Fairfax County Public Schools Mental Health & Wellness Conference (8:00 am - 12:30 pm) | Inova Act on Addiction Summit: Bridging the Gap for Young Adults (12:45 pm - 4:00 pm)

Saturday, October 05 2019, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM [EST]

3501 Rebel Run, Fairfax, VA, 22030, United States

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BOTH Fairfax County Public Schools Mental Health & Wellness Conference: Social and Emotional Learning and Inova Act on Addiction Summit Partial Approval

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ONLY Fairfax County Public Schools Mental Health & Wellness Conference: Social and Emotional Learning (9:15 am - 12:30 pm) Partial Approval

Fairfax County Public Schools is proud to partner with Inova and Kaiser Permanente on this year’s conference. The morning will focus on social and emotional learning, with a keynote address given by Dr. Marc Brackett, founding director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. A special session for high school students, the Our Minds Matter Teen Summit, will take place in the morning as well.

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ONLY Inova Act on Addiction Summit: Bridging the Gap for Young Adults (12:45 pm - 3:50 pm) Partial Approval

Inova is proud to host the Act on Addiction Summit, a community conversation about addiction in our community. Join us for a program packed with inspiring speakers, helpful breakout sessions, resource exhibits and dialogue about this important issue.

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Student Strand Our Minds Matter Summit (9:30am - 12:30 pm): FOR STUDENTS ONLY Partial Approval

Eighth through twelfth-grade school students are invited to participate in the Our Minds Matter Teen Summit, hosted by Josh Anderson Foundation. Attendees will begin to understand mental wellness and its similarities to physical wellness and how risk and protective factors related to their mental health status. Additionally, participants will practice various positive coping skills to identify the ones that work best for them. Attendees will also connect with peers from other schools in Fairfax County and the greater Northern Virginia area, creating a unified group of teens passionate about reducing mental health stigma and promoting mental wellness. Our Minds Matter club leaders and members will gain key information, resources, and skills for a successful year ahead!

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Saturday, October 05 2019, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM [EST]

About the Event

**IMPORTANT UPDATE: Old Lee Hwy will be closed from 7:00 am - 3:00 pm. Northbound Old Lee Hwy traffic will be detoured onto Rebel Run to Fairfax Boulevard toward Fairfax Circle. Southbound Old Lee Hwy will not be permitted beyond Ridge Road, so through traffic should travel Fairfax Boulevard to Rebel Run to Old Lee Hwy. Delays might occur so please plan accordingly.

Welcome to the registration site for the Fairfax County Public Schools Mental Health and Wellness Conference and the Inova Act on Addiction Summit: Bridging the Gap for Young Adults. The event will take place on Saturday, October 5 from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 pm ET at Fairfax High School.

Your registration will secure access to keynote presentations, informative panels, breakout discussions and unique exhibits. Presentations will be repeated in Breakout Sessions for each conference. Please review the session descriptions below before beginning the reigstration process. Additional sessions and descriptions may be updated in the coming weeks.

 

**UPDATE: Presentation "Understanding Mental Health and Substance Abuse Indicators in the 2018 Fairfax County Youth Survey Responses" has been cancelled. Please make note if you had registered for this particular discussion.

Agenda

  • 8:00 am - 1:00 pm: Exhibits and resource tables
  • 8:15 am - 9:00 am: Continental Breakfast provided by Inova
  • 9:00 am - 9:15 am: Conference Introduction
  • 9:15 am - 10:30 am: FCPS Keynote Address from Dr. Marc Brackett, Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence
  • 9:30 am - 12:30 pm: Our Minds Matter Teen Summit
  • 10:45 am - 11:30 am: FCPS Breakout Session 1
  • 11:45 am - 12:30 pm: FCPS Breakout Session 2
  • 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm: Lunch provided by Inova
  • 12:45 pm - 1:45 pm: Inova Keynote Address from Retired Navy Admiral James "Sandy" Winnefeld
  • 2:00 pm - 2:50 pm: Inova Breakout Session 1
  • 3:00 pm - 3:50 pm: Inova Breakout Session 2

 

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About the Organizer

Https://www.fcps.edu/resources/student-safety-and-wellness/mental-health-and-resiliency/mental-health-and-wellness; www.actonaddictionnow.org

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Event Speakers

Marc Brackett, Ph.D.
Founding Director, Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence

Marc Brackett, Ph.D., is founding director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and professor in the Child Study Center, Yale School of Medicine at Yale University. His research focuses on the role of emotions and emotional intelligence in learning, decision making, creativity, relationships, health, and performance. Marc is the lead developer of RULER, an evidence-based, systemic approach to SEL that has been adopted by over 2,000 preschool to high schools across the United States and in other countries. He has published 125 scholarly articles and received numerous awards, including the Joseph E. Zins award for his research on social and emotional learning. He also is on the board of directors for the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL). Marc consults regularly with corporations like Facebook, Microsoft, and Google on integrating emotional intelligence principles into employee training and product design and is co-founder of Oji Life Lab, a digital emotional intelligence learning system for businesses. He is the author of Permission to Feel: Unlocking the Power of Emotions to Help our Kids, Ourselves, and our Society Thrive, published by Celadon Books, a division of Macmillan. Marc also holds a 5th degree black belt in Hapkido, a Korean martial art.

