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Windows to Hope
A mental health conference designed for people
who work with youth in faith and community settings
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Richardson Civic Center

411 W. Arapaho Road, Richardson, TX 75080

CEUs and Professional Development Credit offered
$20 registration includes continental breakfast and box lunch

Kosher and Halal meals available upon request
At this conference, attendees will:
    • Learn to recognize the symptoms of mental illness in teens and young adults
     Discover resources in the community for mental health treatment and support
    • Learn how to respond to and support families with a young person who has mental illness
    • Examine the role of the faith community in caring for youth with mental health needs
Keynote Speaker
bobo-pic-square The Intersection of Faith and Mental Health:
Lessons from a Teen Clinic

Kwabena "Bobo" Blankson, MD, FAAP, CCMS

Young Men's Health & Wellness

Dr. Blankson is a pediatrician with subspecialty training in adolescent medicine. He currently serves in private practice at Girls to Women Health and Wellness and the newly formed Young Men’s Health and Wellness. Dr. Blankson has published in peer-reviewed journals on adolescent healthcare utilization, obesity and energy-drink consumption and has been featured on NYTimes.com, HuffingtonPost.com, CNN.com, Time.com, Forbes.com, CBSnews.com and more. Most recently, he served as a featured professor in Oprah’s Happiness OCourse.
Plenary Panel
Meet in the Middle: Creating an environment for hope and healing
Hind 2017 Hind Jarrah
Texas Muslim Women's Foundation

Hind Jarrah is the executive director, co-founder and former president (2005-2009) of Texas Muslim Women's Foundation TMWF, a nonprofit, educational, philanthropic, outreach and social service organization dedicated to empowering Women and their Families.
NAK Headshot Rabbi Nancy Kasten

Rabbi Nancy Kasten is a community educator, volunteer, and activist. Ordained by the Hebrew Union College- Jewish Institute of Religion in 1990, she spent her first 12 years as a rabbi at SMU. During that time she served as Hillel Director, Associate Chaplain, and Adjunct Professor of Biblical Hebrew. Following her tenure at SMU Rabbi Kasten worked as Campus Rabbi and Head of Jewish Studies at the Wise Academy, a Reform Jewish Day School. In recent years her focus has been on the intersection between mindfulness and social justice. She is currently one of three co-chairs of Faith Forward Dallas at Thanksgiving Square, and works with a variety of organizations on improving voter education, registration, and turnout, as well as organizations that advocate for peace and justice for Israelis and Palestinians.
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Natasha Stewart, M.A., LPC
The Center for Counseling
and Behavioral Health
The Potter's House of Dallas

Natasha Stewart is a graduate of Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahom where she received her bachelor's degree in theology and master's degree in counseling. Since then, Natasha has received numerous state, national and local licensures, certifications and professional credentialing. Natasha, currently serves as the director of The Center for Counseling and Behavioral Health at The Potters House under the direction of Bishop T. D. Jakes. Natasha has the overall strategic and operational responsibility for the counseling center staff, programs, expansion and execution of its mission, goals and outreach.
  Marisolheadshot Breaking the Habit: Helping Adolescents Deal with Self-Harm
and Reckless Behavior

Marisol De Jesús-Pérez, Ph.D
Pastoral Counseling Center

Adolescents who engage in self-harm and reckless behaviors due so for a variety of reasons. Most of them experience profound guilt and shame, but feel unable to stop the cycle. This workshop will discuss the assessment and treatment of youth self-injury and reckless behaviors. Research literature will be discussed in order to explain the etiology of this problem and best treatment practices to promote symptom remission. Participants will leave this seminar confident that they can identify and respond appropriately to this condition.
Kelly GTW Picture Hook-Ups, Make-Ups & Break-Ups: Decoding Healthy & Unhealthy Teen Relationships

Kelly Jameson, Ph.D., LPC-S

Private Practice

Adolescent relationships are often chaotic, risky and heartbreaking, but also necessary. How do we help teens maneuver through these relationships when they are often shrouded in secrecy and pride? Help is here! Dr. Jameson will help us understand our role as adults as we support teens through this usually messy and awkward stage of development and experience.
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Wynne Shaw, LPC-S

Wynne Shaw Counseling Services, PLLC

In this workshop we will explore the possible causes for the epidemic of anxiety among today's youth. We will also discuss the signs and symptoms of stress and anxiety and offer tips and tools for responding to anxiety. Finally, we will discuss when professional help might be needed and how to encourage families to get the right help for their children.
Natasha headshot 2017 Trauma vs. Drama Helping Adolescents: Trauma-Informed Interventions for Faith-based Leaders, Educators and Parents

Natasha Stewart, M.A., LPC

The Center for Counseling and Behavioral Health
The Potter's House of Dallas

Traumatic experiences are common in adolescence and can have significant psychological effects on the adolescent's emotional well-being and overall development. Outcomes can be affected positively or negatively depending on responses and interventions. This workshop is designed to empower the faith community, educators and parents to actively engage with their adolescent and provide the appropriate level of support, before, during and after a traumatic event.
Jenny Hughes Ph.D. headshot Addressing Risk and Fostering Resilience: Supporting Suicide Prevention in Youth

Jennifer L. Hughes, Ph.D., MPH

Center for Depression Research and Clinical Care
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Suicide is the second leading cause of death among youth ages 10 to 24 in the United States. When suicidal ideation and behaviors often begin, adolescence may offer an important window to understand the causes and prevent the progression of suicide phenomena. This presentation will review the recent developments in prevention and intervention strategies to address youth suicide prevention with a focus on engaging stakeholders from youth-focused community organizations and schools, as well as parents, in these important efforts.
bio pic 1 Lost in Translation: Talking to Teens About Difficult Subjects

Janet Anselmo-Henson, LPC, LCDC

Jewish Family Service of Greater Dallas


Karen and Randall McCleskey

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BPBC3 Momentus  

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Sponsor Form

For more information on sponsorship opportunities
contact Sierra at SSanchez@GrantHalliburton.org.

Windows to Hope is presented by
An initiative of Grant Halliburton Foundation

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I AM H·E·R·E is working to strengthen the network of mental health resources for teens and young adults in North Texas through the collaboration and cooperation of all stakeholders. Launched by Grant Halliburton Foundation in 2009, I AM H·E·R·E is a working coalition that focuses on four critical areas: Help, Education, Resources and Encouragement.