March 8, 2018
Day 1 (Thursday)
8:30am – 10:30 am Opening Remarks – Melissa Silva
Setting the Stage – Dr. Jan Kasofsky
Keynote Speaker – Dr. Daniel Barnett
An ever-broadening array of emerging population health threats has raised a number of important ethical considerations for public health agency leaders and their employees, including the willingness of these personnel to fulfill professional role expectations in large-scale emergencies and disasters. This applied research presentation will describe current findings from a mixed-methods research study being conducted by researchers from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. This study is examining public health leaders' and their staffs' respective perceptions of ethical obligations to fulfill response duties in large-scale infectious disease emergencies. This presentation will also illustrate how these ethics-related considerations intersect with a growing body of research on public health workers' willingness to respond to disasters. The content will address practice- and policy-related implications of these collective research-based insights, in the context of ethical and psychosocial dimensions of disasters.
10:45am – 11:45am Breakout Session 1 – Child Trauma
Ms. Nicole Boykins, Principal
Rochelle Gauthier, MSW
Lawrence D. Crocker College Prep School in New Orleans
School Leader, Nicole Boykins and Lead Social Worker, Rochelle Gauthier, will discuss the prevalence and impact of trauma on students. They will outline the trauma informed practices that they have been implementing the last three years in conjunction with a grant from the New Orleans Health Department, both the successes and challenges. The audience will receive practical steps to helping create a sustainable system of trauma informed practice school settings.
Breakout Session 2 – SBIRT: Implementation Crisis
Catherine Lemieux, MSW, PhD, LCSW-BACS
Betsy Wilks, MSW, LCSW-BACS
Over 1500 LA health care professionals and students have received training in SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment), an evidence based intervention targeting harmful alcohol and substance use; yet numerous barriers prevent its widespread uptake. This session empowers SBIRT champions to tackle the implementation crisis.
Noon – 1:00pm Lunch and Networking
1:00pm – 2:00pm General Session – Violence
Dr. Cecile Guin and Hillar Moore
As members of the Baton Rouge community we have grown accustomed to seeing the word violence in our headlines alongside words like escalating, rising, increased, highest and epidemic. Dr. Guin, Hiller Moore and other panelists explore the theories behind the rise in violence in Baton Rouge and placing current statistics and trends in an historical context. The presentation will include a special focus on the state of mental health and jail diversion in our community.
2:15pm – 3:45pm Breakout 3 – Trauma Care After Disaster
Danita Leblanc, MSW, LCSW-BACS
No one who experiences a disaster is untouched by it". An overview of the Psychological First Aid model will be presented. This model integrates public health, community and individual psychology to support resiliency. The steps of this model help community residents care for their families, neighbors and themselves in the short-term aftermath of a disaster.
Breakout 4 – Ethical Implications in Crisis Interventions
Traci Lilley, MSW
This session will provide case examples of ethical dilemmas faced by mental health professionals providing crisis intervention services, and outline a step by step framework to address these concerns. One area a focus will include the impact of the new NASW guidelines on technology and communication.
4:00pm – 5:00pm Breakout 5 – Anger: A Power Full of Emotion and Often Misunderstood
Karen Travis, LCSW-BACS, CGP, FAGPA
Anger is not bad. It is what we as humans do with anger that gives anger a bad name. If channeled in the right direction it has helped fight many great causes. Of course, it can be destructive to self and others. One’s intensity level, frequency and duration of anger depends on their history with the emotion and life events that have occurred. In this brief workshop some basics to understanding this emotion will be explored. Becoming aware of anger and what pushes our buttons, and ways to better express and deal with it will be discussed.
Breakout 6 - Mind-Body Training
Toni Bankston, LCSW-BACS
The presenters will provide an overview of the CMBM (Center for Mind-Body Medicine) model used as a primary intervention in the aftermath of trauma and disaster or as integrative with other cognitive-based approaches. Participants will receive and introduction and experiential demonstration of this approach which is grounded in self-awareness, self-care and mutual support. It is an educational approach that focuses on individual and community strengths and capacity for self-reliance, rather than on psychopathology.
7:00pm – 10:00pm Beat the Odds Social Club and Silent Auction
LSU Lod Cook Conference Center
MHA is hosting our 8th annual Beat the Odds Casino Night and Silent Auction. All conference attendees will receive a ticket with their registration. Attire is casino casual so put on your jeans and throw a boa around your neck for a night of fun and relaxation with mental health colleagues and those in our community who support our work. Lots of fun silent auction items too.
March 9, 2018
Day 2 (Friday)
8:00am – 9:30am General Session - Dr. William “Beau” Clark, Dr. Estaban Gershanik, Dr. Louis Cataldie, Dr. Jan Kasofsky and Rudy Troyler
Dr. Clark will address the legal and medical process of the Order of Protective Custody, the Physician Emergency Certificate and the Coroner Emergency Certificate with a special focus on the opioid crisis. The panel will continue the conversation with a discussion on the impact of the opioid crisis on the entire state and on the recovery process in Baton Rouge. Topics of discussion will include Louisiana Revised Statutes regarding mental health along with the roles of mental health professionals and law enforcement.
9:45am – 11:15am Breakout Session 7 – Opioid In-depth
Jay Martinez, LCSW - BACS, LAC
Jay Martinez will lead an interactive session on opioid addiction. This session will feature signs and symptoms of an opioid user and evaluation of an addiction moving into a discussion about treatment options. He will further explore resources in our community and beyond.
Breakout Session 8 – Addiction In depth
Interactive session on addiction and substance abuse. This session will feature signs and symptoms of substance users and evaluation of an addiction moving into a discussion about treatment options. She will further explore resources in our community and beyond.
11:30am – 12:30pm Closing General Session – Going Forward in Mindfulness
John W. Pickering, PhD
Thay Dao Quang, PhD, Abbot of the Tam Bao Temple
The session will include a discussion about guided meditation and mindfulness, as well as present some of the research concerning mindfulness. The session will close with an experiential guided meditation.
March 10, 2018 - Optional Addition or Stand-Alone Day
Not Included in Registration
Day 3 (Saturday)
8:30am – 11:30am Ethics Slot TBD for 90 Minutes
Clay Countryman HIPPA and Mental Health - 90 Minutes
MHA Thanks our Generous Sponsors
Without their assistance and support this effort would not be possible.
Conference Registration includes
Thursday and Friday sessions. CEU's are confirmed for
Social Workers, Addiction Counselors and Licensed Professional Counselors.
Thursday and Friday are 11 CEU's
Saturday registration is a separate fee. Three
(3) ethics CEU's will be offered on Saturday.
The Mental Health Association for Greater Baton Rouge (MHA) has been in operation since 1954 when it began as an organization promoting advocacy and education on mental illness and related issues. MHA has grown to include programs for adults with severe and persistent mental illness and individuals suffering from substance addictions in the Greater Baton Rouge area and statewide. MHA has multidimensional programming addressing many facets of Mental Health in the Baton Rouge community. All programs operated by MHA strive to develop independence, self-sufficiency and consumer empowerment of our clients.