March 19-22, 2023
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School Mental Health: Utilizing Science, Culture, and Context to Inform Practice
School mental health has emerged in recent years as a distinct field, given the unique opportunities and challenges of the school setting. There is a consensus that approaches should address different tiers of need (e.g., general mental health promotion, early intervention, and treatment). Furthermore, the importance of evidence-based approaches is highlighted. However, there are many challenges to the uptake and sustainability of evidence-based school mental health interventions. For example, there are many areas where evidence-based practices are not identified. In other areas, the evidence stems from highly controlled research trials, but may not translate to real world settings. Schools serve diverse communities and youth, and issues of adaptation and modification are important. This 52nd Banff International Conference on Behavioural Science will highlight both the challenges and opportunities of school mental health, with an emphasis on identifying practical strategies for mental health professionals, educators and administrators, and researchers. Through plenary addresses and workshops, participants will be presented with the most recent research findings from internationally recognized experts, with an emphasis on integrating science, culture, and context into everyday practice to support the mental health of diverse youth. The conference is geared towards professionals who are planning, implementing, and evaluating mental health services for students from preschool through secondary school.