Inspiring Hope Conference 2019

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8:30-9:00         Registration and Breakfast 

9:15-9:30         Welcome and Address 

9:30-10:30        Keynote: Kevin Breel 

-Break-

10:45-11:45     Breakout Session 1 

1a. LGBTQ+ and Mental Health Challenges Panel 

1b. Childhood Trauma and Treatment

1c. Superior Court Problem Solving Courts 

1d. Wellness in the Faith Community

1e. Behavior Not Diagnosis: Why Blaming Violence on Mental Illness is False and Misleading  

1f. Turning Passion Into Policy

1g. Pathways on the Road to Recovery: Housing and Employment Programs at the Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Illness

1h. NEWLY ADDED! Miss Understood: The Journey from Depression to Miss Delaware

11:45-12:45    Lunch and Awards

-Break-

1:00-2:00        Breakout Session 2

2a. Narcan Training 

2b. Healthy Interpersonal Relationships for Law Enforcement 

2c. NAMI’s Federal Legislative Agenda

2d. Treatment Resistant Depression 

2e. Addressing School Safety through the Lens of Prevention

2f. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

-Break-

2:15-3:15        Breakout Session 3

3a. Lessons on Overcoming Stigma in Diverse Communities

3b. Criminal Justice System

3c. The Essentials of Co-Occurring Disorder(s) Documentation 

3d. Prayers & Professionals: Removing the Stigma of Mental Health in the Faith-Based Community  

3e. Adult in Crisis: A Panel Discussion of Resources

3f. Children in Crisis: A Panel Discussion of Resources

3g. Healing Overall Well Being: Mindful Movement as an Adjunct Clinical Intervention

-Break-

3:30-4:30        Breakout Session 4 

4a. Establishing Mindfulness: Introductory Practices

4b. Hero Help Behavioral Unit

4c. Measurement Based Care: Your Roadmap to Better Patient and Provider Outcomes

4d. Technology as a Tool for Mental Health

4e. Where Are We Now: The Opioid Crisis in Delaware

4f. Real Conversations with Young Adults in Recovery

Full Description of Presentations

Keynote Speaker: Kevin Breel

Mental Health Activist | TED Sensation

Kevin Breel’s TEDx Talk, “Confessions of a Depressed Comic”, has garnered more than four million views, making it one of the most watched TED talks ever on mental health. In the years since he delivered it, Kevin's been called one of the “Most Influential Millennials in the World” by Parade magazine, and is now a national ambassador for Bell “Let’s Talk”. His honest and humorous take on his first-hand experience with depression, and his message of ending the stigma around mental illness, resonates with all kinds of audiences.

Deftly combining his mental health activism with his incredible comedy, Kevin has been a guest speaker for schools such as Harvard, Yale, and MIT, as well as for Fortune 500 Companies, and even for the Government of Canada.

A writer, his debut memoir, Boy Meets Depression, achieved critical acclaim, with Forbes calling it “a small book well worth reading”, and NPR dubbing it “honest and compelling." As a comedian, Kevin has headlined at theatres and colleges throughout North America.

Kevin is a recipient of multiple awards for his social activism, and he has been featured in countless media outlets, including by NBC, CBS, The Huffington Post, MTV, CNN, The Today Show, Mashable and The Wall Street Journal.

Breakout Session 1: 

1a. LGBT+ and Mental Health Challenges Panel 

Panelists: Sarah McBride, Wesley Ingram, Dionne Cornish, Karla Fleshman, LCSW, MDiv

Through sharing personal stories, and group discussions on topics such as suppression of identity, social media in today’s environment, lack of representation for LGBT+ individuals and how it all can affect one's mental health, this presentation will not only talk about the barriers to mental health treatment, but practical strategies for allies and LGBT+ individuals.

Who Should Attend: Those with interest in promoting mental health in the LGBT+ community

1b. Childhood Trauma and Treatment 

Presenters: Dr. Allison Dovi, PhD; Dr. Meghan Walls, PhD; Dr. Hannah Jones, PhD

The presentation aims to assist attendees in better understanding the causes and effects of childhood trauma in youth, in learning how to identify appropriate candidates for trauma-informed treatment, and provide an overview of the Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) treatment model. As well as increase awareness of available trauma-informed treatment models. 

Who Should Attend: Mental Health/Healthcare Processionals, Educators, Loved Ones

Continuing Education Credits: DCB, CLE, NASW

1c. Superior Court Problem Solving Courts 

Presenter: The Honorable Katharine L. Mayer

This session will provide an understanding of Delaware’s specialty courts and how mental health is considered through both the criminal and civil dockets. 

