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Past Conferences and Symposia

The Center sponsors symposia and conferences throughout the year on topical issues related to youth violence prevention. These are opportunities for researchers, students, policymakers, community members and others to come together to share research findings, explore interventions intended to reduce youth violence, improve outcomes for youth and discuss implications and future directions for the community and state. Click here for a list of upcoming conferences and symposia.

Past Conferences / Past Symposia

Past Conferences

November 2010

Bethesda, MD: 3rd Annual NIH Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation: Methods and Measurement. November 15 - 16, 2010.

Learn more about the conference here.

Puerto Rico: The IV World Congress on Child and Adolescent Rights. November 15-18, 2010.

The central theme of the IV World Congress is "The Best Interest of Children and Adolescents: Well-Being and Development in the New World Economic Order." The program will be structured around six general thematic areas: poverty, education, health, participation, identity, and violence. More information can be found by clicking here.

**Of Special Note**

3rd Annual Teen Leadership Summit
organizaed by the Elijah Cummings Youth Program (ECYP)
President's Day, February 15th
Located at
Hyatt Regency Baltimore Hotel

On President's Day, February 15, 2010, the Elijah Cummings Youth Program (ECYP) hosted its 3rd Annual Teen Leadership Summit, created by and for youth ages 12- 18.  ECYP's Teen Leadership Summit entitled, "I’m the Blueprint…My Greatness Is in My Plan”" was held at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore Hotel from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

With such dynamic success last year, the students received more students and were even more enthusiastic about the endless possibilities for youth today.  This year, leadership seminars included:

  • Health and Healthy Relationships
  • Business/ Entrepreneurship
  • Teen Date Violence 
  • How to Market Yourself
  • Drugs and Alcohol
  • Family and Its Impact on Success
  • Entertainment and Media and Its Effects on Youth
  • College and Financial Planning
  • Self- Expression

For more information, please contact the ECYP office at (410) 542-4850.  Thank you for your commitment to excellence.
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 April 2010

Philadelphia, PA: Cities and Women's Health: Global Perspectives
April 7 - 10, 2010

To deconstruct urban planning in terms of its potential to better support women's health.  Click here for more information.

Orlando, FL: American Association of Suicidology Annual Conference. April 21-24, 2010.
The theme of the conference is "Families, Community Systems and Suicide." More information can be found by
clicking here.

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March 2010

Tampa, FL: The 23rd Annual Children's Mental Health Research & Policy Conference. March 7 - 10, 2010.
For more information,
click here.

Las Vegas, NV: National Conference on Juvenile and Family Law. March 14 - 17, 2009.
Sponsored by the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, the conference will provide presenters with a forum to address a multidisciplinary audience of professionals working in America's juvenile and family courts.  Click
here for more information.

Orlando, FL: 2010 National GAINS Center Conference
March 17 - 19, 2010

Conference theme, Including Justice-Involved People with Mental Illness in Health Care Reform. More information and call for presentations at

Washington, DC: Teaching Prevention 2010. March 25-27, 2010.
For more information and to register for this event,  visit this link.

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February 2010

Phoenix, AZ: National Conference on Education. February 11-13, 2010.
For information and to register for this event, please
click here.

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 January 2010

Washington, DC: Child Welfare League of America annual conference, Children 2010: Leading a New Era. January 25 - 27, 2010.
More information can be found by clicking here.

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 December 2009

Dallas, TX: Employment and Training Administration, Recovering America's Youth Summit. December 1-2, 2009.
More information can be found by clicking here.

Washington, DC: National Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health, 20th Anniversary Conference
December 3-6, 2009

For more information and to register for the event, please visit

Chicago, IL.  National Association of Workforce Development Professionals. Youth Development Symposium. December 7-9, 2009.
For more information, contact (202) 589-1790, via e-mail:
, or click here.

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November 2009

Minneapolis, MN: Annual Conference on Advancing School Mental Health: School Mental Health - Promoting Success for All Students
November 2-4, 2009

For more information and to register for the event, please visit:

Cincinnati, OH: Healthy Communities--Healthy Youth Conference
November 5 - 7, 2009

Hosted by the Search Institute. Learn more at

Philadelphia, PA: American Public Health Association Annual Meeting
November 7-11, 2009

For more information and to register, click here.

Pittsburgh, PA. 6th Annual Conference of the International Bullying Prevention Association
November 17 - 18, 2009

More information at

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September 2009

Baltimore, MD: 2009 Conference on Children's Health and Environment
September 11, 2009

For more information and to register for this event, please click here.

