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Friday Update 11-3-17

Greetings faithful readers. Never forget that we can all be champions, even in the current time of turmoil and controversy. Let's start with an uplifting reminder of the power within all of us by watching this video from The Script, featuring will.i.am, singing "Hall of Fame." Enjoy the inspiration and then get to readin' Friday Update, cuz we got work to do!

Most important reads for this week  

Addressing the Treatment Gap: Interview with Dr. Alan Kazdin, International Expert In Children’s Mental Health Treatment
We have a treat for you, Network Faithful! Eliot Brenner is back with another great Morning Zen post, this time interviewing Alan Kazdin about his storied career as a psychologist. At the end of 2017, Alan Kazdin, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology at Yale University, will retire. During his career, Dr. Kazdin edited most major clinical psychology journals and was President of the American Psychological Association and the Association for the Advancement of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. He has been a trailblazer in the development of evidence-based practices in children’s mental health and has much wisdom to share.

New Plenary Added to the Tampa Conference! 
Can You Afford (Not) to Improve Workforce Development for Providers Working with Youth and Young Adults?
Typically, behavioral and mental health providers who work with youth and young adults have not had the opportunity to be trained in skills specific to working with this population. Unfortunately, the most widely-used strategies for training and workforce development are not particularly effective in helping providers gain new practice skills. But using more effective, research-derived "gold standard" strategies for training, coaching and supervision can be prohibitively expensive and time-consuming. Fortunately, there is emerging evidence for new approaches to workforce development that are effective and affordable. If you want to learn more, attend this dynamic plenary presentation at the Tampa Conference. Register today!

Check Out the Rest of the Amazing Lineup of Keynote Speakers at the Tampa Conference!
In addition to the plenary panel presentation mentioned above, headlining the conference are former Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy, Victor Rios, creator of Project GRIT (Generating Resilience to Inspire Transformation), and Dr. Larke Huang, Director of the Office of Behavioral Health Equity, SAMHSA. The conference is shaping up to be our best yet. Can't wait to see you there!

Become a Sponsor for 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? 

New App Helps Parents Track Child’s Developmental Milestones
The Milestone Tracker app, available in iOS and Android mobile phones, was developed by CDC’s Learn the Signs. Act Early. program to help parents, early care and education providers and health care providers track developmental milestones in young children. Through this app and its many other parent-friendly tools, the program aims to improve the early identification of children with developmental delays and disabilities, including autism, so children and families can get the support and services they need as early as possible. 

How Far Can You Move the Needle on Bullying Prevention?
The Assessing Prevention and Implementing Change resource contain two main tools developed for state health departments: the Bullying Prevention Capacity Assessment, and the Bullying Prevention Change Package and Driver Diagram. Schools, daycare providers, summer camp programs, youth sports, and other clubs and venues where youth convene also can use them to find meaningful strategies to promote empathy, civility, and inclusion to prevent bullying. 

Advancing Research To Prevent Youth Suicide: Federal Partners Meeting Report for the Pathways to Prevention Workshop 
This report from the NIH Office of Disease Prevention is the culmination of a two-year effort by the NIH to identify activities that could be effective in preventing suicidal thoughts and behaviors as early as possible and to assist in identifying future research needs. The report identifies key next steps and opportunities for collaboration across federal agencies, including: create a national workgroup focused on key issues relating to youth suicide with member organizations (both public and private) from the local to the national level; identify, compile, and integrate existing datasets with data on youth suicide risk/preventive factors to enable further secondary analyses; and develop improved experimental designs, data harmonization, and analytical techniques for examining youth suicide risk/protective factors.

Americans in rural areas more likely to die by suicide; Suicide rates for rural counties consistently higher than urban counties from 2001-2015
Rural counties in the U.S. consistently had higher suicide rates than metropolitan counties from 2001-2015, according to data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The new report examined annual county-level trends in suicide rates during 2001-2015 for rural counties, medium/small metropolitan counties, and large metropolitan counties, as well as demographics and mechanism of death. 

Supporting Brain Development in Traumatized Children and Youth 
This Administration on Children and Families (ACF) bulletin summarizes the effects of early trauma on brain development and looks at steps child welfare professionals can take to screen for developmental delays and identify the trauma-affected children and youth in their care. It also looks at ways to access cross-sector, therapeutic, and evidence-based treatment to encourage healthy recovery for trauma-affected children and youth.

Addressing the Opioid Crisis Means Confronting Socioeconomic Disparities 
The opioid crisis has particularly affected some of the poorest regions of the country such as Appalachia. People living in poverty are especially at risk for addiction and its consequences like overdose or spread of HIVNational Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Director Dr. Nora Volkow examines how factors such as health care access, and environmental and social stresses contribute to addiction.

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scottScott Bryant-Comstock
President & CEO

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