• Healthy Minds Event

    As a parent or guardian, you want to make kids brave, but cautious. Raise them to be confident, but humble. Give them freedom, but not too much. Keep them active, but let them rest. How do you instill these values while navigating the changing tides of society?

    Anne Arundel Medical Center’s “Healthy Minds: A Community Program on Children’s Mental Health” event will offer expert discussion, guidance, and resources on today’s most pressing mental health issues in children.

    Who should attend? The conference is designed for parents/guardians, educators and providers of adolescent children.

    Attendees will:

    Become more aware of children’s mental health issues and the influence of societal factors.

    Gain skills to know when a child needs mental health treatment, and when they do not.

    Learn, and get connected with, mental health resources to help.

  • 9:30 – 10 am: Registration and Light Breakfast Fare

    10 – 10:15 am: The State of Children’s Mental Health Today

    Moderator: Jennifer Walton, MA, LCPC, mental health specialist, AAMC

    10:15 - 11:00 am

    How Social Media Affects Adolescent Behavior

    Speaker: Cpl. C. J Eslick, Anne Arundel County, School Resource Officer

    In this session, Cpl. Eslick will talk about the social media applications children are using at an alarming rate. He will explain how these applications are affecting the daily lives and behaviors of our children.


    11:10 - 11:40 am

    Stress Busters Through the Ages and Stages: How to Help Kids Cope with Worries and Concerns

    Speakers: Erin Merli, CPNP, PMHS, Annapolis Pediatrics, and Kathy L. Miller, MA, LCPC, Oasis: The Center for Mental Health

    This session will teach parents how to help their children cope with worries and concerns using simple, effective strategies. Erin Merli, CPNP, PMHS, and Kathy L. Miller, MA, LCPC, will discuss a holistic approach to decreasing stress during early childhood, tweens and adolescence.


    12:10 - 12:40 pm

    You Can’t Pour From an Empty Cup: Caring for Yourself While Caring for Your Child

    Speaker: Kristen Capps Umphlet, Ph.D., psychologist, The Lourie Center for Children’s Social & Emotional Wellness

    Caregivers will explore how to use decades of research on lifelong development of secure relationships to support their children’s wellbeing, while caring for their own emotional needs. They will learn how to nurture relationships for their children and themselves that promote feelings of safety, calm and happiness.


    1:50 – 1:30 pm: Panel Discussion and Q&A

    1:35 – 1:55 pm: Presentations by Resource Groups

    2:00 – 3:00 pm: Open Networking