Summit Agenda & Sessions

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

7:00 – 8:00 a.m. – Registration, Continental Breakfast & Visit Vendors


8:00 a.m.:

Judicial Efforts to Advocate for Mississippi Children’s Mental Health

This presentation will focus on the judicial system and efforts to provide and improve access to mental health services for Mississippi’s children. The presenter will discuss the ethical considerations various stakeholders face as children with mental health needs come into contact with the judicial system. This session will discuss ways the states and courts can assist children with mental health needs by promoting access to an integrated system of care.

Randy Pierce, J.D.
Director of the Mississippi Judicial College
University of Mississippi
(1 hour) Approved for 1 hour Ethics CE clock hours for MBOE/Social Work;
1 CE hour(s) by DMH PLACE for Licensed Administrators (LA), Mental Health Therapist (MH), Addiction Therapist (AT), Intellectual & Developmental Therapist (IDD), and Community Support Specialist (CSS).

Approved for Continuing Judicial Education (CJE) and GAL credit

Finding Your Way: Empowering Children of Incarcerated Parents

Asya will share her platform which is working with children with incarceration parents and discuss initiatives including Serving Children of Incarcerated Parents (SCIP) through the University of Mississippi Student Organization, Love Letters through county jails and her children’s books.

Asya Branch, Miss Mississippi 2018
No CE Clock Hours approved for this session.

Trauma That Should Keep You Up at Night, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

Throughout my nearly 23 career with the FBI, I was often asked the question, “Chris, what keeps you up at night?” I’ve thought a lot about that question. I’ve tracked down foreign terrorists, investigated extremists, and locked up a few politicians. But I worked with a lot of great people, so no, there wasn’t much that kept me up at night. Except one thing: the physical and emotional trauma too many of our children face every day. Per capita, Mississippi is plagued with high violent crime rates. In addition, too many children are either the victims of crimes or involved in committing crimes. In an effort to find solutions to reducing a child’s interaction with the juvenile justice system, this workshop will explore the adverse childhood experiences and traumatic challenges facing children encountering the juvenile justice system, the challenges facing adults in realistically helping these children, and the steps necessary to begin equipping people to make a difference in a child’s life.

Mr. Christopher Freeze
Special Agent in Charge Jackson Division
US Department of Justice, FBI
(1 hour) Approved for 1 CE clock hour for MBOE Social Work;

1 CE hour(s) by DMH PLACE for Licensed Administrators (LA), Mental Health Therapist (MH), Addiction Therapist (AT), Intellectual & Developmental Therapist (IDD), and Community Support Specialist (CSS).

Approved for Continuing Judicial Education (CJE) and GAL credit

The Role of Mindfulness in Behavioral Treatment

Over the last 20 years, there has been an increase in the incorporation of mindfulness as a component in many behavioral treatments, including treatment for anxiety, depression, and even autism. In this presentation, participants will consider the use of mindfulness within treatments based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis, with particular focus on how the use of mindfulness helps combat the natural human learning process that often creates suffering for so many.

Dr. Jim Moore, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA
Director of Autism Solutions
Canopy Children’s Solutions
(1 hour 15 Minutes) Approved for 1.25 CE clock hours for MBOE/Social Work;
Approved for 1.25 CE clock hours for NBCC/LPC;
1.25 CE hour(s) by DMH PLACE for Licensed Administrators (LA), Mental Health Therapist (MH), Addiction Therapist (AT), Intellectual & Developmental Therapist (IDD), and Community Support Specialist (CSS).


12:15 p.m. – Lunch & Visit Vendors


1:30 p.m.:

A Better Way to Talk about Mental Health

Elise will discuss how public policy has been positively or negatively impacted our perceptions and how we talk about mental health and health care.  By raising awareness of how our language plays a critical role in conquering long-standing stigmas and barriers to care, she hopes to bring into sharper focus positive ways we can further change.

Elise Jordon, Political Analyst for NBC and MSNBC
(1 hour 15 minutes) Approved for 1.25 CE clock hours for MBOE/Social Work;
1.25 CE hour(s) by DMH PLACE for Licensed Administrators (LA), Mental Health Therapist (MH), Addiction Therapist (AT), Intellectual & Developmental Therapist (IDD), and Community Support Specialist (CSS).

Approved for Continuing Judicial Education (CJE) and GAL credit

Creating an Inclusive Well-Being Work Environment

This presentation will clarify the difference between diversity and inclusion and discuss the drivers for businesses to create inclusive work environments. The presenter will discuss how to overcome biases and engage the workforce to create a healthy and stigma free work zone. The panel will share innovative solutions and initiatives within their own organizations to promote health & wellness.

Presenter and Facilitator:

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

Panel Presenters:

  • Billy Sims, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, CCP/CBP, Sr. Vice President, Policy Administration, Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance Company
  • Murray Harber, Executive Director, Mississippi Business Group on Health
  • Kathy V. Lovell, ACTCP, Senior Vice President, Disability Services and Outreach Manager, Regions

(1 hour 30 Minutes) Approved for 1.5 CE Clock hours for MBOE/Social Work (.5  Cultural Diversity CE)
1.5 CE hour(s) by DMH PLACE for Licensed Administrators (LA), Mental Health Therapist (MH), Addiction Therapist (AT), Intellectual & Developmental Therapist (IDD), and Community Support Specialist (CSS).

5:00 p.m. – Adjournment