Family and Youth Conference for Clermont Families

On Saturday, May 5, families and youth were inviteded to attend the Trauma and Resiliency Conference, organized and facilitated by Families Connected and parent leaders. Funding for the conference was provided by Clermont FAST TRAC.  The event was open to the community at no cost.


Speakers include: local youth and family members shared their stories of resiliency; professionals and community members, including Jen Jordan from Q102 who will spoke about parenting a child affected by Autism and how to de-stress when your challenges are ongoing; the Ohio Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health; and Cathy McClain, Clinical Director at Clermont Recovery Center, who spoke about how trauma affects treatment for children and youth.


The Youth Trac was organized to support youth ages 13-21, and included group activities facilitated by Woodland Lakes Christian Camp staff.  “Youth M.O.V.E. Ohio” will also present at the event.  For the Conference Program brochure, please click here.


The conference also introduced the first Family Leadership Training class graduates, a group of parents who have completed an 8 month leadership program designed to strengthen and enhance their voice and advocacy skills to support children with mental health needs.  Leadership training goals are to provide information to assist families in supporting their own children and family and to increase awareness of systems in order to support others at community, state and national levels.  The next class is scheduled for October 2012.

The conference was held on Saturday, May 5 from 9am to 4pm at the Mt. Carmel Christian Church, located at 4183 Mt Carmel-Tobasco Rd.. Cincinnati, Ohio 45255.

For more information on the next confernece scheduled for May 2014, call Jean Houston at 513-732-5034 or email 

Families Connected is a Family Organization with the mission “To Support and Connect Families who have a Member with a Disability” and is located at the Wildey Center in Owensville through the in-kind support of the Clermont County Board of Developmental Disabilities.

FAST TRAC is a System of Care initiative of the Clermont County Mental Health & Recovery Board, funded by a grant from United States Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.