Annual Conference on Advancing School Mental Health

This year's conference will be held Septempter 18-20, 2014 at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown in Pittsburgh, PA. The Conference is hosted by the Center for School Mental Health (CSMH; funded by the Health and Resources Services Administration) and the IDEA Partnership (funded by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), sponsored by the National Association of State Directors of Special Education). The theme of the conference is School Mental Health: Enhancing Safe, Supportive and Healthy Schools.  The conference features twelve specialty tracks and also includes a special topic area on funding and sustainability in school mental health.  The Annual Conference offers speakers and participants numerous opportunities to advance knowledge and skills related to school mental health practice, research, training, and policy.  The conference emphasizes a shared school-family-community agenda to bring high quality and evidence-based mental health promotion, prevention, and intervention to students and families. The intended audience for the conference includes clinicians, educators, administrators, youth and family members, researchers, primary care providers, advocates, and other youth-serving professionals. Click here to view this year's save the date.

Thank you to everyone for submitting proposals. Presenters and attendees may register online here, or by filling out the registration form and faxing it to (410) 706-0984.

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Click here to view a draft of this year's program booklet.

Conference Objectives
As a result of attending this conference, participants will be able to:

1) Identify three or more strategies for effectively implementing a full continuum of integrated approaches to reduce barriers to learning.
2) List three challenges to implementing evidence-based practice and programs in school mental health and identify at least three strategies to overcome them.
3) Define the concept of family-school-community partnership and be able to identify three action steps to building a shared agenda.
4) Develop written achievable strategies for program evaluation, focusing on outcomes valued by youth, families, and school and community stakeholders.
5) List at least three strategies to build policy support for school mental health at the local, state, and/or federal level.

Awards
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2014 Juanita Cunningham Evans Memorial Award and the Youth and Family Partnership Award presented each year at the Annual Conference. Please send your nominations to Dr. Nancy Lever at nlever@psych.umaryland.edu no later than June 30, 2014.

Sponsorship
The Annual Conference on Advancing School Mental Health is sponsored by the Center for School Mental Health (CSMH) in collaboration with the IDEA Partnership, sponsored by the National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE). 

Conference Disclaimer
The CSMH at the University of Maryland School of Medicine does not endorse or approve any commercial products. While it is usually unnecessary, the CSMH reserves the right to substitute or cancel sessions.

Policy on Copyright Materials
The CSMH has ownership of materials and/or permission to use all materials in conjuction with this learning activity. However, if presenters are not using their own materials, the CSMH request that presenters obtain permission to use materials from the original source.

The CSMH’s commercial disclosure policy prohibits the introduction, representation, and/or selling of services and products, and the use of commercial logos in handouts or on slides in all conference sessions except during the exhibit and poster session. In addition, the policy prohibits selling of services and products outside of the exhibit area. If your proposed presentation will promote specific products or services that are cost items, then you must apply for an exhibit session and be a paid exhibitor.

Standards of Professional Conduct Policy
The CSMH promotes interdisciplinary approaches that involve relevant stakeholders (e.g. youth, families, teachers, administrators, clinicians, clergy, advocates, and community leaders). We request that presenters be respectful of other disciplines and stakeholder groups. The CSMH does not discriminate against learners on the basis of gender, age, socioeconomic or ethic background, sexual orientation, or disability.

American Disabilities Act
If you require special accommodations to attend or participate in the 17th Annual Conference, please provide information about your requirements to CSMH (410-706-0980) at least 10 business days in advance of this event.

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