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Birmingham, AL – Children’s Behavioral Health at Children’s of Alabama will host its second annual Mental Health in the School Setting conference on Friday, July 14. The conference will be in the Bradley Lecture Center from 8:15 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Topics include intervention, evaluation and treatment, transitioning back to school, and proactive planning and advocacy. Participants will engage in a fictional life story throughout the day about an adolescent struggling with behavior health issues. The audience will gain his perspective and the perspectives of others as he is being treated.
“The importance of the life story is for educators and other community members to understand their role with children with behavioral health needs,” said Terra Griffin, Ed.D, LPC-S, NCC, Psychiatric Milieu Coordinator of the Ireland Center-Inpatient Psychiatry. “The goal of the conference is to highlight the importance for early identification of mental health needs of children and adolescents as well as insure that schools are aware of mental health prevention, early intervention, and treatment services.”
The conference costs $50 and includes breakfast, lunch and snacks. All school personnel, including teachers, school counselors, school nurses and administrators are invited to attend. Professional development and continuing education credits will be offered.
Since 1911, Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children, offering inpatient and outpatient services throughout central Alabama. Ranked among the best pediatric medical centers in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, Children’s provided care for youngsters from every county in Alabama, 46 other states and seven foreign countries last year, representing more than 676,000 outpatient visits and more than 15,000 inpatient admissions. With more than 2 million square feet, Children’s is the third largest pediatric medical facility in the U.S. More information is available at childrensal.org.