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Windows to Hope
A mental health conference designed for people
who work with youth in faith and community settings
Thank you for attending Windows to Hope!
We hope you came away from the conference feeling more equipped to work with youth and to more effectively recognize and respond to teens who are struggling with mental illness. As many of you shared with us throughout the day, the lineup of expert speakers did an outstanding job this year.
 
Again, thank you for attending Windows to Hope 2018 and your continued efforts promoting mental health for teens and young adults in our communities.

We've included speaker presentations below for you to view.
 
We want to hear from you! Contact info@granthalliburton.org to send us your thoughts on this year's conference.
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bobo-pic-square The Intersection of Faith and Mental Health: Lessons from a Teen Clinic
Kwabena "Bobo" Blankson, M.D., FAAP, CCMS

Young Men's Health & Wellness

Dr. Bobo 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
Our faith leaders are often the first line of defense for those confronting mental illness. In fact, people experiencing a mental health crisis are more likely to go to leaders in their place of worship before any other professional group. This discussion featuring members of the Christian, Jewish and Islam faiths will examine the role of the faith community in meeting the mental health needs of its congregations.
 
 
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Hind Jarrah

Texas Muslim
Women's Foundation
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Rabbi Nancy Kasten
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Natasha Stewart, M.A., LPC
The Center for Counseling
and Behavioral Health
The Potter's House of Dallas
Closing Session Q&A
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Brian Colligan
Woodcreek Church


You think it will never happen at your school, in your family, at your place of worship. Then one day, without warning, it does happen. A teenager in your group dies, and suddenly you are managing a crisis situation few are equipped to handle to handle. How do you help those impacted by the death to understand, process, grieve and heal? Brian Colligan, Woodcreek Church high school director, talks about the recent death of a teen in his youth group and shares strategies for helping students, parents, and leaders
through a tragic loss.

Breakout Sessions
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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. Kelly 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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Responding to
21st Century Anxiety: It's Not What It Used to Be

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.

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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.

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Trauma vs. Drama in 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 adolescents and provide the appropriate level of support, before, during and after a traumatic event.

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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 do 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.

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Lost in Translation:
Talking to Teens
About Difficult Subjects

Janet Anselmo-Henson, LPC, LCDC

Jewish Family Service of Greater Dallas

As adults, we hope teenagers will feel comfortable talking to us about anything––especially those serious things. Adults often feel that approaching difficult conversations about drug use, dating and even suicide with teenagers is intimidating, fearing they will say the wrong thing and add to the problem. This session will discuss how to foster communication with teenagers in general. We’ll learn
to talk so they will listen, and learn to listen so
they will talk.

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Special Thanks to Our 2018 Sponsors!

CONFERENCE UNDERWRITER
Karen and Randall McCleskey

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


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


Exciting things are happening with I AM H·E·R·E Coalition. Follow along!

 
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.