Friday Update

Friday Update 12-28-18

December 26, 2018

This one is for you, Katelyn. Happy birthday! 
Legendary dance choreographer Bill T. Jones and TED Fellows Joshua Roman and Somi didn’t know exactly what was going to happen when they took the stage at TED2015. They just knew they wanted to offer the audience an opportunity to witness creative collaboration in action. The result: An improvised piece they call “The Red Circle and the Blue Curtain,” so extraordinary it had to be shared. Enjoy the video and then get to readin’ Friday Update, cuz we got work to do!

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The Draft Agenda for the Tampa Conference is Here!
It’s a bit early and we are mid-way on in working with presenters to sharpen up their descriptions of the amazing presentations being offered for the Tampa Conference, but we just couldn’t wait to give you a sneak peek at how incredible the conference is shaping up to be. So excuse the dangling participles, rest assured our army of editors are sharpening their pencils to make everything just right, and that our graphic designers are chompin’ at the bit to make everything pretty. But for now, go ahead and feast your eyes on the stripped down version showing the confirmed sessions this year. You are gonna love it! Note: If you have already bookmarked the agenda page, be sure to refresh your browser to see the latest version!

Tampa Awaits!
Oh man, have we got a great agenda chock full of amazing presenters lined up for for the 32nd annual “Tampa Conference”, March 3 – 6. Did I mention that the conference was in warm and sunny Tampa, Florida? And the most difficult decision, if you are attending, is whether to pack the blue flip-flops or the red flip flops to match your Bermuda’s, flower print shirt and zinc oxide. Aw heck, pack both pairs of flip-flops. Why not? Looking forward to seeing you in Tampa!

Become a Sponsor of the Tampa Conference! 
Sponsorships are going fast, but there are still a few available. Supporting the conference through sponsorship is an excellent opportunity to show your organizations support and gain national visibility in the behavioral health field. What are ya’ waitin’ for?

Pre-Conference Presentations Announced for the Tampa Conference!
Pack your bags for Tampa! We have two pre-conference sessions scheduled for Sunday, March 3rd, that are open to all registered conference participants. Check them out and make plans to come to Tampa early and get your learnin’ on!

Family-Run Executive Director Leadership Association (FREDLA) Announces New Executive Director
After an extensive five-month search process, the Family-Run Executive Director Leadership Association’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce the selection of Patricia Hunt as FREDLA’s new Executive Director, filling the role held by Jane Walker for the past 5 years.

My Grandfather, My Son, and the Right Thing
Lisa Lambert shares a deeply personal account about how developing an understanding of the nuances that guided her grandfather’s personal code of conduct, which she deeply admired, helped her better understand her son with significant mental health needs. Such wisdom in this Zen piece. Be sure to give it a read. Your humanity index will thank you for it.

Children’s Leadership Council is Coming to an End
Sad news to report that the Children’s Leadership Council is closing its doors on December 31, 2018. In the message from the Board, they write, “When the CLC was created, it was envisioned as being between a two to five-year project. Instead, the CLC has been in operation for nearly a decade, becoming a national, big-tent children’s coalition whose member organizations were committed to the mission of ensuring all babies, children, and youth have the opportunity to develop and achieve their full potential.” So true. The Council provided a consistent and much-needed reminder month after month about the importance of taking a proactive stance on behalf of babies, children, and families. I, for one, will miss the indomitable spirit of the CLC’s Executive Director, Randi Schmidt. Good on ya, Randi. Know that your efforts have made a tangible difference for advocates across the country.

Early Childhood Is Critical to Health Equity
This report is the second in a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) series on health equity. An Executive Summary is also available. The series aims to assist those working in public health, health care, and other fields that powerfully shape health—such as education, child care, housing, and community development—to build a world in which everyone can be as healthy as possible.

20 Things We Should Say More Often – Kid President
Kid President believes the things we say can help make the world more awesome. Here he shares a special list of 20 things we should say more often. What would you add to it?”Before you say something about the barbecue sauce on someone else’s shirt, take a look at the barbecue sauce on your own shirt.” ~ Kid President

Sesame Street Takes on the Issue of Family Homelessness
Sesame Workshop has launched its first-ever comprehensive initiative to offer help and hope to the growing number of young children across the United States experiencing homelessness. The initiative focuses on Lily, a resilient seven-year-old Muppet whose family is staying with friends on Sesame Street after losing their home. The bilingual initiative was created in partnership with experts on family homelessness and includes videos and interactive activities for kids, parents, caregivers and community service providers to reinforce with children that they are not alone and they are surrounded by loving and caring adults.

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Scott Bryant-Comstock

My passion is helping to shape policy and practice in children’s mental health. For the past 40 years, my journey as a mental health advocate has traveled from volunteering at a suicide and crisis center, professional roles as a therapist in an outpatient clinic, in-home family therapist, state mental health official, Board Chair for a county mental health program, and national reviewer of children’s mental health systems reform efforts. As the founder of the Children’s Mental Health Network (2009), I lead the Network’s efforts to grow a national online forum for the exchange of ideas on how to continually improve children’s mental health research, policy and practice.

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