Plenary Session

Tuesday July 24, 2018

Grand Ballrooms in the Mizner Center

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.


Keynote Speakers


Dr. Keith Bailey

Dr. Keith Bailey has over 25 years experience working with children and families in the child welfare system, serving 15 of those years at the Holston United Methodist Home for Children in various positions.

He later served as a consultant for the University of Tennessee’s Social Work Office of Research and Public Service. During his position within the office, he trained Department of Children’s Services (DCS) staff and foster parents, developed curricula, and offered technical support for DCS. Dr. Bailey also served as Curriculum Coordinator for  the University of Tennessee, developing the curricula for the Food and Drug Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

For the past two years, Dr. Bailey has served as the Training Director for Harmony Family Center, under the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services. He also is a professionally certified Trainer for Therapeutic Crisis Intervention through Cornell University.

Operating his own training and consulting business for over a decade, Dr. Bailey has served schools, child welfare agencies, and social service agencies across the U.S. and in Canada both as an independent consultant and on behalf of the Child Welfare League of America, the National Technical Assistance Center, and SafeGaurds. His trainings and consulting work has centered around positive behavior support, trauma-informed practices, crisis intervention and de-escalation techniques, strategies to reduce the use of restraint and seclusion, and changing the culture of care.

Dr. Bailey earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Tennessee Wesleyan College, a Masters of Divinity from Duke University, and an M. S. in Child Development, and Ph.D. in Human Ecology with a concentration in Child and Family Studies from the University of Tennessee.

To view Dr. Bailey’s presentation, click here.

Josh Shipp

Josh Shipp is a best-selling author, global youth empowerment expert, and acclaimed speaker. A former at-risk foster kid turned youth advocate, he is renowned for his documentary TV series (A&E), that followed his ground-breaking work with teens.

He’s spoken at universities such as Harvard, Stanford, MIT & UCLA.

He is a recognized teen expert for media outlets as MTV, CNN, FOX, The New York Times, 20/20, Good Morning America. He’s worked with groups of parents, educators & mental health professionals plus has spoken to more than TWO Million teens and parents live.

His ultimate goal is to help as many young people as possible. He trains other speakers through Youth Speaker University and his online mentoring program One Caring Adult has a world-wide reach.

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