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MCF Hosts Connections Conference

Beth Hess - Friday, October 09, 2015

At MCF's 3rd Annual Connections Conference on September 26, more than 170 parents, caregivers, providers and experts in the field came together to “connect” and learn more about children with mental health, substance use and other behavioral health needs and families.

Dr. Neal Horen, Director of the Early Childhood Division at Georgetown University's Center for Child and Human Development, opened the conference with his keynote, “Building Better Partnerships Through Family Engagement.” In the afternoon, a panel of three youth shared their personal challenges with mental health, substance use and stigma, and how they overcame them.

During breakout sessions, attendees enjoyed a choice of eight workshops on topics including “Substance Use Disorder and the Power of the Family Voice,” “Addressing Challenges at School” and “The Teenage Brain & the Impact of Video Games.” Throughout the day, attendees had a chance to connect with exhibitors to learn about resources, and meet fellow parents and caregivers from throughout the state.

Thank you to the Maryland State Department of Education for their funding support of the 2015 conference. 

See photos from Connections.

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