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When was the last time you had perfect self-esteem? Most people believe it was when they were were infants.

Hanoch McCarty wants to change that perception.McCarty, an author and former English and social studies teacher, will be the keynote speaker in the second annual Conference on Enhancing Self-Esteem, sponsored by the Davis County Council on Infants, Children and Youth.

The conference will be held Thursday and Friday, March 21-22, at Davis High School.

A member of the executive board of the National Council for Self-Esteem, McCarty has published several books and many articles on motivation, stress management, teamwork and self-esteem.

He will address a general session open to the public on Thursday at 7 to 9 p.m. He will discuss the importance of self-esteem and how it helps children find success in school and life. The session is free.

Friday's session, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., is geared toward educators and other professionals who work with children.

At a cost of $13 per person, the Friday workshop will teach school-aged group management skills in calming tense and anxious children, techniques to motivate fatigued learners and ways to respond calmly to children's negative behavior.

In-service credit is available for mental-health workers and teachers who are not receiving career-ladder payment.

For more information, call 298-3446.