Thursday, October 3 - Day 1


9:50AM – 10:50AM


Resiliency remains important in all facets of mental health but is paramount in recovering from substance use. In this talk, we will explore psychosocial and neurochemical factors involved in resiliency, how they go awry in addiction, and what we can do about it.

Jennifer Brady, DO, Oklahoma State University Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Tulsa, OK

Kelly Dunn, MD, OSU Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, Tulsa, OK

American Indian Mental Health:
Practicing Cultural Humility and HOLISTIC Care

Learn about statistics among American Indian populations and the unique and diverse cultural values that will benefit and encourage wellness when utilized in collaboration with culturally competent and holistic methods to provide treatment methods that are effective and healing. This discussion is simple and easy to follow and will provide attendees a guide to complete a sample action plan on an area of wellness in their own life.

Johnna James, MSNAL, Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, Oklahoma City, OK

Breaking Down Barriers: Homeless to Housed

The presentation will take the attendee through the housing process at the Mental Health Association Oklahoma in Tulsa via a sequential intercept map. Each step of the process and its specific barriers will be described in detail to illustrate the complexity of the housing process. Overarching barriers and modifications that have been made throughout the agency to ensure a faster process will also be discussed. Joining the conversation to discuss a particularly difficult barrier, pet ownership, is Pause4Paws. They will provide an overview of the program, an understanding of the collaborative effort with homeless outreach, mental health care providers, animal welfare organizations, and volunteers, and an examination of the challenges of building a new program. Finally, the presenters will open the floor to the attendees to ask questions, share their own personal experiences in their respective agencies/communities, offer feedback, and brainstorm solutions as a group.

Noe Rodriguez, MA, Tulsa Day Center, Tulsa, OK

Ashley Gunnells, MSW, Mental Health Association Oklahoma, Tulsa, OK

Katy Day Inhofe, JD, Pause4Paws, Inc., Tulsa, OK

Building Baby's Resilience: Oklahoma's Growing Initiative

Oklahoma has responded to the increased mental health needs of babies and young children by assessing the State's needs, looking at the evidence in this growing field and actively training and supporting mental health workers in the consultation-liaison of infant mental health. Participants will review evidence-based treatments in infant mental health that have been shown to mitigate the effects of trauma in the young brain as well as look at Oklahoma's response to the increase in early childhood mental health needs.

Tessa Chesher, DO, Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences, Tulsa, OK

Chronic Illness and Mental Health:
Finding Hope While Suffering

This presentation will provide education on the impact that living with chronic illness has on one's mental health and it will explore the burden that chronic illness has on family systems and caregiver mental health. It will provide information on how to accurately diagnose depression and anxiety when there are overlapping symptoms common with chronic illnesses. Most importantly, this presentation will provide guidance for treatment to improve quality of life for individuals and families.

Shantel Mitchell-Cooley, AM, LCSW, Generations Psychology and Counseling, LLC, Oklahoma City, OK

Empowerment For Justice Involved Women

With the highest incarceration rate for women in the world, Oklahoma needs multiple strategies to serve women who have experience in the criminal justice system. Just the Beginning is one of those approaches, acting as a bridge for justice-involved women to support and services. In this session, we'll introduce how our empowerment program is intentionally fashioned to institute a paradigm shift in the traditional methods for providing assistance to families while bridging justice-involved women, support and resources that are required for individual and familial success.

Jenice Jones, MHR, (PhD candidate), Just the Beginning Inc., Tulsa, OK

Peer Advocacy: Voice of the Voiceless

This is a story of hope. It is a story of activism and adversity, advocacy and innovation, and humanity in the face of unimaginable hardship. It is an account colored by the revolutionaries of mental healthcare, figures such as Mary Copeland, Henri Laborit, Dorothea Dix, and Clifford Beers. Throughout this tale, we'll trace the consumers' rights movement across centuries, from dogmas of divine intervention and moral depravity to our relatively newfound realm of diagnosable, treatable disorders. Ultimately, this presentation will illustrate the legacy of professional peers as torchbearers of the consumers' rights movement and advocates in the mental healthcare systems of today and tomorrow.

