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2024 Behavioral Health Conference

5/14/2024 | 8:00 AM - 5/15/2024 | 5:00 PM

Join United Way of Broward County’s Commission on Behavioral Health & Drug Prevention in collaboration with Broward Behavioral Health Coalition and the Florida Department of Children & Families for the 9th Annual Behavioral Health Conference: The Power of Prevention.

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Attend informative sessions and hear from keynote speakers and subject matter experts to learn, network and discuss issues related to behavioral health practices, policies, and research. CEUs are available for Licensed Clinicians and Certified Professionals. Come join us to learn how you can promote behavioral health and substance use prevention awareness within the community.

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Early Bird Tickets Now Available through April 1st – Click the Link Below to Register 

Conference Tracks:

  • Professional Development
  • Faith-Based Focus
  • Social Determinants of Behavioral Health
  • Innovative Initiatives
  • Trauma-Responsive Initiative
  • Youth Prevention Interventions
  • Collaboration and Integration
  • Mental Health Promotion


Keynote Speakers

Amanda Misiko Andere

Funders Together to End Homelessness

Amanda Misiko Andere has spent over twenty years working in the nonprofit and public sector as a leader committed to racial and housing justice through advocacy for systemic change. Prior to joining Funders Together to End Homelessness as their CEO, she served as the CEO of Wider Opportunities for Women, a national advocacy organization. Currently, she serves as board chair of the United Philanthropy Forum and board member of Equity in the Center, Bainum Family Foundation, Philanthropy DMV, and Leadership Fairfax. Amanda is a founding member and on the leadership team for the National Racial Equity Working Group on Homelessness and Housing and the National Coalition for Housing Justice. She also serves on the Leadership Council for the DC Partnership to End Homelessness and is a volunteer advisor for Fairfax County on their racial equity task force

Jamira Burley


“Recognized by the White House as a Champion of Change and a Forbes 30 Under 30 Honoree, Jamira has over a decade of experience; employing her personal experiences as the driving force to improve the lives of others. Jamira, leads with marked expertise in youth engagement, education reform, global citizenship, human rights, and corporate social responsibility. In 2018, she was the first United States citizen awarded the Global Leadership Award for Vital Voices and selected as an MIT Media Lab Fellow. Currently, Jamira is the Head of Youth Engagement and Skills for the Global Business Coalition for Education and co-founder of ProjectZ, helping to ensure a collaborative relationship between youth, bilateral agencies, governments, and business leaders; to enable innovative ways to educate, engage and activate young people around the world. Prior to the Global Business Coalition for Education, Jamira managed the US criminal justice reform and gun violence prevention portfolios at Amnesty International USA. Jamira’s work sits at the intersection of policy, youth and social good, Jamira provides unique insight that will help actualize the change we all so desperately need. Lastly, Jamira consults with a number of public/private entities on how to authentically engage impacted communities. 

Dr. Mimi Graham

Florida State University Center

Dr. Mimi Graham has served as Director of the Florida State University Center for Prevention and Early Intervention Policy since 1993, providing leadership to tackle policy solutions occurring in the critical period from pregnancy to age 3 known as The First 1000 Days of Life. She oversees a multidisciplinary team with a national reputation as a center of excellence in trauma, maternal health, best practices for court involved and human trafficked pregnant and parenting teens and home visiting including the FSU Partners for A Healthy Baby Home Visiting curricula. Dr. Graham co-founded the Florida Association for Infant Mental Health in 2002 and built a professional development network of IMH clinicians across the state. As a member of the Florida Supreme Court Committee on Children, she partnered to create Florida’s Early Childhood Court Initiative, an innovative approach to break the multigenerational cycle of abuse. She spearheaded a Think Tank of state leaders toward creating a trauma informed state and a compilation of a Showcase of Florida’s Cutting-Edge Trauma Initiatives. She was awarded the 2020 Florida Bar Medal of Honor and the 2023 Lawton Chiles’ Statewide Advocacy Award for Children.

Joe Roberts

The Skidrow CEO

Joe Roberts aka The Skidrow CEO is an expert on resilience and change. Having experienced both catastrophic failure and extraordinary success Joe teaches how to overcome the roadblocks that get in the way of high performance. He helps companies and individuals redefine what’s truly possible by confronting limiting mindsets. Participants at Joes’ events leave inspired and moved to action. What is most amazing about Joe is that in 1989 he was living on the streets of Vancouver as a homeless skid row addict. Through perseverance, determination and his resilient human spirit, Joe pulled himself out of darkness and despair, to become a highly respected business and community leader.

Featured Speakers

Curtis Campogni

Speak 4 Motivating Change

While working with at-risk teens in 2014, Curtis sought new tools to engage and inspire them. He soon discovered Motivational Interviewing (MI) and quickly learned the power of intrinsic motivation and empathy. Today, Curtis operates Speak 4 Motivating Change (Speak4MC), a company founded on the belief that any person or organization can grow if given appropriate tools, resources, and motivation. Curtis is the son of a teacher, the husband of a social worker, and the father of an amazing little girl. Curtis is humbled to be allowed to speak with professionals who understand the power of learning and positive change.

Dr. Myra McPherson

Family Strengthening Mental Health Consultant
Girls Incorporated

Dr. Myra S. McPherson is a licensed mental health counselor who holds a doctorate degree in counseling psychology. She specializes in Infant-Toddler Mental Health therapeutic prevention and interventions, teen-parent dynamics, and adult issues related to early childhood attachment trauma.

Myra is the Family Strengthening Mental Health Consultant for Girls Incorporated, Sarasota, Florida. Her work includes: offering parent workshops, creating and implementing trauma informed training for staff & facilitators, developing individualized family strengthening plans based on parental requests, 1-1 counseling for girls ages 5-18, offering healthy relationship topics for high school groups both at the Center and by request from the Teen-Parent Cyesis Program at Riverview High School, Sarasota, FL She is a contracted trainer for the Ounce of Prevention Program: Prevent Child Abuse America-Healthy Families Florida presenting two-day workshops on the subject entitled “Working with Families Who Experience Severe Mental Health Issues” which she wrote specifically for home visitors. Myra offers parenting classes, 1-1 counseling, and parent-child psychotherapy for parents of young children under age 5, at Our Mother’s House, sponsored by Catholic Charities in Venice, FL., which is a program for homeless mothers and their young children. Finally, Myra has a private practice in Sarasota where she offers choices of “walk and talk” therapy or in-home services to individuals and families.

Master of Ceremonies

Vanessa James

Founder & CEO
Vanessa James Media, LLC


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5/14/2024 | 8:00 AM
5/15/2024 | 5:00 PM
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Broward County Convention Center
1950 Eisenhower Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316 United States
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