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Call for Abstracts--Today’s Children & Youth, Tomorrow’s Families; 2014 Youth and Family Consensus Conference

Deadline November 30, 2013

The purpose of this conference is to bring together youth and families with researchers, policymakers, service providers and educators to share knowledge and experiences about practices that best meet the needs of people living with mental health and/or substance use challenges. The conference will focus on what youth and families need from each other, their communities and service systems to flourish today and in future generations.

May 2-3, 2014
Vancouver, British Columbia

The primary aim of the conference is to develop consensus statements on practices that support child and youth mental health within the context of the family, while acknowledging the unique needs and rights of young people.

We want to know what evidence resonates with youth and families. What is their experience of promising practice and how can we engage youth and families to help define “family smart” practice within the service systems that touch our lives?

FamilySmart™ is a values-based approach to listening, understanding and responding to the mental health needs of individual family members and whole families. Conceived by the Institute of Families, it is a philosophy, practice and endorsement all rolled into one. FamilySmart ™ is intended to help families, and those working with them in communities and across systems, to identify and act upon what is meaningful and what works to improve the mental health of infants, children, youth, parents and whole families. Through this conference we hope to further define and refine FamilySmart™.  For more information on FamilySmart™ and the consensus development process (to be completed by November 1st, 2013) please visit our website:

Abstract Submission Deadline: November 30, 2013

We are inviting submissions from youth, families and professionals from across disciplines and sectors that expand our understanding of what youth and families need from service systems, and how research, policy and practice can be more effective and meaningful in meeting those needs. Presenters are strongly encouraged to include the voices of youth and families in their presentations.

For more information regarding conference themes, types of presentations, and submission guidelines, as well as the online submission form, visit