When: Friday May 4, 2018 from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM EDT

Registration and breakfast begins at 8:00 AM and program begins at 8:45 AM

8:45 AM - 9:00 AM

Keynote Speaker
9:00 AM -10:15 AM

Break:  Exhibitors & Networking
10:15 AM - 10:45 AM 

Morning Workshops
10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Lunch & Exhibitors
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM 

Presentation & Awards
1:00 PM-1:30 AM

Afternoon Workshops
1:45 PM - 3:00 PM 

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Heritage Hotel & Conference Center 
522 Heritage Road
Southbury, CT 06473

Driving Directions 
Off of Rt. 84 - Route 6 interchange
Turn on Heritage Road into Heritage Village 

Map of Conference Center


Olivia Chamberland 
CT Association of School-Based Health Centers 







Additional Funding Provided By: 

CE Opportunity

"This Continuing Nursing Education Activity was Approved for 3.85 contact hours by the Connecticut Nurses' Association, An Accredited Approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation"

Application for Continuing Education Credit Hours by NASW/CT is pending for Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, Professional Counselor, and Licensed Psychologist licensure renewal.

Continuing education credits will be offered for dental professionals



Registration is now open for the Connecticut Association of School-Based Health Centers' annual statewide conference on Friday, May 4, 2018  at the Heritage Hotel and Conference Center in Southbury, CT.  Join us as we explore the issues that impact young people, network with colleagues, and advocate for school based health centers.  The registration fee includes breakfast, a buffet lunch,  and Continuing Education Credits (CEUs). The beautiful Heritage Hotel and Conference Center offers a variety of amenities including a spa, gym, indoor and outdoor saltwater pools, and an onsite restaurant.  A block of rooms have been reserved at a special conference rate for an overnight stay at Heritage Hotel!  Please mention CT Health Conference when you reserve your room.


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 Building Better Brains at School

Keynote Speaker Dr. Jeff Q. Bostic 

Dr. Bostic, MD, EdD is a child and adolescent psychiatrist with clinical, research, and teaching interests in school-based mental health and models of mental health consultation to primary care and other professionals who work with children and adolescents. He is the former director of the School Psychiatry Program of the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital. 

In his engaging presentation, Dr. Bostic will discuss pertinent brain findings from neuroscience, and how to cultivate effective brain functioning in school to promote mental health.  What’s good for the body is good for all its organs -- and Dr. Bostic will share how sleep and exercise help or hurt the developing brain. Dr. Bostic will speak about the brain seeking to find, or create, meaningful connections and how that connects to school, as well as how traumatic events impact the adolescent brain and translate to the school experience. 

Morning Workshops

A1: Transitioning the Adolescent Patient Toward Independent Care: Lessons for SBHCs


                                                           Peggy McManus, MHS & Ana Caskin, MD

This interactive workshop will introduce a nationally recognized approach for transition to adult care (Six Core Elements of Health Care Transition) and how it was customized and incorporated into 2 Washington, DC SBHCs. Ms. McManus and Dr. Caskin will share sample transition resources and clinical tools developed as part of a collaborative Quality Improvement process. Workshop participants will be able to complete a brief self-assessment to determine how their SBHC scores in terms of current implementation of the Six Core Elements. 


A2: Every Smile Counts 2017- The Oral Health of Connecticut’s Children 

Elizabeth Dowd, RDH, MPH &  Mary Boudreau, RDH, MBA

The Every Smiles Counts 2017 survey took a look at the oral health status and treatment needs of the children in the state. The presentation will include the methods of the survey, the data received and the key findings. The participants will join the discussion on implications and next steps to be taken to increase the oral health of Connecticut’s school children and decrease oral health disparities based on race/ethnicity and socio-economic levels. 


A3: Current Trends in Street Drugs and Prescription Medication

 Mary-K O’Sullivan, LMFT, LADC, LPC

More people die each day of drug overdoses than car accidentsThis reality requires mental health practitioners to be aware of emerging trends in drug use -- both prescribed and illicit.  in this workshop, participants will review traditional drug categories and their level of abuse, examine emerging trends in each category, discuss current medication-assisted therapies for each category, and outline new categories of substance use disorders.



