Thank you to all of our 2022 Mental Health & Behavior Summit presenters and attendees!
Next Mental Health & Behavior Summit:
Monday, August 14, 2023
Tuesday, August 15, 2023
Details coming soon!
This 2-day conference provides strategies and techniques to assist with behavior management and mental health issues in the school setting. This event also provides an opportunity for educators to network and collaborate around behavioral and mental health needs of students as well as
practice self-care and compassion.
In addition to our distinguished keynote speakers, the Mental Health & Behavior Summit features thought-provoking breakout sessions from local experts in the field, and offers specific strategies and information for you to bring back to your district and classroom.
2022 KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
Mental Health: From Illness to Wellness
Writer, activist, attorney, professor, and award-winning author, Melody Moezzi will share her deeply personal experiences of both struggling and thriving with a mental health condition (in her case, bipolar disorder, type I)—all as part of a concerted effort to combat the stigma and discrimination surrounding such conditions. Drawing on her unique perspective, she will discuss the importance of inclusion and intersectionality within and beyond our schools, and the roles of advocacy, self-care, and trauma-informed approaches in avoiding primary and secondary trauma, as well as compassion fatigue, for those of us in education and caretaking professions. Melody is the author of Haldol and Hyacinths: A Bipolar Life and War on Error: Real Stories of American Muslims, as well as her newest book, The Rumi Prescription: How an Ancient Mystic Poet Changed My Modern Manic Life. She has also appeared as a commentator on many radio and television programs, including NPR, CNN, BBC, PBS, and others.
Making True Connections and Redefining "Fun"
Tom Farley talks about his family's story and the many lessons he learned from his late brother, the actor Chris Farley. He highlights how he was able to create more meaningful connections and develop a new, healthier definition of fun. It all began several years ago when he formed The Chris Farley Foundation to go into schools and speak about substance abuse prevention. Like his brother, Tom Farley uses the power of humor and the art of improvisation to connect to audiences and demonstrate how to build stronger communication skills and form deeper connections.
Tom is a Community Relations Coordinator for Rosecrance Health Network, a leading provider of behavioral health services with nationally recognized addiction treatment programs. He is also a motivational speaker, delivering messages on substance abuse prevention and recovery.
In addition to our distinguished keynote speakers, the Mental Health & Behavior Summit features thought-provoking breakout sessions from local experts in the field. It offers specific strategies and information to bring back to your district and classroom.