Children’s Mental Health and Resiliency Conference

Register Now! Stronger Together Children's Mental Health and Resiliency Virtual Conference is June 28-29, 2022

The Governor’s Children’s Initiative, Ohio Department of Education and Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services are excited to announce the Stronger Together: Children’s Mental Health and Resiliency Virtual Conference, June 28 and 29.

Sessions will provide opportunities for teachers, administrators, and community partners to learn about best practices and resources for the implementation of mental health and resiliency supports for children, directly from those implementing programming in Ohio’s schools. Attendees will gain information about accessing funding, utilizing data in decision-making, engaging parents and caregivers, and leveraging partnerships to provide tiered interventions and supports for all children.

The Stronger Together: Children’s Mental Health and Resiliency Virtual Conference is free to attend and open to professionals across the state who impact the lives of children, such as teachers, administrators, school personnel, mental health service providers, health care professionals, and others. Sessions are virtual and will include keynote presentations and breakout sessions presented by Ohio schools and their community partners. The conference is from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on June 28-29, but all sessions are recorded and available to registered attendees until July 13 at 5 p.m.

A post-event evaluation will be sent to all attendees after the conference. This evaluation must be completed by July 15 to receive a certificate of attendance with contact hours. An application for Continuing Education hours has been submitted to the Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board, the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board and the Nursing Board, and approval is pending. If approved, up to 14 credit hours are available for the conference. 

Visit the conference webpage for frequently asked questions, information on continuing education and to access the conference.

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At-a-Glance Agenda

DAY 1 - June 28, 2022

8:30 AM: 
Opening Remarks by Governor Mike DeWine

Remarks from Dr. Stephanie Siddens, Interim State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Ohio Department of Education

Keynote: Supporting Student Mental Health and Resiliency

  • Robert M. Vincent, MS.Ed, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA)
  • Elyse Robertson, U.S. Department of Education, Office of Safe and Supportive Schools

10:05 AM: Break

10:15 AM: Breakout Sessions #1

  • 1.1: Ohio School Wellness Initiative: Overview and Getting Started
  • 1:2: Integrating Trauma-Informed Practices into the Multi-Tiered System of Support Framework
  • 1.3 Activating Resilience through Classroom Adventure: Applied Student Wellness and Success Funds

11:15 AM: Lunch Break

11:45 AM: Breakout Sessions #2

  • 2.1: What's Next? Responding to Mental Health Needs Following the Pandemic
  • 2.2: Ohio Handle With Care: Implementation and Leadership
  • 2:3 Classroom Strategies for Early Childhood Mental Health

12:45 PM: Closing Remarks by Aimee Shadwick, Interim Director, RecoveryOhio

DAY 2 - June 29, 2022

8:30 AM:
Opening Remarks by Lt. Governor Jon Husted

Remarks by Director Lori Criss, Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services

Student Voice: Student Panel Interview by Dr. Siddens and Director Criss

10:05 AM: Break

10:15 AM: Breakout Sessions #3

  • 3.1: Student Assistance Program Pilot Panel
  • 3.2: Anxiety in the Classroom
  • 3:3: Implementing Required Suicide and Violence Prevention Practices and Threat Assessment Training

11:15 AM: Lunch Break

11:45 AM: Breakout Sessions #4

  • 4.1: The Power of Collective Impact—Geauga County Schools
  • 4.2: Sources of Strength Ohio: A Model for School-based Suicide Prevention and Postvention
  • 4:3: Beyond Trauma-Informed Strategies: A Model for Supporting the Emotional Development of Teachers and their Students

12:45 PM: Closing Remarks by LeeAnne Cornyn, Governor Mike DeWine's Director of Cabinet Affairs and Interim Director of Governor’s Children’s Initiative


The Department is committed to providing access and inclusion and reasonable accommodation in its services, activities, programs and employment opportunities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other applicable laws. To request a reasonable accommodation due to a disability, please contact Aleshia McNutt, ADA coordinator, at or (614) 387-2200 (voice) no later than 14 days before the event.

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