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Friday Update 11-24-17

Greetings faithful readers. In the Zen moment that is this Friday, I've got me some P!nk rollin' around in my head singing one of my favorite songs of hers - Try. I especially like the verse that goes "Where there is desire there is gonna be a flame. Where there is a flame someone's bound to get burned. But just because it burns doesn't mean you're gonna die. You've gotta get up and try, try, try." So there ya go, Network faithful. Don't let the madness of what's goin' on in this world get you down. Ya gotta get up and try, try, try. Enjoy ya some P!nk and then get to readin' Friday Update, cuz we got work to do!

Most important reads for this week  

Preventing Autism Epidemic by Reducing Inflammation, Oxidative Stress, and Acetaminophen Exposure
Dennis Embry's new Morning Zen series, "Our Children, Our Futures," has captured the imagination of Network readers - Over 10,000 reads of his essay last week! This week, Dennis takes on the controversial topic of the causes of autism. With a solid foundation based in prevention science, Dennis Embry, per usual, will broaden your horizons and make you think. Read on, Network faithful!

How to Talk to Children About Sexual Harassment
Talking about sex isn’t easy for anyone. For parents, even the idea of talking to kids about sex is uncomfortable. But today we find ourselves in the painful position of having to talk to kids about sexual harassment, and the kind of inappropriate behavior that has become a staple of the news lately. Check out this excellent post by Harold S. Koplewicz, MD, of the Child Mind Institute. Dr. Koplecz offers clear and useful advice that you can use to help guide your conversation with your children. 

Selection of Winning Proposals for the "Tampa Conference" Completed. What an Amazing Lineup. Register today!
Email announcements to the authors of winning proposals for presentation at the 31st Annual Research and Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health are being prepared and will be sent out this coming Wednesday. We will have the detailed preliminary agenda posted online the week of December 4th. We had a record number of submissions this year. Congratulations to the winners!

Check Out the Amazing Lineup of Keynote Speakers at the Tampa Conference!
Headlining the conference are former Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy, Victor Rios, creator of Project GRIT (Generating Resilience to Inspire Transformation), Dr. Larke Huang, Director of the Office of Behavioral Health Equity, and an all-star panel focused on researching what types of services and supports work best for youth and young adults. The conference is shaping up to be our best yet. Can't wait to see you there!

Become a Sponsor of the Tampa Conference! 
The 31st Annual Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health will be held March 4-7, 2018 at the Hilton Tampa Downtown Hotel. Each year, participants hear an outstanding line-up of speakers who are leading researchers and advocates in the field. Sponsorship is a great opportunity to show your organizations support and gain national visibility in the behavioral health field. What are ya' waitin' for? 

Speaking of conferences...
The University of Maryland, Baltimore Training Institutes Call for Proposals Now Open – Deadline December 15th
The University of Maryland School of Social Work is pleased to invite individuals with expertise in integrating systems and improving outcomes in behavioral health for children, youths, young adults, and their families to submit presentation proposals for the University of Maryland, Baltimore Training Institutes. Proposals are due by Dec. 15, 2017! Learn more about the conference here. 

Dare to Dream America is back!
If you're a youth between the ages of 13 and 25 with a great idea for a mental health awareness project, this might just be the opportunity for you. Dare to Dream America is a funding program that offers up to 11 grants of $1,250 and $2,500 to implement youth-driven projects! The deadline to apply is December 15, 2017. So, like, seriously... get on it!

Adolescent Dating Violence and Nonmedical Prescription Drug Use
In this issue of Pediatrics, Clayton et al. report on the associations between adolescent dating violence (DV) victimization and the nonmedical use of prescription drugs (NMUPD) using the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System. 

Transitioning From Training to Independent Work: Impacts on Early Turnover
Effective training and preparation are important as new child welfare workers begin their work with families at risk of maltreatment. Child welfare workers must understand the complex social problems affecting vulnerable children and families; employ interviewing, assessment, and case management skills; and deliver individualized, skilled services. 

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scottScott Bryant-Comstock
President & CEO

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