AIM’s 2022 Scientific Symposium: Care in the Crisis

Join us for our 2nd annual AIM Youth Mental Health Scientific Symposium on April 29, 2022 at the Sunset Center in Carmel.

Hear from the experts, world-renowned researchers, and the youth themselves about promising solutions to the youth mental health emergency.

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Event Details

April 29, 2022 | Sunset Center, Carmel

9:00am – 5:00pm | Scientific Symposium

5:00pm -7:00pm | Design Challenge Reception

All are welcome who are interested in learning about the latest advancements in youth mental health–parents, teachers, school administrators/personnel, coaches, mental health professionals, etc.


Tickets: $25 per person,  free for students 

Keynote Address: Tom Insel, MD

Dr. Tom Insel is a neuroscientist, psychiatrist, entrepreneur, author, and former Director of the National Institute of Mental Health. In 2019, he was appointed as the “Mental Health Tzar of California” by Governor Newsom. Dr. Insel will discuss the “State of the State” of youth mental health in California and his newly published book: Healing: Our Path from Mental Illness to Mental Health.


Stephen Hinshaw, PhD – ADHD Treatment, Sex Differences, and Stigma
Dr. Hinshaw, Professor of Psychology at UC Berkeley, will teach the developmental course of ADHD with an emphasis on family and peer factors, especially for girls. He will share evidence-based treatment, as well as the stigma that still “clings” to this often-misunderstood condition.

Shashank Joshi, MD – Suicide Prevention
Dr. Joshi will share the latest research on suicide prevention. He is a professor of Psychiatry, Pediatrics and Education at the Stanford University School of Medicine and Graduate School of Education and the Director of School Mental Health at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital.

Walter Kaye, MD- New Discoveries and Treatments for Anorexia Nervosa
Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry at UCSD, Dr. Kaye will share how, for teens suffering with anorexia nervosa, not only does food generate anxiety, there is also a failure to activate the brain mechanisms that motivate and initiate eating.

John Piacentini, PhD – Parenting the Anxious Child: A Science-Based Approach
Dr. Piacentini, Director of the Center for Child Anxiety Resilience, Education, and Support (CARES) at UCLA, will share evidence-based tools for parents to distinguish normal and abnormal anxiety and understand anxiety-related disorders like OCD.


The Parent Perspective: Care in the Crisis

Katherine Ellison, parent, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, and author of several books on mental health will moderate a panel of parents who’ve found strategies to get care for their children amid a national shortage of therapists. We will welcome questions from the audience.

Parent Panelists:
Jeff Long, Jayne Smith, Martin Alonzo, Kathy Long

AIM Design Challenge Reception

At 5pm, join us for a wine and cheese reception, hosted by the Carmel Sunset Rotary Club, where artist expressions of youth mental health challenges created by students will be displayed. The youth artists will share their experiences designing the pieces and host conversations about their meaning.

Continuing Education

 6 Hours of Continuing Education Credit Available

The AIM Scientific Symposium: Care in the Crisis is approved for 6 hours of Continuing Education by the APA through the Children’s Health Council (CHC)

  • Psychologists: CHC is approved by APA to provide continuing education. CHC maintains responsibility for this program and its content
  • For LCSWs and LMFTs Effective 7/1/17, the BBS no longer has its own approved providers. Rather, the BBS will recognize CE classes offered by organizations approved by a few agencies, including APA.
  • SLPs as required by the Speech-Language Pathology, Audiology & Hearing Aid Dispensers Board (PDP)

CHC is handicap accessible, if you require special accommodations, please contact Breanna Wilson at

2019 Scientific Symposium Highlights

Part 1: Eating Disorders, ADD, ADHD, OCD, and Anxiety

Part 2: Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, and Mood Disorder

Part 3: Doctor Panel Discussion and Audience Questions

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Hear world-renowned doctors, at the cutting-edge of youth mental health research, talk about the latest advancements in their fields and present on key topics affecting youth mental health today.