Admiral James A. “Sandy” Winnefeld, ...
Co-founder of Stop the Addiction Fatality Epidemic (SAFE) Project

Admiral Winnefeld is the co-founder of Stop the Addiction Fatality Epidemic (SAFE) Project. He graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a degree in Aerospace Engineering and served for 37 years in the United States Navy. He was an instructor at the Navy Fighter Weapons School and commanded a fighter squadron, the amphibious ship USS CLEVELAND, and the aircraft carrier USS ENTERPRISE. As a flag officer, he commanded a carrier strike group, two NATO commands, the U.S. SIXTH Fleet, U.S. NORTHERN Command, and the North American Aerospace Defense Command. He retired in 2015 after serving as the ninth Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Admiral Winnefeld is a director or advisory board member for several companies operating in a broad spectrum of business sectors. He currently serves as Distinguished Professor at the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at Georgia Tech, where he is also a member of the Engineering Hall of Fame. He is a non-resident fellow at the Belfer Center at Harvard University. Learn more about SAFE Project at www.SAFEProject.us.

Lauren Anderson
Executive Director at Josh Anderson Foundation

Lauren Anderson is Executive Director of the Josh Anderson Foundation (JAF), a local non-profit organization working toward the day when no teen turns to suicide. She co-founded the organization in 2012 following the death of her youngest brother, Josh, by suicide at the age of seventeen. As Executive Director, Lauren oversees all programming, fundraising and operations of the organization. Her greatest accomplishment to date is the successful launch of JAF’s signature program, Our Minds Matter, in 2016. Our Minds Matter is a student-led, upstream suicide prevention program that is now in over 45 schools nationwide. Lauren’s work has been featured in print and broadcast news, including The Washington Post, Good Housekeeping Magazine, NBC4 Washington and WUSA 9. Furthermore, Lauren was interviewed by Deepak Chopra for his One World news show that features international thought leaders from both the public and private sector. Prior to co-founding the Josh Anderson Foundation, Lauren worked as an analyst at a boutique investment bank in Atlanta, GA. Lauren is a graduate of the University of Virginia, where she majored in Finance and International Business at the McIntire School of Commerce. She currently lives in Washington, DC and is also a student and teacher of yoga.

Michael Axler, PsyD
School Psychology Supervisor at FCPS

Rachel Bailey, M.A., CPDPE
Parenting Specialist

Paul Bordelon
Licensed School Psychologist at FCPS Office of Psychology Services

Devon Cavanaugh, LCSW, CSAC, ACSW, ...
Social Worker Case Manager at Inova Health System

Dr. Michael Clark
Chair, Psychiatry, Inova Health System

Amanda Davis-Scott, LPC
Turning Point Program Supervisor at Fairfax-Falls Community Services Board

Virginia DeRoma, Ph.D.
Director of Behavioral Health Adult Ambulatory Services at Inova Health System

Cynthia Dickinson
Program Manager, Crisis Intervention and Dropout Prevention and Fairfax County Public Schools

Megan Downey, CRC
Supportive Employment and Education Specialist at Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board

Holly Eelman
School Based Technology Specialist at Fairfax County Public Schools

Emily Einstein, Ph.D.
Deputy Branch Chief, Office of Science Policy and Communications, NIH National Institute on Drug Abuse

John Fritsche
Recent University of Arizona graduate and SAFE Project staff member

James Gillespie
Healthy Minds Fairfax Director at Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Boards

Ellen Goldberger, Ph.D.
School Psychologist at FCPS Office of Psychology Services

Devra, S. Gordon
Supervisee in Social Work, Behavioral Health Program Therapist, Comprehensive Addiction Treatment Services (CATS) at Inova Health System

Maria C. Hadjiyane, MA, LPC, CSAC
Senior Director of Behavioral Health Adult Ambulatory Services at Inova Health Systems

Leigh Henderson
Licensed School Psychologist at FCPS Office of Psychology Services

Lauren Hillegas, LHMP-S
Primary Therapist/Clinican at Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board

Noreen Hill, MSW
School Social Worker at FCPS Office of Social Work Services

Lori Harkin Huse, LCSW
Social Worker at FCPS

Marty Joyner
Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist at FCPS Office of Student Safety and Wellness

Johanna Kaplan, Ph.D.
Director and Clinical Psychologist at Washington Anxiety Center of Capitol Hill

Joshua Kefer, Psy.D.
School Psychologist at FCPS Office of Psychology Services

Bethany Koszelak, M.A., C.A.S.
School Psychologist at the FCPS Office of Psychology Services

Jennifer Lager, Psy.D.
Clinical Psychologist

Joan Lee
Educational Specialist in School Counseling Services at Fairfax County Public Schools

