Continuing Education Credits included in Conference Registration

The 8th Annual CICAMH conference will focus on engaging families and caregivers of youth who struggle with mental health concerns in order to foster youth resilience and nurture mental well-being. We will also address how to sustain clinician resilience to continue to support the specific needs of these youth and their families. 


In particular, we will address building and maintaining systems to support family and clinician resilience in the context of recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. We will also address how to actively engage families while treating youth using specific modalities of treatment, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), substance use treatment including Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT), exposure therapy for anxiety, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), as well as engagement of families of LGBTQIA+ youth dealing with co-occurring mental health disorders. 


The purpose of the CICAMH conference is to increase awareness and in depth understanding of these critical issues and offer attendees guidance and resources to be able to assist youth, their family systems, as well as their communities in supporting each other to promote healing, recovery and ongoing resilience.



  1. Understand the effect of a multidisciplinary, collaborative system-based approach in the engagement of families of children and adolescents with mental health issues.

  2. Explore how Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) can be utilized effectively with adolescents and how to engage families in understanding and reinforcing ACT modalities in teenagers. 

  3. Recognize specific ways to foster clinician/provider resilience and learn how clinician resilience can impact teaching and engaging families to cultivate their own resilience building skills. 

  4. Discuss how to engage and connect with families of LGBTQIA+ youth who also struggle with symptoms of co-occurring mental health disorders. 

  5. Learn skills of family behavior therapy for substance use disorder treatment in youth. 

  6. Describe options available for Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) in youth with substance use disorders. 

  7. Explore how to engage families when using exposure therapy to treat anxiety in youth. 

  8. Understand the principles of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for adolescents and how to engage families in this modality. 

  9. Delineate strategies on how to improve the emotional, academic and social skills of the developing mind and learn how to educate and engage families in this integrated “whole-brain” approach for clinicians.  

Special Thanks to our Collaborators

Behavioral Health Services County of San Diego Health and Human
Services Agency 

University of San Diego & Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science

 Healthy Within

Rady Children’s Hospital - San Diego Department of

San Diego Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

2023 Course Directors and Chairs

Will Connor, MD, Assistant professor, UCSD Department of Psychiatry

Paven Lidstone, MD, PhD, Assistant Clinical Professor UCSD Department of Psychiatry

Charmi Patel Rao, MD, DFAACAP, Director of Psychiatric Services, Positive Development; President, San Diego Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

2023 Conference Planning Committee

Julia Allen, LCSW, Owner of Julia Allen Therapy

Margaret Anello, LMFT, Director of Behavioral Health Outpatient Programs

Neha Bahadur, MD, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

Mark Chenven, MD, Executive Medical Director Vista Hill Foundation; Clinical Professor, UCSD Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

Janelle B. Farias MA, LMFT, Lecturer, San Diego State University, CA AAMFT Family Therapy Education Advocacy Movement (TEAM) Co-Chair

Joshua D. Feder, MD, Child and Family Psychiatry Editor in Chief, The Carlat Child Psychiatry Report, Medical Director, Positive Development

Eben Howard PhD, MBA, PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC, FACHE, Clinical Associate Professor for PMHNP Program University of San Diego

Katie Lais, DNP, PMHNP-BC, Coordinator & Clinical Associate Professor for PMHNP Program

Andrea Mann, DO, Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist, Volunteer Clinical Assistant Professor University of California, San Diego

Edith Mohler, Behavioral Health Services - Children, Youth and Families. County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency

Melanie Morones, LMFT, ATR, ECMHS Early Childhood Mental Health Clinical Director

Strengthening Families Department YMCA Childcare Resource Service

Katherine Nguyen Williams, PhD, Clinical Professor & Director at UCSD Psychiatry, Rady Children's Hospital Outpatient Psychiatry

Kelly McCullough, LCSW, Director, La Jolla Therapy Center

Aisha Pope, LCSW Program Director, Center for Children

Jeffrey Rowe, MD, San Diego Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Katherine Turner, PhD, Lecturer, Adjunct, Director, Resilience, Training & Intervention for Countering Violence, Homeland Security Projects at San Diego State University, Registered Psychological Assistant Institute of Health, San Diego

Laura Vleugels, Supervising Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, County of San Diego

2023 Conference Coordination

Cathy de Leon, CICAMH Conference Coordinator 

Vanessa Pulido, LMFT, Executive Director, San Diego Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Featured Speakers

Anya Kamenetz Award-Winning Journalist
Anya Kamenetz Award-Winning Journalist
Acclaimed Author; Future of Work, Education and Technology Expert
Dr. Tina Bryson Ph.D.
Dr. Tina Bryson Ph.D.
Best-selling author


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