Trauma Informed Conference

INVOLVE Conference
Fully embracing all intellectual abilities

Tuesday, February 11th, 2020 | 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Northwestern College, Orange City IA
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$60 | Full Day Conference | lunch included |  Credit Available: 1 License Renewal credit $50 

$30 | Half Day Conference (join us for Chapel beginning at 11 am) | lunch included 

$20 | Lunch and Learn Session | Noon - 1 pm 

The one-day conference offers training for 6-12 school administrators, counselors, teachers, educational support staff, social workers and anyone who works with differently-abled youth. Learn the most current strategies and tools to create a pattern of inclusion in your classroom, church or work-place. Hear from author and Professor of Practical Theology, Dr. Benjamin Conner as he shares his 20-year youth ministry career which included working with young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Additional break out sessions will equip you with real examples and applications that you can apply right away. Visit the virtual reality simulation created by Northwestern faculty and students to give you a classroom experience of a child with autism. Take time to attend the resource fair filled with businesses and organizations that can help your students, church members and neighborhood friends find a place in their community.

Breakout session topics

  • Behavior Strategies
  • Person First Language
  • Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities at Church
  • Enhancing Service Delivery to Individuals with Autism
  • Virtual Reality Simulation 
  • Resource Fair
  • NEXT parent/student panel

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Register by February 6th.
Please contact  online@ or 712-707-7388 with questions about the conference, registration or if you would like to be a vendor for this event. 


Dr. Benjamin Conner - Involve Conference

Benjamin Conner, Ph.D.

Benjamin Conner, Ph.D., is Professor of Practical Theology, Director of the Center for Disability and Ministry, and creator and Director of the Graduate Certificate in Disability and Ministry at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, MI.  He worked in youth ministry for 20 years, several of those ministering to and with young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and currently serves on the Mission-Wide Board of Young Life Capernaum.  His writings include Practicing Witness: A Missional Vision of Christian Practices (Eerdmans, 2011), Amplifying Our Witness: Giving Voice to Adolescents with Developmental Disabilities (Eerdmans, 2012) the only book on youth ministry and disability, and Disabling Mission, Enabling Witness: Exploring Missiology through the Lens of Disability

Studies (IVP Academic, 2018).  He is also an occasional horse-leader, side-walker, stall-mucker, and general support for his wife, Melissa, who runs Renew Therapeutic Riding Center.