Agenda & Sessions

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

7:45 a.m. – Please connect to the Zoom link sent to your email.

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. – Welcome

John D. Damon, Ph.D., Canopy Children’s Solutions Chief Executive Officer and Wendy Bailey, Mississippi Department of Mental Health Executive Director will welcome participants.

8:30 – 9:00 a.m. – The Science of Hope

Hope has emerged as the leading predictor to human flourishing across the life span. This session will present the science of Hope as a psychological strength in our ability to cope with traumatic experiences and flourish toward future goals.  In particular, research conducted at the Hope Research Center will be discussed that shows (1) hope predicts adaptive and maladaptive outcomes (2) hope buffers the effects of adversity, and (3) hope can be influenced and sustained. 

Shea Hutchins, LCSW
Chief Solutions Officer
Canopy Children’s Solutions
(0.5 hour) Approved for .05 CE clock hour for MBOE Social Work and DMH certifications

9:00 – 9:30 a.m. – How to Lean into Difficult Conversations Related to Diversity and Inclusion

The call for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) for all businesses has become progressively louder over the last decade. You see the moral, strategic, and community impact imperatives for bringing DEI initiatives into your organization, and your Executive Director/CEO has asked you to start doing something. What to do? Where do you start?

DEI is not an overnight solution; it is a slow journey with long-term goals seeking to remedy long-standing systemic barriers. Taheti will discuss Canopy’s success, lessons learned, best practices that seek to understand complex and rich identities of self and others, and how to lean into difficult conversations related to diversity and inclusion.

Taheti Watson, CDE, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Chief Engagement and Diversity Officer
Canopy Children’s Solutions

(0.5 hour) Approved for .05 Cultural Diversity CE clock hour for MBOE Social Work and DMH certifications

9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Behind the Screen: Understanding the power of social media in young peoples’ lives

How is social media influencing your child self-esteem, friendships, and conflict with other people? Rosalind’s presentation will bring the newest insights and research on children and teens’ use of social media, its impact on their emotional health and well-being, and how it influences their interactions with parents. She will also highlight why adults’ efforts to communicate with young people about social media can be so challenging and provide participants with effective alternatives so young people don’t so easily shut down and disengage.

Wherever children are interacting-at school, on a team or at home, their social experiences profoundly affect their sense of self and their relationships with others. Rosalind’s work is about being prepared without being paranoid, so whatever your child’s experience-whether they don’t have any conflicts with peers, are in the midst of a social problem or is just moving past one that you don’t want repeated, this presentation is for you.

Rosalind Wiseman
Cultures of Dignity

(2.5 hour) Approved for 2.5 CE clock hour for MBOE Social Work and DMH certifications

12:00 p.m. – Adjournment