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2023 Youth Mental Health Conference

Youth Mental Health Conference: Small Actions. Big Impact.

As a teacher, administrator, school counselor, or behavioral health professional, you may often feel that your job is thankless. However, the small actions you take with your students every day can have a profound and lasting impact on their mental health and well-being. That's why the 2023 Youth Mental Health Conference, "Small Actions. Big Impact.," is celebrating these small actions that make a big difference. This conference will provide you with resources and learning opportunities to help you develop the tools and skills you need to continue positively impacting the mental health and academic success of your students.

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Conference Overview

When & Where

Monday, November 13, 2023
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Glendalough Convention Center
2431 North Glenstone Avenue
Springfield, MO 65803


  • Pre-Summer Registration (Through June 1): $62
  • Early-Bird Registration (Through Sept. 1): $99
  • Standard Registration (After Sept. 1): $124
  • CEs: Preferred Family Healthcare has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6742. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Preferred Family Healthcare is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
    Check back to find presentation titles, speaker bios, and learning objectives. See all CE information by session here.

Keynote Speaker

Josh Shipp

Josh Shipp

Statistically, Josh Shipp should be dead, in jail, or homeless. But his success as a preeminent author, speaker, and global youth empowerment expert is living proof of the power of one caring adult. A former at-risk foster kid turned youth advocate, Josh is renowned for the documentary TV series on A&E that followed his groundbreaking work with youth and families.

He has written two national bestsellers to date, “The Grown-Up’s Guide to Teenage Humans” – winner of the Nautilus Gold Award for Parenting & Family – and “The Teen’s Guide to World Domination.”

More About Josh

Breakout Track Topics

Breakout session topics will include the following tracks:

  • Whole-School Approach: 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


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

Break Sponsor


Platinum Sponsors

Hal Render


Gold Sponsor


Silver Sponsors


JPA 7057

Youth Mental Health Advocate Award Nominations

The Youth Mental Health Advocate Award recognizes an individual who truly personifies what it means to provide or promote youth mental health. Who is someone you know who has gone above and beyond for the youth in their lives and demonstrates a commitment to their overall wellness and success? Submit them for this award so they can be recognized for their great work.

Please submit your nomination by September 29, 2023.

Submit a Nomination

Sponsorship Opportunities

Become an integral part of our fall conference, Youth Mental Health: Small Actions. Big Impact., 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