Who Should attend: Family Members and Loved Ones, Peers

Continuing Education Credits: CLE

1d. Wellness in a Faith Community 

Presenter: Van Shea Sedita

Thriving religious communities can have dedicated and focused members capable of tremendous avocational contributions to the congregation as well as the outside geographical community. This is the story of how such a congregation were joined together through pastoral leadership and basic design thinking exercises to envision a perfect ideal for a church that included a wellness center. The volunteer convener of that strategy effort, Van Shea Sedita, helped ideate and focus the group of volunteers to understand and implement the basic foundation and early programs at Red Clay Creek Presbyterian Church in Wilmington Delaware. This presentation will not only focus on the story, but present helpful steps if you or your organization would like to follow a similar path establishing a wellness center. On a daily basis, as a designer and person in the world, Van focuses on helping people change for the better. That help may be in the form of research, interface design, education or community volunteer efforts. Van hopes that this talk holds practical advice and moving testimony of how a wellness center can help transform your organization or community for the better.

Who Should Attend: Those with interest in promoting mental health in the faith community

1e. Behavior Not Diagnosis: Why Blaming Violence on Mental Illness is False and Misleading  

Presenter: Dr. Alisa Gutman

This presentation will clarify the association between violence and mental illness by reviewing data that show the risk of committing violent actions is associated with behavioral and psychological factors. We will discuss the false perception that violence is highly related to mental illness and how this only further stigmatizes individuals who are already marginalized. 

Who Should Attend: Criminal Justice Professionals, Law Enforcement, Educators

Continuing Education Credits: DCB, CLE, NASW

1f. Turning Passion Into Policy

Presenters: Carolyn A. Petrak, M.P.A. Associate Executive Director & Verity Watson, MPA

How to/ Best Practices for grassroots advocates to influence policy making at the state level.

Who Should Attend: Family and Loved Ones, Peers

1g. Pathways on the Road to Recovery: Housing and Employment Programs at the Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Illness (DSAMH)

Presenter: Alexia Wolf, MPH Chief of Social Determinants and Support Services

Housing and Employment are essential supports on the road to recovery. This session will provide an overview of existing housing and employment programs at the Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health as well as practical information on how to navigate services. The workshop will include the perspective of individuals who utilized the programs in their own recovery. There will be opportunities to submit questions to the presenters.

Who Should Attend: Family and Loved Ones, Mental Health Professionals

1g. Miss Understood: The Journey from Depression to Miss Delaware

Presenter: Hillary May - Miss Delaware 2019

Seeing the impact a suicide loss had on my best friend’s family got me involved in the mental health community. It wasn’t until five years later when I realized just how important the resources, connections, and skills I’d developed would be to me — because I never imagined I’d be fighting my own battle with depression. This presentation chronicles my journey from the girl trapped in the trenches of depression, to the powerful warrior I am today. Together we will learn what it means to be a mental health warrior, how obstacles shape us into the powerful people we become, and how we can work together to build an army of hope and ensure no one fights alone.

Who Should Attend: General Audience, Family and Loved Ones, Mental Health Professionals

Breakout Session 2 :

2a. Narcan/Naloxone Training 

Presenter: Dave Humes

Naloxone is a medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to prevent overdose by opioids such as heroin, morphine, and oxycodone. It blocks opioid receptor sites, reversing the toxic effects of the overdose. Naloxone is administered when a patient is showing signs of opioid overdose. 

Who Should Attend: General Audience

2b. Healthy Interpersonal Relationships for Law Enforcement 

Presenter: Dr. Ellen Marshall, B.C.E.T.S.

Focusing on law enforcement officers, this presentation will help officers identify and apply effective skills for making and maintaining relationships. We will explore both close personal relationships and work related relationships. 

Who Should Attend: Law Enforcement

Continuing Education Credits: CLE

2c. NAMI’s Federal Legislative Agenda

Presenter: Andrew Sperling

NAMI has a bold legislative agenda to improve the lives of people living with mental illness and their families. This session will focus on efforts to secure funding for research and promote policies that expand access to treatment, services, and community supports.

Who Should Attend: General Audience

Continuing Education Credits: CLE

2d. Treatment Resistant Depression 

Presenter: Ranga N. Ram, MD, DFAPA

This presentation will discuss what treatment resistant depression (TRD) is, give a brief overview of medication treatment for depression, and talk about some possible solutions. Ketamine - is it the answer? Or is it Esketamine (Spravato)?

