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National Webinar Series

The National Technical Assistance Center for Children's Mental Health conducts monthly webinars through our National TA Webinar Series. These webinars generally occur on the third Thursday of each month from 1:00 - 2:30 PM E.T.

Participation in the webinar series requires that you register using the online registration form below. Please note that you may incur long-distance phone charges.

2010 National TA Center Webinars Conducted

January 20, 2010 (Wednesday), 1:00 - 2:30 PM E.S.T.

The Status of Children's Mental Health Policy in the United States - Emerging Areas of Focus

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Call Description: The presenters will share what they see as new and emerging trends in the field of children's mental health in 2010.

Facilitator
Jim Wotring, M.S.W.
Director, National TA Center for Children's Mental Health
Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development
Washington, DC

Presenters
Gary M. Blau, Ph.D.
Branch Chief, Child, Adolescent, and Family Branch
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Department of Health and Human Services

Larke N. Huang, Ph.D.
Senior Advisor on Children, Office of the Administrator
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Department of Health and Human Services
Powerpoint: A Wide Angle Lens for Children's Mental Health (PDF version here)


February 18, 2010, 1:00 - 2:30 PM E.S.T.

Advancing a Public Health Approach to Children's
Mental Health

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Call Description:
In the last decade, there has been a groundswell of calls to action to change the nation's approach to children’s mental health. Major reports from the Surgeon General, New Freedom Commission on Mental Health (1), Institute of Medicine (2), and the World Health Organization (3) put forth the urgent need to promote and protect the nation’s children by embracing a public health approach to children’s mental health. Georgetown’s National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health at GUCCHD is in the forefront of this movement and has recently completed a seminal monograph “A Public Health Approach to Children’s Mental Health: A Conceptual Framework”.

This call will highlight one major federal partner, the Centers for Disease Control, and its role in shaping federal policy around a public health approach to children’s mental health. In addition, one state’s efforts at attempting a public health approach will be discussed. Specifically, Massachusetts’ efforts at integrating a number of federal initiatives and developing a cohesive public health approach will be presented.

Presenters
Joyce Sebian, M.S.Ed.
Senior Policy Associate, National TA Center for Children's Mental Health
Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development
Washington, DC

Neal Horen, Ph.D.
Senior Policy Associate, National TA Center for Children's Mental Health
Director, H.O.Y.A. Clinic

Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development
Washington, DC

Powerpoint: Advancing a Public Health Approach to Children's Mental Health

Presenters
Ruth Perou, Ph.D.
Child Development Studies Team Leader
Division of Human Development and Disability
National Center for Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD)
Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
Atlanta, GA
Powerpoint: A Public Health Approach to Children's Mental Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Kate Roper
Project Director, Massachusetts Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems Project
Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Division for Perinatal, Early Childhood and Special Health Needs
Boston, MA
Powerpoint: A Public Health Approach to ECMH in Massachusetts: Mass LAUNCH and MYCHILD

 

March 18, 2010, 1:00 - 2:30 PM E.D.T.

Healthy Children and Families: Reducing Behavioral Health Disparities in Rural and Frontier Areas

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Call Description: Rural and small town communities are home to over 60 million Americans. Persistent poverty, geographic isolation, socio-economic status, educational status, health risk behaviors, and limited job opportunities contribute to health disparities in rural communities and impact the behavioral health outcomes of children and their families.

It is likely that long-standing barriers to mental health services contribute to disparities, these include stigma, cultural differences, and insufficient mental health infrastructure. Many in states and communities are working to diminish these disparities and keep rural America's rural children healthy and strong. This call will focus on strategies in States to improve conditions that lead to enhanced quality of, and access to behavioral/mental healthcare services and supports for children and families in rural and frontier America.

Facilitators
Joyce Sebian, M.S.Ed.
Senior Policy Associate, National TA Center for Children's Mental Health
Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development
Washington, DC
Powerpoint: Rural Sympoisum

Vivian Jackson, Ph.D.
Senior Policy Associate, National TA Center for Children's Mental Health and National Center for Cultural and Linguistic Competence
Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development
Washington, DC
Powerpoint: A Look at Disparities by Availability, Accessibility, Affordability, Appropriateness, Acceptability

Presenters
David Lambert, Ph.D.
Associate Professor in the Health Policy and Management Program
Muskie School
Maine Rural Health Research Center
University of Southern Maine
Portland, ME
Powerpoint: Use of Mental Health Services by Rural Children

Joyce Gonzales
Connecting Circles of Care
Feather River Tribal Health
Oroville, CA
Powerpoint: A System of Care: A cultural diverse family driven program for children with severe emotional disturbances

Peggy Nikkel
Executive Director
UPLIFT, Wyoming's Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health
Casper, WY
Powerpoint: UPLIFT

April 15, 2010, 1:00 - 2:30 PM E.D.T.
Family to Family Support and Its Impact

Call Description: The presentation will examine growing knowledge on the impact of family peer support initiatives around the nation. The presenters will focus on the characteristics of successful family-to-family programs and the measurement tools available to track the impact of these initiatives on families. Descriptions of the participatory process used to develop assessment tools will be provided and how it is informed by the experiences of family members who have experienced the journey toward self-efficacy and self-advocacy and who have provided support to other families. The presenters will also discuss ways in which evaluation can be used to promote program sustainability.

