Poster Presentations & Opening Networking Reception
Sunday, March 15, 2020
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm ~ Bayshore Ballroom
Implementation of EBPs Under Usual Care Versus EBP Initiatives and Mandates
Siena Tugendrajch, MA, Evelyn Cho, MA, Kristin Hawley, PhD, University of Missouri, Columbia MO
Given superior outcomes demonstrated for youth evidence-based practices (EBPs) relative to usual care, numerous evidence-based practice initiatives (EBPIs) are underway in publicly funded youth mental health services. We benchmarked EBP use among providers in a state with no EBP initiative against EBP use in six states with large-scale EBPIs. EBP use was similar across states, with or without EBPIs. We also examined potential contextual factors that may support EBP implementation to guide future EBPI efforts.
Co-Occurring Low-Cognitive Disorders and Mental Illness: Strategies for Training a Mental Health Workforce in Evidence-Based Practices for Youth Mental Health
Susan Reay, LICSW, EdD(c), Amanda Randall, LICSW, PhD, Claire Rynearson, MSW, Grace Abbott School of Social Work, University of Nebraska at Omaha, Omaha, NE
The University of Nebraska at Omaha is addressing the shortage of highly specialized mental health providers for youth with co-occurring low-cognitive disorders and mental illness. A statewide needs assessment identified this population as a priority. In response, we developed a training system to educate and support a highly-skilled cohort of mental health providers as well as community partners in evidence-based practices and adaptations to address the growing needs of this population.
The Drop Model: Increasing Youth Assets Through Innovations in Youth Engagement
Jammie Gardner, Crissy Oyervides, Youth Era, Eugene, OR; Lacy Dicharry, MS, MBA, Youth Era, Baton Rouge, LA
Youth Era’s innovative Drop Model is changing everything you thought you knew about drop-in centers. Engaging and retaining transition-aged youth in services can be challenging, but with youth experiences at the forefront, this peer-run model is working. Youth Era harnesses the power of young adult peers, technology, innovation, and best practices in public health promotion and prevention to generate positive outcomes and returns on investment for communities across the country.
Functional Behavior Assessment and Behavior Intervention Plans as Tier III Interventions for Youth With Emotional/Behavioral Disorders in Public School Settings
Calli Lewis Chiu, PhD, Special Education, CA State University, Fullerton, Rancho Mission Viejo, CA; Mandy E. Lusk, PhD, Clayton State University, Morrow, GA
Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA) is a systematic process of gathering information for use in maximizing the effectiveness of behavioral supports. The purpose of conducting an FBA and implementing a Behavioral Intervention Plan is to identify events predicting and maintaining challenging behavior, and using the data to teach students replacement behaviors that meet the same need as the challenging behavior.
Addressing Compassion Fatigue of the Family Caregiver of Adolescents in a Mental Health Setting: A Practice Change Project
Sue McWilliams, DNP, School of Nursing, Northern Arizona University, Sedona, AZ
Compassion fatigue (CF) is a phenomenon experienced by family caregivers and results in physical, emotional, and spiritual distress. The project intends to change practice in a residential treatment center through the educational training of staff and using a test/retest Continuing Professional Education (CPD) reaction questionnaire to measure the intent to change practice. The results of the CPD reaction questionnaire indicated that staff who participated would change their practice screen and treat CF.
The Impact of Graduate Social Work Education on Child Welfare Workers Relationships With Parents
Janet Kahn-Scolaro, PhD, Behavioral Health and Family Medicine, Mount Sinai South Nassau, Baldwin, NY
Graduate social work education is a powerful force for child welfare workers as a way to enhance their professional identity and skills. Child welfare agencies are wise to train, retain, and utilize this set of highly skilled workers for various roles in the agency, including direct care, supervision, and program development. In the end, the children and families that are involved in the child welfare system will reap the rewards.
Moving Beyond Structural Barriers: Considering Perceptual Barriers Associated With Negative Parental Attitudes About Child Mental Health Technologies
Christopher Georgiadis, BA, Laura Bry, MS, Daniel M. Bagner, PhD, Jonathan S. Comer, PhD, Florida International University, Department of Psychology, Miami, Fl
While tech-based mental health treatments have been found to address logistical barriers to children’s mental health care, perceptual barriers must be addressed to increase service engagement. The current study examined the effects of demographic and attitudinal factors on parents’ perceived helpfulness of mental health services across face-to-face and tech-based treatment modalities. Results indicate that tech-based treatments may not adequately target stigma-related beliefs about mental health care, and more research must be done to effectively engage high-stigma families using these treatments.
