SOURCE: Brandon School

April 23, 2013 09:30 ET

Kids and Fire Make a Bad Match

NATICK, MA--(Marketwired - Apr 23, 2013) - The 7th Annual Northeast Youth Firesetting Conference, sponsored by the Brandon School and MA-SAFE, is slated for May 9th, 2013 at the Hampton Inn in Natick, MA. The event features thought-provoking breakout sessions, including "I burned down the house; when can I come home?" along with others, all designed to serve fire prevention professionals, educators and therapists working with "at risk" youth. For a conference overview, please see http://www.brandonschool.org/pathways/

Benjamin (not his real name) is 13 years old. Abuse, depression and a string of fire setting episodes have landed him at Brandon, a residential treatment facility located in Natick, Massachusetts that's had real success in helping kids with fire setting issues. Prior to the availability of proper intervention in his community, such as outpatient therapy or a day program, a child like Benjamin might have spent time in detention or a psychiatric hospital. More tragically, he might have started a fire with devastating consequences. Since coming to Brandon, Benjamin, by his own estimate, sees a bright future without the anguish of a flame-lit future.

Fortunately for Benjamin and the thousands of at risk kids across America for whom fire setting is a serious (and sometimes deadly) issue, Brandon's skilled practitioners share a mission with other dedicated clinicians and interventionists. In hosting the 7th Annual Northeast Youth Firesetting Conference, Brandon and MA SAFE have created a unique resource for fire prevention personnel, law enforcement officers, clinicians and educators.

With a program featuring leading experts in mental health, fire prevention, education and community outreach, the Northeast Youth Firesetting Conference for 2013 will bring people together from all over the country for a day of presentations, intensive seminars (many featuring in-service credits) and networking. It's a way to keep current on the latest developments in the field, find new energy and share best practices with others in the field. The 2013 conference is a vital component in the effort to prevent childhood firesetting while learning new ways to manage and remediate kids who have already transgressed.

For media contact, high-news-value background, interviews and conference information, contact Rebecca Porter at rporter@brandonschool.org or call 508-655-6400. Click on brandonschool.org for conference registration, keynote, breakout sessions and hotel information. Brandon School is a 501(c)3 residential treatment facility serving behavior-disordered youth at risk.

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