Dr. George Turner presents on mentoring disability professionals at the 94th Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) conference.

For Immediate Release Media Contact: George Turner, PhD, LSCSW/LCSW, CEO Turner Professional Group (TPG) Direct: 816-931-8255 or george@turnerprofessionalgroup.com

Dr. George Turner, a local disability expert and advocate, will present "Cross-Disciplinary Peer Mentoring: Supporting Degree Completion for Doctoral Students and Enriching the Disability Field " at the AERA, a national education research conference held in San Francisco, California (April 27-May 01, 2013). He will speak about encouraging graduate students to consider a career in disability service, education and research. His paper explores enriching programs, such as special education, that prepare professionals to work with individuals with disabilities. Through an interdisciplinary peer to peer approach, Dr. Turner offers an alternative to traditional mentoring programs in order to cross pollinate and increase disability competence of doctoral students in diverse programs like education, psychology, social work and other helping fields.

Dr. Turner stated, that the conference theme “Education and Poverty: Theory, Research, Policy and Praxis” is significant in that, “There’s a ‘poverty’ of highly qualified direct support professionals working with people with disabilities. It’s often a revolving door of staff that are working in the front lines. We need to provide a professional career path from the university to direct support. Additionally, there can be a huge disconnect between the various disciplines and often professors or researchers have little experience with direct services or policy. I believe linking programs through peer mentoring will groom better professionals and enhance overall services for people with disabilities”. AERA is a national research society, and strives to advance knowledge about education, to encourage scholarly inquiry related to education, and to promote the use of research to improve education and serve the public good.

As a disability advocate, Dr. Turner has a rich history supporting individuals with intellectual disabilities (ID). In his practice he sees adults and youth with ID to help them lead a life full of deep and rewarding relationships, free from coercion, abuse and trauma. He aides families in preparing age-appropriate sexuality education and he consults with school districts and agencies serving people with disabilities on programming, staff training, and policy development.

Dr. Turner is licensed psychotherapist and certified sex therapist. Along with another of the area’s leading disability experts, Lisa Meyers, also a clinical social worker and certified sex therapist, Dr. Turner operates a private practice, Turner Professional Group, near the Plaza. Located at 4010 Washington, Kansas City, Mo. Turner Professional Group is a holistic, spa-like practice, specializing in relationship enhancement, sexual health and personal wellness.

For more information, contact: George Turner, PhD, LSCSW/LCSW 4010 Washington, Suite 405 Kansas City, MO 64111 Telephone: (816) 931-8255 Web: www.turnerprofessionalgroup.com Email: George@turnerprofessionalgroup.com

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