UST community invited to participate in St. Thomas

UST Community invited to participate in St. Thomas’ Mental Health and Public Policy Conference

The University of St. Thomas Public Policy Program invites the St. Thomas community to participate in its Mental Health and Public Policy Conference. The conference, Equity in Mental Health: Connecting with Underserved Communities, will be held from 9 3 p.m. Friday, April 11, on the Minneapolis campus.

Join a wide-ranging group of professionals and interested citizens who touch many aspects of the mental health system as as the conference brings to the forefront opportunities and challenges surrounding mental illness in Minnesota. Participants will leave informed and equipped with a variety of resources and possibilities for taking further action in the struggle to provide mental health resources for all.

Conference topics include Mental Health and the Aging population, Children and Mental Health, and Connecting to Communities of Color.

The 2008 Mental Health Conference is the second of a series of conferences designed to bring together professionals, consumers, policy makers and concerned citizens with the intent of improving mental health for all. Last years' inaugural conference included more than 200 individuals from the fields of health care, law enforcement, education and government.

Dr. Joseph White

This year’s keynote speaker is Joseph White, Ph.D., professor emeritus at the University of California, Irvine. For the past 46 years, White has enjoyed a distinguished career in the field of psychology and mental health as a teacher, mentor, administrator, clinical supervisor, writer, consultant, and practicing psychologist. His four books and seminal article in Ebony magazine in 1970, “Toward a Black Psychology,” were instrumental in beginning the modern era of African-American and ethnic psychology.

The cost of attending the conference is $20 per person. Visit the conference Web site to register and for more information.