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Friday, June 7th, 2019 Conference Information

REGISTRATION 8:00am-8:30am

National Speaker – Taryn Aiken Hiatt – 8:30am-9:30am

As a dedicated advocate, Taryn shares her story and passion to give hope and educate our communities about suicide.  She is a survivor of her own attempts as well as a survivor of suicide loss, losing her father Terry Aiken on October 5, 2002.  Taryn is a founding member of the Utah Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and currently serves as the Area Director for Utah and Nevada.  Taryn is a certified safeTALK, CONNECT Postvention and Mental Health First Aid Trainer, facilitating hundreds of seminars to many different groups.  Taryn is a passionate advocate for change and has been featured in both US News and The Huffington Post.  She has testified before Congressional Members in Washington DC to increase awareness and support for better access to mental health services to promote healthy discussions about suicide.  She is widely respected throughout Utah for her hard work and dedication to saving lives.  Taryn is a recent graduate of Utah Valley University with her bachelor’s degree in Psychology.

BREAKOUT SESSION 1: 9:45am-11:15am

1 – Depression & Anxiety in Adolescents – Samira Khan, MD / Anuhya Vallabhaneni, MD / Mark Scott, DO

This workshop will provide participants with information on diagnosing the individual, Evaluations, testing, and treatments involved, School observation reports from teachers, faculty, staff, psychologist, psychiatrists and a Discussion on IEP/ 504 plan implementation and dissemination.

2 – Counseling Clients Diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder – Marc Ellison, Ed.D., LPC, ALPS

Due to their neuro-developmental disorder, clients with Autism Spectrum Disorder may be challenged in recognizing and reacting to social communication typically used by counselors during therapy. Counselors, then, must be aware of how autism affects the therapeutic relationship, and be comfortable in using more non-traditional methods to build a healthy rapport and meet counseling goals.

3 – Suicide Prevention: Recognize, Respond, REACT – Barri Sky Faucett

Suicide prevention is the responsibility of everyone and within the capability of anyone. The purpose of the workshop is to increase the willingness and capability of participants to interact with at-risk individuals in providing for appropriate dialogue and a wide array of resources pertinent to suicide prevention and intervention and mental health promotion.

LUNCH PROVIDED – 11:30am-12:00pm

National Speaker – Dr. Irene Hurford – 12:00pm-1:00pm

Irene Hurford, M.D. is an assistant professor of Clinical Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania, the director of the Pennsylvania Early Intervention Center at the University of Pennsylvania, and the clinical director for the Psychosis Education, Assessment, Care, and Empowerment (PEACE) program at Horizon House.  Dr. Hurford graduated Suma Cum Laude from the University of Toronto, and received her M.D. from McMaster University in Hamilton Ontario. She completed her psychiatry residency at UCLA, where she was chief resident. She is the recipient of several awards, including the 2017 NAMI Exemplary Psychiatrist award, and 2017 NAMI Montgomery PA Impact Award.  Dr. Hurford leads Pennsylvania-wide efforts at First-Episode Psychosis (FEP) services program evaluation, and programmatic training in FEP Coordinated Specialty Care service implementation and delivery. Prior to her current position she led the Severe Mental Illness Treatment Team at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center. Her work focuses on the treatment of early episode psychosis, and functional and quality of life improvements in young people with psychosis. 

BREAKOUT SESSION 2: 1:15pm-2:45pm

1 – Helping Children Transform Loss – Diana Ketterman

One out of every 20 children aged fifteen and younger will suffer the loss of one or both parents.  One in 5 children will experience the death of someone close to them by age 18.  One in every 1,500 secondary school students dies each year.  Teachers and people in power are in a position to assist grieving children; however, preparation to meet this need is not typically provided in preservice or inservice training. Yet, many adults can play a vital role in helping children understand and manage the pain of grief.  This session focuses on how to respond when children display Short Term Energy Relieving Behaviors.  Strategies will be given to help adults support grieving children.

2 – ADHD & Co-Existing Behaviors – Samira Khan, MD / Anuhya Vallabhaneni, MD / Mark Scott, DO

This workshop will provide participants with information on Diagnosing the individual, Evaluations, Testing, and treatment involved, School observation reports from teachers, faculty, staff, psychologist, psychiatrists, and Overlap of behaviors with other disorders including: Oppositional Defiant Disorders, Conduct disorder, Anxiety, Depression, Substance use, PTSD

3 – Quiet Minds: Your Local First Episode Psychosis Program – Perry G. Stanley, Ed.D

This presentation will focus on the importance of building of a population-based system of care for psychosis.  The history of First Episode Psychosis programs will be reviewed as well as recent and current developments in West Virginia. 

4 – Breath, Movement, and Mindfulness in the Classroom – Nikki Kiger, MPT, RYT-200

The practice of yoga inspires a sense of self and brings focus and concentration to children and adults alike. Yoga is a great way to improve self-esteem, concentration and relationships. Yoga can calm and strengthen the nervous system, improve motor skills, and contribute to increased patterns of balance and overall good health. Yoga classes with children are fun, interactive and full of rewards. In this session, learn the basics of how to implement yoga in the classroom. 

BREAKOUT SESSION 3: 3:00pm-4:30pm

Screening of “Resilience – The Biology of Stress/Science of Hope” and Discussion – Melody Osborne, Adolescent Health Initiative Coordinator

Questions – email or call 304-238-8277

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