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      July 1, 2019

      Monday   7:00 AM

      1201 South Figueroa Street
      Los Angeles, California 90015

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      2019 AFRICAN AMERICAN MENTAL HEALTH CONFERENCE: "Engaging and Empowering Communities through Education, Advocacy, and Action" The Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (LACDMH) is pleased to sponsor and host the 2019 African American Mental Health Conference. The theme of the conference is “Engaging and Empowering Communities through Education, Advocacy, and Action.” The conference will bring together mental health and allied professionals, policy makers, consumers and stakeholders to improve awareness regarding mental health issues and its impact on families and communities. The conference features keynote addresses by Altha J.  Stewart, M.D. and Bryant T. Marks, Sr., Ph.D., two internationally renowned scholars and practitioners in the field of mental health and social issues that concern African Americans. The conference will conclude with an address by Sheryl Underwood, M.A. who will share her personal story of how she became a trauma survivor. The conference attendees will be educated on culturally effective treatment modalities, and inspired by those who have experienced severe trauma and mental illness, and their journey to recovery.   Twenty (20) diverse workshops on a myriad of topics that impact African Americans with mental illness will be presented. Conference at a Glance – 7:00am - 8:00am         Continental Breakfast/Registration                         8:00am - 9:15am         Opening Ceremonies and Introductions                                                          9:15am - 10:45am       Introduction of Keynote Speaker                                     Morning Keynote Speaker: Altha J. Stewart, M.D. Associate Professor/Chief, Social and Community Psychiatry Director, Center for Health in Justice Involved Youth University of Tennessee Health Science Center American Psychiatric Association, President                                         “Addressing the Mental Health Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences: Integrating Policy and Advocacy to Improve Services” 10: 45am - 11:00am    Break 11:00am - 12:00pm     Session A: Concurrent Morning Workshops Expanding the Bandwidth of Intervention: Community Defined Evidence-Based Practice Grounded in Community Collaboration- Cheryl Grills, Ph.D. Room 403A                                         Applying for   1.0 CEU/CE This workshop will challenge current reliance on evidence-based practice and offer a community based participatory practice approach to develop, implement, and evaluate culturally competent prevention and early intervention approaches with communities of color.  The workshop will examine data from the California Reducing Disparities Project Phase II highlighting the African American priority populations in California. Integrating Teen Court in Los Angeles County: Utilizing Responsible Restorative Justice to Address Mental Health Issues for Transitional Age Youth- Seymour I. Amster, J.D., Michele Archambeault, Psy.D. Honorable Denise McLaughlin-Bennett, J.D., Gabriela Muniz, L.C.S.W, Kay Duncan, B.A. Room 403B                         Applying for     1.0 CEU/CE The Teen Court program is an integrated multi-disciplinary team in Los Angeles County that utilizes the restorative justice model. The concept of restorative justice will be defined and explored, including its use of peer inquiry as a means of self-reflection. This workshop will further discuss the role of mental health in delivering services within this model. Heart Forward: DMH Peer Resource Center- Keris Jän Myrick, M.B.A., M.S., Catherine Clay, Jennifer Wright, Carmen Miller, Gloria Thomas-Allen, Joseph Cuevas Room 404A                                         Applying for     1.0 CEU/CE Have you ever wanted to start your own peer directed programs? Come hear from Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health Peer Resource Center an innovative peer directed approach. This workshop will highlight the work of peers in Community Mental Health. Additionally, the presenters will discuss free programs available, introduce the Peer Resource Center and highlight outreach, in-reach, supportive programs to assist people on their recovery journey. The Impact of Transgenerational Trauma on Maternal Health Among African American Women Sayida Peprah, Psy.D.   