Sean Lovell, C-PRSS, BHWC, NorthCare, Oklahoma City, OK

Understanding the Subculture of
Female Veterans

Female veterans experience unique challenges in accessing mental health care, due to their military experiences. Cultural competency when entering the world of the female veteran is key to ensuring a successful therapeutic relationship with civilian mental health professionals. This session will focus on improving that understanding to better prepare professionals as they work to engage female veterans.

Captain (Retired), Misty Anne Jobe, MA, United States Army, Honoring America's Warriors, Oklahoma City, OK

11:10AM – 12:10 PM

Compassion Fatigue: Burning Brightly or Burning Out?

This presentation discusses the most recent research on compassion fatigue, as well as identifies precursors for burnout, including the warning signs and symptoms. Additionally, this workshop will provide a research-based approach to the prevention and treatment of compassion fatigue. Participants will identify new techniques to prevent and treat compassion fatigue, particularly mindfulness-based approaches. Participants will have the opportunity to practice several methods in the workshop experience. Participants will be provided with a self-assessment tool and worksheets to utilize in practice.

Kathy Hoppe, DMin, LMFT, Community Care of Oklahoma, Tulsa, OK


With the FDA-approval of ABILIFY MYCITE® (aripiprazole tablets with sensor), digital medicine is now a reality. This session will feature the Director of Market Access Marketing from Otsuka Pharmaceutical who will discuss what digital medicine is, the purpose of the FDA-approved product, and the benefits of data-driven treatment decision support for people with mental health diagnoses.

Dan Swift, Otsuka America Pharmaceutical Inc., Princeton, NJ

Harm Reduction = Radical Act of Love

Harm Reduction attempts to meet people where they are, not where we expect them to be, we accept that not everyone is ready to stop engaging in risky behaviors. Harm reduction has been proven to reduce the health risks associated with drug use and other behaviors. Adopting harm reduction programs in Oklahoma is important because of the high rates of HCV/HIV and overdoses associated with opioids, in our state. In this workshop, you will see how harm reduction can affect these rates in our community. We will also discuss the work that SHOTS is doing in the Tulsa community.

Andrea M. Haddox, BSW, MSW Candidate, SHOTS - Stop Harm on Tulsa Streets, Tulsa, OK

Hana Fields, Harm Reductionist, SHOTS - Stop Harm on Tulsa Streets, Tulsa, OK

Elizabeth Bouch, BS, BHCM, RN, OU IMPACT, Tulsa, OK


Hidden Caregivers:
Resilient Grandparents Flying Solo

Although single grandparent caregivers face an elevated risk of limited social support, increased isolation, and strained financial resources, they exhibit resilience in the caregiving role. This workshop will emphasize themes of resilience from a research study about solo grandparent caregivers based on the Continuum of Resiliency in Custodial Grandparents framework. Information will be provided about model programs to enhance resilience in grandparents raising grandchildren.

Tina L. Peterson, MSW, PhD, MPH, CSW, University of Oklahoma Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work, Norman, OK

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

The criminal and civil justice systems are complicated, but trying to navigate those systems with a mental illness is nearly impossible. Maternal mental health can impact a variety of factors in women’s lives as well as in the lives of their children and others. This two-part presentation will cover two different ends of the mental health spectrum; participants will hear the preventative role that understanding and addressing maternal mental health disorders can have on families and then learn how the intervention of mental health court works across Oklahoma.

Brittany Hayes, JD, Oklahoma Policy Institute, Tulsa, OK

Margaret den Harder, MPA, Oklahoma Policy Institute, Tulsa, OK

Promoting Resiliency in Under-served
Maternal Populations

Attention to maternal mental health has primarily focused on prenatal or postpartum depression. However, women of child-rearing age regularly experience mental health challenges that can negatively affect family relationships and children's development. Women's experiences of mental health are different when born outside of the United States. In Tulsa, these women are often under-served, without adequate resources, isolated by language, cultural practices and beliefs, and must find resources that provide appropriate assistance. Healthy Women, Healthy Futures' strategies have successfully increased women's resiliency by fostering protective factors by support, education, and skill building.

