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Friday, September 20
Membership Assembly
Time Topic Presenter

7:15 –
8:15 a.m.

Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation, Healthy Choices Breakfast
8:15 – 
8:45 a.m.
VNA /  VNF Briefing & Installation of New Officers VNA / VNF Leadership
8:45 –
9:45  a.m.
Dialogue Forum
Participants will engage in dialogue to develop recommendations that effectively address Virginia-specific challenges impacting nurses and the practice of nursing and advance Virginia Nurses Association and Virginia Nurses Foundation strategic priorities. Up to 3 topics will be selected from member proposals to be addressed during this forum.
 
TBA
9:45 - 11:15 a.m.

Helping Our Neighbors After Florence: Sentara Disaster Response
Sentara’s Disaster Response Team pulled resources together to aid our neighbor state of North Carolina during Hurricane Florence. The team will share the story of their deployment, setup, and management of a field hospital. They will discuss the devastation they witnessed and the impact this experience had on them personally as first responders.

Sentara Disaster Response Team

11:15 –
12:00 a.m.
President’s Reception
Brought to you by Arthur Davis Publishing
A members-only reception, w/light hors d’oeuvres & a champagne toast.
Friday September 20
Mind Matters: Improving mental healthcare delivery across settings
Time Topic Presenter
1:00 – 
1:15 p.m.
Opening Remarks

Linda Shepherd, MBA, BSN, RN
President, VNA

Terris Kennedy, PhD, RN
President, VNF
1:15 –
2:30 p.m.

Keynote Address
Hard Lessons Learned: A Father’s Journey Through America’s Mental Health System 
Pete will present a recounting of his personal journey trying to get his adult son help after experiencing a psychotic episode. His son’s arrest led to Earley spending 10 months inside a jail tracking mentally ill inmates as they moved from the streets to emergency rooms and jail before repeating that vicious cycle. His book, which was one of two finalists for the 2007 Pulitzer Prize, is a riveting indictment about our failure to help the seriously mentally ill. Earley will speak about his son’s eventual recovery, how the experience turned both Earley and his son into advocates, and solutions to many of the problems we are now facing when asked to help those with serious mental illnesses. 

Pete Earley, Author & Mental Health Advocate- Confirmed 

2:30 – 
3:30 p.m.

Grand Opening of the Exhibit Hall and Posters
Book Signing in Exhibit Hall
Stigma Discussion Session 3:00-3:20 in the Poster Hall

3:30 -
4:30 p.m.

NAMI In Our Own Voice
NAMI In Our Own Voice is a unique presentation in which two trained speakers share their compelling personal stories of living with mental health challenges and what helped them through their journey to achieving recovery. You will benefit from the inspirational stories of the speakers as the presenters increase their confidence and develop leadership skills while helping to inspire and motivate others.

Representatives from National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) 

Saturday, September 21
7:00 – 7:55 a.m.

Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation, Healthy Choices Breakfast

 
7:55 – 
8:00 a.m.

Opening Remarks

Linda Shepherd, MBA, BSN, RN
President, VNA

Terris Kennedy, PhD, RN
President, VNF
8:00 –
9:15 a.m.
Keynote Address
Mental Healthcare in Virginia: Times They Are A-Changin’!

Behavioral health services in Virginia are evolving rapidly due to the new science supporting evidence based services. In response DBHDS and our stakeholders are pivoting to support delivery of these services. Three key areas of activity include STEP-VA, Medicaid Redesign and Financial Realignment. Knowing the direction we are heading will help attendees steer their organizations toward this future state of behavioral health care services.

Mira Signer
Currently serving as Acting Commissioner
Chief Deputy Commissioner, Community Behavioral Health Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services

9:15 –
9:45 a.m.
BREAK
Exhibit Hall
Poster Presentations
Access to Care Discussion Session 9:20-9:40 in Poster Hall
9:45 –  10:45 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions
1.  A Conversation on Stigma

2. Integrated Care: What is it and What is Your Role on the Team?
  
3. “Why is my patient yelling at me, and how do I get him to stop?” Using a Social Learning Approach to Better Understand and Work with Patients Suffering from Mental Illness


1.  Mark Bogia, Certified Peer Recovery Specialist 

2.  Dr. Cathy Hudgins

3. Lisa Castro, MSW, MBA, LCSW
 
10:45 - 
11:00 a.m.
Transition
11:00 - 
12:00 p.m.

Providing Trauma Informed Care
What is trauma informed care and why is it important? Join us as we delve into the framework for providing trauma informed care and discuss practical strategies to integrate this into your practice. You will take away resources and tools to guide you in implementing trauma informed care.

