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Strive to Thrive Conference

February 3, 2011

Mental health professionals and policymakers came together in February for the national two-day conference, “Strive to Thrive: Building Systems of Care for Birth to Fives.” Presented by Children’s Institute, Project ABC, the USC School of Social Work, and Los Angeles County’s Departments of Mental Health (DMH) and Children and Family Services (DCFS), the conference provided the latest research on infant and early childhood mental health from top researchers, national advocates and health and social-service professionals. A pre-conference Think Tank brought together many of the conference’s key participants for a day-long reflection on early childhood mental health issues. View photos below.

The conference launched with remarks from Marvin Southard, Director of DMH, and William Arroyo, MD, Project ABC’s Principal Investigator and DMH Medical Director of the Children’s Systems of Care unit. National speakers included Gary Blau, PhD, Chief of the U.S. Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration’s Child Adolescent and Family Branch; Charles A. Zeanah, MD, Tulane University School of Medicine’s Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; and David de Voursney, Program Analyst for SAMHSA.

Workshops focused on timely topics, including: strategies for prevention and intervention for children under age 5, ways to engage families of young children involved with child welfare, serving culturally diverse populations, and best practices for treating trauma in infants and young children. During a special luncheon, nationally recognized humanitarian and founder of Homeboy Industries, Father Gregory Boyle, was honored as a champion of helping vulnerable children and families.

We would like to thank Conference sponsors, First 5 California, First 5 LA and WestEd!

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