Whitney McDonough, LCSW
School Social Worker at FCPS Office of Social Work Services

Josh Metz, LCSW
Head of School, The Auburn School Fairfax

Sulman Mirza, MD
Psychiatrist, Inova Kellar Center

Mary Moussa, MS, NCC, CSAC
Resident in Counseling Mental Health Therapist I at Inova Health System

Michelle Mullaley, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist at Bridges Therapy and Wellness Center

Lori Naveda, BS, SAC II
Fairfax Falls Church Community Services Board/Wellness, Health Promotion and Prevention

Nhat Nguyen, MSW, CAADC
Adult Behavioral Health Outpatient Clinical Supervisor, Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board

Amber Ong, PhD, LPC, NCSP
School Psychologist at the FCPS Office of Psychology Services

Kelly Rankin
Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist at FCPS Office of Student Safety and Wellness

Diane Ross, Ed.S., NCSP
School Psychologist FCPS

Sara Royer
Early Childhood Resource Teacher at Fairfax County Public Schools

David Savinsky, Ph.D., LPC, LMFT, C...
Clinical Training Coordinator and Associate Professor at Regent University, School of Psychology and Counseling

Benjamin Schwartz, MD
Director of Division of Epidemiology and Population Health at the Fairfax County Health Department

Tammi Sisk
Educational Specialist in Instructional Technology at FCPS

Peter Steinberg
Healthy Minds Fairfax Manager and Fairfax County Human Services

Laura Thieman, LCSW, MPH
Social Work Supervisor at FCPS Office of Social Work Services

David Trott
Director of Economics and Special Programs at SAFE Project

Lisa VanLahr, S.S. P.
School Psychologist at FCPS Office of Psychology Services

Beth Werfel, Ed. S.
School Psychologist at the FCPS Office of Psychology Services

Laura Beth Williams
Program Manager at Josh Anderson Foundation

Laura Beth obtained her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Virginia Tech. During her undergrad, Williams served as a research assistant in the Center for Applied Behavior Systems (CABS). While in CABS, Williams supported the development and implementation of a school-based training program. Her passion for youth and public service led her to earn a certificate in Nonprofit Management from Duke University in 2016. She has 10+ years of project management, providing customer/client service, and developing customer/client relationships from previous work as an HR Specialist at the Department of Defense, Service & Volunteer Coordinator at Averett University, and Director of Outreach & Philanthropy at Cor Foundation. At the Josh Anderson Foundation, Williams uses her educational background and professional experience to continually develop and enhance the OMM program, collect and analyze implementation data, and provide ongoing support to OMM students and partners.

LaVurne Williams
CSA Youth and Family Outpatient Services Director at Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board

Jennifer Zabel, PsyD, NCSP
School Psychologist at the FCPS Office of Psychology Services

Event Sponsors

Event Schedule

  • October 5, 2019
09:15 AM
to
10:30 AM

Keynote: Permission To Feel: Unlocking the Power of Emotions to Achieve Optimum Well-being and Success

$0.00

Emotions matter. They inform our thinking and decisions, the quality of our relationships, our physical and mental health, and our creativity and everyday performance. What we do with our emotions is especially important. The goal of my presentation is to (1) inspire a new mindset around the power of emotions to transform our lives, (2) teach participants five key emotion skills, known as the “ RULER” skills, and (3) provide innovative strategies for developing emotion skills so that emotions help, rather than hinder, our well-being and success at home, school, and work.

Marc Brackett, Ph.D.

10:45 AM
to
11:30 AM

The Anxious Child

$0.00

In this session, participants will discuss anxiety and anxiousness, to include warning signs, symptoms, typical co-morbid behaviors/disorder, and recommendations for home and school.

Amber Ong, PhD, LPC, NCSP

Jennifer Zabel, PsyD, NCSP

The Neurobiology of Stress & Anxiety

$0.00

Learn about the neurobiology of stress and anxiety and how they impact a student's ability to tolerate, comply and participate in the classroom. Come away with practical strategies to support behavioral and emotional regulation in and out of the classroom.

Josh Metz, LCSW

Three to Succeed! Fostering Resilience in Our Youth

$0.00

In this session participants will learn about the Fairfax County Youth Survey and how having just three assets is associated with students being able to successfully manage stress, make better choices, and develop healthy habits. Assets, also known as protective factors, come from a variety of sources including home, school, and the community. Learn how we all can play a role in fostering resilience in our youth.

Bethany Koszelak, M.A., C.A.S.

Beth Werfel, Ed. S.

Proactive Approaches for Healthy Technology Use

$0.00

In this session, we'll explore the intersection between executive functions, social-emotional learning, and technology use. We'll discuss the various ways technology use can impact health and well-being. Participants will learn strategies for selecting high-quality media (apps, games, websites, movies), and leave with research-based strategies and resources to support healthy and balanced technology use.

