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Children’s Mental Health Symposium

Registration required
October 2
8:00 AM - 4:45 PM
Virtual Event

Navigating the adolescent and young adult years

Presented by Virginia Treatment Center for Children, the child & adolescent division of the VCU Department of Psychiatry and the pediatric psychiatric service of Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU.

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Plenary speakers

 
Robert Findling, MD, MBA Opening plenary speaker Chair, Department of Psychiatry, VCU School of Medicine
Nadine Marsh-Carter, JD Closing plenary speaker President and CEO, Children’s Home Society of Virginia
Diehdre Gregory, MA Closing plenary speaker Permanency and Independent Living Director, Children’s Home Society of Virginia
 
 

Track topics:

8:45 - 10:00 a.m. - Opening plenary

The fundamental role of research in the psychiatric treatment of children and adolescents- A focus on psychopharmacology 

  • Robert Findling, Department of Psychiatry, VCU School of Medicine

10:15 - 11:30 a.m.

Beyond coping: Learning to live with anxiety as an emerging adult (Clinical)

  • Jacob Schmitz, PsyD, LCP, Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU

Focus on Body Image: Eating Disorders and Gender Dysphoria (Cultural competency)

  • Susan Jones, MD, Chesterfield Community Services Board
  • Shannon McKay, He, She, Ze, & We
  • Dana Egan, RD

Building a community of recovery allies (Substance use disorder)

  • Tom Bannard, VCU Rams in Recovery

What I need you to hear: Transition to Adulthood (Transition to adulthood)

  • Sophie Fontaine, National Alliance on Mental Illness of Virginia (NAMI Virginia)
  • Wade Rosado, National Alliance on Mental Illness of Virginia (NAMI Virginia)

12:30 - 1:45 p.m.

Walk a mile in our shoes: Living with autism (Clinical)

  • Norm Geller, Autism Educational Diagnostics
  • Barbara Simeroth, SpectrumWise
  • Hallie Hovey Murray, Autism Success Foundation
  • Leslie Wrenn, Parent and Advocate

Mental health equity and racial disparities (Cultural competency)

  • Cheryl Al-Mateen, MD, Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU
  • Lauren Baker, MD, Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU

Evidence based practices for young adult substance use disorder: How the Adolescent-Community Reinforcement Approach (A-CRA) promotes positive change in problem substance use behaviors (Substance use disorder)

  • Nina Marino, DBHDS
  • Malcolm King, DBHDS
  • Kathleen Owen, DBHDS

Housing for special populations (Transition to adulthood)

  • Linda Hyatt, Gateway Homes
  • Matthew Osborne, The Faison Center

2:00 - 3:15 p.m. 

The Use of Dialectal Behavior Therapy with Adolescents and Young Adults (Clinical)

  • Lisa Townsend, LCSW, PhD, VCU

Unpacking trauma: What it means right now (Cultural competency)

  • John Richardson-Lauve, ChildSavers
  • Kristin Lennox, ChildSavers

Windows into the teen brain from neuroimaging: Impact on child health and policy (Substance use disorder)

  • Jim Bjork, PhD, VCU 

Legal issues in mental health (Transition to adulthood)

  • Lindsay Pickral, Esq., Thompson McMullan
  • Cassie Powell, Esq., Legal Aid Justice Center
  • Jennifer Kwon, Esq., Legal Aid Justice Center

3:30 - 4:45 p.m. - Closing plenary

Responding to the call: A comprehensive approach to serving aged out foster youth

  • Nadine Marsh-Carter, Children's Home Society of Virginia
  • Diehdre Gregory, Children's Home Society of Virginia

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Questions?

Contact Rachel Reynolds

Presenting sponsor:

Dominion Energy 

 

*Free parent event to be held on Thursday, October 1 in the evening. More details to follow.

 

Location

Virtual event