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2021 Children's Behavioral Health Conference

The 2021 Oklahoma Children’s Behavioral Health conference is a virtual gathering focused on the mental, emotional, social, physical and behavioral health of infants, youth, young adults and their families.  The Children’s conference is hosted and sponsored by the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services and attracts over 800 behavioral health professionals, clinicians, therapists, counselors, educators, treatment service providers, administrators, juvenile justice, child welfare, child and youth serving community organizations, in addition to youth and families annually. 

The Children’s conference offers pre-conference specialty tracks for youth, families, frontline behavioral health staff, data and evaluation professionals, and educators. The main conference provides evidence based treatment and practice workshops, as well as, ethics trainings, the latest therapeutic, research and treatment approaches in the behavioral health field, wellness, adolescent substance abuse, co-occurring disorders, trauma informed care approaches, diversity equity and inclusion, infant early childhood, and youth and family topic workshops. 

The Oklahoma Children’s Behavioral Health conference features national, regional, and local leaders in the behavioral health field and offers continuing education (CEU) credits that are approved by the Oklahoma State Board of Licensed Social Workers, the Oklahoma Board of Examiners of Psychologists, the Oklahoma Board of Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselors, the Licensed Professional Counselors Committee, and the Licensed Marital and Family Therapist Committee, Case Managers and Peer Recovery Support Specialists.

Visit this page often to stay up to date on the latest Children’s conference news developments and updates. For more information concerning registration, fees, and cancellations click here.

  • Evaluation and Data Summit
  • Classroom Educators Summit
  • Education Family Summit

Attendees of the 2021 Children’s Behavioral Health Conference can aspect to learn a vast amount of knowledge across an array of topics.  Topics you can look forward to learning from our keynote presenters are: mental health resilience, social justice, the opioid addiction crisis, behavioral modification techniques, resilience in the face of adversity, and behavioral approaches in transforming challenging behaviors in youth.

We plan to offer two opportunities to obtain 3 hours of Ethics CEUs, one institute in clinical supervision, in addition to an institute and daily live stream track in infant early childhood mental health.  The Children’s conference will offer numerous live and pre-recorded workshops in topics ranging in trauma and resilience, evidence based practice, co-occurring disorders, youth issues in the digital age, behavioral health treatment and technology, youth and family voice, and a host of other youth and family behavioral health topics.

Stay tuned for more agenda details to be posted later this Spring.

Keynote Speakers

Howard Glasser is Founder of the Children’s Success Foundation, the Nurtured Heart Institute and creator of the Nurtured Heart Approach. He is a voice for children’s greatness so they can ultimately find their own voice of greatness. His mission is to teach an approach to children truly feeling cherished. Howard’s background in family treatment, clinical studies and educational leadership along with his work with some of the most intense and challenging children is the basis of the approach that he has now brought to many.

Charles Hunt is a Resilience Expert, Adjunct Professor, and motivational speaker. Adept at leveraging transparency to inspire and get results, this former College Recruiting, Talent Management, Diversity, and Supply Chain leader left the corporate world to fulfill his vision of building unbreakable spirits and cultivating resiliency for those who, like him, have The Audacity to Succeed. He helps students & young professionals build resilience, believe in bigger and greater for themselves, and create the academic, economic, and career plans to get there.

Ross W. Greene, Ph.D., is the New York Times bestselling author of the influential books The Explosive Child, Lost at School, Lost and Found, and Raising Human Beings, which describe the model of care -- called Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS) -- he originated. Dr. Greene was on the faculty at Harvard Medical School for over 20 years, and is now founding director of the non-profit Lives in the Balance, which provides a vast array of free, web-based resources on the CPS model.

Ryan Hampton is an author, American political activist, and person in recovery from opioid addiction. Over six years into recovery from a decade-long opioid addiction, Ryan Hampton has been rocketed to the center of America’s rising addiction recovery advocacy movement. A former White House staffer, he has worked with multiple non-profits and national recovery advocacy campaigns. He is now a prominent, leading face and voice of addiction recovery and is changing the national conversation about addiction.

Bakari Sellers is the author of The New York Times best-selling book My Vanishing Country: A Memoir, which has been described as part memoir, part historical and cultural analysis – illustrating the lives of America’s forgotten black working-class men and women. He has also expanded his audience with the Bakari Sellers Podcast, a twice-a-week show part of The Ringer Podcast Network that addresses a variety of topics from politics, race, sports, media, the presidential campaign, and much more. Sellers currently practices law with the Strom Law Firm, LLC in Columbia, where he heads the firm’s strategic communication and public affairs team and has recently added diversity, equity, and inclusion consulting to the list of services offered. He is also a prominent political contributor for CNN.

  • Silent Auction
  • Engaging Intermission Talent Showcases
  • Film Screenings:

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