Holly Eelman

Sara Royer

Nutrition for Positive Mental Health

$0.00

Research links imbalances in the digestive system with mood, anxiety, and concentration issues. Learn about the connection between food, your stomach, brain and emotions, and the types of foods that trigger uncomfortable emotions and those that are helpful in calming your nervous system. Leave with practical strategies for small, manageable changes in your family's nutrition to have a positive impact on mental health.

Michelle Mullaley, Ph.D.

Raising Children With Healthy Self Esteem in a High Pressure Culture

$0.00

These days, children are expected to be good at so many different things at once. Often that type of pressure makes kids feel "not good enough," especially when they look around and compare themselves to others. In this workshop, you'll learn exactly what to DO and SAY so that children believe in themselves -- and thrive -- even in a culture where high-pressure standards seem unattainable.

Rachel Bailey, M.A., CPDPE

How to Communicate Effectively with Your Child

$0.00

Healthy communication is the cornerstone of healthy relationships. This is especially true of relationships between parents and children. Children and adolescents are often reluctant to open up about their lives, and especially as they get older, it may seem challenging to have real conversations with them. This presentation will offer parents key strategies to communicate more openly and effectively with your children, which will better equip you to guide them through the increasingly difficult process of growing up.

Michael Axler, PsyD

Building Resilient Communities

$0.00

This session highlights the impact of childhood adversity and the building blocks of resiliency. Scientific breakthroughs reveal that what is predictable is preventable. Participants will encounter the transformative power of communities to improve health and well-being across the life span.

Lori Harkin Huse, LCSW

Laura Thieman, LCSW, MPH

Connecting Your Child and Family to Mental Health Services

$0.00

It is not easy to find a counselor who can meet your child's needs and fits your budget. This session explores how you can use insurance, Medicaid, the Community Services Board and other resources to obtain counseling and other mental health services for your child and family.

James Gillespie

Peter Steinberg

LaVurne Williams

Safety Starts at Home: Preventing Prescription Opioid Diversion and Misuse Through Safe Storage and Disposal

$0.00

Prescription opioids are commonly found in U.S. households, either from current users or left-over from a previous prescription. This creates a reservoir of drugs that, according to national data, is the most common source of misused opioids.  We will share national and Fairfax County data on the source of misused opioids and discuss what healthcare providers, pharmacists, and families can do to increase safe storage and disposal, reducing the risk for misuse.

Benjamin Schwartz, MD

Creating Healthy Habits for Good Attendance

$0.00

Attendance in school has been linked to positive outcomes, such as reading on grade level, strong peer and adult relationships, and finishing high school on time. This session will address common barriers to regular school attendance, and ways that parents and other significant adults can help students develop skills to increase their school engagement and academic success.

Cynthia Dickinson

Joan Lee

Smarter Technology Use: Executive Functioning and the New Frontier

$0.00

This presentation will explore the development of executive functioning skills and how it is implicated in technology use. Through this developmental framework, we investigate and discuss the real challenges that students (and their parents) face in regulating use and behaviors associated with electronic devices.

Ellen Goldberger, Ph.D.

Joshua Kefer, Psy.D.

Anxiety and the Link to Chronic Absenteeism

$0.00

"This session will focus on how to identify/respond when anxiety begins to significantly impact a child's everyday functioning and when it leads to chronic absenteeism/ school refusal. Caregivers will be provided with practical tips to address related concerns."

Noreen Hill, MSW

Whitney McDonough, LCSW

Lisa VanLahr, S.S. P.

Mental Health First Aid for Adolescents and College-Bound Young Adults

$0.00

Mental health issues and substance use challenges often present during adolescence and young adulthood affecting middle and high school students, as well as those transitioning to or attending college. Youth Mental Health First Aid, Teen MHFA and MHFA for Higher Education are curriculums that provide parents and adults working with youth the training and education needed to identify potential mental health and substance issues. Both school and college settings have unique cultures and parents can learn how to work within each framework to best support their student by understanding the signs and symptoms, the importance of early intervention and practical skills for accessing and providing appropriate resources.

Lori Naveda, BS, SAC II

Diane Ross, Ed.S., NCSP

Failure to Launch in Young Adults: How to Get Your Child to Be a Successful Adult

$0.00

“Failure to launch” has become a common colloquialism to describe the inability of young adults to develop adequate coping methods for more complicated, emerging stressors in their environment. In the United States, approximately 40% of 18-34-year-olds are living with a parent(s) and approximately 40% of them experience anxiety and depression. This workshop will review factors to identify those at risk for “failure to launch,” and discuss the benefits of using a cognitive-behavioral treatment modality.

Johanna Kaplan, Ph.D.

From Calm to Storm: Understanding The Conflict Cycle – A Primer for Parents

$0.00

This presentation will provide parents and guardians with an overview of the nature of acting out behavior in children and adolescents. We will review the phases of the conflict cycle, the role of the adult in the cycle of behavioral escalation, and offer strategies to address challenging behaviors.