Who Should Attend: Mental Health Professionals, Family Members and Loved Ones

Continuing Education Credits: DCB, NASW

2e. Addressing School Safety through the Lens of Prevention

Presenter: Annie Slease, M.Ed., Kris MacBury

School safety is a complex issue of growing concern nationwide. What steps should schools and families take to keep our kids safe? Experts agree that prevention is a crucial component to school safety planning, yet many do not know where to turn for effective, affordable, impactful prevention programs for youth, staff, and families. This session will offer a general introduction to the topic of school safety, including insights from a local high school principal managing these challenges every day; next, an overview of no-cost prevention programs from NAMI and Sandy Hook Promise available to school communities will be provided and discussed. Topics covered in the no-cost programs include: social isolation and how to help build stronger, more connected communities; myths and the facts of mental illness; the impact of stigma; how to help someone thinking about suicide; and the importance of youth seeking a trusted adult in times of distress or concern.
Who Should Attend: Educators and School Staff, Parents

2f. EMDR: Eye Movement and Desensitization and Reprocessing

Presenter: Suzie Ashmead, LPC

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a psychotherapy that enables people to diminish negative feelings associated with memories of traumatic events. This presentation will discuss the theory and practice of EMDR. 

Who Should Attend: Mental Health/Healthcare Professionals, Family Members and Loved Ones

Continuing Education Credits: DCB, NASW

Breakout Session 3:

3a. Lessons on Overcoming Stigma in Diverse Communities

Presenters: Dr. Abraham Jones, Vanessa Rodríguez

Mental illness does not discriminate when it comes to prevalence, yet some communities face added barriers when it comes to treatment and recovery. Cultural differences can determine how someone copes with stress and trauma, the type of support they receive, and when and how someone may seek mental health care. In this presentation, you will hear from NAMI Delaware volunteer presenters as they share their personal and professional stories of overcoming stigma, discuss the many barriers Hispanic Latino and African American communities face, and highlight awareness programs such as NAMI Sharing Hope and NAMI Compartiendo Esperanza

Who Should Attend: Those with interest in promoting mental health in diverse communities

3b. The Criminal Justice System

Presenter: Kathy Jennings, Attorney General

Description Coming Soon!

Who Should Attend: Family Members and Loved Ones, Law Enforcement

Continuing Education Credits: CLE

3c. The Essentials of Co-Occurring Disorder(s) Documentation 

Presenter: Wade Jones, LPCMH, LCPD, CAADC, CCS

Co-occurring Disorders are often difficult to diagnose and treat. The symptoms of Substance Abuse or Addiction can mask symptoms of mental health issues and symptoms of mental health issues can be confused with symptoms of Substance Abuse. The objective of this workshop is to enhance your knowledge and skills consisting of how to achieve treatment goals through evidence-based approaches. As well as enhancing the knowledge and skill to integrate all information obtained through assessment into proposed treatments and diagnostic impression.These are just a few of the components of this workshop. 

Who Should Attend: Mental Health/Healthcare Professionals, Family Members and Loved Ones

Continuing Education Credits: DCB, NASW

3d  Prayers & Professionals: Removing the Stigma of Mental Health in the Faith-Based Community  

Presenter: Chaplain Pam Adams 

In the Faith-Based community, the formula for preservation is simple: prayer + more prayer=the desire of our hearts. That doctrine along with countless other cliches and slogans have been ingrained in us since the fall of man. We cling to our faith, hope that our prayers will be answered, and that they will order our steps accordingly...but what happens when they don’t? What happens when we encounter those days where things are not going how we want them and it seems too much to bear? According to the 2016 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Delawareans reported that out of the last 30 days, on average they did not have good mental health on 3.6 days. These statistics prove that it is time to address the elephant in the room...mental health. In the faith-based community, we tend to attach stigma to it and deny its existence because of our faith. In this session, we look at revising that formula for preservation is prayer + professionals= the desires of our heart. Removing the stigma from seeking help from professionals is a necessary and needed conversation that starts today. 

Who Should Attend: Those with interest in promoting mental health in the faith community

3e. Adult in Crisis: A Panel Discussion of Resources

Panelists: Michelle Partyka, Michael Gavula, M.S., Carlos Mackall, MS CAADC, OFC Colleen Kearns, Thomas Sweeney, MD

In times of crisis, those in crisis, their loved ones, clinicians, and community members may not know where to turn. What happens when 911 is called? Should I go to the Emergency Room? What resources come to me? This panel discussion will identify various crisis resource options, when they are appropriate, and how to access them. There will be opportunities to submit questions for the panel participants.  

