AIM Youth Mental Health Symposium: Bridging the Gap
On April 19 – 21, 2023, AIM Youth Mental Health will gather world-renowned researchers, youth experts, parents, clinicians, educators, first responders, and community members at the Monterey Conference Center to tackle tough questions and find solutions to the growing youth mental health crisis. The event will be hosted by Dr. Shashank Joshi, Lori Butterworth, and Michael Kimball.
Pre Conference: School Safety and Youth Mental Health. M.C. Kimball and Associates, the Monterey County Office of Education, the San Mateo County Office of Education, the Monterey County Safe and Healthy Schools and Communities Coalition have partnered with the Bay Area Urban Area Securities Initiative to host a one-day, free Pre-Conference School Safety Symposium at the 3rd Annual AIM Youth Mental Health Symposium.
Day 1 Thursday, April 20: The Alphabet Soup of Youth Mental Health: CBT, DBT, ACT, FBT…Day 1 will open with a welcome from Dr. Arthur Evans, CEO of the American Psychological Association, followed by a Keynote by best-selling author, Dr. Marc Brackett director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence (EI). A speaker lineup of world-renowned youth mental health researchers, robust panel discussions led by youth and parents, and engaging breakout sessions will uncover the latest treatments for ADHD, Anxiety, Eating Disorders, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), and much more.
On Thursday evening, the community will gather for a one-of-a-kind wine and cheese AIM Design Challenge Reception hosted by the Carmel Sunset Rotary. The youth will display and describe more than 200 visual expressions of youth mental health struggles and triumphs.
Day 2 Friday, April 21: What Else Can We Do? Strategies for supporting youth beyond therapy. Day 2, will open with awe-inspiring keynote presentations by Master Youth Mental Health Trainer, Tramaine EL-Amin of the National Council for Mental Wellbeing and Dr. Michael Thompson, author of nine books focusing on the emotional lives of boys. You will learn the latest research on sleep and mental health, the impact of social media on youth wellbeing, parenting strategies for eating disorders, and the integration of school- based behavioral health and community-based mental health care. Led by the youth themselves, participants will learn ways to support youth mental health as the need grows along with provider shortages. A community workshop “Giving Youth Permission to Feel” will be hosted by Dr. Marc Brackett on Friday afternoon.
Check out last year’s Symposium recap HERE.