2013 Washington State Becca Conference: A Restorative Approach to Truancy
October 7th and 8th, 2013
Hilton Vancouver Washington
301 W. 6th Street, Vancouver, WA



Conference Information

The 2013 Washington State Becca Conference is hosted by Clark County and will highlight their Restorative Approach to Truancy as well as other Becca reforms across the state.

Please CLICK HERE to see the agenda for the 2013 Washington State Becca Conference.


Keynote Speakers

It is with great pleasure that we announce the keynote speakers for the 2013 Washington State Becca Conference: James Bell and Kristine Buffington. Mr. Bell is the Founder and Executive Director of the W. Haywood Burns Institute and will be presenting the morning of October 8th on the issue of racial and ethnic disparities in the juvenile justice system and the values of restorative justice. Ms. Buffington is an experienced trainer on best practices in trauma informed care and will be presenting on October 7th. Please see their bios below for more information on each speaker.


Kristine Buffington is a cum laude graduate of Eastern Michigan University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. She earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Western Michigan University. She has 28 years of experience in the field of social work as a case manager, clinical therapist, agency administrator, and a national trainer and consultant regarding issues of child traumatic stress and trauma-informed care. She is an affiliate member of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network and has been a participant and chair of a number of national and state level committees to address traumatic stress, child welfare, and juvenile justice issues. Her current focus is to advocate for trauma-informed care system transformation. She believes that saving a youth and their education is about saving lives, and how critical it is to look at the role of traumatic stress when addressing these issues.


James Bell is the Founder and Executive Director of the W. Haywood Burns Institute. Since 2001, Mr. Bell has been spearheading a national movement to address racial and ethnic disparities in the juvenile justice system. The BI, which is named after civil rights pioneer W. Haywood Burns, was recently awarded the prestigious MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. The award is presented to select organizations worldwide that have made a “remarkable impact in their fields.” Mr. Bell and his colleagues at the BI work with juvenile justice systems across the country to reduce the disproportionality of youth of color. Mr. Bell is being recognized this year for his “profound contribution to human rights,” by the American Education Research Association Human Rights Award Committee, which has selected him to receive the second annual Ella Baker/Septima Clark Human Rights Award. Mr. Bell has appeared on Nightline and the Tavis Smiley show. He also authored the Unequal Justice section of the Covenant with Black America, a national plan of action to address the primary concerns of African Americans today by Tavis Smiley, as well as the Criminal Justice Policy Paper for the National Black/Latino Summit. Please click here for Mr. Bell’s full bio.


Optional Peer Networking Dinner

Optional Peer Networking Dinner (October 7th) – Sign up for a chance to discuss hot topics in the Becca process with people in similar roles across the state. This is a great chance to enjoy dinner at a local Vancouver restaurant and to meet with peers. We will provide a moderator and conversation topics specific to your field (as well as plenty of time for casual conversation!), you just cover the costs of your meal and beverages.


Hotel Information

The Hilton Vancouver Washington is offering a discount for attendees of the 2013 Washington State Becca Conference. With the discount, rooms are $100/night.

If you are flying to the conference, please keep in mind that the closest airport is Portland International Airport in Portland, OR.


The Safe Communities Task Force is hosting an informative event for parents and educators on October 11-12, 2013 in Vancouver that may also be of interest to you. Please visit www.safecommunitiestaskforce.org for more information

Please contact Hannah Gold at hgold@ccyj.org or 206-696-7503, x16 with any questions.

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