Su An Phipps PhD, RN, Community Service Council, Tulsa, OK

Barbara N. Cargill, Community Service Council, Tulsa, OK

Fran Trujillo, DNP, FNP-BC, Community Service Council, Tulsa, OK

The Importance of Understanding Military Culture for Mental Health Professionals

Protecting and working with the service members, veterans, and families community is vital to Oklahoma health. This presentation provides a baseline of cultural training and resources to get started or to optimize your work with this population.

Aaron Ashworth, MA, CMIII, LPC, Oklahoma Military Department / Contractor, Broken Arrow, OK

Trauma Informed Response
to Human Trafficking

This session is designed to enhance the competence of health care and mental health providers to identify and respond to victims of human trafficking. The session will cover the general scope of human trafficking, common language, and terms used in human trafficking, red flags, and indicators that a patient/client has been trafficked and steps an organization and individual can take to provide appropriate assistance without further traumatization.

Sara Gadd, MHS, St. John Health System/Ascension, Tulsa, OK

Annie R. Smith, LMSW, MPH, St. John Health System/Ascension, Tulsa, OK

2:15PM – 3:45PM

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

While we often speak of "work-life balance," we give in to the possibility of balance and lean too far one way or the other. The demands of our professional and personal lives sometimes create an impossible puzzle, yet we find ourselves giving and doing more and in some ways doing less as a result. Paying attention to the self is a frequent topic of conversation, yet we do not prioritize making such care a daily practice. We can create presence and environments which contribute to negativity in the work place and behaviors that can lead to malpractice. In this session, we will utilize the research on self care to explore ways to decrease risk, increase connection to our work, and engage each other effectively in this work together.

Julia Reed, LCSW, University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, OK

Building Resiliency in Our Latino Communities

In many geographies, our Latino populations are the fastest growing ethnic groups, not from immigration but from the growth of family size. Local communities may be uncertain how to adapt to this reality. Emotional, legal and economic responses mix together resulting in confusion, fear, and uncertainty for many in the community. Utilizing basic mental health principles builds mutual understanding, empathy, resiliency and growth-promoting relationships to enhance opportunities for healthy futures for all concerned.

Erv Janssen, MD, Community Service Council Board of Directors, Tulsa, OK

Reverend Alvaro Nova Ochoa, MDiv, Comunidad de Esperanza, Tulsa, OK

Jesse Guardiola, MS, Tulsa Police Officer, Tulsa Police Department, Tulsa, OK

Maria Elena Kuykendall, Community Service Council, Tulsa, OK

Clients, Clinicians & Questions: To Cannabis or Not?

As a behavioral health practitioner, what do you need to know about medical marijuana? How do you navigate the conversation with a client when they bring up the use of cannabis? What terminology should you be familiar with, along with what are the myths and facts surrounding its use? In this session, hear from clinicians about dialogue you should be having with clients who are using cannabis to help them monitor therapeutic benefits, as well as identify and appropriately navigate any potential negative side effects.

JoAnn Ryan, DO, 4EVERGRN, Tulsa, OK

Michael W. Brose, MSW, Mental Health Association Oklahoma, Tulsa, OK

Jackie Cleary, LPC, LMFT, Private Practice, Tulsa, OK


Early Adversity, Positive Parenting, and Biology

The link between adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and death, disability, and disease has sparked a desperate search for treatments that lessen health disparities among our least fortunate children. In pursuit of greater effectiveness, interventionists continue to look at biological mechanisms that explain how ACEs get "under our skin." This presentation reviews evidence, including novel findings from the speakers, connecting early life adversity to three biomarkers: EEG activity, stress hormone reactivity, and epigenetic methylation. We also review the promising mitigating impact of positive parenting practices on these biologic indicators and indirectly on child well-being.

Yui Yamaoka, MD, PhD, Pediatrics Fellow, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, OK

David Bard, PhD, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, OK

Find Your Voice. Share Your Truth.

