Banff XLVIII: School Mental Health:
Challenges and Emerging Opportunities
March 20 to 23, 2016


Within the school setting, there is both the opportunity and obligation to promote mental health for all children. The vision of effective school mental health is one where a multidisciplinary group of professionals can offer services ranging from prevention to intervention, effectively removing barriers to learning and promoting mental wellbeing. Unfortunately, the reality of school mental health has not yet caught up to the promise, and many jurisdictions offer fragmented programming without an emphasis on evidence-based practice. This 48th annual Banff International Conference on Behavioural Science will highlight both the challenges and opportunities of school mental health, with an emphasis on identifying practical implications for mental health professionals, educators and administrators, and researchers. Through plenary addresses and workshops, participants will be presented with the most recent research findings from internationally recognized experts, effective systems for organizing and delivering services, and a range of evidence-based programs and practices from prevention to crisis intervention. The conference is geared towards professionals who are planning, implementing, and evaluating mental health services for students from preschool through secondary school.

Planning Committee
Claire Crooks (Co-Chair) Centre for School Mental Health, Western University
Sharon H. Stephan (Co-Chair) Center for School Mental Health, University of Maryland
Robert J. McMahon (Co-Chair) Simon Fraser University and Child & Family Research Institute
Ray DeV. Peters (Co-Chair) Queen’s University
Kenneth D. Craig University of British Columbia

Purpose of the Banff International Conferences
To provide a forum where researchers, practitioners and policy makers can interact to discuss contemporary practice and research.

Please note that our conference has been approved by the Canadian Psychological Association to provide Continuing Education credits. Attendance at each workshop will provide 3 CE credits.

The Banff Conferences have pioneered the ‘conference of colleagues’ format for professional and scientific meetings. Registration is limited and the program is designed for both formal and informal interactions among all participants. Plenary sessions and workshops are presented by individuals renowned for the excellence of their applied acumen or research. Conversation hours, poster session, banquet, cash bars, sightseeing expeditions, and cross-country and downhill ski trips provide the opportunity to interact with colleagues in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

The Conference is held at the Banff Centre, in Banff, Alberta, Canada. The Centre provides a comfortable setting nestled in one of the most picturesque environments in North America, convenient to skiing and other forms of outdoor recreation.

The Banff Centre
Accommodations at The Banff Centre
107 Tunnel Mountain Drive
Box 1020
Banff, Alberta, Canada
T1L 1H5
tel: (403) 762-6308

Enjoying Banff
A great website answering all your questions and inspiring pleasurable activities is available at: www.banff.ca.

Explore it for winter activities (downhill skiing, cross country skiing, ice skating, sledding and toboganning, horse-drawn sleigh rides, snow-shoeing, dog sledding, ice fishing, ice diving (!), snowmobile tours) and adventures (back country ski and snowboard touring, helicopter and snowcat sking and snowboarding, waterfall ice climbing, heli-hiking, etc.)

Look at the Arts and Entertainment scene (dancing, live music at great pubs–Celtic, Maritime, piano bars, theatre and dance, art galleries, movies and cinema).

Check out the museum and heritage sites.

Explore the great opportunities for cuisine, spas, sightseeing, and shopping.

Lots of great family activities are detailed.


*** Note: Thanks to Tom Dempsey for permitting the use of his picture of Herbert Lake for the website. To check out more of his fabulous photography, go to http://www.photoseek.com

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