The Help Group Debuts Illuminate Conference

UnknownThe Help Group is proud to launch its inaugural Illuminate Conference on February 26th at California State University, Northridge. The day-long conference for professionals and parents will focus on research and best practices for young people with social, emotional, or behavioral challenges.

The Illuminate Conference is the latest addition to The Help Group’s roster of successful and established annual conferences, which include the long-running Help Group Summit: Advances and Best Practices in Autism, Learning Disabilities and ADHD and the Advance LA Conference: Cutting-Edge Research and Best Practices for Young Adults with Special Needs. Widely recognized for the scope, depth and caliber of its conferences, The Help Group is committed to sharing the very latest developments in basic and applied research and evidence-based practices related to the assessment, intervention, and treatment of children and young adults with special needs. As with all its conferences, The Help Group will offer continuing education credits for professionals who attend this new event.

“We designed the Illuminate Conference to focus on some of the most difficult problems faced by today’s young people with special needs,” said Dr. Jason Bolton, Vice President of Programs at The Help Group. “We are pleased to feature 15 cutting-edge leaders in our field, sharing their expertise on critical topics affecting our children and their families, along with best practices to promote motivation and change.”

Dr. Robin Kay, Acting Director of the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, will deliver the keynote address for the conference. Following the keynote, Sandi Conley will introduce The Hawn Foundation’s signature program, MindUP™. Building on more than 10 years of success, MindUP™ offers a social and emotional learning curriculum and training program, which provides a framework for creating positive and supportive environments for children and adolescents.

After the plenary session, attendees can choose from a series of break-out sessions the rest of the program. The sessions will cover topics ranging from self-acceptance, grief and support, handling school avoidance, and trends with transgender youth. The Help Group has assembled a diverse group of speakers from organizations including the Integrity Treatment Program, the Rape Treatment Center, LA Rise, the Child Guidance Center, UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute and Hospital, and the Our House Grief Support Center.

More information about the conference and online registration can be found at