Move over boomers, the Millennials are here!

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Remember the Sixties? If not, 'ever heard of the Sixties?  Often described as a time of great social upheaval with dramatic shifts in education, economics, and social opportunities, it was the decade in which Baby Boomers came of age. Is it possible that the youth and young adults of today are experiencing even greater upheaval and change that the Baby Boomers?

nextamericaPaul Taylor, Senior Fellow at the Pew Research Center, thinks so. In his book, The Next America, Taylor writes, “In the decades since Boomers first came bounding onto the national stage, no generation of young adults had made nearly as loud an entrance–until now. Meet the Millennials.” Indeed the gaps between the Boomers and the Millennials in trust, anxiety, religious affiliation, wealth, politics, optimism, education, race/ethnicity, marriage, and child-bearing are astounding. The degree to which the generations differ raises many questions relevant to mental health: When young people and their parents and grandparents have such markedly different attitudes and values, how are families and communities to bridge the generation gap? What are the challenges for mental health professionals in working with teen and young adult clients?  With families? In building community acceptance?

These questions will be addressed by Taylor in an exclusive pre-conference intensive workshop at the 28th Annual Research and Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health, March 22nd. Paul Taylor's eye-opening book has been featured on The Daily Show and is this year's winner of the Blanche F. Ittleson Award, the American Orthopsychiatric Association's highest honor.

Building on Taylor's observations, Gary Melton, professor of pediatrics in the University of Colorado School of Medicine and professor of community and behavioral health in the Colorado School of Public Health, will argue that the current emphasis on evidence-based practice is a major obstacle to significant improvement in the average mental health of children, youth, and young adults and the well-being of their families. The only four-time recipient of the American Psychological Association's prestigious Distinguished Contributions Awards, Melton will contend that meaningful improvement will happen only when policymakers and practicing professionals work together to engineer a culture change.  

Mary Armstrong will build on the panel discussion by further exploring challenges to culture change in mental health. Armstrong will discuss what the implication of culture change are for the mental health system–including how funding is allocated, how professional are trained, and the role of state agencies–and possible strategies for addressing those challenges. Armstrong is Director of the Division of State and Local Support in the Department of Child and Family Studies at the Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute at University of South Florida and President of the American Orthopsychiatric Association.

The workshop will conclude with an examination of the need for an intergenerational community mental health system. Led by Jill McLeigh, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, this presentation will include a discussion on the challenges related to having separate child and adult systems, especially for young adults. 

If you are attending the 28th Annual Research and Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health, you will not want to miss this important pre-conference intensive session. More details here.

Tampa Conference: Early registration pricing ends Monday, March 2nd

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Don't miss out on early registration prices!

Early registration pricing for the conference and intensive workshops ends this coming Monday, March 2nd. Register now and save!

Register Now for the Intensive Workshops to Ensure Your Space

Make plans now to attend our Sunday, March 22nd intensive workshops!  Capacity for these special workshops is limited and availability is based on first come, first served.

Hotel is Full!

We have exceeded our hotel block at the Hilton Downtown Tampa. Rooms may be available at a higher rate or you can try to get a room at another hotel in the area. A full list of downtown hotels can be viewed here.

We look forward to seeing you soon in warm and sunny Tampa!

What does trauma-informed care for children mean to you?

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10minutesDo you have a role in behavioral health, child welfare, juvenile justice, education, pediatrics, or any other child-serving system (including family advocates)? If so, please take 10 minutes to say what trauma-informed care (TIC) means to you, and to what extent it has been implemented in your agency or system. This is an anonymous, national survey designed to learn more about the key principles of trauma informed care in human services for children, youth, and families.

While there has been increasing interest in TIC, there is not always consensus or clarity about what steps are required to make a system “trauma-informed.” This survey is intended to solicit input from multiple systems and roles on what it means to be trauma-informed, to what extent systems are currently trauma-informed, and how TIC differs from standard care. It is anticipated that the survey results will be incorporated into a paper as part of a Special Section on Trauma Informed Care in the journal Child Maltreatment. This special section is intended to identify key definitional issues in TIC and next steps for research. 