Room 406A                                         Applying for     1.0 CEU/CE African American women are statistically found to be four times more likely to die from pregnancy-related complications than their European American counterparts. Race-related stressors and micro-stressors have been linked to negative maternal health outcomes. This workshop will focus on increasing the knowledge, competence and sensitivity of maternal care providers, who work with African American and other women of color. Collaborative Community-Based Research: A Practical Tool for Building Engagement Karen Gunn, Ph.D. Room 404B                                         Applying for     1.0 CEU/CE This workshop will explore the value of Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) for assessing mental health needs, resources and priorities, particularly for under-represented/ under-served groups. The impact of two highly successful Los Angeles County CBPR projects focused on African American, African and Caribbean immigrant communities will be described. A Cultural Perspective on Trauma Treatment in the African American Community- Ontson Placide, M.A., L.M.F.T., Wendy Ashley, Psy.D, L.C.S.W., Kathryn Murray, M.D. Room 406B                                         Applying for     1.0 CEU/CE Many African Americans in urban settings have experienced complex trauma. This workshop will discuss the impact of various traumas that have either individually or in combination, affected African American communities. In addition, we will raise the question “how does culture influence an individual’s perception of and reaction to trauma?” Three unique perspectives will be offered; an academic best practices perspective, a macro programming/systems perspective, and a psychiatric direct service perspective. Why Can’t You Just Stop?- Antonne Moore, M.Ed., Keith Hermanstyne, M.D., M.P.H., M.S.H.P.M., Desiree Crèvecoeur-MacPhail, Ph.D. Room 405                                            Applying for     1.0 CEU/CE You may know or love someone who is using substances that result in behaviors that are destructive, especially for people of color. This workshop will examine difficulties for individuals to stop using, discuss addiction treatment options and review recovery strategies in working to overcome addiction. From the Office to the Streets: Outreach Strategies to those who are Homeless-Tylana Thomas, A.A., Jennifer Hernandez, L.C.S.W., Room 407                                           Applying for     1.0 CEU/CE This workshop will focus on the issue of homelessness in African American communities. Outreach to homeless individuals and families with mental illness will be explored, including strategies on engagement, appropriate attire for outreach, resources and safety. An Exploration of the Role of Mental Health in Communities of Faith- James Coomes, L.C.S.W., Andrea Humphrey, Ed.D., M.B.A. Carthel Towns, M.B.A. Shaykh Suhail Mulla, M.S.W. Room 408A         Applying for     1.0 CEU/CE This workshop will offer an interfaith panel discussion on how to successfully integrate mental health into spiritual practices. Program examples will be highlighted, challenges will be identified and resources provided in an effort to strengthen healthy and vibrant African American spiritual communities. Racial Battle Fatigue Syndrome and the Biopsychosocial Health of African American Men Yamonte Cooper, Ed.D. L.P.C.C., N.C.C., C.S.T.                    Room 408B              Applying for     1.0 CEU/CE This workshop will discuss Racial Battle Fatigue (RBF) Syndrome as an interdisciplinary theoretical framework. It explores how racism is experienced and its negative impact on mental, emotional, and physical health. The workshop will provide mental health professionals with information and tools to assist African American males experiencing RBF. 12:00pm - 1:30pm      Lunch, Entertainment and Awarads Beef Chicken Vegan and Gluten Free 1:30pm -  2:45pm       Introduction of Keynote Speaker Afternoon Keynote Speaker: Bryant T. Marks, Sr., Ph.D.                                     Associate Professor of Psychology at Morehouse College Director of the Program for Research on Black Male Achievement “The Hidden Biases of Good People: Implications for Mental Health Professionals and the Populations They Serve” 2:45pm – 3:00pm        Break 3:00pm - 4:00pm        Session B: Concurrent Afternoon Workshops Overcoming Compassion Fatigue-Gloria Morrow, Ph.D. Room 403A                                         Applying for     1.0 CEU/CE This workshop will help participants to more fully understand what constitutes compassion fatigue, its causes, and its impact on one’s overall well-being and the well-being of those they serve.  Weed: What Do We Do Now?