Wednesday, October 25, 2017

8:30 am - 4 pm 

Cost: $109 per person/$250 for teams of up to 5 individuals/$25 for students

Price includes refreshments and lunch

The Armory on the Campus of The Sage Colleges 
140 New Scotland Ave., Albany, NY

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Today our students are facing pressures that may affect their lives in a variety of ways.  Mental health issues that are having an adverse impact upon students include depression, suicide, opioid addiction, and much more.  As educators, we must be able to confront these issues thoughtfully by sharing best practices so that we will be better prepared to help our students gain confidence to overcome these barriers to success.

This is the third in a series of conferences that address mental health and school safety.  The conference this year will focus attention primarily on school partnerships with outside agencies that are engaged with the work of promoting mental wellness.

Morning Keynote Speaker – Dr. Ann Marie T. Sullivan,Commissioner of the New York Office of Mental Health.  Dr. Sullivan will provide a statewide perspective of the issues facing students and their families.  She will also provide some insight into best practices that are currently taking place throughout the state.


Lunch Keynote Speaker – Jason Thomson, Superintendent of Delaware Academy, Delhi, New York.  Superintendent Thomson and students from Delaware Academy will address the fallout from the recent television program, 13 Reasons Why, a Netflix series about suicide.  The students from Delaware Academy will provide a thoughtful response to this series in what they call, 13 Reasons Why Not.

Conference Agenda:

8:30—9:00 am     Registration, coffee and refreshments

9:00—9:15 am     Welcome
                                John Pelizza, Ph.D., Dean of the Esteves School of Education
                                Janice White, Ed.D., Chair of the Department of Educational Leadership

                                Jim Butterworth, Ph.D., Executive Director of CASDA 

9:15—10:30 am   Morning Keynote Speaker
                               Dr. Ann Marie T. Sullivan, Commissioner,
                               New York State Office of Mental Health

10:45—12:00 pm Morning Breakout Sessions

                                 Accessing Resources to Deal with Mental Health Issues

                                 Rebecca Carman - Director of Policy and Community Development, Shenendehowa CSD

                                 Nikki Tebbano - High School Student Support Counselor, Shenendehowa CSD

                                 Tracy Gilbert - Licensed Mental Health Counselor

                                 Victimization: Learning About the Symptoms and Effects of Trauma 
                                 Kathleen Giarratano - Department of Forensic Mental Health at Sage

                                 Charting the Way to Trauma Sensitive Classrooms and Schools: One District’s Journey                                      
Peggy O’Shea- Assistant Superintendent for Educational Services, Cohoes City School District

                                 Cliff Bird - Principal, Abram Lansing Elementary School, Cohoes City School District
                                 Laura Tarlo - Assistant Prinicipal, Cohoes High School  

                                 School Social Worker, Elementary and Secondary Teachers: TBA 


                                 Navigating the Social and Emotional Needs of High School Students with Disabilities 

                                 Helen Squillace - Director of Special Education, East Greenbush CSD

                                 Susan Rys - School Psychologist, East Greenbush CSD

12:00—1:15 pm   Lunch Keynote Speaker

                                Jason Thomson - Superintendent, Delaware Academy

1:30—2:45 pm     Afternoon Breakout Sessions

                                Engaging Families in Youth Mental Health and Wellness: Strategies for the Educational

                                Amy Molloy - Director of Education, Mental Health Association of New York State

                                Serving the Social and Emotional Needs of Students: Operating a School Based                                                   Behavioral Health Services Clinic

                                Laurel Logan-King - Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, Ballston Spa CSD

                                Kathleen Chaucer, Ed.D. - Principal, Milton Terrace Elementary School, Ballston Spa CSD

                                Pam Motler - Principal, Ballston Spa Middle School, Ballston Spa CSD

                                Staff from Parsons Child and Family Center

                                Responding to the Need for a Culture of Wellness: Beyond Emergency Response

                                Peter Brown - Executive Director, Institute for Behavioral Healthcare Improvement


                                Creating a Culture for Social and Emotional Learning Through Mindfulness Practice

                                 Kenneth Facin - Superintendent, Hoosick Falls CSD

3:00—3:45 pm -    Panel Discussion:

                                 Diana Wogan - Researcher, Social and Emotional Learning Research Alliance, REL-NEI

                                 Kenneth Facin - Superintendent, Hoosick Falls CSD

                                 Paul Padalino - Superintendent, Kingston City School District 

3:45—4:00 pm -   Summary and Conference Evaluation

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