2nd Annual Big Sky Behavioral Health Summit - Day 1

A regional mental health conference designed for mental health providers, primary care providers, educators, law enforcement officials, and other community stakeholders. This year’s event features a keynote address by NCAA Player of the Year, WNBA All-Star, and Olympic Gold Medalist Chamique Holdsclaw.

On Sep. 13-14, 2018, the Beaverhead County Mental Health Local Advisory Council (LAC), in cooperation with the Madison County LAC, will be hosting the 2nd Annual Big Sky Behavioral Health Summit. The focus of this year’s summit will be trauma responsive care and will include a nationally-renowned panel of presenters. The summit consists of two full days of presentation including Toolkit Workshops during day one and a Know-and-Grow-Your-Network luncheon on day two.

Trauma responsive care is a community-based approach to childcare that involves a broad understanding of the impact of toxic stress and trauma on the brains of children. It is believed that such an approach can help to more effectively treat and avoid severe mental health issues, lower school suspensions, enhance resilience, avoid future medical issues, and reduce the rates of suicide and criminal behavior.

Perhaps the highlight of the event will be the keynote address to be delivered by mental health and wellness activist Chamique Holdsclaw. Chamique is regarded as one of the greatest basketball players of all time owning an Olympic Gold Medal, Multiple WNBA All-Star selections, and two NCAA Player of the Year Awards. A critically acclaimed documentary film, “Mind/Game: The Unquiet Journey of Chamique Holdsclaw,” was released in 2015 and Holdsclaw is also the author of her autobiography “Breaking Through: Beating the Odds Shot after Shot.”

In addition to Chamique Holdsclaw, presentations and workshops will be delivered by Dr. Judy Cameron, Professor of Psychiatry at the Translational Science Institute of the University of Pittsburg and Dr. Dawn Cureton, Clinical Psychologist for Healthy Care Solutions and the Child & Family Clinic in Idaho Falls. Additionally, University of Montana Western Education Professor Dr. Vikki Howard will present together with Great Falls Public Schools Student Mental Health Coordinator Erin Butts.

Summit programming will resonate with a broad range of professionals, including mental health providers, addiction care providers, primary care providers, all medical staff, law enforcement officials, and public service/elected officials. All are welcome and we encourage community members to attend who would like to become more trauma informed and enhance their insight regarding mental health issues.

The cost of the two-day summit is $150 and 13.5 Idaho and Montana CEUs will be available at no extra cost. 13.5 OPI CEU’s will also be available for Montana teachers at no extra cost. Additionally, one undergraduate EDU credit will be available through the Montana Western School of Outreach at an additional cost of $115. Registration and payment for the single credit will take place on site the morning of day one check-in. Summit registration and information, including the summit schedule, can be found at: https://bvhdlac.eventbrite.com. To register, simply click on “tickets,” then follow the registration instructions – a credit or debit card will be required. The registration deadline for this event is September 10th.

For more information, please email jerry.girard@umwestern.edu or call (406) 925-0642.