Columbia, MD: Forum - What is Racial Equity and How Does it Effect Our Children?
September 14, 2009, 1pm to 3pm

To be held at the Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, 10431 Twin Rivers Rd, Columbia, MD 21044. Get the perspectives of Congressman Elijah Cummings and Congresswoman Donna Edwards on racial equity for Maryland's children and families. Hear from policy directors at Advocates for Children and Youth about Maryland's racial equity problem and learn about some solutions in child welfare, education, health and juvenile justice. Discuss next steps. The forum is free. For questions, please contact Cameron Miles, ACY Director of Organizing, at more information and to register for this event, please click here.

Garden Grove, CA: 22nd Annual National Prevention Network Prevention Research Conference
September 15-18, 2009

For more information and to register for the event, please click here.

Baltimore, MD: Community Forum to Review the Annual Community Engagement Report
September 17, 2009, 6pm to  8pm

The Parent and Community Advisory Board (PCAB) In conjunction with The Office of Partnerships, Communications and Community Engagement will co-host the first Community Forum to Review the Annual Community Engagement Report. September 17, 2009 at 6:00 - 8:00 pm, BCPS Headquarters, 200 E. North Avenue in the 1st Floor Board Room. For more information, click here

Baltimore, MD: 2009 W.O.M.E.N. Conference
September 19, 2009

More information can be found by clicking here

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October 2009

Maryland Out of School Time (MOST) Network Regional & Statewide Conference
October 1, 2009

This conference will provide an opportunity to strategize for the upcoming legislative session and  develop tools to communicate the importance of  Out of School Time (OST) opportunities for youth including the long term savings to the state, provided by giving all young people the opportunities they need to succeed.   The conference will take place in eight centrally located centers throughout the state, similar to last year's event. These centers will be linked by web-based videoconferencing technology to allow for concurrent regional networking and statewide communication.   More information and registration info can be found

Chicago, IL: Sustainable, Schoolwide Social and Emotional Learning Implementation Workshop
October 5-6, 2009

More information

Baltimore, MD: Maryland's 21st Annual Suicide Prevention Conference
October 7, 2009

More information and registration at

Indianapolis, IN: Representing America's Youth: Transforming the Field of Juvenile Services
October 11-14, 2009

For more information and to register, click here.

Louisville, KY: 15th Annual "Safe Schools--Successful Student Conference"
October 12-13, 2009

For more information and to register for this event,

Tampa, FL: Celebrating Healthy Teens and Young Families: 30 Years of Making a Difference
October 21-24, 2009

For more information and to register for the event, please click here

Columbia, SC: National Shalom Summit VII
October 28-31, 2009

The purpose of the National Summit is to bring together as many as 400 community and church leaders representing more than 100 shalom zones in the United States and Africa for a time of sharing, inspiration, learning, networking and training. More information at

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2008/2007 Conferences
Rethinking, Reshaping and Re-evaluating Reentry Summit: Maximizing Outcomes to Break the Cycle of Crime, Drugs and Violence
December 12, 2008 / Baltimore, MD

This summit was sponsored and convened by the Center of the Prevention of Youth Violence and the Fraternal Order of X-Offenders to rethink and reshape the input and output measurements for successful reentry programs and processes in Baltimore City. This Summit aimed to provide information from a multidisciplinary perspective, emphasizing that all behavior is learned behavior and that behavior will not change until the thinking changes. Additionally, speakers presented on innovative, creative and proactive crime prevention processes that incorporate the unconventional methodologies and empiricism of the ex-offender population. Click here to view the agenda.

Violence and the Challenge of Healing in Our Communities
May 12 - 14, 2008 / Baltimore, MD

This conference addressed the topic of violence as a public health problem through a theological and social ecology lens. The conference gave attendees information about violence and peacemaking as well as concrete, practical interventions and programs with proven success.  Speakers shared conceptual frameworks and personal experiences of violence and healing in our communities. This conference was intended for practitioners, educators and students in the following areas: parish and community ministry, youth ministry and advocacy, family therapy, health professions, medicine, nursing, allied health disciplines, spirituality and pastoral care, ethics, public health, the humanities, psychology, clergy, family therapists, chaplaincy, social work, and community-based organizations. The objectives were to explore theological, spiritual, and pastoral implications and considerations of violence; discuss the practical advice given by practitioners in the field of violence prevention; discuss violence as a public health problem-causation, manifestation, and consequences; analyze the impact of beliefs on the concepts of violence and healing; and identify strategies and effective program components in the prevention of violence and promotion of healing. For more information, click here.

