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DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Group Rates

322 North Spokane Falls Court
Spokane WA 99201
(509) 455-9600

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Special Room Rates

1 KING BED STANDARD rates from 139.00 USD/Night
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Keynote Speaker: Friday 

Dr. Christian Conte is perhaps the country’s most accomplished mental health specialist in the field of anger management. He is one of only a handful of people who have level V anger management certification, the highest level possible, and he is the creator of “Yield Theory” – a tremendously powerful approach to change, combining radical compassion with conscious education – for the effective treatment of anger issues. Dr. Conte currently trains correctional institutions, sports teams, and organizations in the practical application of his Yield Theory Anger Management Program.

In addition to Certified Anger Management Specialist – V, his other degrees, licenses and certifications include Ph.D. – Counselor Education and Supervision, Duquesne University; M.S. – Community Agency Counseling, California University of Pennsylvania; Licensed Professional Counselor; Nationally Certified Psychologist; Certified Domestic Violence Counselor; and Nationally Certified Counselor.

Dr. Conte has several books and videos that are used in institutions around the world to train counselors, as well as educate people in anger management. He co-founded a center in South Lake Tahoe, CA to help rehabilitate people who were convicted of violent crimes. And he was an award-winning, tenured professor at the University of Nevada, Reno, before he left the West Coast to return to his home state of Pennsylvania.

Currently Dr. Conte works with the Florida State University and the University of Oregon football teams, as well as University of Tennessee football and University of Pittsburgh Athletics. And he applies his Yield Theory in maximum security prisons throughout the state of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Conte is a prolific writer, frequent speaker, powerful communicator and sought-after media personality. He was co-host of the reality show Coaching Bad on Spike TV, and will be appearing on Family Therapy on VH1 (coming January 2016). He’s also a frequent expert guest on CBS’s KDKA Radio. In July 2015 he conducted the TEDx talk, “Why I Chose to Go to Prison.”

Whether it is in his groups for violent offenders, the classroom, or in front of organizations, Dr. Conte always brings his unique energy, unquenchable passion, and a tremendous sense of compassion to his focus on teaching people about why they do what they do, and how they can use knowledge about themselves and compassion for others to transform their lives.

Dr. Conte has evaluated, analyzed, and interacted closely with thousands of people. What separates him from others is undoubtedly the passion he has for life, the energy he brings to situations, and the expertise that he has in anger management and communication. The programs Dr. Conte heads are transformative; his programs always focus on helping those in front of him change and improve their lives. Personal transformation undeniably leads people to impacting those around them for the better.

Visit Dr. Conte's Website at: http://www.drchristianconte.com/

Saturday: Screening of Paper Tigers

“That’s where the bad kids went.” Paper Tigers follows six troubled teens over the course of a year at Lincoln Alternative High School in rural Walla Walla, Washington. Considered a last chance before dropping out, many students come to Lincoln with a history of behavioral problems, truancy, and substance abuse. Then, in 2010, Principal Jim Sporleder learned about the science of what a rough childhood does to a developing brain. “Stressed brains can’t learn” was what he took away from an educational conference. He returned to his school convinced that traditional punishments like suspension were only exacerbating the problems of the students there. Sporleder says: “I was hunting everywhere for the curriculum. It’s not a curriculum. So it was trying to figure out, how do you take this theory and put it into practice?” Sporleder invited the staff, as well as the students, to learn about the landmark Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study, which shows that stressful events during childhood—like divorce, domestic violence, or living with someone with a mental illness—massively increases the risk of problems in adulthood. Problems like addiction, suicide and even heart disease have their roots in childhood experience. Suspension became a last resort as the school formed an in-school suspension program, keeping the kids in contact with the staff and caught up with their homework. They also established a health center on campus so the students would have ready access to pediatricians and mental health counselors. The biggest challenge for the teachers was to consider the source of the kids’ behavior. Science teacher Erik Gordon realizes: “The behavior isn’t the kid. The behavior is a symptom of what’s going on in their life.”


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