To ensure the safety of our conference participants, we have pivoted the 2021 symposium to a one-day virtual event enabling everyone to join us from their home or office.

Earn up to 20 CEUs from your home or office by attending our virtual conference featuring speakers, workshops and resources helping you best approach today’s unique challenges with racism, grief, trauma and addiction affecting the youth community.

Register today and get ready to recharge your superpowers!



Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine, Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute

Cultivating Resilience in Adolescents
Discovering the Hidden Power and Purpose of the Adolescent Mind

Learn more at: drdansiegel.com


Our experts will help you approach and improve your skills in tackling today’s unique challenges with racism, grief, trauma and addiction so that you can best support your clients, students and the youth community.

Talking with Children About Racism

Gain insights on how to approach and engage young people in a discussion about race, racism, and injustice.

Jamie Freeny

The Five Ms of Mitigation: Managing and Living with PTSD

Understand the difference between PTSD and CPTSD and how to use the 5 M’s: Movement, Mantras, Meditation, Mindfulness, and Medicine to support teachers, administrators, and most importantly students with tangible and practical application.

Caryn Sawlis

Mental Health Barriers for Youth in the Hispanic Community

How to help foster a safe and trusting environment for a marginalized community.

Anna Arwine

Processing Grief Creatively With Adolescents

Explore grief stories in this art based experiential and discuss theoretical concepts and their application to therapeutic work with the bereaved adolescent.

Andrea Davis

Self Care During Uncertain Times

The health and wellbeing of those serving others has never been more important than it is right now. Learn to identify personal frameworks for balancing self-care and other-care.

Monica Urbaniak

Ethics in the Upside Down

This workshop will address the changing landscape in which we work, and how our perceptions, methods and drivers to maintaining our ethical standing must adapt & evolve as well.

Judith Allen, Psy.D.
COO of Community in Schools, Chicago

REPORT: Best Practices for Campus Professionals Responding to Child Abuse

This training offers practical guidance for professionals on how to best work with investigative parties in a way that protects the investigation, the organization, and most importantly, the child.

Lana Ahrens

Doing LIFE: Love, Identity, Family/Friends, and Experiences

This life is just a series of memories – some happy and some sad, but all have made you the person you are today. “Doing LIFE” is an interactive workshop that looks through the lens of Love, Identity, Family/Friends, and Experiences and how these impact the adolescent formative years.

Janie Stubblefield

The Impact of Nutrition on Mental Health Wellness in Teens

A comprehensive approach to identifying common nutritional problems with teens. Explore the cycular impact to holistic wellness and mental health diagnosis that are impacted by nutritional imbalances. Gain meaningful interventions which support the guiding process back to holistic wellness.

Baqi Martin, LCSW-S
Tiffany Godwin, RD, LD

The Cost of Silence:
Why We’re Still talking About Stigma

No other medical condition today carries the shame and stigma that still surround mental illness, leaving youth to suffer in silence under the weight of anxiety, depression, and suicidal thoughts. This session offers strategies for ending the silence and stigma through education, encouragement, and connection to resources for help.

Vanita Halliburton
Co-founder and Executive Chairman

Gaming: The Culture of Modern Socialization

This workshop focuses on the traditionally controversial topic of gaming by embracing the importance of this often misunderstood culture. Attendees will gain insight into the foundations of this globally recognized community, learn how respecting and embracing the culture invites opportunities, and consider how gamers are evolving into our future leaders.

Chris Nealy, M.D.
Ezra Jensen

Beyond Safe Spaces:
Creating Safe Systems

The call for teachers to create safe spaces in their classrooms for LGBTQ+ and other minority youth is necessary, but often undermined by unsupportive school/community culture. In this workshop, participants will gain a systems-level understanding of what it means to create not just safe spaces, but safe schools.

Vanessa Baum, MPH
Kaitlyn Sheeran, MSW

Creating Champions of Change through a Culture of Civility

Our Champions Program creates the groundwork for any level of leadership to courageously step into an influential position of power through compassion, commitment, character, and conversation. Explore the process of transformation as adapting to change is no longer an option… today, it is a necessity.

Angel Carlton
Scott Murray

Ideas from the Expressive Arts Therapies for Adolescent Groups

Gain understanding of the need or purpose for novelty seeking, and risk taking in adolescents and the need to utilize these drives in groups. Learn the use of distancing, role play, metaphor, and movement in the expressive arts therapies and Identify resources and prompts from the expressive arts therapies that may be outlets. 

