2019 Child and Adolescent Mental Health Conference

///2019 Child and Adolescent Mental Health Conference
2019 Child and Adolescent Mental Health Conference 2019-01-15T14:53:11+00:00

NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania’s annual Child and Adolescent Mental Health Conference will take place on Friday, March 8, 2019, at the Pittsburgh Airport Marriott. This day-long event will equip attendees with the skills and strategies needed to improve outcomes for children and adolescents with mental health needs and provide a better understanding of best practices and the latest research in child and adolescent mental health.  This conference is designed for parents and caregivers, behavioral health professionals, health care providers, and educators.

Conference Agenda
Conference Brochure

Conference Registration

Register by Thursday, January 31 and input the discount code “NKPA” during checkout to take advantage of our Early-Bird Rates (listed in red).
The deadline for online registration is Monday, March 4, 2019.

NAMI Member Rate Non-Member Rate
Mental Health Professional $90 | $100 $115 | $125
Individual $50 | $60 $70 | $80
Educator $55 | $65 $75 | $85
Student $25 $30
Register Online
Download Registration Form

Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) are available.
CEU:  0.55 Credit Hours (Nurses, other health care professionals, and Certified Peer Specialists)
PSYCHOLOGISTS:  5.5 Credit Hours
EDUCATORS:  Act 48 Continuing Education Credits

Refund Policy: Cancellations made prior to Friday, February 22 will be refunded. If requesting CEUs, a $25 administrative fee will be deducted from your refund. No refunds will be issued after Friday, February 22.

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

Conference Speakers

Keynote Address

Michelle Kuchuk, MS
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
“Children & Adolescents:
Best Practices for Suicide Prevention”

Michelle Kuchuk, MS, is Coordinator of Best Practices in Clinical Technologies at the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.  An expert in crisis prevention, Ms. Kuchuk is currently working to define and expand best practices in new and established clinical technologies for The Lifeline.

Ms. Kuchuk’s keynote speech will provide an overview of best practices when it comes to working with youth in crisis situations.  What are common roadblocks for adults when trying to connect with young people? How can we become active listeners? And what can we do to validate their feelings?

Morning Plenary

Irene Hurford, MD
University of Pennsylvania
“Before a Diagnosis:
First Steps in Early Intervention”

Irene Hurford, MD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania and the Clinical Director for the Psychosis Education, Assessment, Care and Empowerment (PEACE) Program at Horizon House in Philadelphia.

Dr. Hurford will explain the success Pennsylvania and states across the country are having with early mental health intervention and provide details on the newly-established statewide Pennsylvania Early Intervention Center (PEIC). Dr. Hurford will also talk about the model doctors in other countries are successfully using to reach transition-age youth, an age group that is often difficult to address.

Marketing Opportunities

The 2019 Child and Adolescent Mental Health Conference is an opportunity to showcase your organization or business to hundreds of attendees.  Learn more about becoming a sponsor, an exhibitor, or placing an ad by clicking on the links below. For questions, contact Sara Levine Steinberg at slsteinberg@namikeystonepa.org or call 412-366-3788.


Hotel Information

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

Reserve Your Room

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 Sara Levine Steinberg at slsteinberg@namikeystonepa.org or call 412-366-3788.

Conference Sponsors

Prior Child and Adolescent Mental Health Conferences

2018 Brochure