AIM 2023 Youth Mental Health Symposium Agenda

A life-changing symposium you won’t want to miss: On April 19 – 21, 2023, AIM Youth Mental Health will gather world-renowned researchers, best-selling authors, youth experts, parents, clinicians, educators, first responders, and community members to protect the mental health and safety of our children.

This year’s AIM Youth Mental Health Symposium will be held at the Monterey Conference Center in beautiful Old Town Monterey, California. Please join us.

Click here to learn about Continuing Medical Education (CME) and Continuing Education (CE)

Apr 20: Day 1 - The Alphabet Soup of Youth Mental Health (Expand for Schedule)



8:00 – 8:30 AM     Registration, Continental Breakfast, Exhibitors

8:30 – 8:35 AM      Welcome: Shashank Joshi MD and Lori Butterworth MED, MA

8:35 – 8:45 AM      The State of Youth Mental Health: A Conversation with Dr. Arthur Evans & CitlaliNava

8:45 – 9:30 AM      Keynote: The Power of Emotions Dr. Marc Brackett

9:30 – 10:15 AM    Panel Discussion: The Alphabet Soup of Youth Mental HealthTreatments Moderated by Dr. Shashank Joshi: Dr. John Piacantini, Dr. Ramona Friedman, Dr. Rachel Kramer

10:15 – 10:45 AM Risk and Protective Factors for Teen Suicide Dr. Shashank Joshi

10:45 – 11:00 AM Break and Exhibit Visits

11:00 – 11:45 AM Concurrent BreakoutSessions

11:45 – 1:00 PM   Lunch and Exhibits

1:00 – 1:30 PM      Anxiety: Let’s Talk About It Dr. John Piacentini and Dr. Ramona Friedman

1:30 – 2:00 PM      Integrating Prevention and Whole Family Health into Treatment: Justin Mohatt, MD and Krista Reuther, LCSW

2:00 – 2:15 PM      Break and Exhibit Visits

2:15 – 3:00 PM      Concurrent Breakout Sessions

3:00 – 4:00 PM      Research Findings from the Pediatric Adverse Childhood Experiences ACEs Study

Monica Bucci MD, Neeta Thakur MD, Dayna Long MD

4:00 – 5:00 PM     AIM Ideas Lab Youth Presenters: Monterey, Marin, and San Luis Obispo

5:00 – 7:00 PM     AIM Design Challenge Wine and Cheese Reception

CME/CE: Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of Day 1, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the key elements of Emotional Intelligence (EI) in light of how intelligence is traditionally
  2. Evaluate Pediatric ACES and Related Childhood Experiences Screener (PEARLS) as a predictor of health
  3. Analyze the effectiveness of various treatments for anxiety, depression, and eating
  4. Identify risk and protective factors for teen
  5. Discuss key recommendations made by teens about how to address and protect youth mental

Symposium Speakers

Marc Brackett PhD
Meet Dr. Brackett
Arthur Evans PhD
Meet Dr. Evans
Vicki Harrison
Meet Vicki
Monica Bucci MD
Meet Dr. Bucci
Katherine Ellison
Meet Katherine
Steve Adelsheim MD
Meet Dr. Adelsheim
John Piacentini PhD
Meet Dr. Piacentini
Krista Reuther
Krista Reuther LCSW
Meet Krista
Dr. Neeta Thakur
Neeta Thakur MD
Meet Dr. Thakur
Giovanna Panetta
Meet Giovanna
Shashank Joshi MD
Meet Dr. Joshi
Ramona Friedman PhD
Meet Dr. Friedman
Justin Moffat
Justin Mohatt MD
Meet Dr. Mohatt
Dayna Long MD
Meet Dr. Long
Citalil Nava
Meet Citali

Apr 21: Day 2 - Now What? Strategies Beyond Therapy (Expand for Schedule)


8:00 – 8:30 AM

Registration, Continental Breakfast, Exhibitor Visits

8:30 – 8:45 AM

Welcome: Shashank Joshi MD and Lori Butterworth MED, MA

8:45 – 9:30 AM

Training for Change: Youth and Teen Mental Health First Aid Tramaine EL-Amin

9:30 – 10:00 AM

Sleep and Mental Health Rafael Pelayo, MD

10:00 – 10:45 AM

The allcove Model Steve Adelsheim, MD, Vicki Harrison, Ana Soto & Youth Panel

10:45 – 11:00 AM

Youth-led Table Talk Social Media

11:00 – 11:45 AM

ConcurrentBreakout Sessions Lunch and Exhibits

1:00 – 1:45 PM

Family Based Treatment for Adolescents with Eating Disorders: A Weight- Inclusive Lens Rachel Kramer, PhD

1:45 – 2:30 PM

Keynote: Michael Thomas, PhD, The Inner Lives of Boys

2:30 – 3:15 PM

AIM Ideas Lab – Youth Participatory Action Research Monterey County

3:15 – 3:30 PM

Break, Book Signing, Exhibit Visits

3:30 – 4:50 PM

Workshop: Giving Kids Permission to Feel Marc Brackett, PhD Closing Remarks and Next Steps

4:50 – 5:00 PM Closing Remarks.

