Welcome to the Mental Health 360 Conference: Knowledge, Self-Care & Transformation!
This conference will bring together leading mental health researchers, clinicians, faculty, students, and advocates to share practical advice and raise awareness of warning signs to support individuals living with mental illness. The workshops consist of five tracks: Crisis & Trauma, Diagnosis & Treatment, Student Needs, Legal Concerns, and Diversity in Mental Health. This conference will take place at CSN's North Las Vegas Campus inside the Nicholas J. Horn Theater.
Five Conference Tracks
Crisis & Trauma
Diagnosis & Treatment
Diversity in Mental Health
This track is designed to prepare participants to identify, resolve, and share resources for long-term support to avoid remaining in a crisis state. Also, participants should gain an understanding of the physiological, psychological, emotional, and spiritual effects of different types of traumas. In this presentation, speakers will discuss trauma, including domestic violence, suicide, childhood abuse, and many other topics. Examples of the presentations we are looking for are:
Before we consider solutions, let’s think about possible triggers for mental health crises and barriers to getting help when it’s clearly needed.
What is the difference between a psychiatric disorder vs an undiagnosed learning disability?
What are some practical ways to cope with anxiety, eating disorders, depression, and/or managing stress?
How to identify your symptoms?
Where are the Las Vegas resources available for those experiencing mental health and their families?
Presenters in this track specialize in mind-body, holistic approaches to treating anxiety or depression. The worries and sadness we feel in our minds are also felt in our bodies. Many people prefer to use a holistic approach to treat their concerns rather than using a medical model (symptom management, diagnosis, etc.) to address their worries and sadness. Examples of the presentations we are looking for are:
What is new in the treatment of mental health?
Why is it important not to diagnose students if you are not their therapist?
What are the benefits of treating the student’s family?
As students transition from a highly structured high school environment to a less structured, independent college environment, they experience a variety of emotions. During this time, many college students experience their first signs of mental health and substance use disorders. When working directly with college students or their parents, what elements of treatment should be considered? Examples of the presentations we are looking for are:
How can faculty better understand how mental health presents itself in the classroom?
How can families continue to support students in their mental health?
How can students advocate for themselves?
What are the barriers to seeking help?
How to promote means for increasing student wellbeing?
A college student's mental health may give rise to a wide range of legal issues. It is important that the presenter provides general information about legal issues. Examples of the presentations we are looking for are:
Can a college or university require a student to participate in treatment as a condition for remaining in or returning to school?
How does a college determine whether a student is a "direct threat" and whether the student can safely be a member of the community?
How does a college manage disruptive and disturbing students within the classroom? What are some of the legal and ethical guidelines?
How can parents secure medical power of attorney in the state of Nevada? How can a student dissolve a parent’s medical power of attorney in the state of Nevada?
Student experiences are often shaped by their race, culture, gender, and socioeconomic status. In addition to determining stressors, these experiences can also influence how students respond to stressors. Student hesitancy may result from mistrust, cultural competence issues, as well as a lack of diversity in mental health treatment. The presenters will discuss the diversity and inclusion needs, efforts, and successes in mental health treatment. To achieve this objective, presenters will engage with Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Color (BIPOC) and/or LGBTQ+ participants -- allies are also welcomed. Examples of the presentations we are looking for are:
Why training on diversity and inclusion are important for understanding and the treatment of mental health?
How can families support their students with mental health?
Let’s discuss mental health and LGBTQ+ communities, challenges, and resources.
The Mental Health 360 Conference will be held at CSN's North Las Vegas Campus, inside the Horn Theatre (located inside the H building), and the June Whitley Student Lounge (located inside the N Building).
8:00–8:30 a.m. Breakfast/Networking in the Horn Theatre Lobby
8:30–9:00 a.m. Welcome Remarks in the Horn Theatre
Flecia Thomas, Ph.D., CSN Interim Vice President for Student Affairs
Federico Zaragoza, Ph.D., CSN President
9:00–10:00 a.m. Keynote Address in the Horn Theatre
“State of Mental Health in Nevada” Sheldon Jacobs, Psy.D., LMFT, Clinician, Author and Mental Health Media Consultant
10:00–10:15 a.m. Break
10:15–11:15 a.m. Breakout Sessions #1
“Cultural Intelligence (CQ): How to Move from Cultural Competence to Intercultural Capabilities in Mental Health Treatment” - Room H144 Justin Gomez, M.S.
“Not Treatment of Mental Illness, But Promoting Mental ‘Skillness’” - Room H202 Colin Pryor, M.Ed., LCSW, LCADC
“What Are Some Practical Ways to Cope with Anxiety, Depression, and/or Managing Stress?” - Room H207 Ryan Greenwood, M.S., CPC, EMDR
“Family-Centered Safety Planning for Suicidal Youth” - Room H211 Steven Nicholas, Ed.D., MFT, and Jacquelyn Kleinedler, M.A., MFT
“In Your Own Voice: What Happened, What Helped, What’s Next?” - Room N220 Trinh Dang and Annika Roseen
“The Healing Power of Storytelling” - Room N230 Rochelle Hooks, Ed.D.
11:30–12:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions #2
“Words Matter: How Using Person-First Language CAN Make All the Difference” - Room H144 Jennifer Hilton
“LGBTQ+ Affirmative Care in Mental Health” - Room H202 Christopher Brace, M.S.W., LCSW
“Navigating Your W.H.Y.!” - Room N230 Jazmine Smith, M.S., LMFT-I, and La Shekia Brown, M.S.W., LCSW
12:30–1:30 p.m. Lunch/Legal Issues Panel in the June Whitley Student Lounge
Moderator Sheldon Jacobs, Psy.D., LMFT, Clinician, Author and Mental Health Media Consultant
Panel Bita Yeager, J.D., Judge, Clark County Eighth Judicial District Court Heather Goodlett, J.D., Attorney, Legal Aid of Southern Nevada Inc. Trevor Kennedy, Student, UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law Martha Dominguez, M.Ed., Acting Registrar, CSN
1:30–2:00 p.m. Visit with Vendors Horn Theatre Lobby
2:15–3:15 p.m. Breakout Sessions #3
“You Are Enough: Trauma and Imposter Syndrome in BIPOC Communities” - Room H144 Stephanie Flores, M.A., LCADC, CPC-I
“Health Inequities Around Mental Health and Cannabis Use” - Room H202 Carmen Jones, M.D.
“Improving Access to Care Through Policy” - Room H207 Sara Hunt, Ph.D., and Sondra Cosgrove, Ph.D.
“Understanding and Coping with the Adverse Effects of Trauma” - Room H211 Sara Cerruto, CPSS, and Ronald Schnese, CPSS
“Managing Mental Health Crisis and Trauma in College Students” - Room N220 Rosalie Montoya, M.S.W., LCSW, ACSW
CSN Active Minds Student Club - Room N230 Jacque Veloso
3:15–3:30 p.m. Break
3:30–4:00 p.m. Conclusion will take place in the Horn Theatre
“Mental Health Legislation and Resources” Susie Lee, U.S. Representative
4:00–5:00 p.m. Closing Remarks/Reception in the Horn Theatre Lobby
Funding for this conference was made possible (in part) by SAMHSA. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practice, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.