Who Should Attend: Peers, Family Members and Loved Ones

Continuing Education Credits: CLE

3f. Children in Crisis: A Panel Discussion of Resources 

Panelists:  Malia K. Boone, LPCMH, Jandy Albury

It can be overwhelming to think about what to do and how to get access to help when a child you know or love is in crisis. Learn to recognize, manage, and plan for a child’s mental health crisis. This panel discussion will identify various crisis resource options for children, when they are appropriate, and how to access them. There will be opportunities to submit questions for the panel participants. 

Who Should Attend: Educators, Peers, Family Members and Loved Ones

Continuing Education Credits: CLE

3g. Healing Overall Well Being: Mindful Movement as an Adjunct Clinical Intervention 

Presenter: Jocelyn Spencer Sagrati, LCSW, CYT

Chronic stress impairs our immune system and affects long-term health. Yoga helps reduce levels of stress hormones, provides a respite for the body and calms the nervous system. It can also be an effective adjunct treatment for recovery from trauma and chronic stress. In this session, you will learn about healing yoga, a mindful movement practice that combines elements of Kripalu Yoga (“The Yoga of Compassion”) with Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY), an empirically validated clinical intervention for chronic, treatment resistant PTSD and complex trauma. 

Who Should Attend: Mental Health/Healthcare Professionals

Continuing Education Credits: DCB, NASW

Breakout Session 4: 

4a. Establishing Mindfulness: Introductory Practices

Presenter: Karen Barwick, Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPCMH

The traditional medical model of health care emphasizes recovery and healing from illness, injury and diminishment.

The wellness model is a holistic approach to health care that emphasizes personal growth and resillience to prevent

illness and enhance well-being. The purpose of this workshop is to introduce participants to simple mindfulness practices

that are associated with wellness and easily integrated into daily life as well as receive resources to develop and

sustain a daily mindfulness practice.

Who Should Attend: Mental Health Professionals, Peers, Family Members and Loved Ones
Continuing Education Credits: DCB, NASW

4b. Hero Help Behavioral Unit

Presenter: OFC Colleen Kearns, Alex Schofield

The New Castle County Police Hero Help Behavioral Unit: a partnership between police and mental health professionals to help address crisis calls for service. This presentation will discuss the goals of this program, which are to avoid arrest and ER visits, and connect the person to mental health services. 

Who Should Attend: Mental Health Professionals, Law Enforcement

Continuing Education Credits: CLE

4c Measurement Based Care: Your Roadmap to Better Patient and Provider Outcomes

Presenter: Traci Bolander, PsyD

Healthcare transformation in the U.S. is focused on improving patient outcomes and experiences while simultaneously lowering the costs of care. The importance of identifying and addressing the behavioral health needs of the population is increasingly recognized as vital to the achievement of these goals. Routine administration of standardized behavioral health screening measures offers behavioral health providers and patients an efficient mechanism to assess needs, inform treatment planning, track progress, foster engagement in the treatment monitoring and adjustment process, as well as document patient outcomes to healthcare funders and collaborating providers. This session will over an overview of measurement based care and effective uses for providers and patients.

Who Should Attend: Mental Health/Healthcare Professionals

Continuing Education Credits: DCB, NASW

4d. Technology As a Tool For Mental Health

Learn about phone applications that are tools for mental health. One app that will be featured is HeNN (Help Near &Now) is an innovative iPhone and Android smartphone app that provides location based, interactive platform to connect people suffering from Substance Use Disorders, and their families, to services and care providers when they need them. Healthcare and community providers can also use HeNN to find resources for the clientele and to obtain analytics about how they use their services.

Who Should Attend: General Audience

4e. Opioid Crisis in Delaware 

Presenter: Xavier Robinson

Description coming soon!

Who Should Attend: Law Enforcement, Criminal Justice Professionals, Family Members and Loved Ones

Continuing Education Credits: CLE

4f. Real Conversations with Young Adults in Recovery

Panel Members: Ezra Rudinoff, Samantha Havens, Wesley Ingram

Moderator: Kris MacBury, Principal of Sarah Pyle Academy

Ending the Silence young adult presenters will be sharing their stories of battling their own mental illness’ and how they made it into recovery. Then the floor will be open for discussion and questions. 

Who Should Attend: Educators, Peers, Family Members and Loved Ones