CME/CE Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of Day 2, participants will be able to:

  1. Evaluate Mental Health First Aid as an upstream intervention for youth mentalhealth challenges and crises.
  2. Describe common barriers for adolescents to optimize their sleep
  3. Discuss risk factors for LGBTQ+ youth for experiencing higher rates of mentalhealth
  4. Describe ways to apply the principles of shared decision-making in clinical
  5. Assess the impact of social media on youth mental
Tramaine EL-Amin
Meet Tramaine
Amanda Zonghi MEd
Meet Amanda
Summer Prather-Smith
Meet Dr. Prather-Smith
Jessie Bucci
Jessie Bucci
Meet Jessie
Shashank V. Joshi
Shashank Joshi MD
Meet Dr. Joshi
Michael Thompson
Michael Thompson PhD
Meet Dr. Thompson
Ana Soto
Meet Ana
Connie Sobzak & Elizabeth Scott LMFT
Meet Connie & Elizabeth
Dr. Rachel Kramer
Rachel Kramer PhD
Meet Dr.Kramer
Rafael Pelayo MD
Meet Dr. Pelayo
Jennifer Fenton
Jennifer Fenton LMFT
Meet Jennifer
Laurie Grossman
Meet Laurie
Marwa Sahak
Meet Marwa


Marc Brackett, PhD

Day 2: Friday, April 21 | 3:00 to 5:00 pm, Dr. Marc Brackett, Director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, Developer of RULER, and author of the bestselling book, Permission To Feel, will lead a workshop about the importance of Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and how mental health providers, parents, educators, youth, first responders…all of us play a role in giving youth permission to feel.

Apr 19: Pre-Conference - School Safety and Youth Mental Health (Expand for Schedule)

  • 8:30 – 9:00 am | Registration, Continental Breakfast, Exhibitors
  • 9:00 – 9:15 am | Welcome: Michael Kimball and Lori Butterworth
    School Safety and Youth Mental Health
  • 9:15 – 10:00 amKeynote: Greg Johnson and Andy McGill
    West Liberty-Salem High School
    The Anatomy of the West Liberty-Salem High School Shooting, Lessons Learned
  • 10:00 am 10:45 am | Logan Cole
    West Liberty-Salem High School
    School Shooting Survivor: Youth Mental Health in the Wake of Violence
  • 10:45 11:00 am | Break and Exhibit Visit
  • 11:00 am 12:00 pm | Concurrent Sessions
        1. Greg Johnson & Andy McGill: Principal Recovery Guide
        2. Logan and Addy Cole: The reality of a lockdown with elementary school children / Safety Training with Elementary School Children
        3. Kraig Hissong – A School Leaders’ Role in Communicating to the Community After a Tragedy
        4. Dr. Summer Prather-Smith – Parent Tools in Helping Kids Feel Safe
        5. Santa Rita Behavioral Health Team – Addressing School Climate: Proactive Responses to Bullying
        6. Thomas Woodland – Salinas Union High School District – Integrating School Emergency Management Planning into School Culture
  • 12:00 – 1:30 pm | Lunch, Networking, Exhibits
  • 1:30 2:30 pm | Federal Bureau of Investigation and United States Secret Service
  • 2:30 – 3:30 pm  |  TBA
  • 3:30 – 4:15 pm | Concurrent Sessions
      1. Santa Rita Behavioral Health Team – Addressing School Climate: Proactive Responses to Bullying
      2. Thomas Woodland Salinas Union High School District – Integrating School Emergency Management Planning into School Culture 
      3. Northern California Regional Intelligence Center:  To protect life, critical infrastructure, key resources, privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties through information sharing, analysis, criminal intelligence and technology that focuses a whole of government and community approach to identify, prevent, protect against, mitigate, and assist in the response to and the recovery from the greatest human-made threats and major hazards in the Federal Northern District of California.
      4. Lori Butterworth – Transforming School Culture Through Youth Mental Health First Aid
  • 4:15 – 5:00 pm | Closing Keynote

Pre-Conference Speakers

Greg Johnson


Greg Johnson

Principal Recovery Network
West Liberty-Salem High School

Andy McGill


Andy McGill

Principal Recovery Network
West Liberty-Salem High School

Lori Butterworth
Meet Lori
Mason Henricks LMFT
Mason Henricks LMFT
Logan Cole
Meet Logan
Michael Kimball
Michael Kimball
United States
Secret Services

See you soon!