Conference Agenda

This is the proposed agenda for the conference.

Friday, May 17
6:30 PMRegistration and Refreshments
7:00 PMWelcome and Opening Remarks
7:15 PMSession 1: How does substance abuse affect mental health
Led by Dr. Noel Casiano

- The risk factors that may cause drug abuse
- The neurobiology of different drugs (marijuana, cocaine…)
- How does drug affect the brain and the body
8:15 PMSession 2: The Impacts of substance abuse on the family system
Led by Dr. Noel Casiano

- How is the family system affected by a family member’s use?
- The different modalities of substance abuse treatment
- How can a family motivate and support their loved one through substance abuse treatment?
915 PMClosing Remarks
Saturday, May 18
8:30 AMRegistration and Refreshments
9:00 AMWelcome and Opening Remarks
9:15 AMSession 3: Anxiety/Depression/Suicide – How to deal with it?
Led by Ronda Thorington

- Raising awareness on the most prominent mental illnesses in the world to help families become cognizant of the symptoms and the resources available in their respective communities.
10:15 AMSession 4: Trauma & Mental Health
Led by Ronda Thorington

- Define Trauma and its connection to Mental Health
- PTSD, Behavioral disorder, Depression, and how trauma affect our overall development (emotional, physical, spiritual and behavioral)
11:30 AMLunch
1:00 PMSession 5: Marriage and Mental Health Part 1
Led by Reese Palmer

- Creating a healthy marriage built on positive and healthy family practices
- Building an environment conducive to healthy growth/development
- A marriage that works for all: husband, wife, and children.
- A marriage patterned after biblical principles.
2:00 PMSession 6: Marriage and Mental Health Part 2
Led by Reese Palmer

- Creating a healthy marriage built on positive and healthy family practices
- Building an environment conducive to healthy growth/development
- A marriage that works for all: husband, wife, and children.
- A marriage patterned after biblical principles.
2:45 PMSession 7: Child Abuse / Neglect and Mental Health
Led by Samantha Stewart

Defining and understanding “Abuse and Neglect”
- Childhood development and “Future Adulthood”
- A Positive outlook of DCF
- How to develop and foster a healthy home environment where abuse/neglect are prohibited
3:30 PMClosing Remarks
Sunday, May 19
10:00 AMSession 9: What is Mental Health?
Led by Reese Palmer

Defining and explaining the concept of mental health and the stigmas thereof from both clinical and practical perspectives, in order to bring about awareness and understanding
11:00 AMWorship Service
Conference attendees are welcomed to stay at the church for the 11am worship service