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Annual Conference on Advancing School Mental Health

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October 14-15, 2021
Live virtual and pre-recorded sessions

The theme of this year's conference is School Mental Health: Moving Forward Together. Each year, the Annual Conference on Advancing School Mental Health brings together leaders, practitioners, researchers, and other stakeholders in the school mental health field to share the latest research and best practices. The conference emphasizes a shared school-family-community agenda to bring high-quality and evidence-based mental health promotion, prevention, and intervention to students and families as part of a multi-tiered system of supports.

This conference is hosted by the National Center for School Mental Health (NCSMH; funded in part by the Health Resources and Services Administration). If you have any questions, please contact the NCSMH team at 410-706-0980 or

Agenda & Program Booklet

View the complete Program Booklet for sesssion details and more information.

Thursday, October 14, 2021 | Day One (all times in ET pm)

  • 12:00-12:15 Welcome and NCSMH Updates
  • 12:15-1:15 Keynote Address: Overcoming the Collective Trauma of the Pandemic: Creating Healing-Centered, Safe, Supportive, and Equitable Schools
    • Joyce Dorado, PhD
  • 1:15-1:25 Break
  • 1:25-2:25 Conference Session 1 (9 Breakout Sessions)
  • 2:25-2:35 Break
  • 2:35-3:35 Conference Session 2 (9 Breakout Sessions)
  • 3:35-3:45 Break
  • 3:45-4:45 Conference Session 3 (9 Breakout Sessions)
  • 4:45-5:00 Break
  • 5:00-6:00 Poster Session

Friday, October 15, 2021 | Day Two (all times in ET pm)

  • 12:00-12:05 Welcome
  • 12:05-1:05 Keynote Panel: Meeting the Mental Health Needs of Schools, Students, and School Staff Now
    • Jill Bohnenkamp, PhD
    • Anne Bowles, MS
    • Alex Mays, MS
  • 1:05-1:15 Awards
  • 1:15-1:25 Break
  • 1:25-2:25 Conference Session 4 (9 Breakout Sessions)
  • 2:25-2:35 Break
  • 2:35-3:35 Conference Session 5 (9 Breakout Sessions)
  • 3:35-3:45 Break
  • 3:45-5:00 Symposia Breakout Sessions

View the complete Program Booklet for sesssion details and more information.

Continuing Education

Continuing education will be offered for live sessions for counselors, marriage/family therapists, nurses, psychologists, and social workers.

Exhibitors & Sponsors

If you are interested in exhibiting or sponsoring, please contact Dr. Sylvia McCree-Huntley at See below for more information:



Exhibit Hall

Registration & Cost

Register Now! Note: If you are registering for another person, you must use that person's email address and not your own.

Registration Costs


  • $195

Speaker & Advisory Board

  • $150

Student (must include copy of student identification with registration)

  • $75

If you have any questions about accessing the live conference site, please contact


All presenters must register for the conference. Upon registration (and on the days leading up to the conference) all presenters and attendees will receive emails with the live conference URL and password. Within that site, you can find the link for your presentation room. Please join your room 30 min before the start time for your session to meet with your moderator.

Live Conference Session

This Presenter Toolkit for Live Sessions provides guidance on planning, preparing your presentation. We’ll step you through from start to finish.

Pre-Recorded Conference Session

Recording your presentation for a virtual audience may be a new experience for many speakers. This Presenter Toolkit for Pre-recorded Conference Sessions provides guidance on planning, preparing, and submitting your presentation. We’ll step you through from start to finish.

Disclosure Slide

Some of the training qualify for Category I/A  for Live Sessions / Category II/B for Pre-Recorded Sessions for continuing education units. Presenters at the Annual Conference must include a disclosure slide indicating whether there is a relationship that should be disclosed. This disclosure slide should be listed before your learning objectives and content.

Previous Annual Conferences

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