2010 NAMI Convention to Address Youth Mental Health; Pediatricians Call for Routine Screening

2010 NAMI Convention to Address Youth Mental Health; Pediatricians Call for Routine Screening










Arlington, VA (PRWEB) June 23, 2010

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) will address concerns for child and adolescent mental health at the 2010 NAMI National Convention in Washington, D.C, July 1-3.

The 2010 NAMI Convention also will honor journalist Judith Warner with an award for the book, We’ve Got Issues: Children and Parents in the Age of Medication, which explores difficult decisions parents face in finding help for children who “suffer enormously” from mental illness.

Only one in five children who has a diagnosable mental illness receives treatment, yet children who receive earlier treatment interventions have better outcomes.

On June 1, an American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) mental health task force called for pediatricians to perform mental health screenings for children at each doctor visit. The AAP also underscored a need for more child psychiatrists and mental health professionals in communities—to overcome critical shortages.

NAMI maintains a Child & Adolescent Action Center that focuses on child and adolescent mental health..

The 2010 NAMI Convention full schedule offers many symposia and presentations, including:

Friday, July 2


Financing and Expanding Children’s Mental Health Services (10:45 a.m.)

Despite state budget crises, state governments and local communities can invest in a full array of mental health services, including home and community-based services for children.

Crisis Intervention in Schools (3:45 pm.)

Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) can help schools, mental health providers, police and the juvenile justice system provide safer, more effective help to youth experiencing psychiatric crises.

Understanding and Treating Kids’ Behavior Challenges (7:30 p.m.)

Ross Greene, Ph.D., author of The Explosive Child, will discuss “why challenging kids are challenging,” child behavior as development delays and how caregivers improve relations and communications through collaborative problem-solving.

Saturday, July 3

StrengthofUs: A Social Networking Community for Young Adults (8:45 a.m.)

Learn about StrengthofUs.org, NAMI’s new online resource center and social networking website for young adults working to overcome mental health issues.

“Ask the Doctor Session” on Children and Adolescents (3:15 pm.) with Michael Houston, M.D.

About NAMI

NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness. NAMI has over 1100 state and local affiliates that engage in research, education, support and advocacy.

http://www.nami.org

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Ed Teixeira, COO of Vehicle Tracking Solutions, to Speak at Precast Concrete Annual Convention

Ed Teixeira, COO of Vehicle Tracking Solutions, to Speak at Precast Concrete Annual Convention











Deer Park, NY (PRWEB) August 6, 2008

Ed Teixeira, Chief Operating Officer of Vehicle Tracking Solutions (VTS), will conduct a workshop at the 43rd Annual Convention of the National Precast Association (NCPA) in Ottawa, Canada on September 20.

Mr. Teixeira’s presentation entitled “Combating Rising Fuel Costs by Maximizing Your Delivery Efficiency” will demonstrate the benefits of GPS fleet tracking in the precast industry. The workshop will be aimed at teaching how today’s technology provides ways for controlling delivery costs- from saving fuel to routing it efficiently- in order to save money and maximize profits.

Mr. Teixeira currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer of VTS, a leading provider of vehicle tracking and fleet management systems. Prior to his position at VTS, Mr. Teixeira founded and operated FranchiseKnowHow, LLC, a franchise development firm. He is the author of Franchising From The Inside Out which walks readers through the process of starting a franchise. Prior to operating FKH, he was Chief Operating Officer of ATC Medical Staffing, a publicly held medical staffing company.

The centerpiece of the NPCA Annual Convention is the Precast Marketplace which features many of the top suppliers to the precast industry, showcasing the latest products and services. This year, the Convention features a Scholarship Golf Tournament at the Loch March Golf and Country Club.

Founded in 1965, NPCA connects leaders in the manufactured concrete industry through educational, leadership and networking opportunities. The association currently represents more than 1,100 companies that are committed to expanding the use of quality precast concrete.

For more information about the National Precast Association and the 43rd Annual NCPA Convention, please visit http://www.precast.org.

Vehicle Tracking Solutions is a Long Island based company, and is a leading provider of Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL) devices and fleet management solutions. VTS tracks more than 10,500 vehicles 24 hours a day for clients in 32 states. Operating since 2002, VTS has experienced double-digit growth over the past four years. VTS operates offices in New York, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Connecticut and Texas, and is the only company in the AVL industry to offer franchise opportunities.

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Tipper Gore to Speak at ACA 2006 Convention; Diversity, Disasters Top Issues for Counselors Today

Tipper Gore to Speak at ACA 2006 Convention; Diversity, Disasters Top Issues for Counselors Today










Alexandria, VA (PRWEB) March 23, 2006

Empowering Latino families. Counseling soldiers in combat. Energizing older workers. Coping with hurricanes and other traumas. Reducing test anxiety in schools.

These are just some of the societal issues facing individuals, families, schools, and organizations today and all are on the program for the 2006 American Counseling Association/Canadian Counselling Association Annual Convention which begins Saturday, April 1.

Nearly 3,000 counseling professionals from the U.S., Canada, and 16 other countries will convene in Montreal this month to learn, share ideas and discuss effective strategies for helping their clients cope with a multitude of mental health, career and school counseling issues. Counselors from Japan, United Arab Emirates, Chile, Italy, Palau and 11 other countries will be in attendance at the largest global event for counseling professionals.

The 2006 Convention is being held in conjunction with the Canadian Counselling Association (CCA). The convention theme—“Culture-Centered and Diversity Counseling Empowers all Families”—reflects global concerns with understanding and appreciating one’s culture and strengthening families. Canadians have a huge stake in multiculturalism due to a population lull. We are going to have to rely on people coming in from outside of Canada to supplement the labor force,” said Barbara MacCallum, CCA Executive Director.

Mental health issues also loom large in both the U.S. and Canada as both countries face challenges in obtaining reimbursement from insurance companies for some mental health services. Tipper Gore, wife of former vice president Al Gore and a strong advocate for mental health issues will focus everyone’s attention on mental health issues in her keynote presentation Sunday, April 2 at 9:30 a.m. Stephen Lewis, former UN Special Envoy and one of Canada’s most influential commentators on social affairs, international development and human rights, will deliver a keynote address Saturday, April 1 at 9:30 a.m.     

Attendees will choose from over 500 educational sessions on traditional topics such as marriage counseling, teen suicide, depression and career counseling; contemporary issues such as Cybersex and Internet safety; and specialty topics such as counseling persons with disabilities.

“Counseling professionals today are called upon to address a wide array of issues and they must approach all of them with a strong understanding of diversity and multiculturalism,” said ACA President Patricia Arredondo.    

EDITOR’S NOTE: Interviews can be arranged with ACA officers, members or speakers.

E-mail BHeatherington -at- counseling.org for assistance. From March 30 – April 2, contact Brandt onsite in Montreal at 703-307-1574 (cell phone).

The American Counseling Association (http://www.counseling.org) is a nonprofit, professional and educational organization that is dedicated to the growth and enhancement of the counseling profession. Founded in 1952, ACA is the world’s largest association exclusively representing more than 44,000 professional counselors across a wide spectrum from school counselors to family counselors, addictions counselors, and many other practice specialties.

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