Conference Agenda

This program has been approved for 5 Continuing Education Credits by NASW/CT
and meets the continuing education criteria for CT Social Work Licensure renewal.
The approval also meets re-licensing criteria for
LCSWs, LMSWs, LMFTs, LPCs, and licensed psychologists.

Where it applies, there is an additional charge for CEU's* 

Preview your workshop choices below before registering.

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION is open from September 11th - October 13th

All fees and registrations must be received by October 25th.

Don't delay as workshops tend to fill up quickly.

For a printable mail in form CLICK HERE

8:15am - 9:15amRegistration/Booth Viewing/Breakfast Refreshments

9:20am - 9:25amWelcome: Howard Reid, President, NAMI Connecticut

9:30am - 10:15amKeynote Speaker: Jeffrey J. Vanderploeg, Ph. D., Vice President for Mental Health Initiatives, Child Health and Development Institute (CHDI)

10:30am - 11:20am   Workshops A, B, C

A: Infant Mental Health: Heidi Maderia, MS, IMH-E®, Executive Director, CT Association for Infant Mental Health. Find out how even our earliest interactions with children begin to shape their mental wellness.

B: Ask the Pharmacist: Kristin Waters; Pharm.D.; Yale New Haven Hospital. Attendees will learn about recent developments in psychiatric medications, including potential role in therapy and side effects; followed by an audience Q&A.

C: Population Based Systems of Care for Psychosis: Dr. Vinod Srihari; Associate Professor of Psychiatry; Associate Program Director, Psychiatry Residency Training; Yale School of Medicine; Director, STEP Program.  Attendees will hear about how a Population Health framework can inform care models for mental illnesses, and learn about the standard set of outcomes developed for an early psychosis service in Connecticut (the clinic for Specialized Treatment Early in Psychosis, STEP); hear how a common set of standard measures can improve the quality of care across a network of clinics.

11:30AM - 12:20pm   Workshops D, E, F

D: Navigating Young Adulthood with a Serious Mental Health Condition: Challenges and Opportunities: Kathryn Sabella, MA, Ph.D., Project Director, Transitions Research & Training Center, & Laura Golden, Research Coordinator,  Department of Psychiatry, Univ. of Massachusetts Medical School. Attendees will receive an overview of cognitive, moral, social, and emotional development in young adulthood including the challenges and delays young adults with serious mental health conditions experience in these areas of development; plus hear about best practices for supporting young adults with serious mental health conditions during the transition to adulthood.

E: Opioids and Mental Health: Screening, Assessment, Treatment and Recovery: Julienne Giard, LCSW; Director, Evidence-Based Practices & Grants, CT Dept. of Mental Health and Addiction Services. Attendees will learn how to use at least 3 validated screening and assessment tools for mental health and substance use disorders; plus you will learn at least 3 evidence-based interventions for opioid use disorders and common co-occurring mental health conditions.

F: Geriatric Mental Health: Strategies for Healthy Brain Aging in 2017: Dr. Brent Forester; Chief, Division of Geriatric Psychiatry, McLean Hospital, Boston. Hear about the key challenges in geriatric mental health, as well as strategies for assessing depression and cognitive impairment in later life, including a discussion of the components for healthy brain aging.

Lunch -12:30pm - 1:20pm - Main Room

1:30pm - 2:20pm   Workshops G, H, I

G: School Aged Children & Mental Health: Dr. Robin Stern, Associate Director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, at Yale University. Attendees will discuss the basic skills of emotional intelligence; find out ways to impact emotions in 5 areas of life; and learn how emotionally intelligent skills can help students navigate peer relationships.

H: Building Trauma Informed Care in Our Communities: Rocio Chang-Angulo, Psy.D. Hear about how to define the different types of trauma and their prevalence and enhance understanding of the significance of the adverse childhood experiences study related to public health.

I: Peer Workshop/Peer Lead: John A. Naslund, PhD, Research Associate, Dartmouth’s Center for Technology & Behavioral Health. Learn about the scientific evidence and potential challenges and risks related to the use of social media for connecting peers, creating communities of wellness, and empowering individuals with mental illness.

2:30pm - 3:20pm   Resiliency Panal:

Dr. Joy Kaufman, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Yale University

Allan Gackstetter, Veteran & Mental Health Advocate

John Zvonek, Personal Trainer & Menatl Health Advocate

Valerie Sacco, Young Adult Programs Coordinator, NAMI Connecticut

Diane Blackwood, Caregiver & Mental Health Advocate


Co- Sponsored by DMHAS, Beacon Health Options, Optum, CT Suicide Advisory Board,           NAMI Farmington Valley, Silver Hill Hospital, InterCommunity, Inc., BlueSky Behavioral Health and FAVOR, Inc., among others...