Children and Youth: The State of Mental Health

April 26, 2021 @ 9:00AM — 12:00PM Eastern Time (US & Canada)

Preparing teachers, families, and professionals to serve the youth of our community

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Dedicated to Building Mentally Healthier Communities

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This virtual conference is filled with nationally acclaimed speakers coming directly to you.


KEYNOTE | The Cost of Silence: Why We're Still Talking About Stigma

Vanita Halliburton | Co-Founder and Executive Chairman, Grant Halliburton Foundation

No other medical condition today carries the shame and stigma that still surround mental illness, leaving youth to suffer in silence under the weight of anxiety, depression, and suicidal thoughts. This session offers strategies for ending the silence and stigma through education, encouragement, and connection to resources for help.


Vanita Halliburton is co-founder and executive chairman of Grant Halliburton Foundation, which was established in 2006 following the suicide death of her teenage son Grant Halliburton. The Foundation’s mission is to strengthen the network of mental health resources for children, teens and young adults; promote better mental health; and help prevent suicide.

Vanita is a frequent speaker on mental health, resiliency, and suicide prevention to educators, counselors, parents, community groups and professional conferences. She speaks from the heart about her son’s battle with depression and bipolar disorder, his suicide at the age of 19, and the need for a collaborative and comprehensive approach to suicide prevention in our community.

Learn more about Vanita Halliburton | Website

Schools | Mental Health and the Schools

Sharon Hoover | Co-Director, National Center for School Mental Health (NCSMH) Director, NCTSN Center for Safe Supportive Schools (CS3)

Sharon A. Hoover, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist and Professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Co-Director of the National Center for School Mental Health (NCSMH, www.schoolmentalhealth.org), and Director of the Center for Safe Supportive Schools (CS3). She currently leads national efforts to support states, districts,

and schools in the adoption of national performance standards of comprehensive school mental health systems (www.theSHAPEsystem.com). Dr. Hoover has led and collaborated on multiple federal and state grants, with a commitment to the study and implementation of quality children’s mental health services. Currently, she co-leads two large randomized trials of school mental health efforts, one focused on reducing exclusionary discipline practices by installing mental health and restorative practice approaches and one on improving school mental health services with best practices in family engagement, educator mental health literacy, and modularized evidence-based clinical practices.

Creating safe, supportive, and resilient schools has been a major emphasis of Dr. Hoover’s research, education, and clinical work. Since 2004, she has worked with the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, Treatment Services Adaptation Center for Resiliency, Hope and Wellness in Schools, to train school district and school leaders, educators, and support staff in multi-tiered systems of support for psychological trauma. She has trained school and community behavioral health staff and educators in districts across the United States, as well as internationally.

Learn more about Sharon Hoover | Website



Families | Partnering with Families

Claudette Fette | Clinical Professor and Occupational Therapy, Texas Women's University

Claudette teaches occupational therapy at Texas Woman’s University and is active in a host of activities supporting mental health across the lifespan at local, state and national levels. She started her journey in mental health as Scott’s sister and Aaron’s mom. She is a long-time mental health advocate and became an occupational therapist to better support families and people living with mental illness in their community when Aaron landed on the streets at 15 years old. She currently serves as board chair for the Federation of Families – Texas, and on advisories for the new National Family Support Technical Assistance Center and the Advancing School Mental Health Conference. She coauthored the 2017 AOTA Practice Statement on Mental Health Promotion, Prevention, and Intervention in Occupational Therapy Practice and serves as Advocacy and Policy Coordinator for AOTA’s MHSIS Standing Committee. She is writing a book that layers Aaron’s voice, family voice and best practices together.

Learn more about Claudette Fette| Website

Professionals | Mental Health Professionals

Dr. Vaile Wright | Senior Director of Health Care Innovation, America Psychological Association

Presentation Title: Stress in the Time of COVID-19: The Impact on Children and Adolescents

Dr. Vaile Wright is the Senior Director of Health Care Innovation at the American Psychological Association. She is a licensed psychologist, and researcher focusing on developing strategies to leverage technology and data to address issues within health care including increasing access, measuring care and optimizing treatment delivery at both the individual and system levels. As a spokesperson for APA, she has been interviewed by television, radio, print and online media including CNN, NBC News, the Today Show, MSNBC, The Washington Post, and NPR on a range of topics including stress, politics, discrimination and harassment, serious mental illness, telehealth and technology, and access to mental health care.

Learn more about Dr. Vaile Wright| Website




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