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Thank you to all those who joined us virtually  for the 5th Annual Southern Nevada Summit on Children's Mental Health!

Check out our list of presentations from this event below.

Monday, May 2, 2022

Supporting Youth & Ourselves in Times of Loss

Brittany Collins

9:00 am - 10:00 am

Over 1.5 million children around the world have lost a parent or caregiver guardian to COVID-19, yet fewer than 1% of educators receive training related to grief support during their preservice training. Through authentic discussion, interactive activities, and a review of research and actionable strategies for classroom practice, this workshop provides space for connection and reflection regarding the presence of loss (in its various forms) in the learning environment, as well as how teachers, counselors, instructional coaches, and administrators can preserve their own wellbeing in times of loss.

RESOURCES:   Learning from Loss - Special Discount on Book good through 5/13/22

Youth Mental Health & the Peak Performance Model

Bianca McCall

10:15 am - 11:15 am

Young athletes and high achieving youth can face enormous stress and pressure to succeed, which greatly impacts their mental wellbeing. Competitive environments can yield a variety of traumatic stressors and often discourages help-seeking; a dangerous combination for youth without strong social supports and affirming adults. In this presentation, the continuum of mental health will be featured to help participants challenge binary thinking while learning to create a psychologically safe culture that supports help-seeking.

The American Rescue Plan & Other COVID Relief Funding Mechanisms:
Implications for Children's Behavioral Health in Nevada

Dr. Megan Freeman

11:30 am - 12:30 pm

This session will provide an overview of federal relief funding mechanisms related to the COVID-19 pandemic and will explain how this funding has been used to meet the behavioral health needs of Nevadans, with a focus on children, youth, and families. The session will provide context around principles of disaster behavioral health and how the pandemic has affected the behavioral health and wellness of the global population, the US, Nevada citizens, and our Nevada systems specifically. Nevada’s federal relief funding strategy will be tied to short- and long-term community needs. Attendees will be invited to discuss where they see opportunities to further strengthen our child-serving systems.

Nevada Suicide Prevention: Impact from the Internet

Richard Egan

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Over the past decade the suicide rates have increased dramatically.  As there is not one reason a person considers suicide. It is a combination of reasons and influences which are occurring simultaneously.  As we have seen several mental health and suicide concerns emerging from the internet, perhaps we can address the negative impact of the internet and enhance to positive aspects of our on-line world.  This two-hour training is developed to address some of those influences and perhaps help promote “Connectiveness” in our communities. Whereas the Center for Disease Control reported in 2011, one of the major resiliency factors to prevent suicides in “connectedness”, perhaps we need to shed some light on the similarities between Connectedness in 2011 and Connectiveness in 2022.

RESOURCES:  Presentation Slides   Las Vegas Resource List   Suicide Proofing Your Home

                      Nevada Training Programs   Nevada Office of Suicide Prevention

                      Nevada Coalition for Suicide Prevention   

Panel: Using Youth Lived Experience to "Flip the Script" on Children's Mental Health

Moderated by Char Frost

3:45 pm- 5:00 pm

Join Youth MOVE Nevada for a panel discussion that will offer insight from youth on the topic of youth voice and youth involvement.  Participants will be informed of the themes, benefits, and basics of authentic youth voice while learning how to move up Roger Hart's Ladder of Youth Participation and increase youth voice within their agencies.

Tuesday, May 3, 2021

Transformational Collaborative Outcomes Management Orientation and the 
Child & Adolescent Needs & Strengths Training Overview

Amy Guevara

Karen Chandler

Erica Smith

9:00 am - 4:00 pm

The Child & Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) assessment is a collaboratively completed measure of child and family strengths and needs. This evidence-based, standardized assessment was developed to support decision-making and action planning, facilitate quality improvement initiatives, and allow for the monitoring of clinical and functional outcomes. In addition, as a communication tool, it enables the linkage between the assessment process and the design of individualized service plans. This workshop provides an orientation to the Transformational Collaborative Outcomes Management (TCOM) approach and an overview of the CANS. TCOM’s overall framework, key concepts, and how its multilevel approach directly benefits children and families will be discussed. The workshop will also address the principles and best practices in using the CANS as a TCOM assessment strategy, a communication framework, and tools to monitor outcomes to inform care plans for families and young people. By using vignettes and small group activities, the interactive workshop will prepare users for certification and use of the CANS.

RESOURCES: Nevada CANS 2.0 General Overview (Presentation Slides)   Rating Sheet   Reference Guide

                        Practice Vignette   Fillable Score Sheet


Summit attendees can add the following approval numbers to the certificate received after the conclusion of the event:

LADC - 2022-0522

MFT/CPC - 2022-12

Psychology - NV22-0502CE(1)

Social Work - A 522-03


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