A4: Migraines: More Harmful Than We Knew

                                                                                                                               Madeline Kitaj, MD

In her practice at the Kitaj Headache Center, Dr. Kitaj has found there is a link between pain/headache, opioid abuse, and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES). She will describe different types of headaches and how to identify them.  Dr. Kitaj will share information on establishing an intervention plan that includes identifying triggers, and when it is appropriate to refer patients to a headache specialist.

A5: Compassion Fatigue Resilience: Fostering Hope and Empathic Connections for SBHC Staff and Wellness                                                                  

         Carrie Franzen, PhD, LMFT & Lynne Weeks, MA  

How can we build resilience and relational hope so that students don’t dropout and staff don’t burnout? This workshop introduces tools, problems, and pathways to promote staff wellness beyond basic ethical obligations of self-care. The premise: adults must first manage and share their own feelings before reaching out compassionately to help students. The same relational resilience and connection- building that is fundamental for students to heal and succeed may also be essential for staff to thrive. 

Afternoon Workshops 

B1:  Oral Human Papilloma Virus Infection: Implications for School- Aged Youth

Alessandro Villa, DDS, MPH

Human papillomavirus (HPV) remains the major cause of oropharyngeal and cervical cancer, and HPV16 infection is one of the most significant human carcinogens.  The advent of the HPV prophylactic vaccine has the potential to dramatically reduce the burden of HPV-associated cancers, but HPV immunization rates remain very low among female and male adolescents. The aim of this presentation is to educate providers about the connection between HPV and related cancers and to promote HPV vaccination. This workshop is recommended for medical professionals, dental professionals, and those interested in adolescent health.


B2: The Power of Social Media

Tom Pincince, MS


The dangers of social media -- including but not limited to   Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat -- to our students are  endless. Much of the problem can be traced to the fact that   students just don’t realize how much they are putting out there   on a daily basis, and how quickly that information can spread. In this presentation, Mr. Pincince will focus on: Good decision-making, social media statistics, the importance of privacy, and why a positive social media presence is important.  This workshop is recommended for administrative, clinical, and support staff and those that work with youth.

B3: Providing Care to Refugee Children and Adolescents 

Molly Benson, PhD & Saida Abdi, LICSW

Refugee children and adolescents have often experienced trauma and encounter multiple stressors when adjusting to a new culture.  School settings can be a less stigmatizing environment for refugee children and families to receive mental health support.  This presentation will focus on an evidence-based framework for attending to a child's trauma-related symptoms and identifying strategies for cross-cultural engagement in services.

B4: Working with Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Youth 

Matthew Oransky, PhD

Transgender and gender- nonconforming (TGNC) youth have been seeking behavioral health and medical interventions at growing rates. School personnel have been tasked with figuring out how to best affirm and support TGNC youth. This presentation will provide an overview of key interventions used to promote the positive development of TGNC youth. Case examples will highlight the complexities involved in this work, as well as the need for professionals to be aware of their own potential biases and cisgender privilege.


B5: SBHCs: A Force for Health Equity in the 21st Century

 Tekisha Everette, PhD

Dr. Everette will discuss the root causes of health inequities, the social determinants of health, and the role SBHC practitioners serve in advancing health equity.  She will explore  the concepts of cultural humility, implicit bias, and health equity.  The workshop will use a mixture of teaching modalities to meet the intended objectives, specifically auditory and visual activities.  The workshop will include examples that are relevant to the participants and will engage the audience in feedback loops to ensure the concepts are clearly understood.  This workshop meets the requirement for cultural competency licensure and is appropriate for clinicians, support staff, administrators, educators, and school personnel.

 A limited block of rooms are reserved at the conference discount rate of $143.  


Call 1 (800) 932-3466 for hotel reservation services. Mention "Connecticut Health Conference" when you call for your room reservation.