Substance Abuse Prevention, Treatment and Recovery: Not Whether But How!
March 3, 2008 / Baltimore, MD

This symposium was convened by the Johns Hopkins Center for the Prevention of Youth Violence and Baltimore Substance Abuse Systems, Inc. and several other programs and was co-sponsored by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Department of Mental Health, the Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute, Open Society Institute, and the Baltimore Substance Abuse Systems, Inc.  

The symposium featured two presentations each followed by a reactor panel and discussion. “Developing and Sustaining Effective Treatment Services,” presented by Carlo DiClemente, Professor in the Department of Psychology at UMBC and “Prevention” presented by Lawrence Murray, LMSW Vice President and Director of Youth Programs at the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, Columbia University, will be followed by a reactor panel and discussion featuring local service program directors and providers. Treatment Reactor Panel members included Brother Ellsworth Bey, Founder of F.O.X.O (Fraternal Order of X-Offenders) and Terry Brown, Director of the Private Treatment Provider, Baltimore Behavioral Health. Prevention Reactor Panel members includes Pamela Talabis, Director of the Dayspring Program; Justin Reyna, Family Recovery Program from the Family League of Baltimore City; and 16-year-old Baltimore City resident and A.C.C.E. Academy student, Brian Williams.

The presentations and discussions pointed out interrelationships of violence and drugs. There was consensus that many existing programs would have outcomes improved if linkages with other programs were easier. What became clear in the discussions is that we are underutilizing our assets, particularly individuals in recovery, ex-offenders and youth, and that we need to better support the many individuals helping their friends and neighbors. All agreed that the situation has changed in Baltimore but that many more would benefit if we had fewer silos.

National Technology Assessment Workshop on Animal-Assisted Programs for Youth at Risk
December 6 - 7, 2007 / Baltimore, MD

On December 6 and 7, 2007, the Humane Society of the United States and the Center for Prevention of Youth Violence of the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health held a National Technology Assessment Workshop on Animal-Assisted Programs for Youth at Risk. By bringing together researchers, program leaders and animal shelters, the conference sought to enhance the field of animal-assisted interventions for emotionally troubled, at-risk and adjudicated youth through evaluation research and development and dissemination of best practices. This project was co-sponsored by the Humane Society of the United States and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health's Center for the Prevention of Youth Violence, with support from the Laura J. Niles Foundation. Click here to review program booklet

Niles Conference Materials can be accessed by clicking here.

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Past Symposia

NIH State-of-the-Science Conference: Preventing Violence and Related Health-Risking Social Behaviors in Adolescents and Its Implications for Baltimore and Maryland
November 19, 2004

In October, 2004, the National Institutes of Health convened a State-of-the-Science Conference on Preventing Violence and Related Health-Risking Social Behaviors in Adolescents. Participants considered the current state of knowledge on adolescent violence and related health-risking social behaviors, evaluated interventions intended to reduce youth violence and related behaviors and identified directions for future research.

Experts in the field were invited to make presentations on both the latest research on risk and protective factors involved in the development of adolescent violence and related behaviors and on interventions designed to reduce those risky behaviors.  Following the presentations and the ensuing discussion, an independent panel drafted a report addressing several key questions:

  • What factors contribute to violence and associated adverse health outcomes in childhood and adolescence?
  • What are the patterns of co-occurrence of these factors?
  • What evidence exists on the safety and effectiveness of interventions for violence?
  • Where evidence of safety and effectiveness exists, are there other outcomes beyond reducing violence?  If so, what is known about effectiveness by age, sex and race/ethnicity?
  • What are the priorities for future research?

The Johns Hopkins Centers for the Prevention of Youth Violence and Adolescent Health Promotion and Disease Prevention co-sponsored a symposium to discuss the report and its implications for Baltimore and Maryland. Symposium discussants included Drs. Freya Sonenstein and Michael Cataldo, members of the panel that drafted the report, Dr. Tina Cheng and Dr. Daniel Webster.

The NIH State-of-the-Science Conference Statement is available by clicking here.  The following experts made presentations to the NIH State-of-the-Science Conference:

Steve Aos
Deborah M. Capaldi
Richard F. Catalano
Patricia Chamberlain
Linda S. Chan
Rand D. Conger
Thomas J. Dishion
Kenneth A. Dodge
Felton Earls
Delbert S. Elliot
Scott W. Henggeler
Thomas Insel
Sheppard G. Kellam
Michele D. Kipke
Benjamin B. Lahey
John Landsverk
Rolf Loeber
Terrie E. Moffitt
David Olds
John Reid
Robert J. Sampson
Carolyn Webster-Stratton

January 2010

Washington, DC: Symposium 2010: 35 Years of Helping Youth Realize the American Dream. January 24 - 27, 2010.
More information can be found by
clicking here.

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