|Twenty workshops focusing on substance abuse prevention and treatment, violence prevention, mental health, and ethics attracted more than 200 attendees to the 2012 COMBAT Professional Development Series Conference on September 27.
All workshops were approved by the Missouri Substance Abuse Professional Credentialing Board (MSAPCB). Jackson County COMBAT and the Missouri Department of Mental Health hosted the free conference, which was held at the Kauffman Foundation Conference Center.
Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders addresses the conference.
In thanking all who attended during a luncheon between the conference's morning and afternoon sessions, Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders expressed the importance of the work being done by prevention and treatment agencies to make the county a better place in which to live.
Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services Director Margaret T. Donnelly delivered the keynote address, emphasizing the state's theme from the April's National Public Health Week: "A Healthier Missouri Begins Today." (Download the speech.)
Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services Director Margaret T. Donnelly delivers the keynote speech.
Donnelly serves as Missouri's top public health official. Her duties range from planning responses to disasters to inspecting hospitals.
Those attending the conference represented several agencies that receive COMBAT funding for their prevention and treatment programs. But the conference also attracted treatment and prevention professionals from throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area.
This was the second professional development conference that COMBAT has held, and it was the first to include violence-prevention workshops.
The list of workshops held is as follows:
Mobile CCL: Empowering Our Clients With Technology
The NIATx Model of Process Improvement
Implementing Evidence-Based Practices To Maximize Client Outcomes
Mental Health Workshops
Depression & Adolescence: Treating Linkages To Substance Abuse
Dialectical Behavior Therapy as Stage One Treatment For Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Diagnosing & Treating Borderline Personality Disorder
Fostering Resiliency In Youth
Violence Prevention Workshops
Clinical Interventions With Gang Members & Other High-Risk Youth
Utilizing Risk & Protective Factors To Enhance Community-Based PreventionGateway Drugs & Current Trends
Back To The Future: The Adolescent Mind At Work
C.A.L.M. - Counsel On Access To Lethal Means
Ethics For Real People Working Real Jobs
More than 200 people attended the day-long Professional Development Series Conference.