Paul Bordelon

Leigh Henderson

Vaping: What the Fairfax Community Needs to Know

$0.00

The session will provide community members with vital information related to the vaping crisis. Presenters will cover topics such as but not limited to what vaping is, the materials used by youth to vape, associated myths, and health impacts.

Marty Joyner

Kelly Rankin

The Influence of Drugs on the Adolescent Brain

$0.00

This session will explore research regarding how chemicals change the adolescent brain, dispell myths and identify proven methods for recovery.

Emily Einstein, Ph.D.

Follow-Up Session to Keynote: Emotional Intelligence: From Theory to Practice

$0.00

"This session will expand upon the keynote address and go deeper into the skills of emotional intelligence. Specifically, participants will explore how to apply the “RULER” skills to manage uncomfortable, difficult emotions and conflict. Participants will learn (and will practice!) a four-step process to help adults skillfully manage their own emotions and simultaneously regulate others’ emotions, including those of children and other adults."

Marc Brackett, Ph.D.

Sport/Performance Psychology Skills: what are they and how can you apply them in your life?

$0.00

There are many psychological tools that aid performance, whether in the classroom, boardroom, or on the athletic field. This session will introduce you to a few performance enhancing practices that you can take away and begin utilizing today. Topics covered may include goal setting, mindfulness, battling perfectionism, and managing emotions like anxiety and anger.

Jennifer Lager, Psy.D.

11:45 AM
to
12:30 PM

The Anxious Child

$0.00

In this session, participants will discuss anxiety and anxiousness, to include warning signs, symptoms, typical co-morbid behaviors/disorder, and recommendations for home and school.

Amber Ong, PhD, LPC, NCSP

Jennifer Zabel, PsyD, NCSP

The Neurobiology of Stress & Anxiety

$0.00

Learn about the neurobiology of stress and anxiety and how they impact a student's ability to tolerate, comply and participate in the classroom. Come away with practical strategies to support behavioral and emotional regulation in and out of the classroom.

Josh Metz, LCSW

Three to Succeed! Fostering Resilience in Our Youth

$0.00

In this session participants will learn about the Fairfax County Youth Survey and how having just three assets is associated with students being able to successfully manage stress, make better choices, and develop healthy habits. Assets, also known as protective factors, come from a variety of sources including home, school, and the community. Learn how we all can play a role in fostering resilience in our youth.

Bethany Koszelak, M.A., C.A.S.

Beth Werfel, Ed. S.

Proactive Approaches for Healthy Technology Use

$0.00

In this session, we'll explore the intersection between executive functions, social-emotional learning, and technology use. We'll discuss the various ways technology use can impact health and well-being. Participants will learn strategies for selecting high-quality media (apps, games, websites, movies), and leave with research-based strategies and resources to support healthy and balanced technology use.

Holly Eelman

Sara Royer

Nutrition for Positive Mental Health

$0.00

Research links imbalances in the digestive system with mood, anxiety, and concentration issues. Learn about the connection between food, your stomach, brain and emotions, and the types of foods that trigger uncomfortable emotions and those that are helpful in calming your nervous system. Leave with practical strategies for small, manageable changes in your family's nutrition to have a positive impact on mental health.

Michelle Mullaley, Ph.D.

Raising Children With Healthy Self Esteem in a High Pressure Culture

$0.00

These days, children are expected to be good at so many different things at once. Often that type of pressure makes kids feel "not good enough," especially when they look around and compare themselves to others. In this workshop, you'll learn exactly what to DO and SAY so that children believe in themselves -- and thrive -- even in a culture where high-pressure standards seem unattainable.

Rachel Bailey, M.A., CPDPE

How to Communicate Effectively with Your Child

$0.00

Healthy communication is the cornerstone of healthy relationships. This is especially true of relationships between parents and children. Children and adolescents are often reluctant to open up about their lives, and especially as they get older, it may seem challenging to have real conversations with them. This presentation will offer parents key strategies to communicate more openly and effectively with your children, which will better equip you to guide them through the increasingly difficult process of growing up.

Michael Axler, PsyD

Building Resilient Communities

$0.00

This session highlights the impact of childhood adversity and the building blocks of resiliency. Scientific breakthroughs reveal that what is predictable is preventable. Participants will encounter the transformative power of communities to improve health and well-being across the life span.

Lori Harkin Huse, LCSW

Laura Thieman, LCSW, MPH

Connecting Your Child and Family to Mental Health Services

$0.00

It is not easy to find a counselor who can meet your child's needs and fits your budget. This session explores how you can use insurance, Medicaid, the Community Services Board and other resources to obtain counseling and other mental health services for your child and family.

James Gillespie

Peter Steinberg

LaVurne Williams

Safety Starts at Home: Preventing Prescription Opioid Diversion and Misuse Through Safe Storage and Disposal

$0.00

Prescription opioids are commonly found in U.S. households, either from current users or left-over from a previous prescription. This creates a reservoir of drugs that, according to national data, is the most common source of misused opioids.  We will share national and Fairfax County data on the source of misused opioids and discuss what healthcare providers, pharmacists, and families can do to increase safe storage and disposal, reducing the risk for misuse.

