5th Annual Mental & Behavioral Health Conference – Calling-In: Cultivating Cultural Healing, Embodied Storytelling, and Narrative Humanization

Friday, February 16, 2024 | 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM (MST)


Find unique links for the keynote and workshops in the At a Glance Schedule and download the full M&BH conference program.

Hosted by the Metropolitan State University of Denver Department of Social Work

The 5th Annual Mental and Behavioral Health Conference is thoughtfully designed to offer participants a comprehensive and enriching experience. First and foremost, attendees will delve into the art of storytelling as a therapeutic tool, gaining valuable insights and practicing techniques that harness the power of narrative for healing purposes. Additionally, the conference aims to deepen participants’ understanding of embodiment healing techniques, providing a holistic perspective on mental well-being. Participants can also explore the integration of cultural humility into their supervision practices, fostering an inclusive and empathetic approach to mental and behavioral health. This conference aims to equip attendees with a diverse skill set and knowledge base, contributing to their professional growth and enhancing their ability to provide effective and culturally sensitive support in their respective roles. 

General Learning Objectives:

  1. Practicing story telling techniques to promote healing
  2. Understanding Embodiment healing techniques
  3. Learning how to infuse cultural humility into one’s supervision practice

The Zoom room will open for check-in at 9:30 AM and programming will start promptly at 10:00 AM.

Attendance Cost and Options:

MSU Denver Social Work Students: please check your email for your unique registration link!

Auraria Campus Community (Students, Faculty, and Staff of MSU Denver, CU Denver, and CCD): $15

General Admission: $30

Click here to register online today!

Preliminary Program Sneak Peek

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Loretta Ross (learn more)

Breakout Session 1: Culturally Adaptive Mental Health Practices: Centering the Counter Narrative

  • Sense-Making: Using Narrative Storytelling Across the Lifespan with Althea Simpson, LCSW, RPT-S  
  • Culturally-Responsive & Integrative Healing Practices: Centering the Brain-Body Connection with Dr. Adrianna Taylor, LCSW
  • Building Bridges: The utilization of a narrative humanization approach in the fight to reduce and unlearn stigmatizing belief with Dr. Kristin Spooner, LICSW, CST

Lunchtime Talks: Opportunity to hear from conference sponsors

Breakout Session 2: Supervision and the Healing Process

  • Using Storytelling as a Supervisory Technique with Dr. Omekio Riggins, LCSW, LCAS-A, CCTP-II, LPN
  • Authenticity in Practice with Dr. Andrea Daniels, LCSW-S
  • Infusing Cultural Humility into your supervision session; promoting Brave Spaces with Manasseh C. Begay, MSW

Sponsorship Opportunities

Would your organization like to be a recognized sponsor for this event? Please contact Teiriana Ibarra, Event Planning Specialist, at [email protected] with questions and to commit to your sponsorship today! 

Sponsorship Options:

  • Community Partner Sponsorships: $200
    • Acknowledgement at the conference, on conference website, in conference program 
    • Two complimentary conference registrations
  • Business Sponsorship: For $500 (for-profit company) or $400 (non-profit organization)  
    • Acknowledgement at the conference, on conference website, in conference program
    • Four complimentary conference registrations
    • Lunchtime Spotlight: a 5 minute presentation about your organization’s mission, impact, and goals during the lunch break 

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