Special Session Tracks
Special Session Tracks
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Youth and Young Adults
The goal of this track is to share research findings to improve the lives of and services, treatments, and supports for youth and young adults (ages 14-30) living with mental health conditions. This track includes research on issues relating to the transition to adulthood for adolescents, and appropriate services for youth and young adults, including developmentally-tailored and culturally appealing services and supports and related policy issues. The track also includes presentations highlighting the value and impact of youth and young adult involvement in the design and delivery of services, supports, and policies. This year the track also includes an emphasis on community participation and education and employment among youth and young adults in an effort to highlight the current state of the science in these areas to provide an up-to-date, comprehensive perspective on research focused on improving the lives of and services, treatments, and supports for youth and young adults (ages 14-30) living with mental health conditions.
This track focuses on presentations highlighting innovative research designs that partner with parents, family members, and family-run organizations, as well as research efforts led by family members and family-run organizations. Research areas include: family engagement in child serving systems such as juvenile justice, behavioral health, or child welfare; partnerships between family members or family-run organizations and researchers/evaluators; and unique roles family members and family-run organizations leaders play in research and evaluation. Of particular interest are research findings that will help shape policies, practices, and treatments leading to positive long-term outcomes for children, youth, young adults and families impacted by mental and behavioral health.
Evidence-based Practice in Systems of Care
This track of presentations provides excellent examples of current research and technical assistance integrating and supporting EBP in systems of care in both Canada and the United States. Sessions will focus on research and technical assistance efforts in workforce development, fiscal sustainability, and implementation science in behavioral health care and child welfare programs.
Innovations in Wraparound
In this track, leaders in Wraparound management, supervision, evaluation, QA, and research will present an array of cutting edge developments in care coordination for youth with complex needs. Sessions will focus on predictors of child and families outcomes, new measures of wraparound implementation and quality, and training and workforce development approaches. Topical discussions on youth-driven care and serving culturally diverse youth round out the track.
Behavioral Health Equity
In this track, presenters will provide forward-thinking and multidisciplinary approaches to address behavioral health disparities in our progressively complex health system – showcasing the latest evidence-based research and discoveries, innovative programs, and effective policies advancing behavioral health equity among vulnerable populations both domestically and globally. With growing diversity in our country and the current failure to reduce or eliminate associated risk factors that can influence behavioral health and health outcomes, it is imperative that policymakers, researchers, and the larger behavioral health community more fully examine the entire continuum of our complex health system. Therefore, topical discussions will also focus on the look at the upstream, midstream and downstream factors impacting health equity for under-resourced, vulnerable and marginalized groups.
Institute for Translational Research in Adolescent Behavioral Health
The Institute is a National Institute on Drug Abuse funded (5R25DA031103-07) research education program with a mission to develop, cultivate, and disseminate an innovative model of research education that addresses best practices for translational research in the field of adolescent behavioral health, as it relates to substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. The Institute offers a graduate certificate program in which Institute Scholars work alongside academic mentors, community agency partners, and national mentors to complete service learning research projects. The Institute Translational Research Track will include presentations of results from translational research projects along with discussions by leaders in the field regarding current trends in the field of implementation science.
Co-sponsored by Casey Family Programs and the Florida Institute for Child Welfare, this track showcases new developments in community-based and other interventions to prevent or mitigate the impact of child maltreatment. It also includes presentations on how to address behavioral health issues for both children and adults.