Summit Agenda & Sessions

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

5 CEUs for completing day

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 – Judge Randy Pierce will highlight judiciary efforts to erase stigma, eliminate barriers, and promote an integrated system of care.

Trauma That Should Keep You Up at Night, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) – Christopher Freeze will provide a brief overview of the ACE Study as it relates to health and mental health issues. This session will explore the impact of early childhood trauma related to children whose family becomes involved in the criminal justice system.

Finding Your Way: Empowering Children of Incarcerated Parents – Miss Mississippi Asya Branch will share her platform which is working with children with incarcerated parents. She will 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 book, “Finding Your Way.”

11:45 p.m. – Lunch & Visit Vendors

1:00 p.m.:


Creating an Inclusive Well-Being Work Environment
A panel discussion facilitated by Taheti Watson, Chief Engagement & Diversity Officer, Canopy Children’s Solutions
The panel focuses on inclusion in the workplace and how organizations are working to engage the workforce to create a healthy and stigma-free work zone. The panel will share innovative solutions and efforts within their organizations to promote health and wellness.

The panel participants include:

  • Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance– Billy Sims, Senior Vice President
  • Mississippi Business Group on Health – Murray Harber, Executive Director
  • Regions – Kathy V. Lovell, Sr. Vice President, Disability Services & Outreach Manager

A Better Way to Talk about Mental Health – Elisa Jordan will discuss how public policy has been positively or negatively impacted by how we talk about mental health and care. By raising awareness of how our language plays a critical role in conquering long-standing stigmas and barriers to care, we hope to bring into sharper focus positive ways we can further change.

The Role of Mindfulness in Behavioral Treatment – Dr. Jim Moore, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA
There has been an increase in the incorporation of mindfulness as a component in many behavioral treatments, including treatment for anxiety, depression, and autism. Participants will consider the use of mindfulness within treatments based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis focus on how the use of mindfulness helps combat the natural human learning process that often creates suffering for so many.

5:00 p.m. – Adjournment