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Supporting Mental Health: Engaging Schools and Families

Guest speaker: Professor Mark Weist (United States)
International leader in school mental health policy and programs.

The Hunter Institute of Mental Health invites professionals who work with young people to attend a specialist development event with international leader in school mental health, Professor Mark Weist.

Participants attending the day will learn about:

  • Current evidence base on school mental health
  • Strategies and approaches for enhancing school mental health
  • Lessons from Professor Weist's research and advocacy work in school mental health, positive behaviour support and family engagement
  • Models for integrating service provision as part of school mental health
  • How we can close the research practice gap
  • Benefits of collaboration and engagement in the development of mental ill health prevention strategies. 

About the day

The day will consist of two seminars. A Q&A session will be held following each seminar.

Seminar 1: Advancing School Mental Health (morning session)

This session will provide insights and examples from field of school based mental health on:

  • Increasing awareness and capability in schools to support mental health
  • Strategies for influencing policy and developing new mechanism to support the full continuum of mental health promotion, mental ill health prevention, early intervention and recovery
  • Building the evidence base and developing mechanism to promote its use in schools
  • Developing strategies for stakeholder and family engagement
  • Increase opportunities for networking between practitioners, researchers, stakeholders, advocates, and government officials.

Seminar 2: Meaningful family engagement in school mental health (afternoon session)

Effectively working with families underpins virtually all effective interventions in child, youth and school mental health. Strengthening school-family-community partnerships can help to contribute to the promotion of mental health, prevention and early detection of mental ill-health and contribute to recovery.

This workshop will explore Mark’s work on the Interconnected Systems Framework (ISF) and how it enhances effective mental health delivery through the combined efforts of schools and community partners thus providing opportunity for more potent family engagement to improve outcomes for youth.

Additional event information

This event will be relevant for people working in health, mental health, youth work and services, schools, university and TAFE education, and others who work with young people.

  • Doors will open at 8:30am for a 9:00am start. Event to close at 3:00pm.
  • Event cost includes morning tea and a light lunch. Should you have any special dietary requirements, please contact our office prior to the event.
  • Parking is available onsite at the Kurri Kurri TAFE campus. Please follow signage when you arrive and park in allocated bays only.

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July 13, 2017
9:00am - 3:00pm

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Kurri Kurri TAFE campus,
McLeod Road
Kurri Kurri NSW 2326


$65.00 per person


Costs include morning team and a light lunch.

Supporting Mental Health: Engaging Schools and Families

Thursday, July 13, 2017 - Conference Centre, Hunter Valley Hotel Academy

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