Post-Conference Sessions

Each attendee for the post-conference breakout sessions on Thursday, May 9 will have the opportunity to attend breakout sessions on topics relating to children mental health or Youth Mental Health First Aid. The breakout sessions will be provided for $50 per attendee.  For the Youth Mental Health First Aid, there will be no charge, but there is a limited number of seats, so it will be first come, first serve basis.  To register for the sessions, please use the online registration form.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

7:00 – 8:00 a.m. – Registration

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.- Youth Mental Health First Aid (8 CEUs)

Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) is designed to increase general knowledge of common mental health challenges that youth often face, how to recognize the signs that a youth may be experiencing a mental health or substance use problem, and how to provide help to that youth. The training will be provided at no cost.

Instructors: Courtney Littleton, Coordinator, Mental Health Awareness Training Project, MS Department of Mental Health and Sarah Howe, ODT Specialist, Canopy Children’s Solutions
Limited to 30 participants

Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) is approved for CEU’s for educators and school resource officers through the Jackson State University School of Lifelong Learning and MS State Department of Public Safety. YMHFA is not approved for continuing education hours for licensed professional counselors (NBCC) or social workers (MBOE).


8:00 – 9:30 a.m. – (1.5 CEUs)

  • 101 – Stand UP Mississippi: A Multi-Agency Approach to Change Stigma in Mississippi
    How seven state and federal agencies joined efforts to improve access to treatment, curb overdose, and change the stigma of addiction in Mississippi.
  • 102 – Acceptance & Commitment Therapy
    Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), an evidence-based procedure, which is based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis and learning theory. ACT incorporates acceptance and mindfulness, along with additional strategies, to help achieve psychological flexibility in those suffering from psychological challenges including anxiety, depression, and autism. ACT has been shown effective in reducing the symptoms of Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, as well as efficacy in other areas such as weight loss and parent training. Participants will discuss the uniquely human learning process that ensnares so many in psychological difficulty. Participants will learn the six stages of ACT, as well as, a simple behavioral training methods to incorporate ACT into their daily lives.
  • 103 – Playing is Not Just Fun: An Interactive Guide to Play Therapy
    Play is the universal language of all children and how they communicate with adults and their peers. Children learn and explore through play. However, in today’s society where open play is becoming more and more structured or replaced with technology, our youngest generations are beginning to show deficits in social and communicative skills, attention and overall cognitive development. This breakout session will introduce the importance of play, appropriate play, and modalities of play in order to utilize play therapy in sessions.

Session 2

10:00 -11:30 a.m. (1.5 CEUs)

  • 201 – Nothing About Us, Without US “The Importance of Peer Support”
    Who better to learn from about peer support than peers who are open to share their stories? Peer Support Specialists exchange their experiences in combination with skills and training to assist and benefit others in their recovery and resiliency. This will be an interactive panel with Peer Support Specialists to explore how to create a safe and non-judgmental space for people in need of hope, self-awareness, and support. Learn more about how Peer Support Specialists come alongside others to support them in making healthy decisions about their own journey.
  • 202 – The Difference between PTSD and Childhood Trauma
    This workshop discusses Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as a common diagnosis for children with chronic trauma and the differences between childhood trauma and PTSD. The National Child Traumatic Stress Network has conceptualized a new diagnosis provisionally called “Developmental Trauma Disorder.” This session explores Developmental Trauma Disorder as an alternative to PTSD for children who have experienced complex trauma and the implications for practice.
  • 203 – Ethical and Regulatory Considerations to Guide Clinical Practice (1.5 Ethics CE)
    This session will explain regulatory standards that impact clinical practice, recap the NASW Revised Code of Ethics that went into effect on January 1, 2018 and demonstrate ethical culture and the culture of compliance.

11:30 a.m. – Adjournment