Facilitators
Bruno Anthony, Ph.D.
Senior Policy Associate, National TA Center for Children's Mental Health
Director of Research & Evaluation, Center for Child and Human Development
Georgetown University
Washington, DC

Presenters
Serene Olin, Ph.D.,
Instructor in Clinical Psychology, Division of Mental Health Services and Policy Research,
Columbia University & New York State Psychiatric Institute
New York City, NY
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Nancy Craig
Parent Advisor,
New York State Office of Mental Health, Western New York Field Office
Buffalo, NY
Powerpoint Slides

Celia Serkin
Executive Director
Montgomery County Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health
Silver Spring, MD
Powerpoint Slides

May 20, 2010, 1:00 - 2:30 PM E.D.T.

What Are We Learning About the Early Childhood System of Care Grantees: A Focus on Outcomes

Webinar Description: In this webinar, presenters from the SAMHSA, CMHS early childhood community system of care grants will share what they are learning as they enter their final years of service delivery and system building. The evaluators have been using some common measures to look at demographics and outcome. This group among others was instrumental in encouraging CMHS to expand the definition for serving infants and young children to include " imminent risk." Presenters will share this new definition along with the instruments and tools they are using to evaluate young children.

Facilitators
Frances Duran, M.P.P.
Policy Associate, National TA Center for Children's Mental Health
Center for Child and Human Development
Georgetown University
Washington, DC

Presenters
Joy Kaufman, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychiatry;
Director of Program and Service System Evaluation at The Consultation Center
Yale University
New Haven, CT

Ilene Berson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education, Department of Childhood Education
University of South Florida
Tampa, FL

Powerpoint: Evaluation of Early Childhood Mental Health Systems of Care

June 17, 2010, 1:00 - 2:30 PM E.D.T.
Mental Health Disparities and Young Adults of Transition Age

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Webinar Description: In 2003, The President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health identified the elimination of disparities in mental health care as a major goal. This webinar will address the multiple factors that contribute to mental health disparities in the population of young adults with behavioral health concerns transitioning to adulthood. Issues to be considered and positive actions to eliminate disparities will be addressed.

Facilitators
Gwendolyn White, M.S.W.
Director of the Healthy Transitions Initiative for the National TA Center for Children's Mental Health
Great Lakes Behavioral Research Institute
Pittsburgh, PA

Vivian Jackson, Ph.D.
Senior Policy Associate, National TA Center for Children's Mental Health and National Center for Cultural and Linguistic Competence
Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development
Washington, DC

Presenters
Peter Gamache, Ph.D. candidate, MBA, MLA, MPH, RN
Research and Evaluation Specialist
Division of Policy and Services Research and Evaluations
Department of Child and Family Studies, Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
Powerpoint Reducing Disparities among Youth in Transition to Adulthood

Mary Jo Whitfield, M.S.W.
Vice President of Behavioral Health
Jewish Family & Children’s Service
Phoenix, Arizona
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Powerpoint Serving Diverse Young Adults of Transition Age at the Practice Level

Ann Capoccia, M.S.W.
Coordinator of Interagency Activities
Child/Adolescent Division
Massachusetts Department of Mental Health Cultural and Linguistic Competence Action Plan FY'08-09
Bio
Powerpoint The Massachusetts Mental Health Disparities Model for Young Adults

Marvin Alexander, L.C.S.W.
Board Member,
Youth M.O.V.E. Member

SAMHSA Advisory Council

No July 2010 Webinar: The TA Center will be holding its biennial Training Institutes from July 14-18, 2010 in Washington DC. Click here for information about this exciting training opportunity.

No August 2010 Webinar


September 16, 2010, 1:00 - 2:30 PM E.D.T.

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NEW CALL: The previously scheduled call, "Designing a Recovery-Oriented Care Model for Adolescents and Transition Age Youth with Substance Use or Co-Occurring Mental Health Disorders" will be rescheduled in 2011.

Updating the System of Care Concept: A Guide for the Future

The original system of care concept and philosophy were introduced 25 years ago to guide the field to better meet the needs of children and youth with serious mental health challenges and their families. The 25th anniversary provided an opportune time to re-examine the concept and make necessary updates consistent with new insights, experience, and increased knowledge. The conference call will focus on the areas needing updating and the updated definition, values, and principles created to guide the field as we move into the future.

Facilitator 
Joan Dodge, Ph.D.

Senior Policy Associate, National TA Center for Children's Mental Health
Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development
Washington, DC

Presenters
Beth A. Stroul, M.Ed
President
Management & Training Innovations, Inc.
McLean, VA
PDF Powerpoint: Updating the System of Care Concept: A Guide for the Future
PDF: Updating the System of Care Concept and Philosophy


October 21, 2010, 1:00 - 2:30 PM E.D.T.

