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Center for School Behavioral Health Hosts 2nd Annual Conference

On Friday, October 13th the Center for School Behavioral Health at Mental Health America of Greater Houston welcomed over 550 individuals to their 2nd annual conference. Themed “Why Do My Students Act This Way and What Can I Do About It?” the one-day conference at the Region 4 Education Service Center featured 24 breakout sessions, an exhibition hall, and a self-care symposium. The conference brought together individuals of various backgrounds interested in student behavioral health, including: educators, counselors, parents, advocates and social workers.

Michelle Borba, EdD, opened the conference with  the morning keynote address titled, “Empathy Lessons from Harvey – What We Can Learn to Help Students Become More Resilient and Compassionate.” Dr. Borba is a globally-recognized educational psychologist and parenting, bullying and character expert whose aim is to strengthen children’s empathy and resilience, and break the cycle of youth violence.

Attendees also heard from Ed Dunkenblau, PhD, a licensed clinical psychologist and Director of The Institute for Emotionally Intelligent Learning, during the afternoon keynote address. Dr. Dunkenblau emphasized that “if we want to improve academic achievement, we have to talk about more than academics.”

Other speakers included Richard Carranza, Houston Independent School District Superintendent; Donna Bahorich, Chair of the Texas State Board of Education; and Elizabeth Love, Senior Program Officer at the Houston Endowment.

The conference was generously supported by the Houston Endowment Inc., Region 4 Education Service Center, and Bridge Up at Menninger.