September 12th

Time 2017-1 2017-2 2017-3
8:30 amRegistration and Breakfast Buffet
9:00 amPanel Discussion: Reviewing the 2017 Legislative Session Natalie Kelly, Christine Daly, John Bryant
10:45 amPeer Specialists and WRAP (Wellness, Recovery, Action, Plan) Justin Volpe, Cindy SchwartzThe Truths of Disproportionate Minority Contact and Where Do We Go From Here Jim ClarkAttributes of a Successful Telemedicine Program Lloyd Sirmons
12:00 pmLunch And Keynote – Effective Policies for Our National Mental Health System
1:30 pmFACT Teams – 2 Best Practice Models Cindy O’Brien, Cindy Pinion, Sandra JacksonChallenges that Present LGBT College Students Kaitlin LeggAdverse Childhood Experiences: The Biology of Stress and How We Can Respond Dr. Mikah Owen
2:45 pmDemystifying Program Evaluation Dr. Sharon WilburnIntersection of Healthy Minds and Healthy Relationships Annie ForrestBuilding on Autism Spectrum Disorder Strengths: Project THRIVE and Beyond Joanna Ale
4:00 pmClosing Remarks

September 13th

Time 2017-4 2017-5 2017-6
8:30 amBreakfast and Keynote Speaker – No One Cares About Crazy People: The Chaos and Heartbreak of Mental Health in America Ron Powers
9:30 amAddressing the Opiod Epidemic Dr. Marcus DeCarvalhoOverview of Sexual Trauma and Risk Reduction Treatment (STARRT)  Dr. Shandra DavisMindfulness and Self Care for Helping Professionals Bethany Crawley, Jessica Henderson
11:00 amCreating our Legislative Agenda

Session Descriptions

Breakfast and Keynote Speaker – No One Cares About Crazy People: The Chaos and Heartbreak of Mental Health in America

Lunch And Keynote – Effective Policies for Our National Mental Health System

Panel Discussion: Reviewing the 2017 Legislative Session

Moderator: Natalie Indelicato
Panelists: Secretary Christine Daly, Dept. of Juvenile Justice John Bryant, Department of Children and Families Natalie Kelly, Florida Association of Managing Entities
Sponsor: Chartrand Family Foundation

Mindfulness and Self Care for Helping Professionals

Mindfulness is a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations. Mindfulness practice has been shown to be a helpful technique for managing stress and developing resiliency for helping professionals. Through the support of the Community Foundation, the Children’s Home Society of Florida has partnered with Bethany Crawley, Certified Mindfulness Trainer, to implement a trauma informed mindfulness practice program to promote staff self care.  Attend this session for a dialectical and experiential introduction into mindful self care, self compassion, and stress reduction.

Overview of Sexual Trauma and Risk Reduction Treatment (STARRT) 

The experience of sexual abuse is a frightening complex, and all too common tragedy in everyday life. Those who experience it can develop a variety of significantly debilitating , short and/or long term traumatic effects such as depression, suicidal behavior, anxiety, relationship problems, sexual dysfunction, poor health, and overall difficulty functioning in their everyday lives. At Chrysalis, we aspire to help those suffering to overcome these potentially devastating effects, and live healthy, productive, and satisfying lives. We are also committed to stopping the cycle of violence by working with those who sexually offend others, making our communities safer for all. This session will provide a brief overview of the STARRT program.

Addressing the Opiod Epidemic

This breakout session will present the research that demonstrates the severity of the opiod epidemic, including specific data on the prevalence throughout the state of Florida.  It will also provide treatment options for mental health and substance abuse professionals.

Building on Autism Spectrum Disorder Strengths: Project THRIVE and Beyond

This breakout session provides an overview of Autism Spectrum Disorders, current assets focused research, practical techniques for counselors and other mental health providers, and a formula for mental health counselors and behavior analysts to work together as the ultimate service team.

Intersection of Healthy Minds and Healthy Relationships

One Love is a national organization educating people about healthy and unhealthy relationship behaviors and empowering them to be change agents in their communities.  Join the One Love Foundation in a session focused on the intersection of relationship abuse and mental health. Learn how we are sparking conversations across Florida and the rest of the country that encourage healthy relationships and healthy minds.

Demystifying Program Evaluation

What is evaluation? What is program evaluation? What are the differences between evaluation and research? This workshop will address these questions and provide an overview of evaluation types and components from context to long term outcome evaluation.  Relevant case studies will be presented to illustrate how evaluation strategies are implemented.

Adverse Childhood Experiences: The Biology of Stress and How We Can Respond

The session will describe the impact of adverse childhood experiences on the health and well-being of children and the adults they become. Review the biology of stress and how adverse childhood experiences alter brain architecture. Discuss ways in which we, as individuals, and as a community, can develop a trauma-informed approach to meet the needs of children who have experienced trauma.

Challenges that Present LGBT College Students

This session will focus on the challenges that present in LGBT college students.  There will be a focus and discussion on the lack of access to competent counselors and affordable care, no health insurance, navigating family problems, and the coming out process.  Emphasis will also be placed on the anxiety and depression that LGBT students feel when they are in the college environment.

FACT Teams – 2 Best Practice Models

Mental Health Resource Center, Inc. and Stewart-Marchman-ACT Behavioral Healthcare will collaboratively present information about Florida Assertive Community Treatment (FACT).  MHRC operates two FACT teams in Duval County and seven additional teams throughout Florida.  SMA operates the newest FACT team in St. Johns/Putnam County and the FACT team in Volusia County.  FACT is an effective, evidence-based, outreach-oriented, service-delivery model for people with severe and persistent mental illness.  Services are provided by a multidisciplinary mental health team that assumes responsibility for helping the participant achieve his or her treatment goals.  MHRC and SMA will discuss the history of ACT, information on the priority populations served, and the challenges and goals for both new and longstanding FACT teams.

Attributes of a Successful Telemedicine Program

We will conduct a live demonstration on how telemedicine can be used.  We will also explore the possibilities that exist with telemedicine and look at what it takes to for a telemedicine program to be successful.

The Truths of Disproportionate Minority Contact and Where Do We Go From Here

Having been involved with Disproportionate Minority Contact initiatives for over 35 years, I believe there  are reasons it has not been as  effective as it can be. The cynic might say it’s been  lip service all along. Efforts to just get the federal money.  Or that  the existence  of communities today are,  you get what you get. Or that those in power want it that way for reasons of profit or Racism.  Jeff Pegues in his new book,  “Black and Blue”  provides some insight into some of these feelings. This workshop will explore some of the realities of DMC and what is going on in Florida today but  will also suggest recommendations on how DMC can be better and how young black boys/men can be diverted from crime and prison.

Peer Specialists and WRAP (Wellness, Recovery, Action, Plan)

The Peer Specialist uses their own unique life experience in order to guide and support others who are moving toward recovery. This is a challenging position that may be integrated into recovery oriented systems of care. This presentation will provide an operational view of the roles and functions peer specialists perform and how they can utilize WRAP in their own journey toward recovery as well as with the people that they assist in their role as peer specialist.