Through Write On, we have learned that personal storytelling can deliver on three concentric circles of impact: for individual healing and recovery, for local community connection and understanding, and for stigma-busting. Writing can be the start -- not the end -- of the healing process. With empathy, engagement, and meeting people where they are, Write On participants get what they need to feel safe and confident in sharing their story.

Janet F. Reynolds, MA, Mental Health Connecticut, Canton, CT

Suzi Craig, Mental Health Connecticut, West Hartford, CT

Hopelessness and Suicidality Among LGB-Q Adolescents

Of 9th to 12th graders identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or unsure of their sexual orientation (LGB-Q) 68 percent report being hopeless more than two weeks in the past year while approximately 1:3 have attempted suicide -- far more than their straight peers. Hopeful people identify pathways toward desired goals, marshalling agency in pursuit of those pathways amidst adversity. Hopeful youth with an effective social support network have better coping resources when faced with adversity. When social supports are ineffective, lower-hope adolescents facing adversity may believe their problems are overwhelming, leading to rumination and despair.

Jedediah E. Bragg, MSW, PhD, University of Oklahoma, Tulsa, OK

Chan M. Hellman, PhD, University of Oklahoma College of Arts & Sciences, Tulsa, OK

Julie Miller-Cribbs, PhD, Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work, Tulsa, OK

Eden Nay, MSW, Hope Research Center, Tulsa, OK

Improving Well-Being with Hope and Resilience

The presentation will discuss the results of research among childhood trauma survivors, examining the unique contributions hope and resilience make to psychological well-being. Our results suggest hope is a better predictor of psychological well-being than resilience among childhood trauma survivors. The presentation will also discuss the implications of these results, including how the promotion of hope might be more amenable to intervention than resilience.

Heather Hanks, MSW, Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work, University of Oklahoma-Tulsa, Tulsa, OK

Ricky T. Muñoz, JD, MSW, Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work, University of Oklahoma-Tulsa, Tulsa, OK

Rethinking Recidivism: Utilizing Performance Improvement Techniques

Incorporating a strong commitment to performance and quality improvement efforts can help support consumer recovery. This workshop will provide tools needed for creating and implementing a quality assurance plan. Participants will understand the significance of monitoring benchmarks and how that relates to a decrease in recidivism rates. The discussion will focus on developing correction action plans for any deviations from the benchmarks.

Suzanne Switlyk, MA, DRCC, Mental Health Association of Essex and Morris, Inc., Parsipany, NJ

Deanna Ackerman, MSW, LSW, DRCC, Mental Health Association of Essex and Morris, Inc., Parsippany, NJ

4:05PM – 5:35PM

ETHICS: Veterans and Serious Mental Illness

Working with veterans with severe mental illness requires additional clinical skills, challenges, and approaches to be successful in recovery efforts. Boundaries, family involvement, collaboration with law enforcement, and environmental risk factors present unique ethical considerations for clinicians up to the task of providing clinical services to people with severe mental illness. This presentation will address those unique challenges in working with veterans with severe mental illness in both the community and incarceration settings.

Alicia Irvin, PhD, Turnkey Health Clinics, Tulsa, OK

Jeff Martindale, PhD, OKC VA Medical Center, Stillwater, OK

Gender Diverse Youth: Promoting Resilience

Information derived from research and practice on promoting resilience in gender diverse youth will be presented. A panel of parents will share their personal experiences with their children, teens, and young adults. Methods for promoting safety, positive self-esteem, and resilience within families, schools, and places of worship will be discussed.

Taylor Burns, LCSW, Private Practice, Tulsa, OK

Al Carlozzi, EdD, LMFT, Oklahoma State University-Tulsa, Tulsa, OK

Inflamed Body, Inflamed Mind

Dr. Savitz will provide an overview of the scientific literature linking depression with alterations of the immune system and its implications for treatment and public health. Dr. Burrows will show that higher blood-based markers of inflammation are associated with poorer diet, lower physical function, and a higher percentage of body fat in depressed individuals, and will recommend future avenues of research for integrating these metrics into patient interventions. Dr. Ford will focus on how depression and stress-associated abnormalities of the adaptive immune system can leave individuals vulnerable to infectious disease.