Are Infants With Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome at Risk for Developing Serious Emotional Disturbance (SED) or Mental Health (MH) Disorders?
Anne Gadomski, MD,MPH, Bassett Research Institute, Bassett Medical Center, Cooperstown, NY; Marion Mossman, BA, Systems of Care Otsego County, Otsego County Mental Health, Cooperstown, NY; Susan Matt, MSSA, Otsego County Mental Health, Otsego County Health Department, Cooperstown, NY
Neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) is a drug withdrawal syndrome that occurs among newborns whose mothers used opiates and other substances during pregnancy. NAS is not tied with a specific serious emotional disturbance (SED) or a specific mental health (MH) diagnosis that would make a child eligible for SAMHSA funded services, nor is NAS included in the DC:0-5 guide to early child diagnoses. We discuss the evidence linking NAS and SED or MH diagnoses and how this data guides our rural system of care efforts.
Beyond Symptom Management: Understanding the Treatment Goals of Youth Presenting with Dual Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders
Andrew Lumb, PhD, Substance Use and Concurrent Disorders, The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre, Ottawa, ON, Canada; Nicholas Schubert, MA, Psychology, Memorial University, St. John’s, ON, Canada; Gretchen Conrad, PhD, Substance Use and Concurrent Disorders Program, The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre, Ottawa, ON, Canada
This study investigated the treatment goals endorsed by youth (16-25) with moderate to severe dual mental health and substance use disorders when presenting to outpatient treatment. Clients completed self-report questionnaires identifying their treatment goals. Thematic analysis revealed a variety of goals beyond symptom management or reduction. Results emphasize the need for multidisciplinary care for youth with dual disorders and for targeting a diversity of client-identified goals to achieve improved treatment adherence and outcomes.
A Social Marketing Approach to Increase Usage of an Online Self-Help Program Among Male Undergraduate Students
Taylor LaSure, BS, Amy Gatto, MS, Katie French, MS, Rita Debate, PhD, Center for Transdisciplinary Research, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
This poster session will present results from a social marketing campaign to increase male mental health literacy and encourage the utilization of an online self-help program, Therapy Assistance Online (TAO). The program was developed, implemented, and evaluated at a large public university. Materials were created utilizing feedback from male undergraduate students. We will present the results of this initiative.
Lessons Learned From the Health Information Project (HIP): A Peer-To-Peer Health Education Program
Valerie Berrin, Health Information Project, Inc. (HIP), Coral Gables, FL; Zahra Abtahi, Social Welfare, Florida International University, Miami, FL; Lilia E. Mucka, PhD, Children’s National Hospital, George Washington University, Washington, DC; Nicole M. Fava, PhD, MSW, Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work, Florida International University, Miami, FL
This poster session will focus on the creation, implementation, and success of the Health Information Project (HIP), a school-based peer-led health promotion program in South Florida. Presenters will provide information on the lessons learned throughout the development and implementation of HIP and explore future directions to inform health education efforts.
Optimizing the Impact of Public-Academic Partnership on Improving Youth Outcomes: Study Strategies and Lessons Learned
Amy Page, DSW, Center for Mental Health, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA; Y-L Irene Wong, PhD, School of Social Policy and Practice, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA; Christina Kang-Yi, PhD, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA;
This poster presentation will share strategies and lessons learned through conducting the project titled “Optimizing the Impact of Public-Academic Partnership on Improving Youth Outcomes.” This project performs document review and an online survey of public-academic partnerships (PAPs) across the U.S. that aim to improve mental health and promote the wellbeing of youth. This presentation will share concrete strategies of identifying PAPs, conducting systematic document review of PAPs, recruiting online survey participants, and lessons learned throughout the process.