Benjamin Schwartz, MD

Creating Healthy Habits for Good Attendance

$0.00

Attendance in school has been linked to positive outcomes, such as reading on grade level, strong peer and adult relationships, and finishing high school on time. This session will address common barriers to regular school attendance, and ways that parents and other significant adults can help students develop skills to increase their school engagement and academic success.

Cynthia Dickinson

Joan Lee

Smarter Technology Use: Executive Functioning and the New Frontier

$0.00

This presentation will explore the development of executive functioning skills and how it is implicated in technology use. Through this developmental framework, we investigate and discuss the real challenges that students (and their parents) face in regulating use and behaviors associated with electronic devices.

Ellen Goldberger, Ph.D.

Joshua Kefer, Psy.D.

Anxiety and the Link to Chronic Absenteeism

$0.00

"This session will focus on how to identify/respond when anxiety begins to significantly impact a child's everyday functioning and when it leads to chronic absenteeism/ school refusal. Caregivers will be provided with practical tips to address related concerns."

Noreen Hill, MSW

Whitney McDonough, LCSW

Lisa VanLahr, S.S. P.

Mental Health First Aid for Adolescents and College-Bound Young Adults

$0.00

Mental health issues and substance use challenges often present during adolescence and young adulthood affecting middle and high school students, as well as those transitioning to or attending college. Youth Mental Health First Aid, Teen MHFA and MHFA for Higher Education are curriculums that provide parents and adults working with youth the training and education needed to identify potential mental health and substance issues. Both school and college settings have unique cultures and parents can learn how to work within each framework to best support their student by understanding the signs and symptoms, the importance of early intervention and practical skills for accessing and providing appropriate resources.

Lori Naveda, BS, SAC II

Diane Ross, Ed.S., NCSP

Failure to Launch in Young Adults: How to Get Your Child to Be a Successful Adult

$0.00

“Failure to launch” has become a common colloquialism to describe the inability of young adults to develop adequate coping methods for more complicated, emerging stressors in their environment. In the United States, approximately 40% of 18-34-year-olds are living with a parent(s) and approximately 40% of them experience anxiety and depression. This workshop will review factors to identify those at risk for “failure to launch,” and discuss the benefits of using a cognitive-behavioral treatment modality.

Johanna Kaplan, Ph.D.

From Calm to Storm: Understanding The Conflict Cycle – A Primer for Parents

$0.00

This presentation will provide parents and guardians with an overview of the nature of acting out behavior in children and adolescents. We will review the phases of the conflict cycle, the role of the adult in the cycle of behavioral escalation, and offer strategies to address challenging behaviors.

Paul Bordelon

Leigh Henderson

Vaping: What the Fairfax Community Needs to Know

$0.00

The session will provide community members with vital information related to the vaping crisis. Presenters will cover topics such as but not limited to what vaping is, the materials used by youth to vape, associated myths, and health impacts.

Marty Joyner

Kelly Rankin

The Influence of Drugs on the Adolescent Brain

$0.00

This session will explore research regarding how chemicals change the adolescent brain, dispell myths and identify proven methods for recovery.

Emily Einstein, Ph.D.

Sport/Performance Psychology Skills: what are they and how can you apply them in your life?

$0.00

There are many psychological tools that aid performance, whether in the classroom, boardroom, or on the athletic field. This session will introduce you to a few performance enhancing practices that you can take away and begin utilizing today. Topics covered may include goal setting, mindfulness, battling perfectionism, and managing emotions like anxiety and anger.

Jennifer Lager, Psy.D.

12:45 PM
to
01:45 PM

Keynote: SAFE Choices: Stopping the Addiction Epidemic

$0.00

Admiral Winnefeld will share the story of his youngest son Jonathan, and how Jonathan's life-long battle with anxiety and depression put him on the path to addiction. Tragically, Jonathan died of an accidental overdose at the age of 19. Determined to turn their grief into action, Admiral Winnefeld and his wife Mary formed SAFE Project to address the addiction epidemic on a national level. Admiral Winnefeld will also discuss what he's learned about the science of addiction and what everyone needs to know about the effects of misusing substances.

Admiral James A. “Sandy” Winnefeld, Jr., U.S. Navy (retired)

02:00 PM
to
02:50 PM

Substance Use and Psychosis

$0.00

Use of some substances can lead to the presentation of psychotic-like symptoms. It is difficult to know what to do when this happens, and how you can help. This program will provide education on psychosis, what substances may result in psychotic symptoms, and resources available to help you and your loved one.

