7th Annual Behavioral Health Conference

About the Event



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

Conference Tracks 
  • Special Topics & Initiatives
  • Professional Development 
  • Innovation & Thought
  • Trauma-Informed Preventions

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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, so will our health and safety plans, we will actively monitor COVID-19 updates released from Broward County and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We are committed to delivering a safe conference experience. 

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Event Details

Next Event Dates
Signature Grand
6900 Fl-84 , Davie, Florida 33317
Adriana LeCorgne
954.308.9270 | conference@UnitedWayBroward.org


Registration Fee $105

Keynote Speakers

Dr.%20Victor%20Schwartz.jpgVictor Schwartz,
MD, DLFAPA, CEO, Director at Mind Strategies, LLC.

Dr. Victor Schwartz is the CEO, Director and Founder of Mind Strategies, LLC. Before establishing Mind Strategies LLC, Dr. Schwartz served for eight years as Chief Medical Officer of The Jed Foundation and was University Dean of Students for six years after establishing and serving as Director of the Counseling Center at Yeshiva University. He is a Distinguished Life Fellow, was a member of the Presidential Task Force on College Mental Health, and co-chair of the working group on law and college mental health all the American Psychiatric Association

Kayongo%20D-Photo%20(High%20Res%20HEADSHOT%201_2015%20Preferred).jpgDerreck Kayongo, Entrepreneur, Global Soap Project Founder, CNN Hero, and Former CEO of the Center for Civil and Human Rights

From Ugandan refugee to successful entrepreneur, CEO, and renowned human rights activist, Derreck’s journey inspires audiences to dream big. He is the founder of the Global Soap Project: a humanitarian aid organization that collects discarded and unused soap from thousands of hotels worldwide, reprocesses it, then distributes it to in-need populations around the world. With his trademark panache, Derreck Kayongo tells his courageous story of survival, social entrepreneurship, and humanitarianism, and the life lessons he learned along the way

mcinerny_nora(300).jpgNora McInerny, Best-Selling Author & “Terrible Thanks for Asking” Podcast Host 

A writer, whose pieces have appeared in the New York Times, TIME Magazine and the Washington Post, Nora McInerny specializes in difficult conversations: death, loss, illness, mental health, trauma, change, and how to move forward with grief with resilience, joy, love, and humor. From having the 4th most popular TED Talk of 2019 to her work as the creator and host of the podcast Terrible Thanks for Asking, she regularly dives into the topics most people avoid with refreshing candor, heart, and humor

Dr%20%20Atiya%20Photo.jpgDr. Atiya Abdlemalik (Dr. A), Nurse, Certified Coach, Author & Community Engagement Practitioner

For more than 25 years, Dr. A. has demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to the well-being of individuals and whole communities throughout her diverse career in community, corporate, clinical, and nonprofit settings.  She is a certified executive and personal development coach, transformational speaker, and author of A Life Worth Saving: A Nurse's Journey from Sickness to Healing.

vanessa%20james.pngVanessa James, Multimedia Personality

Known for her infectious personality and insatiable energy, media maven, Vanessa James is one of Miami’s premier bi-lingual, female multi-media personalities providing services as an experienced content creator, entertainment correspondent, content creator and brand ambassador. For over twelve years, she kept the Sunshine State on the pulse of all thing’s music, entertainment, and community in multiple markets with her popular radio shows on stations including WBWT-FM in Tallahassee and the popular urban station WMIB-FM 103.5 The Beat in Miami

Mimi%20Graham%20head%20shot.jpgDr. Mimi Graham, Director of Florida State University Center for Prevention and Early Intervention Policy,

Dr. Mimi Graham is the Director of Florida State University Center for Prevention and Early Intervention Policy, a center of excellence in trauma, infant mental health, human trafficked pregnant teens, and policy & best practices during the pivotal first 1,000 days of life.  She pioneered a statewide infant mental health movement building clinical capacity, co-founding the Florida Association for Infant Mental Health and infusing infant mental health across systems as showcased in Florida’s Cutting-Edge Trauma Initiatives. As a member of the Florida Supreme Court Committee on Children, she helps spearhead Florida’s Early Childhood Court Initiative, integrating mental health into courts to break the multigenerational cycle of ACEs.  

Justin%20and%20Alexis%20Black.jpgJustin and Alexis Black, Authors, Speakers & Business Owners

Justin and Alexis Black are authors, speakers, business owners, and part of the Forbes Next 1000 2021. Together, they’ve published an award-winning, bestselling book titled Redefining Normal, impacting over 15,000 individuals. With Redefining Normal, they hope to continue conversations on healthy relationships, mental health, and generational success.

Blake%20Headshot.jpgBlake Evan Cohen, Co-founder of Next Level Recovery Associates, Inc.

Blake Evan Cohen is the co-founder of Next level Recovery Associates, Inc. and is the best-selling author of the book, I Love You, More: Short Stories of Addiction, Recovery, and Loss from the family’s perspective. Blake is currently earning a Master’s Degree in Leadership from NSU.

Facilitator agrees not to discriminate against any employee, audience or event coordinator because of age, race, religion, color, handicap, sex, physical condition, developmental disability, sexual orientation, or national origin.


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