coach who specializes in helping young women, girls, and parents thrive through the pressures and transitions of adolescence. Over the past two decades, Dr. Carla has educated, mentored and coached thousands of youth and is the founder of Helping Our Teen Girls in Real Life Situations, Inc. (HOTGIRLS), an award-winning 501(c)3 organization dedicated to empowering underserved young women and girls. Her expertise, activism, and research on the influence of hip hop, popular culture, and social media on adolescent girls ’health, identity and body image have been featured in The New York Times, NBC, Fox, Reuters, Daughters, and many other national media outlets.

Dr. Carla graduated cum laude from Spelman College with a Bachelor of Arts degree and departmental honors in Psychology. She earned Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Public Health degrees in Health Behavior and Health Education from the University of Michigan. After earning her Ph.D., Dr. Carla completed a two-year post-doctoral research fellowship at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Carla is currently developing educational curricula, books, and coaching programs for girls, parents, educators, and girl-serving professionals.

Raising girls in today’s media- and technology-saturated world can be scary and overwhelming for parents and concerned adults. As girls come of age, they are navigating contradictory messages about gender norms, sexual violence and societal pressures that encourage girls to be “perfect,” grow up too fast, devalue their bodies and conform to unrealistic beauty ideals and unhealthy stereotypes about women and girls that jeopardize their health and safety.

Dr. Carla will provide an overview of girl culture, the sexualization of girls in the media and relevant health and safety issues facing girls. In this interactive presentation, she shares personal stories and draws upon her expertise as a girls’ studies and social media researcher, girl empowerment expert, health educator and success coach to give parents and concerned adults tools to build safe spaces that support girls and help them build resilience, resist harmful gender stereotypes, make healthy choices and develop healthy relationships during adolescence.

Pamela Revels

PamelaRevelsPamela Revels is originally from Enterprise, Alabama. She was hired by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office in 2004 and now is Corporal of the School Resource and Training Division. Corporal Revels received her bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration and is currently enrolled at Columbia Southern University for her Master’s in Business Administration.

Corporal Revels has achieved her National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO) Basic, Advanced and Practitioner Certifications. Currently she carries the title of NASRO National Instructor, an honor that only 30 other men and women out of 3,000 members share. She is currently President of the Alabama Association of School Resource Officers.

Society is an ever-changing body that dictates actions and behaviors of those who are part of its makeup. In recent years, the number of violent acts, in multiple locations, have tripled, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) recent reports. The ability of recognition, intervention and prevention of potential risk factors or “red flags” of violence offers individuals or groups a higher rate of reduction of violent acts upon persons in any location. However, when faced with a random unexpected act of violence, personal defense may make the difference in one’s survival. Adaptive Mindset encompasses the attitude to perform in an unpredictable, high stress situation as well as decrease the opportunity of a violent act to occur at all.

Donald R. Bynum

DonaldBynumDonald R. Bynum has served as Superintendent of the Dale County School System since November 2009. Prior to becoming Superintendent, he served as an Education Specialist with the Alabama Department of Education and in various capacities in the Dale County School System including Transportation Supervisor, Principal at G.W. Long Elementary School, Assistant Principal at G.W. Long School (K-12), Teacher and Coach. Mr. Bynum holds an AA Degree in School Administration plus a Master of Science in School Administration both from Troy University in Dothan, and a Bachelor of Science in Education from Troy University.

Mr. Bynum was selected as Alabama’s 2014 Superintendent of the Year by the School Superintendents of Alabama (SSA). SSA Executive Director stated, “Donny Bynum is an inspiration to all of us in the way he leads the students, teachers, and community in Dale County. His calm demeanor and committed leadership were especially apparent last year when his entire community was enveloped in the Midland City crisis. We are all proud to have him representing us on the national stage.”

In Superintendent Bynum’s workshop, he will discuss lessons learned from the shooting and death of bus driver, Charles Poland, Jr., on January 30, 2013 and six-year old student, Ethan, being held hostage for six days He will talk about the issues of safety, communication, and counseling.

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Jane Orton 3
Jim Toney 3
Judge Langham & Elizabeth Smart
Mayor Walter Maddox 3
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Ole Pete Key
Paige Norris 1
Robert Hinds 1
Scott Anderson, Chief Ed Taylor, Sheriff Ana Franklin
Trisha Mellberg 1
Bruce Jones introduces Ole Pete
Cindy Moses, Captain Nadis Carlisle, Hilary Blakely
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Donna McKinley 4
Dr, & Mrs. Ed Nichols & Elizabeth Smart
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