Every year in March, the Institute will partner with the annual Children’s Mental Health Research and Policy Conference, hosted by the Department of Child & Family Studies (CFS) at the USF College of Behavioral and Community Sciences. The Institute’s portion of the conference agenda will take place on the first day of the conference and will continue throughout the duration of the conference. The Institute conference will focus on skills and methodologies associated with translational research. Content experts and national mentors will be invited to present on core content areas of the proposed curricula. Persons and institutions nationally who are involved in innovative translational research in the areas of adolescent drug abuse and mental health will also be invited to present and participate on panel discussions which highlight current trends and outcomes in clinical and services research. Institute scholars will also present their Capstone Projects during the annual conference in their fourth semester.
In 1988, the CFS initiated their first national conference for expanding the research base on children’s mental health. Since then, the conference has annually convened more than 600 participants per year to share new knowledge and research on important issues for all children with serious emotional or behavioral problems and their families. The conference has highlighted significant accomplishments of the field and has been able to introduce new frameworks, conceptual models, and methodological approaches to the field of children’s mental health. New information from community, state, and national-level investigations is shared on what it takes to translate the science of systems of care so the mental health needs of children, adolescents, and their families can be met within their home, school, and community environments.