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Conference on Child & Adolescent Mental Health

Making a Difference: Positive Child and Youth Development in Clinics, Schools & Communities

May 9, 2014, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm at MSPP

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Co-Sponsors include: The Executive Office of Health and Human Services, the Boston Public Health Commission, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Parent/Professional Advocacy League, the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, the Center of Excellence for Children, Families and the Law, the Freedman Center for Child and Family Development, and the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology

Conference Coordinators: Bruce Ecker PhD, Robert Kinscherff, PhD, JD and Gemima St. Louis, PhD

This multi-disciplinary conference will highlight innovative programs that are making a difference in the lives of children and adolescents who are living with mental illness and those who are at imminent risk for social and emotional delays. One in five children under the age of 19 suffers from a psychiatric disorder. Yet, only 20-34% of youth who are diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder receive treatment. Preschool children face expulsion rates that are three times higher than children in kindergarten through 12th grade. Traditional models of treatment that focus on deficits have yielded only modest results. Alternatively, models of treatment that focus on strengths show much promise, and can be applied across developmental stages and in many settings to address the unique mental health challenges faced by children, adolescents, and their families.

The conference perspective will be broad, considering work in clinics, pediatric medical homes, early child care settings, schools, and communities. The connections between research and practice will be stressed throughout. Concrete examples of successful practices and programs will be presented. The presenters will include eminent researchers as well as prominent service providers, policy planners, and consumers. Representatives from early child care programs, schools, health care centers, communities, and Commonwealth agencies will be present to foster collaboration in meeting the growing mental health needs of children and their families. The day will be divided between plenary sessions, panel presentations, and concurrent sessions—all in an attempt to foster engagement and sharing. The conference will be relevant for practitioners, educators, administrators, policy makers, consumers, and community support personnel.


8:30 – 9:00 am Registration & Continental Breakfast
9:00 – 9:15 am Welcoming Remarks
Bruce Ecker, PhD, Director, Concentration on Children and Families of Adversity and Resilience (CFAR)
Nicholas Covino, PsyD, President, MSPP
9:15 – 10:30 am Promoting the Positive Development of Youth: Theory, Research, and Applications
Richard Lerner, PhD, Director, Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development, Tufts University
10:30– 10:40 am Morning Break
  Session I: School-Based Behavioral Health: Developing Culturally-Responsive Interventions for Black Adolescent Girls
Maryam Jernigan, PhD
  Session II: Positive Behavior Support for Young Children: The CSEFEL Pyramid Model in Massachusetts
Kate Roper, MA, EdM, Michelle Campbell Gaylord, and Margaret Silverberg, MSW
  Session III: Employing the Systems of Care and Wraparound Models from Early Childhood to Transitioning Youth
Jack Simons, PhD and Leslie Fisher-Katz, MS, LMHC, CAC
  Session IV: The Boston Public Schools Comprehensive Behavioral Health Model
Andria Amador, Director of School Psychology, Boston Public Schools
  Session V: Children's Behavioral Workforce Collaborative: A Certificate Program in Children's Behavioral Health
Deborah A. Fauntleroy, MSW
12:00 – 1:00 pm Lunch & Networking
1:00 – 1:45 pm Successful Mental Health Care for Youth and Young Adults
Lydia Proulx with Young Adult Members of Youth M.O.V.E. Massachusetts
1:45 – 2:30 pm Early Childhood Mental Health: Sustaining the Integration of Behavioral Health and Health Care
A. Kathryn Power, M.Ed., SAMHSA Regional Director; Deborah Allen, ScD, Director of the Bureau of Child, Adolescent, and Family Health, Boston Public Health Commission; Charlie Homer, NICHQ; Neha Sahni, M.S., Medicaid Administrator; and Christopher Counihan, Mass. Health
2:30 – 2:40 pm Afternoon Break
  Session I: How the Culture of Adult Learning in Schools Impacts the Quality of Student Life and Learning
John D'Auria, EdD
  Session II: Boston Youth Sanctuary: An Innovative Therapeutic After School Program
Jana Karp, MEd, Brian Aufiero, LICSW, and Harry Harding
  Session III: Delivering High Quality Treatments in the Age of CBHI: The Integration of Evidence-Based and Experience-Based Perspectives in the Implementation of Services for Youth with Adverse Childhood Experiences and Their Families
Monica Roizner, EdD, and Amanda Hemp, LICSW
  Session IV: Early Childhood Mental Health Medical Home Model
Christina Moulin, MA, Molly Mariano, LICSW, and Jacqueline Rue
3:45 – 4:30 pm Moving from At Risk to At Promise: Words Matter
Jessica Henderson Daniel, PhD, Children's Hospital Boston, Harvard Medical School
4:30 pm Closing Remarks and Adjournment

This conference is funded in part by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Updated 4/7/14

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