Pre-Conference Presentations

Pre-conference sessions are open to registered conference participants. Come in early and join us!


Pre-Conference Session A

Sunday, March 3, 2019
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Developing a Strategic Communications Plan to Advance Policy, Research, and Practice
Jeana Bracey, Phd, Director of School and Community Initiatives; Julie Tacinelli, Vice President for Communications; Jeffrey Vanderploeg, PhD, President and Chief Executive Officer, Child Health and Development Institute of Connecticut, Farmington, CT

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In this two-hour interactive workshop, the Child Health and Development Institute of Connecticut (CHDI) will help organizations to develop and apply effective communication strategies to advance their overall mission and goals of improving children’s behavioral health. Workshop participants will learn how to develop elements of a strategic communications plan, including goal setting, identification of core audiences, implementation of effective strategies, development of clear messaging, and evaluation of key metrics and indicators of success. CHDI will share examples of how we have developed and utilized products such as videos, public events, reports and publications, media outreach, and social media across local and national audiences to inform policy and practice change.

Designed for representatives of academic departments, research centers, service providers, community organizations, and advocacy groups, participants will meet the following learning objectives:

  • Review their organization’s mission, vision, and values
  • Identify key audiences for reaching target goals
  • Develop SMART goals and communications objectives
  • Apply strategic communications framework to strengthen messaging and impact.

Pre-Conference Session B

Sunday, March 3, 2019
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Rapid Results: Data Visualization for Continuous Quality Improvement
Michael J. Tanana, PhD, 
Research Assistant Professor, University of Utah, Chief Technology Officer, Lyssn.io, Salt Lake City, UT; John Fluke, PhD, Associate Director, Kempe Center for the Prevention of Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect, Department of Pediatrics, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora, CO

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This workshop provides participants with a background in the principles, development, metric visualization, and use of intelligent feedback for providers and service managers.

The majority of U.S. states maintain administrative databases to collect information on the entry, movement, and exits of youth in the foster care system, however states and jurisdiction struggle with methods to provide this information in the form of actionable feedback to caseworkers and practitioners. As a result, human service professionals are forced to make judgments based on anecdotal or incomplete information. In the past decade, numerous open source tools and computational methods have become available to make analyzing and visualizing quantitative data easy and inexpensive. To help promote the use of administrative data to inform child welfare programming, this workshop will provide an overview and demonstration of a Feedback Improvement System (FIS) which uses web-based feedback and advanced data visualization techniques to give child-welfare practitioners ongoing information about the outcomes of youth in their care. The workshop will provide an overview of the theoretical rationale for the system, as well as showing participants the specific components required to implement a similar system in for their organizational context.


Pre-Conference Session C

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Bayshore 7

Immigrants, Refugees, Trauma and Adverse Childhood Experiences – What Do We Need to Do to Help Them?Pierluigi Mancini, PhD, National Hispanic and Latino Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) and Prevention Technology Transfer Center (PTTC), Atlanta, GA

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Over the past few months, there has been much discussion about immigrants, refugees and those persons seeking asylum in the United States.  But very little has been shared about the behavioral health needs of these people who are arriving during the most polarized political period in recent history. Most of those seeking asylum are escaping horrors of war, gangs, death, poverty and persecution and in are need of behavioral health treatment and supports. Immigrant families are in a vulnerable state and struggle with specific cultural and linguistic challenges when trying to access services, often resulting in them suffering in silence.

As the population of the United States becomes increasingly diverse, policymakers must make a critical examination of the availability and quality of services received by ethnic minority groups in behavioral health.  Infrastructure within behavioral health that is equipped to address the issues of language and culture for immigrant families is lacking. At the local, state and federal level we need to address the individual, provider, and system-level barriers that keep individuals from being served. These include addressing the availability and equitable distribution of resources, the development of the proper workforce and the organization of the health system in general.

This workshop will focus on strategies that are being implemented by the National Hispanic and Latino Addiction Technology Transfer Center and the National Hispanic and Latino Prevention Technology Transfer Center to provide training to the behavioral health workforce to prepare them to work with Hispanic and Latino immigrant and refugee families.