Annual Conference

The 5th Annual School Behavioral Health Conference National Crisis, Local Care: Addressing Trauma and Inequity in Education

This conference took a view through the lens of trauma and equity to provide youth-serving systems with tools and knowledge to support the mental and behavioral health of children and adolescents. The conference opened with a moving keynote address by local equity advocate and co-founder of Eight Million Stories Marvin Pierre on equity in the education system and will be followed by sessions covering equity, policy, and implicit bias. This day also featured a panel discussion on the role of School Resource Officers as mental health supports and a panel on the experiences of and the response to discrimination. The second day opened with a legislative policy update and brings back CSBH Conference favorite, co-founder of Character Strong Houston Kraft! He discussed social emotional learning as it relates to trauma, resiliency, and creating a culture of kindness within schools. The following sessions will cover the intersection of trauma and SEL, compound trauma, and immigration trauma. Thank you to all who joined us this year!


Over 98% of participants said they would recommend this conference to their work colleagues 

Over 50% of participants said the information learned at the conference will impact how they do their jobs.

“I will incorporate School-wide SEL practices with Character Strong, help build resiliency among students and staff, and continue to support the mental health and overall well-being of students and staff.”

“I thoroughly enjoyed the presentations and discussions. It is refreshing to come together with professionals who are willing to talk about the topics so many tiptoe around.”

“Being mindful of students’ experience, life story, and background when working with them.”

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