57th Annual A.I. Mose Counseling Conference to focus on safe Web surfing for children, families

Friday, September 21, 2007

ORANGEBURG – An upcoming SC State conference will focus on engaging counseling professionals on promoting safe use of the Internet and interactive technologies.

The 57th Annual A.I. Mose Counseling Conference will be held on Friday, Oct. 5, 2007, from 8 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. in the Barbara A. Vaughan Recital Hall in the Fine Arts Center. This year’s theme is “Cyberspace: Professional Helpers Empowering Parents to Promote Safe Use of Interactive Technologies.”

The general session speaker will be David Kahn, MS, LPC, LPCS, president of The Counseling Center of Florence. Kahn, a former school counselor, vocational counselor and Director of Counseling at Francis Marion University, now manages his private counseling center in Florence, S.C. Kahn has done extensive work in the area of adolescents, addictions and family therapy. He presents workshops and trainings throughout the United States, including “Introduction to Internet Addiction” and has published in the areas of Transcultural Family Counseling, Adolescent Multiple Family Therapy and Blended Family Bliss. Kahn will address the conferees on empowering parents to keep their children safe on the internet.

Following the morning breakout sessions, Barbara Melton, M.Ed., LPC, LPCS, a private practitioner and author, will bring the keynote address during the luncheon. Melton has been in private practice since 1989 in Charleston, S.C. As a result of her practice becoming more focused on working with families whose lives are affected by this electronic age, she has co-authored a book, entitled What in the World Are Your Kids Doing Online?: How to Understand the Electronic World Your Children Live In. Melton has been featured in MSNBC.com articles addressing adolescents, parenting challenges and technology. In addition, she regularly conducts workshops and lectures on a variety of topics.

Conferees will also have an opportunity to attend workshops addressing the conference theme. Among the workshop presenters will be Agent Christopher L. Powell of the S.C. Computer Crimes Center’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and Linda Allen, an educator from Mount Pleasant, S.C., who will address Cyberspace Bullying.

Advanced conference registration is $50 and on-site registration is $60. For more information or to register, please contact Dr. Carolyn J. Woodbury or Dr. Philip Scriven at (803) 536-7147 or (803) 536-8853. Conference registration forms may be downloaded here.