5th Annual Behavioral Health Conference

About the Event

Join United Way of Broward County's Commission on Behavioral Health & Drug Prevention for the 5th Annual Behavioral Health Conference: The Power of Prevention. Attend informative sessions and hear from speakers to learn, network and discuss issues related to behavioral health practices, policies, and research. Learn how you can promote behavioral health and substance abuse prevention awareness within the community.

2019 Conference Tracks

Youth Prevention

Adult Prevention

Social Determinants 

Integrated Health Care

Trauma-Informed Prevention

Special Populations

Organizational Excellence 


Registration Fee

Early Bird Tickets: $85 now through March 30, 2019

Registration price will increase after March 31, 2019



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Event Details

Signature Grand
6900 Fl-84 , Davie, Florida 33317
Lois Beaulieu
954-308-9282 | lbeaulieu@unitedwaybroward.org

Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Marc Brackett, Director, Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence 

Headshot-Dr.-Marc-Brackett-300x240.jpgMarc Brackett, Ph.D., is founding director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and Professor in the Child Study Center at Yale University. His grant-funded research focuses on: (1) the role of emotions and emotional intelligence in learning, decision making, relationship quality, and mental health; (2) the measurement of emotional intelligence; (3) best practices for teaching emotional intelligence; and (3) the influences of emotional intelligence training on children’s and adults’ effectiveness, health, creativity, and both school and workplace climate. Marc has published 125 scholarly articles and has received numerous awards, including the Joseph E. Zins Award for his research on social and emotional learning and an honorary doctorate from Manhattanville College. He also is a distinguished scientist on the National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development.

Marc is the lead developer of RULER (an acronym for the five key emotion skills of recognizing, understanding, labeling, expressing, and regulating emotions) is an evidence-based approach to social and emotional learning that has been adopted by over 1,500 public, charter, and private pre-school to high schools across the United States and in other countries, including Australia, China, England, Italy, Mexico, Spain, and Sri Lanka. RULER infuses social and emotion learning into the immune system of schools by enhancing how school administrators lead, educators teach, students learn, and families parent. Research has shown that RULER boosts academic performance, decreases school problems like bullying, enriches classroom climates, reduces teacher stress and burnout, and enhances teacher instructional practices.

Marc regularly consults with large companies, including Facebook and Google on best practices for integrating the principles of emotional intelligence into training and product design. With Facebook, he has developed a number of products, including: social resolution tools to help adults and youth resolve online conflict, the bullying prevention hub to support educators, families, and teens, and InspirED, an open-source resource center to support high school students in leading positive change in their schools. Marc also holds a 5th degree black belt in Hapkido, a Korean martial art.


Dr. Peter Gorski, Professor of Public Health, Pediatrics, Psychiatry and Humanities - University of Miami, Florida International University, University of South Florida

Dr. Peter GorskiDr. Gorski is Professor of Pediatrics and Humanities, Health & Society at Florida International University, Professor of Public Health, Pediatrics and Psychiatry at the University of South Florida, Professor of Public Health, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and Past President of the Florida Association for Infant Mental Health.  From 2011-2016, he served as the Chief Community Health, Child Development and Innovation Officer at the Children’s Trust of Miami-Dade County.  From 2006-2011, Dr. Gorski was Director of Research and Innovation at the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County in Tampa, Florida. From 2003-2006, Dr. Gorski served as the Director of the Lawton and Rhea Chiles Center for Healthy Mothers and Babies at USF.

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Francine Ward, Esq. Lawyer and Author

Francine Ward, Esq.A professional speaker since 1995, Francine has engaged audiences large and small with her compelling story of triumph over insurmountable odds. Her authentic, impassioned message motivates and inspires audiences no matter what industry or background.

Once upon a time all the odds were stacked against Francine, from drug and alcohol addiction, living in poverty on the streets of New York City, to being trapped in a life of ill repute. Today Francine lives a blessed life traveling the world, owning two beautiful homes in California, the admiration of a loving husband, supportive friends and family, is a published author, and owns and operates a thriving legal practice. With 30 years of recovery under her belt, Francine is also a pillar of strength and support to those wrestling with addiction.

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Talia Levanon, Director, Israeli Trauma Coalition

Talia LevanonTalia Levanon is the current Director of the Israeli Trauma Coalition (ITC), an organization committed to continuum of trauma care and preparedness. ITC models, protocols and interventions were created in Israel to address the impact of long term exposure to security violence and threats on the individual, family and community level and include clinical care and creating resilience.
These models are shared by ITC in post crisis areas around the globe.  Based on years of cultivated experience in trauma, ITC is often called in to support emergency situations worldwide.

Click here to learn more about the work of Talia and ITC. 


More speakers coming soon.