The survey, approved by the Medical University of South Carolina IRB, is being conducted by Rochelle Hanson and Jason Lang.


Dr. Rochelle Hanson is a Professor at the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center (NCVC), Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as Director of the NCVC Family and Child Program. She is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist specializing in the treatment of trauma among children, adolescents and adults. Dr. Hanson's primary research interests focus on dissemination and implementation of evidence-based treatments for children and families who have experienced trauma. She currently serves as Project Director for a SAMHSA-funded Category II Center devoted to developing and providing evidence-based services for adolescents who have experienced trauma, particularly those involved in the juvenile justice and child welfare service systems. She is a core faculty member of Project BEST, a statewide initiative, funded by the Duke Endowment, whose long-term goal is to ensure that abused/traumatized children in South Carolina receive appropriate, empirically supported mental health assessment and psychosocial treatment services. Dr. Hanson is  a national trainer and certified therapist in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

langDr. Jason Lang is Director of Dissemination and Implementation at the Child Health and Development Institute, a non-profit organization that partners with state agencies, funders, community-based providers, and family advocacy organizations to improve children’s health and mental health services in Connecticut. He is a licensed clinical psychologist who holds an appointment as an Assistant Clinical Professor in Psychiatry at the University of Connecticut Health Center. Jason's interests are in the implementation of evidence-based and best practices, quality improvement, and the assessment and treatment of child traumatic stress. He is a Co-Principal Investigator and Project Director for the Connecticut Collaborative on Effective Practices for Trauma (CONCEPT), a five-year federally-funded initiative to improve trauma-informed care for children in Connecticut, and he coordinates the Connecticut TF-CBT Coordinating Center, a multi-year initiative to disseminate and provide quality assurance for Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) across Connecticut. Jason is also the Principal Investigator for Responding to Children of Arrested Parents Together (REACT) initiative, which includes development and implementation of an intervention model to support children following the arrest of a caregiver through collaborations between law enforcement, mobile crisis clinicians, and child welfare staff. 

Advocates launch campaign to advance recovery-focused mental health care

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Campaign Unveiled as Congress Considers Major Mental Health Reforms

February 11, 2015 (Washington, DC) – As House and Senate Democrats and Republicans focus on comprehensive mental health reform, and a recent poll by the Kennedy Center for Mental Health Policy and Research indicated that 71% of Americans are calling for “significant “ or “radical” changes in the way that mental illnesses and addiction are treated, leading mental health experts and advocacy groups have announced the formation of the Recovery Now! Campaign. The campaign has been created to address the crisis in our mental health service system and the personal crises faced daily by individuals and families in great distress.

“Mental health policy reform is rightly a top priority for Congress and the country,” said Bob Bernstein, executive director of the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law. “We want to ensure that any reform advances the science of what we know works: accessible, recovery-oriented, community-based treatments and supports.”

The campaign promotes the hope and promise that people can and do recover from even the most serious mental health conditions when they are provided a full array of both treatment and recovery supports.  “The data is clear: approaches that promote stable housing, employment, crisis respite and empathetic connections to others are as critically important as medical services to help individuals move from crisis to recovery,” said Harvey Rosenthal, Executive Director of the New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services.

“Recovery is real. I’m living proof, and so are thousands of others. Now is the time for major change, so that all Americans living with mental health and substance use conditions have a decent chance at recovery. Together we can shift our current climate of fear and despair to one of hopefulness and possibility,” said Leah Harris, Recovery Now! campaign coordinator and director of the National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery.

Added Phyllis Vine, a family activist and author of the book Families in Pain, “All families should advocate for recovery-oriented mental health reform, including peer and family support, which give our loved ones a real chance to live, work, and thrive in their communities.”

Recovery Now! brings a needed focus on recovery into the national conversation about the mental health care. The campaign will identify and promote proven approaches to end cycles of preventable relapses, hospitalizations, incarceration, and homelessness; advance concrete strategies to prevent and address mental health crisis; and will advocate for greater availability of comprehensive community-based services that promote wellness and recovery through the integration of mental health, addiction and medical care.

