Thursday, October 3

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8:15 AM - 9:30 AM

Esmé Weijun Wang

Moving Beyond Labels: Let’s Reframe the Conversation

Esmé Weijun Wang is an author and advocate for ambitious people living with limitations. Through her own journey of living with a diagnosis of schizoaffective disorder, Esmé offers unique insight into the stigma and misconceptions that continue to exist about mental and chronic illness in institutions like higher education and the medical community. In hearing her story, attendees will have the opportunity to analyze their own biases and be challenged to expand their view of what recovery and resilience can mean for those living with chronic or mental illness.

12:10 PM - 1:55 PM

Stephanie Covington, PhD, LCSW

A Missing Piece

Over the past twenty-five years our recognition of trauma and its impact has increased dramatically, and we have added significantly to our understanding of the treatment needs of the people we serve. With this increased awareness, social service providers are beginning to consider what this means in their specific settings. While there is a growing evidence-base documenting the impact of child neglect and abuse (as well as other forms of trauma) on health, mental health and behavior, one population is often missing in discussions – women in the criminal justice system. These invisible women represent one of the most abused segments in our communities, yet the criminal justice system often struggles with the realities of providing effective, integrated, and trauma-based services. This presentation discusses the evolution of treatment and provides the definitions of trauma informed, trauma responsive, and trauma specific: the three levels of response needed for women’s services. It also discusses the importance of becoming gender responsive and trauma sensitive, as well as offers recommendations for evidence-based interventions.

9:50 AM – 10:50 AM

  • Addiction: How and Why Resiliency Goes Awry

  • American Indian Mental Health: Practicing Cultural Humility and Holistic Care

  • Breaking Down Barriers: Homeless to Housed

  • Building Baby's Resilience: Oklahoma's Growing Initiative

  • Chronic Illness and Mental Health: Finding Hope While Suffering

  • H*E*A*L: Empowerment For Justice Involved Women

  • Peer Advocacy: Voice of the Voiceless

  • Understanding the Subculture of Female Veterans

11:10 AM – 12:10 PM

  • Compassion Fatigue: Burning Brightly or Burning Out?

  • FDA Approves First Digital Medicine

  • Harm Reduction = Radical Act of Love

  • Hidden Caregivers: Resilient Grandparents Flying Solo

  • Prevention to Intervention: An Overview of Maternal Mental Health & Mental Health Courts

  • Promoting Resiliency in Under-served Maternal Populations

  • The Importance of Understanding Military Culture for Mental Health Professionals

  • Trauma Informed Response to Human Trafficking

2:15 PM – 3:45 PM

  • ETHICS: It's Time for a Revolution! The Overthrow of Burnout and the Empowerment of Self-Compassion

  • Building Resiliency in Our Latino Communities

  • Clients, Clinicians & Questions: To Cannabis or Not?

  • Early Adversity, Positive Parenting, and Biology

  • Find Your Voice. Share Your Truth.

  • Hopelessness and Suicidality Among LGB-Q Adolescents

  • Improving Well-Being with Hope and Resilience

  • Rethinking Recidivism: Utilizing Performance Improvement Techniques

4:05 PM – 5:35 PM

  • ETHICS: Veterans and Serious Mental Illness

  • Gender Diverse Youth: Promoting Resilience

  • Inflamed Body, Inflamed Mind

  • Looking Beyond Behaviors: Birth Through 8

  • Managing Risk and Protective Factors for Juvenile Delinquency

  • Rethinking Ambivalence and Intimate Partner Violence

  • Strategies Promoting Resilience in Oklahoma's Classrooms

  • Substance Use in the Autism Community

Friday, October 4


8:15 AM - 9:30 AM

Chan Hellman, PhD

The Science &
Power of Hope

Hope is an important protective factor that enables children, adults, families, and communities to thrive. During this session, Dr. Hellman will explore the science of hope as a psychological strength contributing to our ability to cope with traumatic experiences and flourish toward future goals.

Mental Health Symposium


12:10 PM - 1:55 PM

Carl Hart, PhD

Drug Talk
for Grown-Ups

Drawing upon his personal journey and more than 25 years of experience as a neuropsychopharmacologist, Dr. Hart will show how society is constantly misled about drug use and addiction. He will discuss how misconceptions about drug addiction distract our attention away from real concerns and lead to bad policies, immeasurable suffering, and countless preventable deaths.

9:50 AM - 10:50 AM

  • A Systems Approach to Addiction Recovery

  • Connecting Veterans For The Journey Home

  • Preserving Families: the Immigrant Struggle

  • Preventing Recidivism Among People with Mental Illness

  • Roads to the Unconscious

  • Summer Counseling Programs: Prevention and Empowerment for Children & Adolescent

  • The Pen is Mightier Than the Self

  • Trauma Recovery and Reclaiming Personal Authenticity

11:10 AM – 12:10 PM

  • Bringing Hope to Homelessness

  • Chuckles & Guffaws: Humor as Self-Care

  • Police and the Mental Health System

  • Polyvictimization: Linking Victimizations Across the Lifespan

  • Reconnecting with your Unconquerable Spirit

  • Resilience: Triumph over Tragedy

  • Rethinking Mental Health for Adoption Populations

  • Using Faith to Increase Resilience


2:15 PM – 3:45 PM

  • ETHICS: Ethical & Legal Concerns - Brave New World or Same Old Same Old? Part 1

  • Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself and Your Patients

  • Enhancing Behavioral and Emotional Health in Child Welfare

  • Grief: Resiliency When it's Rough

  • Patient Dumping: Rethink Discharging

  • Promoting Family Resilience in Children’s Mental Health

  • Resilience: Marginalized Communities and Historical Trauma

  • Rethink Mental Health with Emotion Code

4:05 PM – 5:35 PM

  • ETHICS: Ethical & Legal Concerns - Brave New World or Same Old Same Old? Part 2

  • Adolescent Adversity from the ABCD Study

  • African American Views of North Tulsa's Race Massacre

  • Connectivation: Breaking Barriers to Build Confidence & Trust

  • Inspiring Hope & Resilience Today

  • Promoting Recovery: An Innovative Approach

  • REAL: A Transdisciplinary Moral Injury Group Therapy

  • Women Are Sacred