This year's conference will be held October 3-5, 2013 at the Crystal City Gateway Marriott Hotel (1700 Jefferson Davidson Highway) in Arlington, Virginia. The Conference is hosted by the Center for School Mental Health (CSMH) 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 "What Works in School Mental Health: Collaboration from the Inside Out." The conference features twelve specialty tracks and this year will also include 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.
Travel and Hotel Accommodations
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.
18th Annual Conference Save-the-Date
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2013 Juanita Cunningham Evans Memorial Award and the Youth and Family Partnership Award presented each year at the Annual Conference. Nominations should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than June 30, 2013.
Archived Presentations and Program Booklets
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).
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.
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.