2019 Conference Schedule

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7:30 AM – 5:00 PM          Conference Registration Open
7:30 AM – 5:00 PM          Comfort Suite Area Open

7:30 AM – 9:00 AM          Continental Breakfast

7:30 AM – 4:00 PM          Exhibitors Open

9:00 AM – 10:10 AM       Opening Session

  • Moderators – Vicky Coffee and Kimberly Holiday
  • Welcome – Commissioner Jeffrey Travillion, Travis County Commissioners Court, Precinct 1
  • Moment of Silence & Prayer – Minister Rodney Geter
  • Lift Every Voice and Sing – Eileen “Sugar” Williams

9:30 AM – 10:10 AM       Comedy Tribute Honoring Tressa Berry – Minister Rodney Geter

10:10 AM – 10:30 AM     Break & Poster Sessions

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM Morning Workshop Sessions

Trauma vs. Drama Adolescents: Trauma-Informed Interventions for Faith-Based Leaders, Educators, and Parents, Natasha Stewart

Addressing Church Hurt: Incorporating Wellness After Spiritual Injury, Gerald Pennie, PhD

Social Depression and the Intersectionality of Being a Black and Queer in America, Tarik Daniels

Finding Alternative Pathways to Success by Supporting Students and Families, Ghislaine Narcisse, PhD, Christopher Harvey, EdD

Restorative Practices: Youth-Led Circle, Gaye Lang, PhD

12:00 PM – 12:15 PM         Break & Poster Sessions

12:15 PM – 1:45 PM         King Davis & Richard Hopkins Legacy Luncheon (Buffet Style)

  • Moment of Silence & Prayer – Minister Daryl Horton
  • Entertainment – Musical Tribute by Sondra Johnson
  • Awards & Scholarships
    • Austin Area Mental Health Consumers Lodging Scholarship
    • The Wood Group Educational Scholarship
    • Michele Bibby Person in Recovery Educational Scholarship
    • RR Coleman-Calahan Lodging Scholarship

12:40 PM – 1:30 PM         Keynote: Yashi Brown:
12:40 PM – 1:30 PM         It’s Ok to Talk About It: Depression in Families; Discovering the Sweet Spot:
12:40 PM – 1:30 PM         How Bipolar Disorder Became a Blessing…Not a Curse; Coming Out: From Powerless
12:40 PM – 1:30 PM         to Empowerment

1:30 PM – 1:45 PM           Q&A Session

1:45 PM – 2:00 PM           Break

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM Afternoon Workshop Sessions I

Go Fetch My Belt: A Story of Love and Acceptance of a Child with ADHD, Carol Buchanan

Grown As Kids, Icye Walker

Sharing Hope: A Powerful Storytelling Tool for Addressing Mental Health In Faith Communities, Patricia Pickles, PhD, Le’Detrick L. Leonard, Meredith Stacy Jones

Men of Color and Mental Health Awareness, Lorenzo Lewis

Restorative Practices: Community Building Circle, Gaye Lang, PhD

3:30 PM – 3:45 PM         “Time Out to Turn Up” with Nell Watts aka the Gangster Granny

3:45 PM – 5:15 PM Afternoon Workshop Sessions II

Positive Approach to Care, Stephen Catoe

A Black Mother Dying, Angela Monique Pie

From Secrecy to Security, Kendale Brown

We Need Your Voice! Improving Texas Mental Health Services Through Advocacy, Shannon Carr, Anna H. Gray, Mary Tolle

Recovery and Re-Entry in the Community, Kevin Garrett

5:30 – 7:00 PM         Reception
5:30 – 7:00 PM         Hosted by the Austin Area African-American Behavioral Health Network
5:30 – 7:00 PM         Location: Zax’s (312 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704)


7:30 AM – 12:00 PM         Conference Registration Open
7:30 AM – 12:00 PM         Exhibitors Open

7:30 AM – 9:00 AM           Continental Breakfast

7:30 AM – 2:30 PM           Comfort Suite Area Open

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM        Morning Plenary: Poster Presentations

  • African Americans, Mental Health and the Correlation to the Foster Care System, Chelsy Alexander,
  • Beyond Stigma and Isolation: Families, Substance Use, and Recovery, Peggy Robinson, Winston Chapman
  • Be Your ADVOCATE: For Your Health, for Your Future, Dr. Virginia A. Brown, Ma, PhD
  • Diabetes and Depression: Are They Connected?, Lisa Sumlin, PhD, RN, ACNS-BS, ACNS-BC
  • I Am Me, But Who Are You?, Natalie N. Dyer
  • The Impact and Health Implications Adultification Has on African American Children, Jacqueline Miller
  • Impact of African American and Black Family Structures on African American and Black Youth’s Mental Health, Kristian Jones
  • Intersection of Equity, Disparities and the Multi-Dimensions of Family and Community Engagement, Alice Farrell, JD, LCSW, MSW
  • Listen to your Heart: A Place of Emotional Wisdom and Physical Wellbeing, Flora Releford
  • Maternal Health Disparities: Black Women are Dying at Birth and Postpartum, Michele A. Rountree, PhD, Jaymie Rivera-Clemente
  • MIND over MOOD, Brittany Greene
  • Sickle Cell Global Health Impact, Emily O’Shea, Linda Wade
  • Surviving the Game!, Robert Lilly
  • SWAP: Students With A Purpose, Clarence Watson        
  • They Took My Wonder Women Card: How to be Perfectly Imperfect; It REALLY is Ok!, Rhonda Franklin-Romar

10:30 AM – 10:40 AM     Break

10:40 AM – 12:10 PM Morning Workshop Sessions

Running to Sanity, Deon Hogan

The Life of a Sibling of an Adult with Disabilities/IDD, Shawnnita Buckner

Good Grief, Ulysses Moore, PhD, Kimberly Holiday

I Sacrificed, I Served, I Survived- Military Sexual Trauma, Joy Graydon

How Words Impact Our Mental Health and Well-Being, Calvin A. Kelly, PhD

Caregivers United: Living and Loving Through It All!, Delia Jervier, Sabrina Bell Bullard

12:10 PM – 2:00 PM Garnet F. Coleman Awards Luncheon

  • Welcome
  • Moment of Silence & Prayer – Minister Dusty McCormick

12:15 PM – 12:30 PM         Entertainment – A Touch of Class

12:30 PM – 12:45 PM         Richard E. Hopkins Torch Awards Presentation

  • Consumer
  • Professional
  • Community Leader

12:45 PM -1:05 PM         Legislative Update
12:45 PM -1:00 PM         Honorable Garnett Coleman, Texas State Representative
12:45 PM -1:00 PM         Houston House District 147

1:05 PM – 1:10 PM         Garnett F. Coleman Eternal Flame Award Presentation

1:10 PM – 2:10 PM         Keynote: Barbara Major:
1:10 PM – 1:50 PM         Mental Wellness in Communities of Color

1:50 PM – 2:00 PM         Q & A Session

2:10 PM – 2:20 PM         Break

2:20 PM – 3:50 PM         Afternoon Plenary Session: Ron Chisom:
2:10 PM – 3:30 PM         Institutional Racism in the Mental Health System and Community Organizing

3:50 PM – 4:00 PM         Closing Remarks