Friday Update 6-27-14

Greetings faithful readers. We've got a slightly different focus for our video of the week. In a monologue a few years ago, comedian and talk show host Craig Ferguson shared his reflections on the tendency to be mean spirited when making fun of famous people and their substance use issues. In a public and powerfully personal way, he shared his decision to change the way he approached comedy based on his own recovery process. Let this one breathe Network faithful. The video is 12 minutes long but well worth it as the message is applicable to all. Give a view and then get to readin' Friday Update!

Most important reads for this week 

Social justice is on the move in education research and practice! 
Be sure to read Kevin Dwyer's Morning Zen post on the growing priority of social justice in education and mental health. Dr. Dwyer cites numerous examples of research, policy and practice directed toward "improving the academic and social-emotional outcomes for children in poverty as well as for racial and ethnic groups who have been frequently blocked from learning through de-facto segregation and poor instructional experiences." A worthy read Network faithful!

Inside Mind/Game: The unquiet journey of Chamique Holdsclaw
Inspiring story about Chamique Holdsclaw, women's basketball phenom who has been at the pinnacle of success and the depths of depression, as told through the lens of Rick Goldsmith, an independent filmmaker from Berkeley, Calif. Rick is a 2013-2014 Rosalynn Carter Fellow for Mental Health Journalism. 

New grant opportunity focuses on collaborative strategies for meeting the emotional needs of youth and families in child welfare 
The Children's Bureau recently awarded a cooperative agreement for the National Center for Evidence-Based Practice in Child Welfare to the University of  Maryland, School of Social Work, Ruth H. Young Center for Families and Children. The goal of this 5-year project is to provide opportunities for local jurisdictions to have a coordinated and supported strategy to effectively and collaboratively address the emotional and behavioral needs of children, youth, and families served in the child welfare system. Child welfare systems in states, tribes, and the District of Columbia are invited to apply jointly with their State public mental health system. Check it out Network faithful! 

2014 Georgetown Training Institutes: Register, secure your hotel room and download an uber cool app 
Still time to register for the conference and grab a hotel room, but the clock is tickin' so get on it. But wait, there's more! For its 15th anniversary, the 2014 Georgetown Training Institutes are "going digital!" Stay tuned for information as the must-have Institutes app is rolled out and ready for you to download on your smart phones and tablets. It will have all the information about the Institutes right at your fingertips and allow you to share your experience and interact with attendees and faculty. Look for the rollout early next week!  

At the Georgetown Training Institutes… 
Don't miss hearing from Gary Blau, Chief of Child, Adolescent and Family Branch at SAMSHA and architect of federal efforts to support the implementation of a systems of care approach throughout the United States. He'll update you on federal activities, new initiatives, and new opportunities for states and communities. Dr. Blau will inspire you, remind you why you do the work you do, and ground us all in what really matters - child and youth mental health. 

What does it take to heal from mental illness? The story of Can Truong
Can Truong, a war refugee who was among the millions of boat people who fled Vietnam in the 1970's, was a model student, aspiring to become a doctor, when he was diagnosed with depression and bipolar disorder. Because the subject of mental illness is so taboo in Asian cultures, the stories about the experience of mental illness are often left untold. Watch the film trailer and learn how you can champion Can's story and other stories about mental health recovery.

InBrief: The Science of Neglect 
The Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University has a wonderful 6-minute video, InBrief: The Science of Neglect (2013), which explains how significant neglect can harm to a young child's development, including cognitive delays, impairments in executive functioning, and disruptions of the body's stress response. It also looks at why effective interventions are likely to pay significant dividends in better long-term outcomes in learning, health, and parenting of the next generation.

Time to get ready for "The Tampa Conference" 
Known widely as "The Tampa Conference," and hosted by the University of South Florida, this annual gathering brings together more than 500 researchers, evaluators, policy-makers, administrators, parents, and advocates. The call for proposals will be out at the end of August so be sure to get yourself some bermuda shorts, knee-high socks and a bit of zinc oxide to help motivate you to write a winning proposal to present your best work at the conference March 22 - 25, 2015. Oh, did we mention that the average temperature for Tampa, Florida in March is in the high 70's?  

Best practice treatment program grants available for Southeast Michigan 
Hey Michigan Network faithful, this funding opportunity is for you! The Ethel & James Flinn Foundation is accepting proposals from nonprofit organizations  that provide mental health care and services in southeast Michigan. Two-year grants of up to $100,000 will be awarded for the implementation of best-practice treatment programs in the region.

Are there better alternatives to seclusion and restraint? 
Here is another opportunity to revisit a most important Morning Zen post by Dr. Joseph Ryan, Associate Director of Research for the School of Education, and Vice President of the Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders. In the post, Dr. Ryan frames the challenges around the over-reliance on seclusion and restraint in schools and offers practical tips for how schools can respond safely and appropriately.


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