Events | Trainings

2020 Child & Adolescent
Mental Health Conference

Featured Speakers & Workshops

Imagine The Possibilities:
Rethinking Mental Health and Wellbeing

Keynote Presentation | Monday, April 27 | 8:50 to 10 a.m.

L. Read Sulik, MD, FAAP, DFAACA

As humans, we are overly skilled at focusing on negative emotions and experiences, and as a result we have an underdeveloped ability to focus on positive emotions and experiences. When we think about mental health, we often think about illness and problems. However, mental health also encompasses our ability to engage in various practices that affirm our potential and improve our wellbeing. Imagine the possibilities if we were to redefine mental health as the thoughts, emotions and actions that determine our wellbeing. Imagine if we were to practice building the skills needed to master our internal, physical, external and spiritual worlds. Recognizing patterns of thoughts and behaviors as habits that can be changed is a critical step on the journey to becoming our best selves and feeling happy, healthy and fulfilled. This keynote address will guide attendees in taking effective steps to move from focusing on negative experiences and problems to seeing and pursuing the potential and opportunities in everyone.

Dr. Read Sulik is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Praestan Health. He is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Adult Psychiatrist and Pediatrician, who has for over 20 years passionately pursued the vision, design, development and delivery of innovations in technology, education and care delivery needed to improve mental health and wellbeing for individuals, families and communities. He has developed numerous approaches to integrate behavioral health and primary care and launched Praestan Health to accelerate the development and expand the reach of PortagesTM, to power a more accessible and effective whole-person mental health and wellbeing solution. He is a popular speaker on numerous topics related to mental health and wellbeing and is a dedicated clinician committed to improving the lives of children, adolescents and adults through excellence in collaborative, compassionate and engaging clinical psychiatric care.

Moving from Diagnosing What Children Have to What’s Missing from the Environment that Children Need 

Keynote Presentation | Tuesday, April 28 | 8:50 to 10 a.m.

Clay Cook, PhD

Too often we focus on diagnosing what illness or problem children have based on symptoms they are expressing in certain settings, such as school and home. Most symptoms of mental and behavioral health problems manifest due the mismatch between what children need and what they are receiving from the environment. Rather than focusing on diagnosing what children have, there is a need to diagnose what is missing from the environment that the adults have control over to create a healthier developmental context that promotes children’s mental and behavioral health. This keynote presentation will engage the audience in exploring the main environmental ingredients that children need and that adults have control over to promote children’s mental and behavioral health. 

Dr. Clay Cook is the John and Nancy Peyton Faculty Fellow in Child and Adolescent Wellbeing at the University of Minnesota and Associate Professor in the School Psychology Program. He has extensive research and practical experiences involving the implementation of multi-tiered systems of support to promote children’s mental and behavioral health. He co-founded the School Mental Health Assessment, Research and Training (SMART) Center at the University of Washington and is a core faculty member who helps direct the Institute of Translational Research in Children’s Mental Health at the University of Minnesota. He has received over 12 million dollars in external grant funding from multiple agencies and foundations. In addition to his research, he consults with several school systems throughout the US to integrate a continuum of social, emotional, and behavioral supports to enhance student academic and life success.