More than 400 health professionals from across the region joined United Way of Broward County’s Commission on Behavioral Health & Drug Prevention, in collaboration with Broward Behavioral Health Coalition, Florida Department of Children and Families, FHE Health and Signature Grand, for the 7th Annual Behavioral Health Conference: The Power Of Prevention, where renowned psychologists, professors, trauma and grief specialists, DEI experts and prevention specialists provided crucial continuing education to Broward’s behavioral health professionals.
Behavioral Health and the Power of Prevention
With this year’s event focused on the Power of Prevention in reducing substance use, the materials promoted behavioral health as a critical driver of overall wellness. The annual conference provided a forum for participants to learn from thought leaders in behavioral health, network with industry peers, and discuss issues related to research, policy and practice.
The 2022 festivities kicked off on Monday, May 9th, with a Faith Based / Community Based Pre-Conference Summit, bringing together faith-based leaders from across the community who shared ideas, experiences, and best practices. The Day featured Rev. Dr. Que English, as the Keynote Speaker, in addition to Judge Ginger Lerner-Wren, 17th District Mental Health Court Judge; Calvin Martin, Director of Program Advocacy and Inclusion, Florida Guardian ad Litem; Don McCulloch, MA. MS. Ph.D. Associate Professor of Psychology, Palm Beach Atlantic University and Private Practitioner, Spanish River Counseling Center; Dr. Beau Nelson, DBH, LCSW Chief Clinical Officer, FHE Health; and Rev. Dr. Peter Tokar, PhD Graduand Chaplain, Miramar/Pembroke Pines Fire Department Senior Conflict Resolution Specialist, B.O.L.D. Consulting.
During the Opening Ceremony, United Way of Broward County recognized U.S. Congressman Ted Deutch for his assistance in helping United Way secure a $650,000 federal earmark to aid in the development and advancement of the Broward Suicide Prevention Coalition. The Inaugural Paul E. Daly Champion for Prevention Award was also presented to Paul Daly, one of the founding fathers of United Way of Broward County’s Commission on Behavioral Health & Drug Prevention.
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