Child and Adolescent Mental Health Conference

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Every year, NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania hosts a regional Child and Adolescent Mental Health Conference in southwestern Pennsylvania, and a state Mental Health and Wellness Conference in Harrisburg. These events feature innovative keynote speakers, NAMI leaders, and workshops designed for professionals, students, individuals with lived experience, and family members.

NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania
Annual Child and Adolescent Mental Health Conference
Friday, June 8, 2018
Pittsburgh Airport Marriott
777 Aten Road
Coraopolis, PA 15108

NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania’s annual Child and Adolescent Mental Health Conference will take place on Friday, June 8, 2018, at the Pittsburgh Airport Marriott. This day-long event unifies families, caregivers, and behavioral health professionals who will discuss best practices and new discoveries in youth mental wellness. This year’s conference is titled, Expanding the Conversation: Giving Voice to Children, Adolescents, and Families in the Behavioral Health System. Presenters will discuss how through research, practice, and advocacy they’re giving children and families the confidence to come forward and talk about their mental health concerns despite the stigma, while also giving them tools they need to play an active role in identifying and addressing challenges.

Conference Agenda
Conference Brochure

Call for Sponsors, Exhibitors, and Ads

NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania is currently accepting sponsors, exhibitors, and ad placements for our annual Child and Adolescent Mental Health Conference in Pittsburgh on June 8, 2018.

All exhibitors and ads are accepted on a “first come, first served” basis.

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Registration Rates

Conference Rates

NAMI Member Rate Non-Member Rate
MH Professional Rate $100 $125
Individual Rate $60 $80
Educator Rate $65 $75
Student Rate $25 $30

Continuing Education Credits – Continuing Education Credits will be available. More information to come.

Refund Policy – Cancellations made prior to Friday, May 25 will be refunded. If requesting CEUs, a $25 administrative fee will be deducted from your refund. No refunds will be issued after Friday, May 25.

Important note – Pursuant to the ADA, if you require specific aid or services, please contact Sara Levine Steinberg at or call 412-366-3788. Please make all requests for accommodations at least three weeks prior to the conference date.

Hotel Information

Pittsburgh Airport Marriott Hotel
Parkway West-Montour Run Exit
777 Aten Road
Coraopolis, PA 15108
Ph: 412-788-8800

Directions: From the Pittsburgh International Airport: Take Airport Parkway to Route 60 South to Montour Run Exit, follow signs to hotel. From Downtown Pittsburgh: Take Parkway West (I-279) to Montour Run Exit, follow signs to hotel.

Please dress in layers as room temperatures can vary. If you have special access needs related to a disability or impairment, please contact or (412) 366-3788.

Keynote Speaker Information

Two keynote speakers, Ross W. Greene, Ph.D. and Dior Vargas, bring different backgrounds, perspectives, and methods to a similar mission: crossing boundaries and overcoming obstacles to improve behavioral health care.

Ross W. Greene, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist who believes that adults and children must work together to reduce challenging behaviors. Dr. Greene’s experience working with families spans more than three decades and is recognized around the world. He is also a New York Times bestselling author of the books, The Explosive Child, Lost at School, Lost and Found, and Raising Human Beings. Dr. Greene is the originator of the model of care described in those books, called Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS).

Dior Vargas is a Latina feminist mental health activist who works to remove the stigma of mental illness in the Latino community. Ms. Vargas is the creator of the People of Color and Mental Illness Photo Project, which is a response to the invisibility of people of color in the media representation of mental illness. She is also the recipient of numerous awards including being named a White House Champion of Change for Disability Advocacy Across Generations.