Brian R. Sims, M.D.  
Senior Medical Advisor
National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors
12:00  – 
12:45 p.m.
BREAK
Exhibit Hall
Poster Presentations
Integrated Care Discussion Session 12:10-12:30 in Poster Hall
12:40 
1:45 p.m.
LUNCH & 
Ignite Rapid Fire Poster Presentation 1:00-1:30

1:45 –
2:45 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions
1. Developing and Implementing Trauma Informed Care Principles: A Pilot Study at Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital in Richmond, Virginia

2. Recognizing Trauma & Responding to Community Disasters

3. A Focus on the Caregiver- A Means to Improving Access
 

1.  Blair Bell, MSN, RN, CPN, CNL & Sara Jennings, DNP, RN, SANE-A, SANE-P, AFN-BC

2.  Terry Becker-Fritz, MS, RN, CS

3. Panel

 
2:45 – 
3:00 p.m.
BREAK
3:00 
4:00 p.m.
Closing Presentation
Ethical Considerations in Mental Healthcare
Addressing mental health concerns in our current practice environments can be ethically challenging. Stigma, determining capacity, and accessing mental healthcare services are just some of the common issues we face. This presentation will discuss these major ethical dilemmas and lead you through the application of moral frameworks that can be used to identify ethically sound solutions.

Mary Faith Marshall, PhD, FCCM
Acting Director, Emily Davie and Joseph S. Kornfeld Professor of Biomedical Ethics

Director, Center for Biomedical Ethics and Humanities
University of Virginia Health System

4:00 p.m. Wrap-up

Linda Shepherd, MBA, BSN, RN
President, VNA

Terris Kennedy, PhD, RN
President, VNF

 

*Session topics and speakers subject to change

Concurrent Presentation Descriptions

“Why is my patient yelling at me, and how do I get him to stop?” Using a Social Learning Approach to Better Understand and Work with Patients Suffering from Mental Illness
Lisa Castro, MSW, MBA, LCSW
Social learning is an evidence-based treatment model that focuses on interacting with patients using techniques that minimize conflict and reduce aggression, while also teaching patients more appropriate ways of getting their needs met. This program will explore the derivation of behaviors often encountered when providing care for patients suffering from mental illness. Social learning practice models will be utilized to teach nurses a new skill set to address these behaviors and enhance their practice across all settings.

Developing and Implementing Trauma Informed Care Principles: A Pilot Study at Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital in Richmond, Virginia
Blair Bell, MSN, RN, CPN, CNL & Sara Jennings, DNP, RN, SANE-A, SANE-P, AFN-BC
Exposure to childhood trauma can leave everlasting effects on health and well-being. As healthcare providers, trauma exposure needs to be recognized and responded to appropriately. The use of trauma informed care (TIC) principles can assist staff and patients in recognizing and reducing the negative effects of trauma. To implement TIC requires a systematic approach to change. This presentation will discuss the implementation plan and results of a pilot study to implement TIC across all pediatric areas at St. Mary’s Hospital.

Recognizing Trauma & Responding to Community Disasters
Terry Becker-Fritz, MS, RN, CS
Understanding the symptoms of trauma is important for nurses who will work with those experiencing disasters. This presentation will review what trauma is and how it affects the brain of people exposed to a traumatic event, as well as why nurses become triggered when they are exposed to it vicariously. Participants will learn about a statewide community response team that is onsite following a disaster to provide emergency mental health treatment to those experiencing trauma. 

A Conversation on Stigma
 Consider the stigma experienced by those facing mental health and substance abuse challenges. How do we as healthcare providers contribute to stigma and what can we do to reduce stigma to improve care? Join us for a discussion on reducing stigma for both our patients and our colleagues that may be facing mental health or substance abuse concerns.

Integrated Care: What is it and What is Your Role on the Team?
Dr. Cathy Hudgins
This program will examine how teams of behavioral health and primary care professionals can collaborate to provide integrated care to enhance the patient experience and improve outcomes. The presentation will discuss strategies and resources for implementation in your practice environment.

A Focus on the Caregiver- A Means to Improving Access
Healthcare providers are there to care for others in their most vulnerable moments. The impact of caring for others during traumatic and difficult experiences can leave lasting effects on care providers. This program will examine the caregiver experience and stressors and discuss resources and tools to support healthcare providers and keep them in practice.

Discussion Sessions: Stigma, Access, & Integrated Care
Join leaders from the Virginia Nurses Foundation’s Mental Health Roundtable as they facilitate discussion around priority issues we must address in Virginia to improve mental health care delivery: stigma, access, and integrated care. These dynamic 20-minute discussion sessions will allow participants to brainstorm and share ideas for change. All discussion sessions will be held in the Poster Hall.