Making the Case for Evaluation of School Mental Health Programming: Strengthening Partnerships for Positive Outcomes

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Webinar Description: This webinar will introduce participants to the ongoing efforts underway to provide expanded school mental health services and supports within the Baltimore City urban schools.  Partnerships have shaped a major system-wide evaluation that has included data from multiple systems including education, mental health community mental health providers, substance abuse prevention/treatment, families, youth and others. This webinar will provide an opportunity for presentation and discussion on the use of evaluation data to shape these partnerships and will examine lessons learned, challenges, and will highlight how school and community mental health partnerships can effective identify shared behavioral health and educational outcomes and use data to strengthen both partnerships and shared outcome goals.

The webinar will explore the following:

  • Role of school-based evaluation and it's impact in addressing barriers to learning
  • Integration efforts between school mental health services and the local community
  • Partnerships that support school mental health both within school setting and in the wider community

Facilitator 
Joan Dodge, Ph.D.

Senior Policy Associate, National TA Center for Children's Mental Health
Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development
Washington, DC

Presenters
Joyce Sebian, M.S.Ed.
Senior Policy Associate, National TA Center for Children's Mental Health
Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development
Washington, DC
Powerpoint: Making the Case for Evaluation of School Mental Health Programming: Strengthening Partnerships for Positive Outcomes

Bruno Anthony, Ph.D.
Director of Research and Evaluation,
Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development
Washington, DC
Powerpoint: Lessons learned from the Evaluation of Baltimore Expanded School Mental Health: Challenges and SolutionsDenise Wheatley Rowe
Services Manager-Expanded School Mental Health
Baltimore Mental Health Systems, Inc

Wunmi Fadiora, MS CHES
Expanded School Based Program Coordinator
Hope Health Systems, Inc.
Woodlawn, MD

November 18, 2010, 1:00 - 2:30 PM E.S.T.

Healthy Transitions to Adulthood – Policy Implications

Webinar Description: The creation of developmentally appropriate and effective youth-guided local systems of care to improve outcomes for youth and young adults with behavioral health concerns is a priority in many states and local communities. Often, it is the policies in place that hamper seamless delivery of these services. This webinar will discuss the impact of policy on the successful transition to adulthood. It will highlight recommended policy changes from the standpoint of professional and young adult experts. The opportunities and challenges presented by the Affordable Health Care Act will be discussed in relation to these policy recommendations. Participants will also hear about ongoing ways to continue to address policy issues.

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Powerpoint (PDF format): Healthy Transitions to Adulthood: Policy Implications

Facilitators
Gwendolyn White, M.S.W.
Technical Assistance Director – Healthy Transitions Initiative
National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health
Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development
Washington, DC
and
Great Lakes Behavioral Research Institute
Pittsburgh, PA

Presenters
Martin Rafferty
Director, Youth MOVE Oregon
Marylhurst, OR

Gary Macbeth, M.S.W., M.Ed.
Senior Policy Associate - National TA Center for Children's Mental Health
Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development
Washington, DC

Nancy Koroloff, Ph.D.
Co-Director, Portland State University: RTC for Pathways to Positive Futures Portland, OR

Janet Walker, Ph.D.
Research Associate Professor, Portland State University: RTC for Pathways to Positive Futures
Portland, OR


December 16, 2010, 1:00 - 2:30 PM E.S.T.
Strengthening Outcomes for Cross-over Youth Transitioning into Adulthood: Lessons Learned from Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice

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Webinar Description: This Webinar will be focused on recommendations as identified in a white paper, Supporting Youth in Transition to Adulthood: Lessons Learned from Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice, sponsored from the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform at Georgetown University. The primary author is Dr. David Altschuler of Johns Hopkins Institute of Policy Studies and the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative.

Presenters will provide an overview of the seven overall recommendations found in the white paper which are: 1) promoting policies and practices that address family relationships and permanency; 2) engaging youth to work with their case managers in formulating a plan that includes the goals they wish to achieve by age 25; 3) ensuring that the services available to youth are developmentally appropriate; 4) using federal funding to create programs for older youth and track their outcomes; 5) developing policies and practices that support prevention and developing specific skills and competencies necessary for adulthood success; 6) strengthening collaboration between the juvenile justice and child welfare systems to efficiently target service provision and improve outcomes for crossover youth; and 7) engaging with the community to create broader support systems for transitioning youth.

Through a facilitated peer learning discussion, strategies will be identified by participants that will improve outcomes for cross-over youth transitioning into adulthood, including the implications for both child welfare and juvenile justice systems. Following a review of the recommendations, participants will be lead in a brainstorming session on strategies they might prioritize for their community or agency to better promote better outcomes for cross-over youth transitioning into adulthood.

Facilitators
Debra Cady, M.S.W., L.C.S.W.
Senior Policy Associate, National TA Center for Children's Mental Health
Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development
Washington, DC

Presenter(s)
Simon Gonsoulin, M. Ed.
Principal Research Analyst Technical Assistance Partnership for Child and Family Mental Health American Institutes for Research
Washington, DC

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