Grafton’s Third Annual Symposium

May 9, 2016

Fostering Resiliency in Children, Adolescents, and Adults

Friday, October 21, 2016
8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
The National Conference Center
18980 Upper Belmont Place, Leesburg, VA

Cost for conference is $85. This includes all sessions, lunch and CEU certificate.
If you register 5 individuals from your locality, the 6th attends free!

Paul Gionfriddo

Paul Gionfriddo

Keynote Speaker: Paul Gionfriddo

Mental Health, Let’s Act B4 Stage4

Paul Gionfriddo was named President and CEO of Mental Health America on May 1, 2014. He has worked in a variety of health and mental-health related positions during a career spanning over thirty years. In 2013, he was appointed by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to a four-year term on the 12-member National Advisory Council to the SAMHSA Center for Mental Health Services.

Prior to joining MHA, he was a consultant, speaker, and writer, and author of a popular weekly health policy blog entitled Our Health Policy Matters. His essay entitled How I Helped Create a Flawed Mental Health System That’s Failed Millions – And My Son, was published as the Narrative Matters essay (and was the most-read article) in the September 2012 issue of Health Affairs and was also published in the Washington Post in October 2012. The full-length version of the story was published as a book, entitled Losing Tim: How Our Health and Education Systems Failed My Son with Schizophrenia, and was released by Columbia University Press in the fall of 2014.

Paul has also led nonprofit organizations in three states. He served as President of the Quantum Foundation, a private health foundation in Palm Beach County FL from 2007 to 2010 and as Executive Director of the Palm Beach County Community Health Alliance from 2005 to 2007. He was Executive Director of the Indigent Care Collaboration in Austin TX from 2001 to 2005, and Executive Director of the Connecticut Association for Human Services in Hartford CT from 1995 to 2001.

Paul has also served on many local, state, and national nonprofit Boards, for organizations serving people with mental illness, substance use disorders, and/or developmental disabilities, and for others engaged in child advocacy and clean energy advocacy. He is currently a member of the Board of the Jerome Golden Center for Behavioral Health in West Palm Beach, Florida and the Golden Center Foundation.

He is a graduate of Wesleyan University. He lives with his wife, Pam, who is CEO of the Mental Health Association of Palm Beach County, in Lake Worth, Florida.  They have five adult children and two grandchildren.

Grafton’s 3rd Annual Symposium Agenda

8:30 – 9:00
Registration & Refreshments
9:00 – 10:30
Paul Gionfriddo, CEO and President, Mental Health America
Mental Health: Let’s Act B4 Stage 4
10:45 – 11:45
Sharlene Stowers, Director, Early Intervention on Services
It Affects Me Too! Strategies for Helping Infants and Toddlers Overcome Trauma
11:45 – 12:30
Registration & Refreshments
Dr. Jacquelynn Hollman, Psychologist
Working the Edges – Expanding the Resiliency in Children who have Experienced
Sexual Trauma
1:00 – 1:30
Fredrica Dooley-Brown, Music Therapist
Mind, Body, and Soul: Engaging the Whole Person Through Drumming
1:30 – 2:30
Cindy Windham, Registered Dietician
The Impact of Nutrition on Mood and Mental Health
2:45 – 3:45
Bethany Dietz, Director, Adult Services
Enhancing the Resilience of Adults with Intellectual Disabilities

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Cost for conference is $85.00.

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