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

May 09, 2014 9:00 am -
May 09, 2014 4:30 pm

Event Description



Conference on Child & Adolescent Mental Health


Making a Difference:

Positive Child and Youth Development in Clinics, Schools & Communities


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                             Welcoming Remarks

                                    Bruce Ecker, Ph.D., Director, Concentration on Children and Families of Adversity and Resilience (CFAR)

                                    Nicholas Covino, PsyD, President, MSPP


9:15                             Promoting the Positive Development of Youth: Theory, Research, and Applications

                                    Richard Lerner, Ph.D., Director, Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development, Tufts University


10:30                           Morning Break


10:45 – 11:45              Concurrent Sessions:


                                    Session I: School-Based Behavioral Health: Developing Culturally-Responsive Interventions for Black Adolescent Girls

                                    Maryam Jernigan, Ph.D.


                                    Session II: Positive Behavior Support for Young Children: The CSEFEL Pyramid Model in Massachusetts 

                                    Kate Roper, M.A., Ed.M., 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, Ph.D. 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                           Lunch & Networking


1:00                             Successful Mental Health Care for Youth and Young Adults

                                    Lydia Proulx with Young Adult Members of Youth M.O.V.E. Massachusetts


1:45                             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                             Afternoon Break


2:45 – 3:40                  Concurrent Sessions


                                    Session I: How the Culture of Adult Learning in Schools Impacts the Quality of Student Life and Learning

                                    John D’Auria, Ed.D.


                                    Session II: Boston Youth Sanctuary: An Innovative Therapeutic After School Program

                                    Jana Karp, M.Ed., 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, Ed.D., and Amanda Hemp, LICSW


                                    Session IV: Early Childhood Mental Health Medical Home Model

                                    Christina Moulin, M.A., Molly Mariano, LICSW, and Jacqueline Rue


3:45                             Moving from At Risk to At Promise: Words Matter

                                    Jessica Henderson Daniel, Ph.D., 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)


6 CE Credits
Location: at MSPP, Newton

Event Type:Continuing Education Program
Category:Children & Adolescents
Early registration ends on Feb 02, 2014.
Regular registration starts on Feb 03, 2014 and ends on Apr 28, 2014.
Late registration starts on Apr 29, 2014.


Registration Fees
Fee TypeEarlyRegularLate
 Positive Child and Youth Development in Clinics, Schools & Communities
Member Fee: $135.00$135.00$135.00
Non-Member Fee: $135.00$135.00$135.00
 PYD6-Non-MSPP Students, General Public, Other Professionals (No CE Credits)
Member Fee: $67.50$67.50$67.50
Non-Member Fee: $67.50$67.50$67.50

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