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Annual Conference on Advancing School Mental Health

2020 ASMH Flier

View the PDF with clickable links here: 2020 Virtual ASMH Flier

Americans with Disabilities Act

Americans with Disabilities Act. If you require special accommodations to attend or participate in the 2020 Annual Conference, please provide information about your requirements to Dr. Sylvia McCree-Huntley, National Center for School Mental Health, 410-706-0981(office); 410-977-4454 (cell), at least 10 business days in advance of the event. Closed Captioning for the Virtual Annual Conference will be available.


The award nominations are now closed. Learn more about our annual school mental health awards.

Conference Overview

The Annual Conference, the nation's premier interdisciplinary conference on school mental health, brings together local, state, national, and international experts to advance knowledge and skills related to school mental health practice, research, training, and policy.

Speciality Tracks

1. School Climate and Universal Mental Health Promotion
2. Prevention and Early Intervention
3. Mental Health Intervention and Treatment
4. Implementation Drivers
5. Education-Mental Health Integration and Collaboration
6. Youth and Family Partnerships in Mental Health
7. Cultural Responsiveness and Equity
8. Advocacy and Policy
9. Financing and Sustainability

Exhibitors & Sponsors

Keynote: Rich Milner, PhD

Mental Health as Curriculum: Five Imperatives in the Fight for Justice in the "New" Normal
Rich Milner, PhD

Dr. Rich Milner headshot

The mental health of young people and educators is essential to their success, matriculation and joy inside and outside of school. How do we address the psychological health of young people, in particular, in our goal to build opportunity-centered practices in education? How do issues of injustice, inequity, racism and discrimination contribute to psychological and emotional strain among communities of color – especially Black students? How do we build curriculum practices in schools – as opportunities for student learning and development – that center mental health? Educators tend to have good intentions and work overtime to meet the needs of their students. However, due to pressures and critiques inside and outside of education, they may forget fundamental imperatives that can propel or stifle learning opportunities in schools and classrooms. With an explicit focus on addressing educational equity, the presentation will focus on five imperatives necessary to build and cultivate justice in schools for mental health.

H. Richard Milner IV (also known as Rich) is Cornelius Vanderbilt Distinguished Professor and Chair of Education and Professor of Education in the Department of Teaching and Learning at Peabody College of Vanderbilt University. His research, teaching and policy interests concern urban education, teacher education, African American literature, and the social context of education. Professor Milner’s research examines practices and policies that support teacher effectiveness in urban schools. Professor Milner’s work has appeared in numerous journals, and he has published seven books.

Learn about his recent books:

Plenary Speakers

Plenary: Janine, Kristin

Plenary: Jessica, MarkPlenary: Tiffany

Pre-Conference Sessions

The National Center for Safe Supportive Schools is offering pre-conference training sessions in Bouce Back, CBITS, and STRONG. View the Request for Applications.


All accepted presenters for the conference have been sent the Presenter Toolkit, and will receive a link to upload your presentation shortly. We also have a Poster Toolkit available for poster presentations. If you need examples of disclosure slides, see below:

Presenter submissions were due October 5, 2020.


Previous Annual Conferences

2019 Annual Conference on Advancing School Mental Health-Austin, TX

2018 Annual Conference on Advancing School Mental Health-Las Vegas, NV

2017 Annual Conference on Advancing School Mental Health-Washington, DC

2016 Annual Conference on Advancing School Mental Health-San Diego, CA

2015 Annual Conference on Advancing School Mental Health-New Orleans, LA