Minimum Wage and Child’s Mental Health
Jee Young Suk, MA, Family Counseling Center of Greater Washington, Alexandria, VA
This poster session will share the results of a study that looked at the effect of an increase in income on mental health using an increase in the minimum wage as the exogenous shock to the household income. The study uses the Difference-in-Difference methodology to show that child mental health proxied by the Brief Symptom Inventory (BSI) in the treatment group significantly improves after an increase in minimum wage compared to the control group. This study contributes to the literature by clearly showing how household wealth improvement passes through to the child.
A Pilot Study of Camp Baker, an Adapted Summer Treatment Program for Children With ADHD in a Community Setting
Sarah Tannenbaum, PsyD, Rachel Kim, Judge Baker Children’s Center, Boston, MA
Camp Baker adapted the Summer Treatment Program (STP) to make the program more feasible and accessible for the many children and families in need. To make the scale-up financially sustainable while helping to develop a new generation of trainees, Camp Baker expanded its training program. This study provides promising results in support of the feasibility, acceptability, and preliminary effectiveness of the Camp Baker adaptation of the STP in community settings and as a training program for psychology students.
How the History of Racism Is Negatively Affecting Our Response to the Overdose Epidemic in All Communities
Isha Weerasinghe, MSc, Center for Law and Social Policy, Washington, DC; Kima Taylor, MD, MPH, Anka Consulting, LLC, Silver Spring, DC
The resounding narrative suggests that the impact of the opioid overdose epidemic has primarily occurred in predominantly white, rural communities. However, death rates have also risen in many communities of color. Understanding the current response to the opioid epidemic, and how to remedy it, involves a closer look at what barriers have existed for communities of color. This discussion will frame those historical and legislative constraints, and explore how we can adapt the current response.
All Pro Dad (APD): A Case Study of a Promising Program for Father Engagement
Alexandra Albizu-Jacob, MPH, Nichole Fintel, MSPH, Tom Massey, PhD, Child and Family Studies, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL; Lesley Bateman, MPA, APR, Alison McPherson, MSM, Family First, Tampa, FL
This poster session presentation will review key findings from an evaluation of the All Pro Dad father engagement program. This mixed-methods evaluation reviewed three school-based chapters with active and engaged membership during the 2018-19 school year. Evaluators identified characteristics of effective chapter implementation, and lessons learned to inform the expansion and implementation of similar fatherhood programs. They also examined various impacts of program participation on members’ perceived father-child relationships, parenting skills, and child academic performance.
Teens, Parents, and School Personnel Contributions to the Modification of a Contact-Based Mental Illness Stigma and Suicide Reduction Program for High Schools: A Qualitative Study
B. Michelle Beekman, BA, Kristin Kosyluk, PhD, CRC, Jennifer Vojtech, MEd, Jonathan Her, BA, Mental Health Law & Policy, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
Due to mental illness stigma, many students with mental health conditions avoid treatment and experience poor academic outcomes. This Is My Brave (TIMB) is a stigma-reduction program designed to dispel stereotypes and increase help-seeking. Using semi-structured interviews with various academic stakeholders, we learned how to modify TIMB for maximum impact on stigma, help-seeking, and suicide among high school youth.
Shared Mental Health Models: A Missing Piece of the Picture in Collaboration for Child and Youth Mental Health
Renee Sloos, PhD, Research, Peel Children’s Centre, Mississauga, ON, CAN
This research examined factors that influence within and across sector integration for child and youth mental health in Ontario, Canada. The key findings of this research highlighted the absence of adequate guidance in policy documents and inconsistent system-level planning, indicative of the lack of a shared model of integration for child and youth mental health among policy and service provider stakeholders in Ontario.
Promoting Partnerships Across Systems to Support Child Behavioral Health: Identifying School-Based Barriers and Cross-Sector Solutions
Melissa Heatly, PhD, Department of Psychiatry, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY
Facilitating success for youth with behavioral health needs requires effective collaboration across traditionally disparate systems. This is fraught with challenges, including differences in language, culture, expectations, and even goals. In a sample of three diverse school districts (urban, suburban, and rural), this poster presentation identifies significant school-based barriers in communication, coordination, cooperation, and collaboration between schools and community organizations. In turn, we outline explicit and actionable school-based recommendations to promote effective partnerships across systems.