Jonathan Savitz, PhD, Laureate Institute for Brain Research, Tulsa, OK

Bart Ford BS, CG(ASCP), Laureate Institute for Brain Research, Tulsa, OK

Kaiping Burrows, PhD, Laureate Institute for Brain Research, Tulsa, OK

Looking Beyond Behaviors: Birth Through 8

Development is a lens through which all behaviors should be viewed in order to effectively intervene in the life of a child. We will review how trauma, chronic stress and medical/health issues can have implications for a young child's development, and in turn, how lagging development can impact their behavior. Additionally, we will discuss the how and why behind developmental screening and assessment and how these assessments can be best utilized to inform treatment methodologies and approaches.

Leslie Keenan, LMFT and Registered Play Therapist, Family Hope House, Inc., Tulsa, OK

Lesley Gudgel, MHR, Sprouts Child Development, Tulsa, OK

Managing Risk and Protective Factors for Juvenile Delinquency

This presentation will highlight the modern implications of risk and protective factors that influence adolescent likelihood of developing delinquent behaviors. With an emphasis on technology use, social media, and video games, this session will examine practical ways to manage environmental risks and increase protective factors in youth through Positive Youth Development (PYD). PYD is a resilience-oriented delinquency prevention strategy that aims to create pathways for youth to connect with their communities and develop healthy transitions into adulthood. By exploring these crucial domains, practitioners will be better equipped to tailor interventions to the needs of at-risk youth in today's society.

Robert W. Mouser, LPC, LADC/MH, Tulsa County Family Center for Juvenile Justice, Tulsa, OK

Blong Lor, LPC-Candidate, Tulsa County Family Center for Juvenile Justice, Tulsa, OK

Heidi T. Pham, MSW, LCSW, Tulsa County Family Center for Juvenile Justice, Tulsa, OK

Rethinking Ambivalence and Intimate Partner Violence

Ambivalence plays a strong role in the decisions victims of intimate partner violence make. Whether to leave, to testify, or to file a VPO, survivors are faced with difficult, complex safety options balanced with the dynamics of the intimate partner relationship. This session teaches a new approach to responding to ambivalence and addressing concern professionals hold for survivor physical safety. Participants will learn evidence-based models for conceptualizing survivor decision making and practical skills for responding to ambivalence. Additionally, advanced skills for trauma-informed conceptualization will be shared.

Lauren Garder, LPC NCC, Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, Moore, OK

Strategies Promoting Resilience in Oklahoma's Classrooms

In addition to highlighting the prevalence of childhood trauma in Oklahoma, this workshop will provide an overview of the PAX Good Behavior Game (PAX GBG) project. PAX GBG is a classroom environmental intervention that promotes peace, productivity, health, and happiness in classrooms across the nation through targeting self-regulation. Oklahoma's elementary schools have seen positive results as student disruptions decrease by 200 instances from the beginning to the end of the school year in classrooms that are implementing PAX GBG. Early outcome data from Oklahoma's elementary schools will be highlighted and information will also be provided on how to bring PAX GBG to local schools.

Chantelle Lott, MS, Oklahoma State University - Center for Family Resilience, Tulsa, OK

Tia Claybrook, MS, Oklahoma State University - Center for Family Resilience, Tulsa, OK

Substance Use in the Autism Community

Recent studies indicate individuals with an autism spectrum diagnosis (ASD) have a higher risk for developing a substance use diagnosis (SUD) than the general population. Individuals with ASD are being mainstreamed into public schools, colleges, and typical work settings and expected to adapt. The presenters address the protective and risk factors of ASD for developing a SUD. Self-medication, desires to socialize/fit in, misdiagnoses, behavioral/genetic connections of ASD/SUD are also explored. Presenters share evidence-informed prevention and intervention strategies that offer targeted treatment while honoring self-determination.

Elizabeth Kunreuther, LCSW, LCASA, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Raleigh, NC