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The FIU Center for Children and Families (CCF) once again hosted their Miami International Child & Adolescent Mental Health (MICAMH) Conference, where nearly 500 mental health professionals from all across the world came together to learn about the latest findings for child mental health problems including ADHD, anxiety, autism, suicide and depression, trauma, phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder and more.

During the three-day conference hosted at the FIU Kovens Conference Center, practitioners attended keynote talks and workshops to learn hands-on evidence-based strategies for diverse child mental health topics including body dissatisfaction, sexual health, trauma, and racism; as well as critical issues such as reducing barriers to treatment for ethnic minority families, integrating behavioral health services into primary care, and more.

“We used to host this conference every two years, but given the strong need and desire for more training and education in child mental health among professionals and students, we decided to host it annually,” said Jonathan S. Comer, FIU psychology professor and chair of MICAMH. “We are proud to say that this was the highest attended MICAMH conference to-date and we are happy that practitioners were able to walk out of this conference better prepared to provide families in their communities with the best treatments possible.”

Speakers at the 2018 MICAMH Conference included:

  • Thomas Ollendick, Ph.D., Virginia Tech
  • Connie Kasari, Ph.D., University of California
  • Enrique Neblett, Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Carolyn Becker Black, Ph.D., Trinity University
  • Tara S. Peris, Ph.D., UCLA Semel Institute
  • Nicole M. Fava, Ph.D., Florida International University
  • Donna B. Pincus, Ph.D., Boston University
  • Andres De Los Reyes, Ph.D., University of Maryland at College Park
  • Thomas J. Power, Ph.D., ABPP, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Charlotte Johnston, Ph.D., University of British Columbia
  • Erlanger A. Turner, Ph.D., University of Houston-Downtown
  • Mary Fristad, Ph.D., ABPP, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
  • Steven W. Evans, Ph.D., Ohio University
  • George J. DuPaul, Ph.D., Lehigh University
  • Erika K. Coles, Ph.D., Florida International University
  • Thomas J. Power, Ph.D., ABPP, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Sannisha K. Dale, Ph.D., University of Miami

“This has undoubtedly become the largest child and adolescent mental health conference in the U.S.,” said William E. Pelham Jr., director of the Center for Children and Families and founder of the MICAMH Conference. “We are honored to be able to host this conference with the help of our partners and to have the top experts in the country once again be a part of this distinct event.”

The MICAMH Conference was hosted by the Center for Children and Families and co-sponsored by The Children’s Trust, Miami-Dade County Public Schools and Society of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology (SCCAP).