Yavapai County Community Health

Mental Health Conference: Across the Lifespan

May 6 and May 7 • 2024

Want to Help People Thrive?

Join us for the Mental Health Conference: Across the Lifespan, on May 6th and 7th, 2024, at the Prescott Resort Center. This conference is focused on the mental health of everyone and will have tracks that focus on youth, older adults, and general.

Our target audience for this conference are individuals who work with the public and are community advocates for mental health, including; teachers, probation officers, therapists/counselors, health educators, doctors, nurses, EMTs, faith leaders, hospice workers, parents, and community leaders.

The goal of this conference is to provide both information on the latest research and practical tools and resources to improve mental health outcomes, reduce stigma, and prevention of mental health crises.

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Susan Biali Haas is an award-winning medical doctor, internationally recognized for her expertise in mental health, stress management, burnout prevention, and resilience.

She has provided education on these topics to a wide range of organizations including the United States Navy, Google, McKinsey & Company, Deloitte, AT&T, and MIT.

In addition to her twenty years of clinical experience in general practice, she also coaches a broad range of clients — from senior executives to physicians and other health professionals — to take control of their mental and physical well-being. Dr. Susan’s popular Psychology Today blog has over 11 million views, and she has been featured in media such as The Today Show, Forbes, BBC World Service, Fast Company, Oprah.com, and others. Her latest book is The Resilient Life: Manage Stress, Prevent Burnout, and Strengthen Your Mental and Physical Health.

Amanda E. Sokan holds a PhD in Gerontology, and Masters in Healthcare Administration from the University of Kentucky, as well as a law degree (LL.B) from the University of Buckingham, England.  Her professional experience includes faculty positions in Gerontology and Health Administration, consultancy work on aging issues, and program evaluation.  Her interests straddle the nexus of gerontology and healthcare, and include: elder rights and justice, elder abuse/mistreatment, cultural competence, LGBT aging, long-term care, aging and healthcare navigation, health promotion and well-being, provider relationships, and workforce planning and development.

Dr. Sokan has a broad range of experience in conducting/facilitating workshops for professionals and laypeople on aging related issues. She has multi-year experience in quality assurance/evaluation – working on a HUD Multi-Family Service Grant, which provides on-site Social Service Coordinator services for residents of a Senior Housing Development.

Dr. Sokan provides consultancy, advocacy and counseling services to individuals (family members and caregivers of persons with dementia) on supportive caregiving, and is a trained facilitator in dementia caregiving.  She is currently a member of the Arizona team participating in the CDC/ASTHO Healthy Brain Initiative (HBI) lab, tasked with developing a state-wide Lab strategy-and-action plan with a focus on dementia, and dementia caregiving in Arizona. Overall, her focus is on the translation of knowledge and research to improve the aging experience.

Breakout Session Topics

A film about why you should join a club – and why the fate of America depends on it.

There will be a special showing of the Film, Join or Die, at the Conference. In this feature documentary, follow the half-century story of America’s civic unraveling through the journey of legendary social scientist Robert Putnam, whose groundbreaking “Bowling Alone” research into America’s decades-long decline in community connections could hold the answers to our democracy’s present crisis.

Join Bob as he explores three urgent civic questions: What makes democracy work? Why is American democracy in crisis? And, most importantly… What can we do about it?

Following the film, a local panel of community leaders will share and explore ways to engage community members through volunteering, participating in clubs, classes, and more!


What does registration include?

Registration includes attendance for both days of the Conference, lunch both days, and a copy of our Keynote Speaker’s book, The Resilient Life. There will also be networking opportunities and CEUs (if applicable).

Will the Conference include CEUs?

CEUs will be available for school educators and social workers. When registering, please indicate which one is needed. Certificates of Attendance will be given out at the end of the Conference for attendees who may need them for other professions.

Is there a special event hotel room rate available?

There are a limited number of hotel rooms at the Prescott Resort for Conference Attendees. The rate is $119 plus tax. Please call 800-967-4637 directly and let them know you are making a reservation for the Mental Health Conference. Please make arrangements by April 5th for the discounted rate.

Will meals have the option for dietary preferences?

Lunch is included in your registration. Unfortunately, specific dietary needs will not be accommodated.

Can registration tickets be refunded?

Tickets can be refunded until April 29th, 2024. Please be aware that there is an Eventbrite processing fee.

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