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700 Attend the 29th Annual Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, & Young Adult Behavioral Health

29th Annual Conference on Child, Adolescent & Young Adult Behavioral HealthHosted by the Department of Child & Family Studies, the 29th Annual Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, & Young Adult Behavioral Health brought together more than 700 researchers, policy makers and advocates dedicated to shaping behavioral health services and prevention. The proceeds from the conference are used to support the planning efforts and special speakers for this annual conference held in Tampa. (Photo right: CFS Department Chair Dr. Mario Hernandez and Conference Planner Scott Bryant-Comstock welcome 2016 attendees while sharing historical timeline.)

A diverse selection of plenary sessions focused on a variety of current and relevant topics. (See below) In addition, topical tracks created by conference partners included an opportunity for participants to select areas of interest, including: evidence-based practice in systems of care; innovations in wraparound; research specifically focused on emerging adults; translational research in adolescent behavioral health; and a track focusing on changing norms, strategies, and systems to support behavioral health and social justice. Two new tracks were added to the program this year, bringing increased attention to new developments in child welfare to prevent or treat child maltreatment; and how to support culturally relevant research, practice, and policy improvements for Native American families and youth.

Participants were able to connect with colleagues and develop new relationships that will help enrich their research and policy activities. In particular, the poster sessions on Sunday and Tuesday evening, and the networking luncheon provided perfect opportunities for conversation and discovery. View 29th Agenda.

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