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Behavioral Health: New Challenges and Opportunities March 26 Conference

March 11, 2019

The Department of Social Work is celebrating National Professional Social Work (NPSW) Month with a number of different events during March. One of these events is a day long conference presented in collaboration with the U.S. Public Health Services Social Work group. This is the fourth year we have co-sponsored this event.  

The theme of NPSW month is " Elevate Social Work."  We have chosen the focus for this event to highlight Behavioral Health: New Challenges and Opportunities.  This conference will address behavioral health challenges such as mental health, trauma, suicide, substance abuse, immigration, and self-care.

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The conference will be held: 

March 26, 2019
9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

George Mason University Fairfax Campus,
4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA, 22030
Johnson Center lower level, Dewberry Hall
Parking is free in Lot K only. Lunch is provided.

The conference agenda addresses a number of behavioral health issues which are interprofessional in nature.  We welcome everyone who  would like to attend  this event, no matter your discipline or profession.    We have assembled  a variety of experts to  participate in this conference. 


View the conference overview flyer (pdf).


Register online (non-student): CHHS Marketplace
CEU's are available for a fee of $25.00.

Register online (Mason students only): SurveyMonkey

Questions? Contact Molly Davis

Program Highlights

Morning Presentations

  • Facing the Challenges to the Profession: Elevating Behavioral Health
    Dr. Angelo McClain PhD, LICSW, CEO, National Association of Social Workers

  • The Challenge of Suicide Prevention: What Does the Research Tell Us?
    Dr. Adam Walsh PhD, LCSW, Defense Suicide Prevention Office

Morning Panel Presentations: Facing the Challenge: Suicide Risk Assessment in Diverse Settings

  • Suicide Risk in Behavioral Health

  • Mental Health and Substance Abuse Challenges

  • Facing the Challenge of Suicide Prevention: Can We Really Prevent It?

Luncheon Presentation: Examining Behavioral Health from the Perspective of States and Territories

  • Speaker: Richa Ranade Director of Injury Prevention and Behavioral Health, Association of State Territorial Health Officials

Afternoon Presentation: Elevating Mind- Body Connections: New Opportunities

  • Speaker: Amy Shinal, MSW, LCSW, Integrative Psychotherapist, Center for Mind Body Medicine

Afternoon Panel Presentations: Challenging the Complexity of Behavioral Health Services to Vulnerable Populations

  • Immigration and Behavioral Health

  • Social Work Role in Working with Traumatized Populations

  • Sexual Offender Treatment: Facing the Challenge

Final Presentation: Culturally Competent/Trauma Informed Behavioral Health

Related people: Molly Davis, EdD
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