Sustaining Interagency Collaboration in Systems of Care: Hawai`i’s Approach to Interagency Communication, Data-Sharing, and Program Development
Lesley Slavin, PhD, Trina Orimoto, PhD, Scott Shimabukuro, PhD, ABBP, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Division, Hawai`i State Department of Health, Honolulu, HI; Regina Ann Torres Jacobs, Hawai`i Youth Services Network, Honolulu, HI; Steven Vannatta, Community Children’s Council Office, Hawai`i State Department of Education, Honolulu, H
Interagency collaboration and coordination are hallmarks of the Systems of Care (SOC) approach. However, child-serving systems generally operate in silos with separate missions and funding streams. In Hawai`i, an array of state programs have come together in an interagency group with parallel groups at the local level. Some innovative strategies are detailed that have fostered sustainability, leading to the development of services that are jointly funded by several agencies.
Examining the Implementation Process of School-Based Suicide Prevention Programs
Amaris Knight, ABD, Amanda Haboush Deloye, PhD, Nevada Institute for Children’s Research and Policy, Las Vegas, NV
Suicide is a significant problem facing youth. Suicide prevention efforts need to begin early, such as universal, school-based programs. Since fidelity to program models is important for achieving expected outcomes, schools should monitor this process. The purpose of the current study was to assess the implementation fidelity and any perceived implementation barriers of suicide prevention programs in select locations in Nevada.
When Foster Care Youth Are Placed in Residential Treatment Facilities: Stories From 10 Years Consulting With a Social Service Agency
Shannon Barnett, MD, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Johns Hopkins University- School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
The protection of youth in foster care falls on the shoulders of child welfare workers. When youth in care engage in frequent risky behaviors, and efforts to keep them safe are unsuccessful, child welfare workers often conclude that removing the youth from the community is necessary to keep the youth safe. This poster session will highlight several common scenarios that lead to recommendations for residential treatment and will center on preventative interventions.
Academic Supports and Outcomes Among Young People Enrolled in Maryland Healthy Transitions
Perrin Robinson, MS, Sylvia McCree-Huntley, DEd, Megan Prass, BA, Joanna Prout, PhD, Sharon Hoover, PhD, Psychiatry, National Center for School Mental Health, Baltimore, MD
Maryland Healthy Transitions provides supported education to young people who use behavioral health supports. This poster session will highlight quantitative and qualitative findings on these academic supports and will provide insight into the key components of academic supports for young people.
Strength-Based Approach Among Youth With Serious Emotional Disturbance: A Latent Profile Transition Analysis
Saahoon Hong, PhD, Betty Walton, PhD, School of Social Work, Indiana University-IUPUI, Indianapolis, IN
The Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) assessment measures include eleven strength areas. This study aimed to identify subgroups of strengths among youth with serious emotional disturbance and determine whether subgroups changed over the mental health recovery process. Ninety-six percent of youth experienced strength development over time, especially when they belonged to a medium-level strength group at the baseline. We discussed the implications concerning future research and utilization in practice.
“Yeah, We’re Trauma-Informed” But Are You Really? — A Framework and Tools for Measuring Trauma-Informed Care
Steve Brown, PsyD, Traumatic Stress Institute, Klingberg Family Centers, New Britain, CT
The high prevalence of adverse childhood experiences/trauma has led to the widespread implementation of trauma-informed care (TIC) in systems. However, practice is far ahead of science in demonstrating the efficacy of TIC in large part because of the complexity of measuring TIC and the lack of validated tools. This poster will present a framework for understanding TIC measurement and discuss currently available tools, highlighting the Attitudes Related to Trauma-Informed Care (ARTIC) Scale.
Functional Family Therapy-Behavioral Health (FFT-BH) — Exploring a Clinical Evidenced-Based Intervention for Children, Youths, and Adults With Persistent Mental Health Needs in New York City
Thomas Sexton, Ph.D, ABPP, FFT Associates/Care4 Software, Bloomington, IN; Kamille Stine, MA, LMHC, The New York Foundling, New York, NY; LaTasha Fermin, MA, LMHC, The New York Foundling, New York, NY
Learn about the new and exciting Behavioral Health (BH) adaptation of Functional Family Therapy (FFT). Explore how FFT-BH serves children, youths, and adults (0-25) with persistent mental illness. Gain knowledge of how the FFT-BH model intervention addresses individual and family functioning affected by symptomology by using a psychiatric and mental health focus along with a uniquely holistic approach. Learn about the provider of FFT-BH and their journey of implementation and practice in New York City.
