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Behavioral Health Conference: The Power of Prevention

Health & Wellness/Nutrition

What: United Way of Broward County Commission on Behavioral Health & Drug Prevention, in collaboration with Broward Behavioral Health Coalition and Signature Grand, will present the 4th Annual Behavioral Health Conference: The Power of Prevention, a two-day conference promoting community awareness and support of behavioral health and substance use prevention. • The Conference will provide a forum for participants to learn, be informed, network and discuss issues related to research, policy and practice. Participants will expand professional knowledge; provide quality continuing education to behavioral health professionals; and promote community awareness of behavioral health and substance abuse prevention. Participants will also have the opportunity to earn up CEU credits. •Speakers include: - Austin Eubanks: Austin Eubanks is an injured survivor of the Columbine shooting and a powerful Keynote Speaker. His story of trauma, over-prescribed medications, and active addiction is sure to leave a lasting impression. Now in long-term recovery, Austin has devoted his career to helping those who have journeyed into addiction by way of trauma. He speaks nationally regarding the addiction pandemic, drug policy, and the underlying issues of emotional pain and trauma. Austin will share his compelling story which started on that horrific day in April of 1999. - SGT. Kevin Briggs: As an international Crisis Management, Suicide Prevention, and Leadership Skills presenter, retired California Highway Patrol Sergeant Kevin Briggs’ story and experiences have been featured in the Technology, Entertainment, and Design 2014 Conference as a TEDTalk, Ciudad de Las Ideas (Mexico), Yahoo News, The New Yorker Magazine, Men’s Health Magazine, NPR’s Bob Edwards Radio Show, People Magazine, USA Today, as well as other magazines, newspapers, radio, and podcasts across the world. His first book, Guardian of the Golden Gate: Protecting the Line Between Hope and Despair, was released in July 2015. - Kevin Berthia: Kevin is living each day in gratitude after Sgt. Kevin Briggs (above) talked him back over the ledge of The Golden Gate Bridge in 2005. Kevin Berthia has since become a Suicide Prevention Advocate, encouraging people to talk through their problems rather than think about ending their lives. In May of 2013, Kevin was invited by The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) to present The Life Savers Award to the officer who talked him back to safety. He spoke publicly for the first time about the events that led up to that day on March 11, 2005. His story of HOPE has been featured by multiple media outlets including Nightly News with Brian Williams, ABC Fusion, The Steve Harvey Show, Men's Health Magazine and People Magazine. - Darlene Slaughter: Darlene Slaughter is the Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer at United Way Worldwide. She is currently leading efforts to expedite and advance worldwide diversity and inclusion strategies, partnerships and initiatives by working closely with local United Ways, as well as corporate and community partners. Darlene has won many awards and honors, including SAVOY’s “2012 Top 100 Influential Women in Corporate America,” profiles in Diversity Journal’s list of “Women Worth Watching, Black Enterprises”; “Top Executives in Diversity,” and Heart & Soul’s “Women of Substance in Finance.” Darlene is also a frequent speaker on topics such as changing management, women’s initiatives, financial literacy, leadership development, and concepts on diversity and inclusion. • Breakout Workshop Sessions: Administrator Track, Adult Focus Track, Youth and Family Focus Track, Wellness Track, Primary and Behavioral Health Care Integration Track, Trauma Informed Prevention Track. • Conference Topics: suicide prevention, adult health promotion, evidence-based interventions, new and promising practices, diversity, ACES - Adverse Childhood Experiences, environmental and media strategies, trauma-informed care, crisis intervention and law enforcement, prevention to address the opiate epidemic, cultural competence, research and policy developments, integration of physical and behavioral health. When: May 15 -16, 2017, 8 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. Where: Signature Grand, 6900 W State Road 84, Davie, FL 33317. Details: Early Registration until April 17th: $80 | Registration from April 18th - May 4th: $105. Business attire. Please Register by May 4, 2018 at For more information, please contact Lois Beaulieu at or call 954.308.9282.