Amanda Davis-Scott, LPC

Megan Downey, CRC

Lauren Hillegas, LHMP-S

When Enough is Enough – Disrupting the Reward and Addiction Process

$0.00

This presentation is designed to provide an overview of substance use, misuse and abuse. Addiction is a biopsychosocial disease that is deeply wired into our brain circuitry and reward system. The progress of substance use disorder is predictable, and the awareness of it can help arrest and possibly reverse its progression. Early detection relies on recognizing signs and symptoms of alcohol and other drug use especially in adolescents and young adults. Participants will understand the Diagnostic & Statistical Manual (DSM) 5 criteria of substance use disorders. Through this understanding, participants will gain an understanding of various community resources to access and address the emerging problem. Participants will learn when enough is enough and how to offer help to family members or friends the help they need.

Nhat Nguyen, MSW, CAADC

Medication Assisted Treatment - Breaking Down the Myths

$0.00

Medication assisted treatment (MAT) of substance use disorders, including opioid, alcohol, and benzodiazepine use disorders, have been maligned as “replacing one drug for another” and “not a true form of recovery”. However, patient outcomes suggest otherwise and MAT is widely recognized as the most effective treatment for substance use disorders.

Sulman Mirza, MD

Navigate Your World and That of Others Through the Inside-Out Activity

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People with addictions often hold false beliefs of themselves due to stereotypes that vilify addictive behaviors. Such misconceptions include the idea that people with severe addictions are lazy, untrustworthy, liars, uncaring, and unemployable. The Inside-Out Activity is an expressive therapeutic intervention that helps those in recovery share their perceptions of themselves with others to foster a richer sense of compassion and empathy, as well as to serve as a foundation to rebuild trust.

Mary Moussa, MS, NCC, CSAC

Emerging Adults with Addiction: How Do I Get Started in Treatment?

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Emerging adults present difficult challenges in treatment due to specific demands, risk-taking, and developmental status. This training focuses on assessing readiness to change among young adults and the family. Further, focus is on describing interventions at this stage of treatment, utilizing the 6-stage model of change and motivational interviewing elements.

David Savinsky, Ph.D., LPC, LMFT, CSAC, ACS

Would You Lie To Me? Learning About Deception Before You Handle Truth

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This interactive presentation will focus on how parents, educators, and students can cultivate an atmosphere for honesty.  A systems approach will be utilized to explain the origin of lying and how all human beings are natural liars based upon the stages of child development. Some of us move through these stages to the next ones, while others appear to be stuck.  The three C’s Calm , Consistent, and Caring  is a comprehensive tool  anyone can use when there is a suspicion, discovery, or admission of substance use at home, at school or in the community. The conclusion of the presentation will focus on practical skills to encourage honesty at home, at school, and in the community that attendees will be able to put into place right away.

Devra, S. Gordon

Addiction: It's a Family Affair

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Be a catalyst for change! This is a workshop to visualize and discuss the changes in the family system, the roles of the family members, and the goals of the individuals as each goes through recovery. This is an experiential and interactive presentation to help create a common goal of recovery for the family system.

Maria C. Hadjiyane, MA, LPC, CSAC

How to Recognize and Support a Loved One Through a Relapse or Potential Relapse

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When treating someone with a substance use disorder, a phrase often heard by treating clinicians is, “relapse is a part of recovery.” Addiction is a disease of the brain, a chronic illness, and needs to be treated as such. Because addiction is a multi-faceted disease, there is not a “one-size-fits-all” approach that can be implemented when treating it. What my presentation aims to uncover is how to identify potential relapse warning signs, how to best support someone who has relapsed, and how to put in place interventions to mitigate the chances that relapse will occur.

Devon Cavanaugh, LCSW, CSAC, ACSW, C-ASWCM

Fence Posts and Door Knockers for Healthy Families

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Setting healthy boundaries is a common struggle for families who are trying to balance caring and involvement with limit-setting. Boundaries are a developmental process that allow for an individual to gain greater and greater responsibility for self, while accessing others as needed. Boundary-setting skills set good fence lines between what is appropriate for an individual to own and take on and that which is best owned by another person. Emotional, physical, and cognitive boundaries all allow a family member to preserve his/her energy and allow the other person the independence, freedom, and distance to function as a healthy adult. Boundaries that are too rigid place a relationship at risk for so much distance that closeness is compromised and take away the door-knockers that relationships need to enter, share, and rely on one another. This presentation will explore tactics to balance boundaries and closeness needed for healthy family relationships.

Virginia DeRoma, Ph.D.

The Path to Recovery - Personal Stories

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Following Admiral Winnefeld’s keynote, please join Dr. Michael Clark, Chair, Psychiatry, Inova Health System, David Trott, Director of Economics and Special Programs and SAFE Project (staff member) and John Fritsche, recent University of Arizona graduate and SAFE Project (staff member) who will share their personal recovery stories and encourage questions.

Dr. Michael Clark

John Fritsche

David Trott

03:00 PM
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03:50 PM

Substance Use and Psychosis

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Use of some substances can lead to the presentation of psychotic-like symptoms. It is difficult to know what to do when this happens, and how you can help. This program will provide education on psychosis, what substances may result in psychotic symptoms, and resources available to help you and your loved one.

