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. – Creating a Culture of Dignity

Based on over twenty years of teaching and constant feedback from today’s generation of young people, Rosalind Wiseman’s presentation is a call for action to transform the way we understand young people and create communities where children can thrive. From young people’s friendships, social media use, gossip, drama, bullying, and the constant pressure to “keep up,” she’ll share how we can best connect with young people; especially when they need us most. She’ll give concrete advice for us so we, in turn, can guide the young people in our care while avoiding the common communication breakdowns and power struggles that often occur between young people and adults.

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