Course Listing - by Instructor

Name Biography
LaVerne Bell-Tolliver LaVerne Bell-Tolliver, PhD., LCSW, a therapist with HLH Consultants and a local church pastor, has over 45 years’ experience as a masters level clinical social worker. Now an associate professor emeritus with the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) School of Social Work, Bell-Tolliver retired from the university in spring 2018. Bell-Tolliver is currently a Licensed Certified Social Worker in the State of Arkansas, registered play therapist supervisor, and a clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Throughout the years, she has worked in the fields of mental health, child protective services, and private practice. Dr. Bell-Tolliver graduated with her Ph.D. in Family Therapy at Texas Woman’s University. Dr. Bell-Tolliver currently serves on the following boards: Children’s’ Protection Center in Little Rock, Freedom for Youth, Inc., a non-profit organization of Helena-West Helena, AR., dedicated to empowering children, youth, and families, and the prison Re-entry board of Directors at the Pine Bluff prison unit.
Patricia Brannin Pat Brannin is a certified prevention consultant for over 15 years. She is currently the Prescription Drug Overdose Community Liaison for the Criminal Justice Institute working with community organizations and treatment centers to address opioid misuse issues. She has been a regional prevention provider and a project officer for Division of Adult, Aging, and Behavioral Health Service and was instrumental in developing peer recovery specialists standards for the state. In her 30 year social services career she has been a child protective specialist, housing authority social services coordinator, parent facilitator in at-risk schools, a teacher, and a transitional housing manager. She is also a certified poverty coach and secretary of the Central Arkansas Re-Entry Coalition.
Shawna Burns Shawna Burns ( will be speaking on Adverse Childhood Experiences
Brant Cates
Dawn Doray
Carlton Hall Carlton Hall ( will be presenting Changing the Conversation: Prevention and Leadership
Christine Hartford Dr. Christine M. Hartford, faculty member at NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine, will be speaking on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorders
Patty McCook
Stephen McElroy
Derrick Newby