Juliana Fort, M.D.
Ezra Jensen

Trauma, Addiction, REBT, and Narrative Therapy – An Integrated Approach

The current literature substantiates that childhood and adolescent trauma often results in greater difficulties in treatment. We will explore these client’s difficulties in accessing and accepting treatment, the impact of their struggles on treatment staff, and how the integration of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy and Narrative Therapy have been helpful.

George Pate, LMFT-S, LPC-S, ICADC
Samantha Goss,

Trust Based Relational Intervention:
A Practical Approach to Trauma Responsive Care for Trafficking Survivors

(TBRI) is a holistic, evidence-based, attachment-based and trauma informed intervention designed to meet the multifaceted needs of youth who have experienced complex trauma like the commercially sexually exploited (CSE) youth population. Learn the impact of this complex trauma, practical intervention skills, and tools to help support healing of survivors.

Ally Matteson, LCSW
Kimberly Jones, LMFT-AA

Commercially Sexually Exploited Children: The Demand, the Fuel, and How to Reach Them

Current affairs have well-meaning people jumping on the #saveourchildren bandwagon, but there are also those who are perpetuating egregious myths surrounding the realities that exploited youth face. This workshop will provide information on what fuels the demand for child sex trafficking, clear up those myths, and provide insight into serving this population.

Megan Valdez
Rachael Ray,

Connecting Virtually with Students, Building Rapport and Connections Using Different Strategies and Technology

Learn current approaches for building relationships and sparking connections via technology such as Zoom, Google Classroom and other modern apps.

Julie Gomez, LSSP
Roneller Boyd, LCSW

Treating Adolescent Addiction: Overview and Innovative Approaches

This workshop will provide an overview of adolescent addiction and its impact on the brain, as well as current treatment challenges. In addition to an overview of positive psychology and solution-focused counseling principles that includes the I CAN treatment model

Drew Dutton, M.Ed., LPC, LCDC
COO, Phoenix House Texas

24/7 Radar: Looking Into Digital Abuse

 It is important to recognize creating a safe, honest relationship with youth as the first step of prevention around technology. Gain important knowledge behind digital abuse in addition to recognizing harmful tactics. Participate in interactive activities, open-ended and safe discussions around experiences and prevention.

Jacqueline Guardiola

All workshops will be simu-live which means that our speakers have pre-recorded their presentations and will be available in-person at the end of each session for live moderated Q & A discussions. We will also have multiple workshops scheduled at a time, but you don’t have to miss any when you purchase the extended access giving you streaming ability for an additional 30 days after the live event.

Earn CEUs While Joining Us From Your Home or Office

CEUs will be available for the following disciplines: LCDC, LPC, LMSW, LCSW, LMFT, Ph.D/Psy.D (Psychologists).
Earn up to 20 CEUs with the 30-Day Pass


1-Day Pass: $200

  • Opening Remarks
  • Keynote Presentation with Dr. Dan Siegel
  • Choice of Workshop for Each Session:
     – Morning Session
     – Afternoon Session 1
     – Afternoon Session 2
     – Plus live Q&As
  • Resource Center
  • Sponsor Showcase
  • Social Lounge
  • Raffle game entry with prizes worth over $600 thus far
  • Earn up to (6) CEUs

30-Day Pass: $275

Best value! Earn up to (20) CEUs from the comfort of your home or office. Plus access to Workshops and Resource Hall for 30 days after the event. 

  • Opening Remarks
  • Keynote Presentation with Dr. Dan Siegel
  • Choice of Workshop for Each Session:
     – Morning Session
     – Afternoon Session 1
     – Afternoon Session 2 
     – Plus live Q&As
    (+30 day access to all workshops)
  • Resource Center (+30 day access)
  • Sponsor Showcase (+30 day access)
  • Social Lounge
  • Raffle game entry with prizes worth over $600 thus far
  • Earn up to (20) CEUs

We are accepting Purchase Orders now! Please send to Erin Peterson at epeterson@mhadallas.org


February 11, 2021

8:00–9:00am: Platform Opens
: Opening Remarks
9:30–11:00am: Keynote Presentation
11:00–11:15am: Live Q&A
11:20–12:20pm: Workshop Session 1
12:20–12:35pm: Live Q&A 
12:40–1:40pm: LUNCH BREAK & Platform Exploration
1:45–2:45pm: Workshop Session 2
2:45–3:00pm: Live Q&A
3:05–4:05pm: Workshop Session 3
4:05–4:20pm | Live Q&A
4:20-6:00pm: Platform Exploration


This year’s virtual exhibitor experience offers a unique chance for you to visit, chat, watch videos, download information and make appointments – all from the comfort of your home or office.

Thank You To Our Sponsors






Limited sponsorships are still available. For more information, please contact Maddie Worley: Mworley@mhadallas.org