National Children’s Mental Health Summit

Symposium aimed at clinicians, educators, researchers, students and parents

Dates: September 27-29, 2012

Thursday, 6:30 – 9:00 pm
Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Saturday, 8:45 am – 4:30 pm

Thursday, TBD, Syracuse, NY
Friday, Hutchings Psychiatric Center Auditorium, Syracuse, NY
Saturday, Crowne Plaza in Syracuse, NY

Trauma, psychiatric medications, family therapy, nutrition, and systems reform are a sampling of topics experts from across the country will discuss at the Children’s Mental Health Summit, September 27-29 in Syracuse, NY. It’s All About Childhood & Family, Inc., along with event co-sponsors including the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics at Syracuse University, its Department of Marriage and Family Therapy, and the Gifford Foundation, have assembled a series of internationally-renowned speakers for the summit themed, “Reclaiming Childhood: A New Perspective on Improving Social-Emotional, Behavioral, and Mental Wellness.”

The symposium, designed for clinicians, educators, researchers, students and parents, begins on the evening of September 27, with a film and panel discussion. The film, Generation Rx, examines the rising use of psychiatric medications with children as well as the consequences of this approach . It is followed by two days of keynote presentations, workshops and opportunities for networking and collaboration with professionals focused on the social-emotional, behavioral and mental wellness of children. The list of featured speakers includes award-winning journalist Roger Whitaker who covers medicine and science; Peter Breggin, M.D., founder and director of the Center for the Study of Empathic Therapy; Chris Mercogliano, former educator and administrator, and current author and columnist who has been featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered,” and other nationally syndicated radio shows; along with a comprehensive set of experts on children’s mental health.

It’s About Childhood & Family, Inc. is a not-for-profit clinical and resource center dedicated to enhancing the quality of childhood and family life in communities. Its mission is to advocate for all children by providing innovative, child-centered, and solution-focused mental health programs with a commitment to a collaborative approach to change. The Department of Marriage and Family Therapy in the Falk College at Syracuse University is one of the longest-standing and most distinguished programs in the country of its kind.  It is purposefully located in the Syracuse community, allowing students a unique opportunity for education in real time within and among a diverse and professionally trained mental health work force.