Organizations supporting the campaign include the National Association of County Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability Directors, the New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services, Mental Health America, the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, and the National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery. Spokespersons are available for public comment on mental health reform.

Nadine Burke Harris: How childhood trauma affects health across a lifetime

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Childhood trauma isn’t something you just get over as you grow up. Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris explains that the repeated stress of abuse, neglect and parents struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues has real, tangible effects on the development of the brain. This unfolds across a lifetime, to the point where those who’ve experienced high levels of trauma are at triple the risk for heart disease and lung cancer. An impassioned plea for pediatric medicine to confront the prevention and treatment of trauma, head-on.

HRH The Duchess of Cambridge supports UK's first Children's Mental Health Week

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The Duchess of Cambridge is taking a stand for children's mental health in a new PSA released Monday. 

"Both William and I have seen that many young people are struggling to cope with the impact of bullying, bereavement, domestic violence, family breakdown and more," Duchess Kate said. "Without support, the effects of these challenges can be traumatic, leading to serious issues such as anxiety, depression, addiction and self harm."

The video was released in association with Place2Be, a children's mental-health charity group, to launch the U.K.'s first Children's Mental Health Week, which takes place from Feb. 16-22.

"We need to help young people and their parents understand that it's not a sign of weakness to ask for help," the duchess added in the video. "A child's mental health is just as important as their physical health and deserves the same quality of support."

  • Network faithful are encouraged to visit the Place2Be website to see what our colleagues in the U.K. are doing.
  • Best wishes for a successful Children's Mental Health Week!

Deadline for NNEDLearn 2015 is February 24th!

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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration invites community-based organizations to participate in its fifth annual training opportunity, NNEDLearn 2015, to be held April 12 – 15, 2015 in Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico. Deadline to apply is February 24, 2015.

NNEDLearn 2015 offers five training tracks to build skills in evidence-supported and culturally appropriate clinical and consumer practices: Achieving Whole Health, Familia Adelante, Motivational Interviewing, Preventing Long-term Anger and Aggression in Youth (PLAAY), and Project Youth Venture.

Applications to participate in this meeting have been posted on the NNED website. NNED Partner organizations are encouraged to apply early as space for this event is limited. 

If your organization is not a NNED member but would like to apply for NNEDLearn 2015, please sign up here.

Learn more about NNEDLearn 2015. If you have questions regarding NNEDLearn or the application process, please email

The Neuroscience of Leadership: Crack the Code!

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Hey Network faithful - Zero Point Leadership is offering a $100.00 discount on their upcoming leadership series. Get on it!

The leader of the future uses science to change the status quo to make a difference in the world. They know their own minds and understand the inner world of others. To do this, they work with vs. against the physiology of the human brain and free themselves and others from patterns getting in the way of growth and exceptional performance. They are neuroLeaders. 

A neuroLeader uses the most recent insights from research in neuroscience and optimal performance to unleash extraordinary leadership within and engage others in the process of innovative change and peak performance. They recognize what drives human behavior in the workplace and use this knowledge to increase engagement, collaboration, and creativity in their teams and organizations. If you want to learn how a neuroLeader does this, then you don’t want to miss this Virtual Training Series!

In this 5-part interactive, virtual training series, we share some of the most leading-edge discoveries in the field of neuroscience and optimal performance that leaders use to create remarkable change and future proof their organizations.

SAMHSA is accepting applications for up to $13.6 million for Project LAUNCH Expansion grants

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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is accepting applications for Project LAUNCH Expansion grants totaling up to $13.6 million over four years. This program aims to expand the implementation of Project LAUNCH systems improvement and wellness promotion/prevention services into new communities within states and tribes that have completed a Project LAUNCH five-year grant. The goals of this expansion grant are to improve communities’ systems and services that strengthen parenting competencies and improve children’s developmental and behavioral outcomes. SAMHSA expects that up to $3.4 million will be available each year to provide up to five grantees up $680,000 a year for up to four years. The actual award amounts may vary, depending on the availability of funds. 

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