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RTSC Conference

Auditor Suzanne Bump

Linda Spears, Commissioner of the Department of Children and Families.

Attendees in a workshop.

Keynote speaker Steve Pemberton

RTSC Conference Focuses on Effects of Trauma in Special Education

Over 200 special education surrogate parents and others attended the 8th annual Making a Difference Conference organized by the Federation’s Recruitment Training and Support Center  on Nov. 19 at the Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel in Marlborough.

The conference theme was Navigating the Special Education Process with  Trauma Lens with nine workshops ranging from “Trauma Sensitivity and the IEP Process” to “Compassion Fatigue: Building Resilience As We Care for Others.”

Keynote speaker Steve Pemberton spoke about his violent and turbulent childhood in foster care growing up in New Bedford and the key people who helped him to succeed. He is the author of an autobiographical book, “A Chance in the World,” which has been made into a movie.

Additional speakers included State Auditor Suzanne Bump, Department of Children and Families Commissioner Linda Spears and Timothy Gallagher of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

The conference also featured numerous exhibitors including social services organizations and merchants.

Conference supporters included Seyfarth Shaw LLP, The Jason Hayes Foundation, Justice Resource Institute, and The Guild for Human Services.