Amanda Davis-Scott, LPC

Megan Downey, CRC

Lauren Hillegas, LHMP-S

When Enough is Enough – Disrupting the Reward and Addiction Process

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This presentation is designed to provide an overview of substance use, misuse and abuse. Addiction is a biopsychosocial disease that is deeply wired into our brain circuitry and reward system. The progress of substance use disorder is predictable, and the awareness of it can help arrest and possibly reverse its progression. Early detection relies on recognizing signs and symptoms of alcohol and other drug use especially in adolescents and young adults. Participants will understand the Diagnostic & Statistical Manual (DSM) 5 criteria of substance use disorders. Through this understanding, participants will gain an understanding of various community resources to access and address the emerging problem. Participants will learn when enough is enough and how to offer help to family members or friends the help they need.

Nhat Nguyen, MSW, CAADC

Medication Assisted Treatment - Breaking Down the Myths

$0.00

Medication assisted treatment (MAT) of substance use disorders, including opioid, alcohol, and benzodiazepine use disorders, have been maligned as “replacing one drug for another” and “not a true form of recovery”. However, patient outcomes suggest otherwise and MAT is widely recognized as the most effective treatment for substance use disorders.

Sulman Mirza, MD

Navigate Your World and That of Others Through the Inside-Out Activity

$0.00

People with addictions often hold false beliefs of themselves due to stereotypes that vilify addictive behaviors. Such misconceptions include the idea that people with severe addictions are lazy, untrustworthy, liars, uncaring, and unemployable. The Inside-Out Activity is an expressive therapeutic intervention that helps those in recovery share their perceptions of themselves with others to foster a richer sense of compassion and empathy, as well as to serve as a foundation to rebuild trust.

Mary Moussa, MS, NCC, CSAC

Emerging Adults with Addiction: How Do I Get Started in Treatment?

$0.00

Emerging adults present difficult challenges in treatment due to specific demands, risk-taking, and developmental status. This training focuses on assessing readiness to change among young adults and the family. Further, focus is on describing interventions at this stage of treatment, utilizing the 6-stage model of change and motivational interviewing elements.

David Savinsky, Ph.D., LPC, LMFT, CSAC, ACS

Would You Lie To Me? Learning About Deception Before You Handle Truth

$0.00

This interactive presentation will focus on how parents, educators, and students can cultivate an atmosphere for honesty.  A systems approach will be utilized to explain the origin of lying and how all human beings are natural liars based upon the stages of child development. Some of us move through these stages to the next ones, while others appear to be stuck.  The three C’s Calm , Consistent, and Caring  is a comprehensive tool  anyone can use when there is a suspicion, discovery, or admission of substance use at home, at school or in the community. The conclusion of the presentation will focus on practical skills to encourage honesty at home, at school, and in the community that attendees will be able to put into place right away.

Devra, S. Gordon

Addiction: It's a Family Affair

$0.00

Be a catalyst for change! This is a workshop to visualize and discuss the changes in the family system, the roles of the family members, and the goals of the individuals as each goes through recovery. This is an experiential and interactive presentation to help create a common goal of recovery for the family system.

Maria C. Hadjiyane, MA, LPC, CSAC

How to Recognize and Support a Loved One Through a Relapse or Potential Relapse

$0.00

When treating someone with a substance use disorder, a phrase often heard by treating clinicians is, “relapse is a part of recovery.” Addiction is a disease of the brain, a chronic illness, and needs to be treated as such. Because addiction is a multi-faceted disease, there is not a “one-size-fits-all” approach that can be implemented when treating it. What my presentation aims to uncover is how to identify potential relapse warning signs, how to best support someone who has relapsed, and how to put in place interventions to mitigate the chances that relapse will occur.

Devon Cavanaugh, LCSW, CSAC, ACSW, C-ASWCM

Fence Posts and Door Knockers for Healthy Families

$0.00

Setting healthy boundaries is a common struggle for families who are trying to balance caring and involvement with limit-setting. Boundaries are a developmental process that allow for an individual to gain greater and greater responsibility for self, while accessing others as needed. Boundary-setting skills set good fence lines between what is appropriate for an individual to own and take on and that which is best owned by another person. Emotional, physical, and cognitive boundaries all allow a family member to preserve his/her energy and allow the other person the independence, freedom, and distance to function as a healthy adult. Boundaries that are too rigid place a relationship at risk for so much distance that closeness is compromised and take away the door-knockers that relationships need to enter, share, and rely on one another. This presentation will explore tactics to balance boundaries and closeness needed for healthy family relationships.

Virginia DeRoma, Ph.D.

The Path to Recovery - Personal Stories

$0.00

Following Admiral Winnefeld’s keynote, please join Dr. Michael Clark, Chair, Psychiatry, Inova Health System, David Trott, Director of Economics and Special Programs and SAFE Project (staff member) and John Fritsche, recent University of Arizona graduate and SAFE Project (staff member) who will share their personal recovery stories and encourage questions.

Dr. Michael Clark

John Fritsche

David Trott