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Behavioral Health Symposium

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Nov 8, 2019
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Gaithersburg Marriott Washingtonian Center
Gaithersburg, MD

Join us for a Behavioral Health Symposium covering "Early Childhood Trauma (ACEs) & Resiliency."

Registration Details

Registration is closed or no longer available for this event.

Complimentary continental breakfast and lunch will be provided on-site.

Fees & Payment

Registration is $35 (non-refundable). Space is limited.


Youth Suicide: Science & Solutions

Youth Suicide: Science & Solutions

Suicide is the second leading cause of death among children and adolescents in the United States. Most young people who attempt suicide have a significant, yet treatable, mental health disorder.

This symposium brings together a panel of experts in the fields of suicide research, treatment and community-based support systems to help healthcare providers and school administrators better recognize suicidal behaviors and connect families to care.

Our experts will also explore mental health provider burnout, the impact of a child’s suicidality on the family and gaps in mental healthcare.


Learning Objectives

  • Describe the rationale for screening for suicide risk in adolescents seen in the pediatric emergency department and the advantages of using an adaptive rather than standard screening tool.
  • Describe the rationale, methods, and major findings of studies that apply machine learning to electronic health records in order to delineate suicidal risk.
  • Understand the implication of suicidality on the family.
  • Review treatment modalities for suicidality in specific populations.
  • Review evidence-based programs that prevent adolescent suicidal behavior.
  • Discuss common mental healthcare access challenges and best practices for connecting children and families to care.

Keynote Speaker

David Brent, Ph.D., Endowed Chair in Suicide Studies and Professor of Psychiatry, Pediatrics, Epidemiology, and Clinical and Translational Science, The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Dr. David Brent is academic chief, child and adolescent psychiatry at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s Western Psychiatric Hospital and holds an endowed chair in suicide studies at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He directs Teens at Risk, a state-funded program for suicide prevention, education of professionals and treatment of at-risk youth and their families. Dr. Brent is a member of the National Academy of Medicine. He has been recognized for his research by many organizations, including the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the American Psychiatric Association, and the Brain and Behavior Foundation. His work has focused on the identification of risk factors for adolescent depression and suicidal behavior and on the translation of those findings into clinical interventions.


Dr. Chad Lennon, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Adventist HealthCare

Dr. Chad Lennon is a board-certified psychiatrist for Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center’s child and adolescent acute care units. His expertise includes caring for children and adolescents with severe mental health disorders and suicidal behaviors.

Dr. Aditi Vijay, Psychologist, District Psychology, PLLC

Dr. Aditi Vijay, is assistant professor at Georgetown University School of Medicine and founder of District Psychology. Dr. Vijay specializes in the treatment of trauma and the use of Dialectical Behavior Therapy.

Dr. James Herrera, Medical Director, Lourie Center for Children’s Social & Emotional Wellness

Dr. James Herrera, is the medical director of The Lourie Center for Children’s Social & Emotional Wellness, an affiliate of Adventist HealthCare. Dr. Herrera provides psychiatry oversight for all clinical programs, services and staff.

Jason Martin, Clinical Services Director, Adventist HealthCare

Jason Martin, LCPC, CPRP, is the director of clinical services for Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center’s Behavioral Health Services. He offers more than 20 years of expertise with a focus on helping individuals in crisis navigate the complicated mental healthcare system.

Stephanie Rosen, Executive Director, National Alliance on Mental Illness of Montgomery County

Stephanie Rosen is the executive director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Montgomery County. She is an outspoken advocate for individuals with mental health disorders and leads the chapter’s community support efforts.

Symposium Agenda

8:00 a.m. Attendee Check-in, Continental Breakfast & Networking
8:30 a.m. Welcome & Opening Remarks
8:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Keynote Speaker: David Brent, Ph.D.

Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

University of Pittsburgh 


10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Morning Break
10:15 a.m. - 11:15a.m.

David Brent, Ph.D. (continued)


University of Pittsburgh


11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Dr. Chad Lennon

Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

Adventist HealthCare


12:15 p.m. - 1:00 p.m Lunch (Provided on-site)
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

 Dr. Aditi Vijay


District Psychology, PLLC.


2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m

Panel Discussion

Stephanie Rosen

Executive Director

National Alliance on Mental Illness of Montgomery County


Jason Martin

Clinical Services Director

Adventist HealthCare


Dr. James Herrera

Medical Director

Lourie Center for Children’s Social & Emotional Wellness


3:00 p.m. Final remarks and dismissal

Continuing Education Units

This event has been approved for 5.0 hours of CME and CEU credit. Attendees must be present for the duration of the event to receive credit. Partial credit will not be provided.


Free parking is available in the hotel parking lot.


Amanda Lester at 240-826-6602 or send an email

Schedule & Location


Date Time Location
1. Fri, November 08 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM Gaithersburg Marriott Washingtonian Center

Location Details

  • Gaithersburg Marriott Washingtonian Center
    9751 Washingtonian Boulevard
    Gaithersburg, MD 20878

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