Friday Update 11-17-17

November 16, 2017


Friday Update 11-17-17

Greetings faithful readers. As we approach the holiday season, I am thinking that we need some wisdom from Kid President to help us get our heads straight. Enjoy the wisdom from our “no term limits” Prez and then get to readin’ Friday Update, cuz we got work to do!

Most important reads for this week  

A Low-Cost, Proven Community Practice To Help Opiate Addicted Parents
Don’t miss Dennis Embry’s second installment in his weekly series on children and mental illness. This week, Dennis explores the incredible effectiveness of “prize bowls” in the fight against opiate addiction. Here is a sneak peek - Addicted adults don’t make great parents at inception, pregnancy, or after birth: something that both science and common sense agree. I experienced that pain both as a child and as an adult child caring for an alcohol-addicted parent. As I write this, hundreds of thousands of babies, children and adult children are the walking wounded, victims of the opiate epidemic. Such pediatric exposure is not good, and much, much worse than what I was exposed to from alcohol.” 

Michelle Obama Just Gave The Best Life Advice For The Trump Era
If you’re like most humans, the current political climate has caused you some excess anxiety or tension. Recent research shows that the majority of Americans are stressed about the future of the nation and even relationships with loved ones are feeling the strain. Michelle Obama is here to offer some guidance on how to deal with it all ― and her advice is pretty spot on.

Selection of Winning Proposals for the “Tampa Conference” Completed. What an Amazing Lineup. Register today!
Winning proposals have been identified for presentation at the 31st Annual Research and Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health, March 4 – 7, 2018. If you submitted a proposal, you will be hearing from us in the next two weeks. We will have the detailed preliminary agenda posted online the week of December 4th. We had a record number of submissions this year. Whew!

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 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. 

Ensuring Quality in Children’s Mental Health: Certification in Evidence-Based Practices 
As states such as Connecticut invest in evidence-based practices (EBPs) to improve children’s mental health care, they need to ensure that mental health clinicians are trained and equipped to deliver EBPs successfully. Connecticut is among many states that have addressed this issue by developing standards and a certification process for clinicians who provide selected EBPs. Preliminary Connecticut data indicate that certified clinicians serve more children and have higher rates of improvement compared those who are not certified. This Issue Brief explores state certification as a strategy for improving the delivery of EBPs and calls for further research to determine the most efficient EBP certification approaches for optimizing outcomes for children and families. CHDI continues to lead the nation in ensuring high-quality services in children’s mental health. Good on ya CHDI!

Addressing the Mental Health Needs of Children, Youth, and Families Experiencing Homelessness 
Children, youth, and families who are experiencing homelessness and mental or substance use disorders often face barriers to accessing care. SAMHSA is hosting a live webisode focused on addressing the mental health needs of these children, youth, and families. You can watch the live KSOC-TV webisode on Thursday, November 30, from 2 to 3 p.m. EST and ask questions to a panel of experts. In addition to a panel discussion, the webisode will feature common concerns and experiences, tips, resources, and information about support programs.

Tell the Senate: Fix the Background Check System to Save Lives
A message from our colleagues at Sandy Hook Promise – The Senate just introduced a new bipartisan bill to help fix the background check system and keep guns out of dangerous hands. This legislation might have prevented tragedies like the devastating shooting last week in Sutherland Springs, Texas. Momentum is surging for Congress to finally take meaningful action on gun safety reforms, so now is the time to keep the pressure on. We cannot wait for another horrific tragedy to do something. Sign the petition right now to demand Congress pass the Fix NICS Act (S. 2135) to save lives! 

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!

An Interdisciplinary Approach to Toxic Stress: Learning the Lingo
In conjunction with the Editorial Board of Pediatrics, the Editorial Board of the Section on Pediatric Trainees Monthly Feature is proud to present the winning essay of the First Annual Advocacy Essay Competition, written by Dr. Laura Livaditis. Inspired by the Advocacy Campaign of 2017, “Partnering for Resilience: Learn, Empower and Connect to Address Toxic Stress,” this year’s essay competition sought to increase awareness on this critical topic by asking for submissions that examine the effects and management of toxic stress. Dr. Livaditis talks about the importance of developing medical-legal partnerships as a means of combating toxic stress.

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