-Stephanie Chen, L.C.S.W., M.P.H, Stephanie Chen, L.C.S.W., M.P.H., Gary Tsai, MD.,F.A.P.A., F.A.S.A.M., Tosin Balogun Room 403B                                         Applying for     1.0 CEU/CE This workshop will explore the intent of California Proposition 64 and its impact on African American individuals, families, and communities. Available resources will be identified to support the health and well-being of communities of color, particularly our youth. Braided: Addressing the Intersectionality of Gender, Sexual Orientation and Culture in The African American Community-Janae Hubbard, M.S.W.   Room 404A                         Applying for       1.0 CEU/CE This workshop will provide practical considerations, best practices, and holistic approaches for mental health treatment of African American children and youth struggling with acceptance and integration of their full identity in recovery and wellness. NAMI Family Education: A Model for Helping Students Cope with Pressures of School Harold Turner, Marquerite Ferrera, B.A. Room 406A                                       Applying for     1.0 CEU/CE This workshop will highlight NAMI on Campus High School (NCHS) training program. This national program raises mental health awareness and addresses stigma on campus through peer-led activities and psycho-education for youth. Long Term Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) on Infants in the Foster Care System: How both Stress and Positive Relationships Can Shape Our Genes, Jyoti Patel, L.M.F.T., Sherletta Cater, L.C.S.W.   Room 404B                         Applying for       1.0 CEU/CE This workshop will review the impact that Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) have on infants in the foster care system and throughout their lifespan. The panel will explore how relationships and storytelling within the child’s community can assist these children and their caregivers to build resiliency against these adverse experiences. Promoting Healthy Community and Living for Older Adults- Haydeh Fakhrabadi, Psy.D., Shelly Thompson, Doratriz Equihua, L.C.S.W. Room 406B                                         Applying for     1.0 CEU/CE As our older adult population in Los Angeles County increases, it is imperative that they be connected to resources that improve their quality of life. This workshop will focus on national award winning service model of partnership and collaboration between the Housing Authority County of Los Angeles (HACoLA), the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (LACDMH) and their service providers. Helping Victims Become Survivors-Shari Farmer Room 405                                            No CEU/CE Far too often people of color are victims of crime and are unaware of services or don't recognize themselves as being victims. This workshop will discuss LA County District Attorney's Bureau of Victim Services programs that provide crisis intervention, counseling and compensation assistance. Environmental Exposures in the context of Health Equity-Jacqueline Taylor, M.P.A., Janette Robinson-Flint, B.A., Mashariki Kudumu, M.P.H., Dana Sherrod, M.P.H., Room 407                                           Applying for     1.0 CEU/CE This workshop will focus on the effects environmental toxins have on the reproductive, mental and physical health of African American women, children and communities within Los Angeles County. An examination of the relationship between environmental health disparities and low income/underserved communities will be explored, along with potential strategies and recommendations. Mental Health: Healthy Intimate Relationships-Jeshana Avent-Johnson, Psy.D.   Room 408A                                        Applying for     1.0 CEU/CE The workshop will address the issues that keep us from showing up in our relationships and reasons we unconsciously seek chaotic and toxic relationships.  The workshop will provide some key steps in developing healthier relationships with self and others.  Nooses Across Generations: Black Families, Contemporary Behavioral Health and American Enslavement-Donald Grant, Psy.D.   Room 403B                         Applying for       1.0 CEU/CE Men, women and children of African descent in countries with a history of colonialism and enslaved Africans experience a unique set of mental health environmental risks. This workshop will take a holistic approach to addressing African American mental health issues while producing strength-based solutions for Black families impacted by dominant white cultural norms. 4:00pm – 5:00             Introduction of Keynote Speaker Afternoon Keynote Speaker: Sheryl Underwood, M.A. Owner and CEO – Pack Rat Productions, Inc. Entertainer, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist and co-host of the Emmy award winning CBS television show THE TALK. show THE TALK. 5:00pm                        Closing

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