NOVEMBER 30, 2019

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About the Conference
The Missouri Department of Mental Health provides the Spring Training Institute for staff, providers and consumers of the Division of Behavioral Health and the Division of Developmental Disabilities. Additionally, the Institute attracts staff from the Department of Corrections, Department of Youth Services, Department of Family Services, other statewide organizations and individuals in private practice. The Institute brings over 1,000 behavioral health professionals together to learn about the latest research in the field regarding medications, evidence-based treatment, and other issues related to the populations served. There are two full days of presentations and workshops with over 60 separate sessions that will broaden knowledge and enhance the understanding of the critical services provided to the citizens of Missouri. Sessions will be grouped into subject matter tracks. Examples of past tracks include:

  • Children, Youth and Family
  • Medication Assisted Treatment
  • Peer Specialists/Support
  • Wellness
  • Ethics
  • Developmental Disabilities
  • Professional Development
  • Self-Care
  • Substance Use Disorders
  • Military/Veterans
  • Trauma
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Treating the Whole Person
  • Integrated Care
  • Forensics/Criminal Justice
  • Treatment Approaches
  • Eating Disorders
  • Co-Occurring

Conference Objectives

  1. Review fundamental knowledge of mental health, substance use disorders and developmental disabilities.
  2. Describe established approaches and emerging trends in the services required to support individuals, families, and caregivers with behavioral health and/or substance use management needs.
  3. Understand the particular strategies used in the support of military personnel, persons experiencing trauma, persons facing substance use disorders, persons facing co-occurring disorders and persons facing other behavioral health concerns.
  4. Review a variety of therapeutic approaches to meet the behavioral health needs of clients and their families.

Application Instructions

Presentations should target an audience of behavioral health professionals with advanced degrees; therefore, presentations which provide attendees with applicable knowledge and tools to use in practice will get primary selection opportunity.

Speakers are considered based on:

  • Expertise, advanced experience, knowledge and/or degree possession of presenter(s) in the topic/field that is proposed to be presented
  • Completion of application and clarity of presentation description and objectives
  • Content area demand and relevance to behavioral health professionals
  • Input from DMH Planning Committee & MIMH Faculty
  • Evaluation scores and comments from previous STI and other programs
  • Input from DMH resources, and/or additional market research as needed

Considerations when filling out application:

  • Application and presentation language should reflect inclusive, culturally competent and person-centered efforts.
  • Presentations could be selected for 60-90 minute time slots.
  • The conference will support up-to two presenters per session (both receiving the amenities below). All other speakers will be responsible for registering and paying for the conference and all expenses incurred.
  • Please provide full contact information for each speaker including names, emails, bios and degree(s).

Chosen speakers will receive:

  • A complimentary registration for the conference (MIMH staff will register speakers)
  • Paid hotel accommodations for one night
  • Four meals (breakfast and lunch for the two days of the conference) and one break each day are provided by the conference. Speakers are responsible for all other meals/snacks.
  • If chosen for a Keynote or Super Session presentation, an honorarium and reimbursement for meals/travel may be considered.
  • Individualized evaluation results with scores and verbatim attendee comments

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