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2nd Annual Social Work Mental and Behavioral Health Conference Save the Date 01-31-2020

2nd Annual Social Work Mental & Behavioral Health Conference

Effects of Violence on Children & Us: Awareness, Prevention, and Intervention

Friday, January 31st, 2020

Tivoli Student Union, Downtown Denver, CO

This gathering of professionals, researchers, and students allows for an in-depth exchange of current information on all facets of violence, abuse and trauma prevention, intervention and research. The Mental & Behavioral Health Conference focuses on linking research, practice, policy and advocacy to promote violence-free living for all. Opportunities for networking, continuing education, and more make this an event you don’t want to miss.


We are seeking proposals that align with the following topics:

  • Trauma Informed Care – (Mental Health)
  • How to treat those affected by repeated societal violence: individual/family/community/national
    • Historical Context
    • Hate Speech
    • School shootings
    • Mass Shootings
  • Policies about Mental Health and Gun Laws – (Legal/Problem Solving Courts)
    • Whose violent actions are related to mental health issues?
    • Who goes to prison/death penalty?
    • Pre-school to prison pipeline
    • Implicit biases
  • How does violence affect the developing child - (Child Welfare Issues)
    • Neurobiology of trauma
    • General trauma… ghosts in the nursery
    • 1st Nations/Boarding Schools
    • Attachment disorders
  • Violence in Today’s Society
    • Black Lives Matter
    • White Supremacists
    • El Paso Shootings
    • Attacks against synagogues, churches, mosques and other places of worship
    • Immigration issues/Detention camps

Successful Proposals Will Exhibit:

  • 3-4 measurable learning objectives for attendees aimed at practice/program improvement
  • Customization for an experienced mental health/behavioral health audience
  • Interactive 75-minute presentation (please include ~20 minutes for questions and dialogue)
  • Evidence-based approaches incorporating culturally informed practice and applicable tools

Proposal Guidelines and Submission Deadline

Submit a two-page Word or PDF document including:

  • Presentation title
  • Learning objectives
  • Speaker Information including: name, credentials, agency or academic affiliations, short biography and contact information

Submission Deadline: Submit to Dr. Tanya Greathouse ( by 11:59pm on Monday, November 18th, 2019.

No honorarium, no travel paid. Acceptance notifications will be made by 12/9/19. Attendance confirmation/registration is required by 1/10/20. Handouts, technology, and slides requests are due by 1/17/20.

Keynote Presenters:

Dr. Richard D. Krugman, M.D., is a Distinguished University Professor at the Kempe Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect at the University of Colorado where he has been for his entire academic career. Dr. Krugman is a graduate of Princeton University and earned his medical degree at New York University School of Medicine. A board-certified pediatrician, he did his internship and residency in pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. In January 2018, he Co-Founded the National Foundation to End Child Abuse and Neglect whose mission is to end child abuse and neglect in our lifetime. Dr. Krugman has served on the boards of Princeton University, University of Colorado Hospital, University of Colorado Health, Children’s Hospital Colorado, Denver Health and Hasbro Children’s Foundation. He served as Dean of the CU School of Medicine for 25 years from 1990-2015. He has authored over 120 original papers, chapters, editorials and four books, and is currently co-editing a book series on Child Maltreatment with Jill Korbin, PhD.

Lori Poland is a mental health therapist and CEO of The National Foundation to End Child Abuse and Neglect (EndCAN). Lori holds a Master Degree from Regis University in Counseling Psychology and several additional certificates and extensive training in child & adolescent therapy, marriage and family therapy, infant mental health, attachment and Rapid Resolution Therapy. Lori’s story began at age of three when she was abducted from her childhood home, sexually and physically abused, then left for dead in the pit of a 15-foot-deep outhouse toilet. Lori’s trauma exposure carried on throughout her life and to this day, she continues to grow, heal, share and love. As a mother to three children, business owner, CEO, AND a mission starter, she’s has spent her life learning love forgiveness and healing; sharing her message with the world, changing lives, one audience at a time.

Sponsorship Opportunities:

Sponsoring the 2nd Annual Mental and Behavioral Health Conference provides you with:

  • An opportunity to highlight your agency
  • Market your product expertise
  • Inform prospective interns on learning experiences in your agency
  • Recruit employees
  • Support MSU Denver’s Social Work Department’s commitment to partnering, collaborating and educating community partners

Community Partner Sponsorship - $100

  • Acknowledgement on conference website and in conference materials (Media, Flyers and Brochures)

Business Sponsorship - $250

  • One undraped six-foot table on which to display literature and sample products
  • Lunch for two of your organizations’ attendees
  • Acknowledgement on conference website and in conference materials (Media, Flyers and Brochures)
  • Exhibitors will be located in prime traffic areas in the Tivoli Center for attendees to see. The conference agenda includes morning, afternoon and lunch breaks specifically for attendees to visit exhibits.

Would your organization like to sponsor this event? Please contact us at Grant Services to ask about or commit to your sponsorship today! For more information contact Guadalupe Vargas at and download the MBHC Sponsorship Request Flyer


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