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Today's Children & Youth, Tomorrow's Families: 2014 Youth and Family Consensus Conference

Vancouver, BC
May 2-3, 2014

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.

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™.

Expected Attendees:

  •     Youth and families with lived experience of mental health and/or substance use challenges
  •     Researchers
  •     Public policymakers
  •     Frontline service providers with governments and health authorities
  •     Community-based child, youth and family serving organizations
  •     Educators
  •     Specialized health and mental health care providers
  •     Community leaders and funders
  •     Business leaders and funders

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