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Youth Mental Health Conference: Closing the Gap

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Youth Mental Health Conference: Closing the Gap

According to national studies, the average delay from the time youth begin to exhibit mental illness symptoms and the time they begin to receive care is 8-10 years. The 2022 Youth Mental Health Conference "Closing the Gap" will provide up-to-date information, trauma-informed best practices and practical solutions on how each of us can use our influence to close this 8-10 year gap.

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Conference Overview

When & Where

October 20, 2022
Holiday Inn Executive Center-Columbia Mall
2200 Interstate 70 Drive Southwest
Columbia, MO, 65203


  • Early-Bird Registration (Through Sept. 16): $99
  • Standard Registration (After Sept. 16): $124
  • CEs*: Additional $25
    Burrell has contracted with The National Psychology Training Consortium (NPTC) to offer CEs. NPTC is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. NPTC maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Find presentation titles, speaker bios and learning objectives here.

Keynote Speakers

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Dr. Lori Desautels

Dr. Lori Desautels has been an Assistant Professor at Butler University since 2016 where she teaches both undergraduate and graduate programs in the College of Education. Lori was also an Assistant Professor at Marian University in Indianapolis for eight years where she founded the Educational Neuroscience Symposium. Through these conferences and symposiums, educators, parents, and the community learn to implement the tools to help our students be successful and feel a sense of purpose and connection as they walk into their classrooms. Lori’s articles are published in Edutopia, Brain Bulletin, and Mind Body Spirit international magazine.

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Rick Lavoie

Rick Lavoie served as an administrator of residential programs for children with special needs for 30 years. He has delivered his message to over 500,000 parents and professionals throughout North America, Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong. Rick’s intensive experiences at residential schools provided him with a “living laboratory” in which he developed and refined his methods and philosophies related to the education of children and adolescents with special needs. Rick is the author of the book “It’s So Much Work to Be Your Friend: Helping the Child with Learning Disabilities Find Social Success(Touchstone/ Simon and Schuster, 2005).

Breakout Track Topics

In addition to keynote speakers Rick Lavoie and Dr. Lori Desautels, breakout session topics will include the following tracks:

  • Whole-School: This track will address relevant topics for teachers, administrators and school systems
  • Behavioral Health Professionals: This track will address topics relevant for behavioral health professionals working with youth
  • Challenging Situations: This track will address topics regarding Seriously Emotionally Disturbed youth, high-risk behaviors, juvenile justice involved youth and those presenting with the most challenging situations
  • Special Topics: This track will address specialized topics, including diversity, equity and inclusion

Find presentation titles, speaker bios and learning objectives here.


Thank you to our sponsors for helping us bring this vital content and programming to Columbia!

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Sponsorship Opportunities

Become an integral part of our fall conference, Youth Mental Health: Closing the Gap, which will bring together hundreds of educators, administrators, community leaders, students and behavioral health professionals from across the Midwest for a day of conversation and learning about behavioral health needs, services and trends in our schools, our communities and in homes. Secure your sponsorship by emailing Karen Braun at karen.braun@burrellcenter.com.


24-Hour Crisis Line

If you or a loved one is experiencing a mental health or substance-use crisis, please call our toll-free 24-hour telephone line. Our team can help provide immediate assistance.

Southwest Missouri: 1-800-494-7355

Central Missouri: 1-800-395-2132

National Help Line: Call or Text 988