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NatCon19: Wednesday

March 27, 2019 | NatCon | Comments
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Welcome to NatCon19.

This is the last day of NatCon19 and we’re sad to say goodbye. But we’re already making plans for NatCon20 in Austin, Tex.

We’ll be here at BH365 with conference highlights through the closing general session, so keep visiting us.

Awards of Excellence

Last night we were proud to honor 18 individuals and organizations at the Celebration of Excellence!

The National Council’s Awards of Excellence celebrate leaders in behavioral health care for their ingenuity, hard work and dedication to improving the lives of those living with mental illness and addictions.

This year’s honorees represent a diverse array of individuals and organizations. Each honoree made a difference in behavioral health this past year, whether passing bills into law or providing the best care possible for those who needed it most.

At the close of the evening, Linda Rosenberg, president and CEO of the National Council, was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award for her work in the field and 15 years of leading the organization.

Read more about the Awards of Excellence and this year’s honorees.

Thought Leaders

Preventing the Unthinkable: Using Threat Management to Prevent Targeted Violence and Mass Shootings

John S. Rozel

Most violence is not attributable to mental illness or people with mental illness. But we need to take steps to prevent the unthinkable. How can we scale interventions to prevent violence? As behavioral health professionals we have opportunities, said Dr. John Rozel. It’s about the intersection and opportunities – pre-incident, incident and post-incident.

Behavioral health professionals have a unique opportunity to assist with threat assessment and connect the dots by weighing risk vs. protective factors. Threat management is a tool to analyze whether a specific individual or entity poses a risk of violence to another individual or entity.

This timely and critical topic will be explored in-depth in the forthcoming resource document on mental health and mass violence being prepared by the National Council Medical Director Institute.

Transforming Lives: The Heart and Soul of Health Care

Allison Massari

“Sometimes it only takes one person to change your life,” said Allison Massari. She knows first-hand how a relationship can change the life of someone living with the effects of trauma and she bravely shared her own story.

Her life-affirming message is that compassion heals the places that medicine cannot touch and healers can grow joy though a touch or a smile. “In order to be truly happy, we must be brave,” she said.

Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business

Charles Duhigg

At least one NatCon Tweeter felt Charles Duhigg was publicly shaming her for her fixation with a smartphone vs. personal relationships. But, if you have a more intimate relationship with your phone than you do with your loved one, something’s out of priority.

Is multi-tasking getting in the way of real productivity? Productivity relies on the choices you make every day. By managing how we think – rather than what we think can transform our lives. The best and most successful innovation comes from familiar things changed slightly for a new purpose, uniquely mixing existing information and insights.

Want to know how? Learn more from Pulitzer Prize-winner Charles Duhigg and his latest book, “Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business.”