Harnessing the Power of Millennials and Gen Z: Increasing Intergenerational Collaboration in Your Organization
Lacy Dichary, MS, MBA, Jammie Gardner, AA, Crissy Oyervides, Youth ERA, Eugene, OR
Youth ERA will share how they assess organization readiness, design a culturally-responsive interview process, and attract the right candidates to serve youth. Youth ERA will also share strategies for onboarding, training, and supervising Millennials and Gen Z to prevent future roadblocks and paves the way for success long-term. Poster session attendees will familiarize themselves with tools and resources, sample job descriptions, youth peer competencies, youth peer ethics, and boundary-setting. Attendees will see examples of activities that celebrate multigenerational understanding and provide answers to some burning questions.
Religion as a Social Determinant of Health for LGBTQIA+ Youth
Shaylynne Shuler, MA Anthropology, Interdisciplinary Health, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ
Sexual gender minorities (SGM) are at higher risk for health problems due to chronic stress related to stigma and discrimination. For heteronormative individuals, religious upbringing/participation provides a protective effect against chronic stress, but these effects are not present for SGM individuals. Using a mixed-methods approach, We examine how religious affiliation and participation can alter perceived stress and influence mental health outcomes, concluding that religion should be considered a social determinant of health for SGM individuals.
The Prevention and Early Intervention Growth Strategy Project: Using Mapping and Big Data to Plan Investments in Child Maltreatment Prevention
Sasha Rasco, Kathryn Sibley, Andrea Jacks, PhD, Prevention and Early Intervention Division, Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, Austin, TX; Dorothy Mandell, PhD, Texas Collaborative for Healthy Mothers and Babies, UT Health Science Center at Tyler, Austin, TX
During its 85th Legislative Session, the Texas Legislature passed HB 1549, which required the Prevention and Early Intervention Division of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (PEI) to identify strategies and goals for increasing the number of families receiving prevention and intervention services each year. To meet this requirement, PEI partnered with UT Population Health to develop a data-driven methodology for identifying geospatial risk factors related to child maltreatment in Texas at the zip code level. The resulting project was released in January 2019 and has already been leveraged by decision-makers within and outside PEI to determine areas for future investment and growth of Texas’ child maltreatment prevention programs. This poster session will highlight the maps themselves and how they are being utilized by the agency to incentivize quality service provision and make strategic decisions.
Psychopharmacological Origins of Bruxism
Elizabeth Stuart, MA, California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International University, Alhambra, CA
Bruxism has been demonstrated in the literature to be generally deleterious to one’s mental and physical health, social skill development, communication skills, and dental health.Bruxism can also indicate hyperactivation of specific neurochemical pathways in an individual’s brain. To better understand these effects and begin to shape future pharmacological interventions, it is essential to examine the psychopharmacological and neurochemical bases of bruxism.
Intentional Cultivation of a Pathway to Effective and Efficient Leadership Practice – Phase 2
Leanne Delsart, MS, Pnina Goldfarb, PhD, Wraparound Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI
Wraparound Milwaukee utilized a process of data collection and assessment to enhance the efficiency and efficacy of care coordination leadership practices to reduce turnover and improve program outcomes. Phase 2 connects leadership assessments from phase 1 to the implementation of a unique leadership mentoring and skill development coaching model. In this phase, baseline data were collected, representing the current level of functioning regarding leadership concepts, workforce wellness, program outcomes, and retention.
Promoting Trauma-Informed Care in a Pediatrics Clinic: The Implementation Process and its Influence on Patient Care and Clinician Viewpoints
Kelsey Sala-Hamrick, PhD, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Division of Community Behavioral Health, University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, Albuquerque, NM
We set out to integrate trauma-informed behavioral health practices into a primary pediatric clinic serving low income and minority children and families while constrained by financial, staffing, and time limitations common to many community healthcare clinics. By using an iterative approach to incorporate trauma/behavioral health care informed procedures into the all-well child visits, we established a realistic system in which providers can collaborate with families to address traumatic stress in their patients.