Call for Abstracts
Symposium on Promoting Child and Youth Mental Health:
Moving Evidence to Action
ASI 2017 will feature many opportunities for you to share your experience and knowledge and to learn from others, and we invite you to submit an abstract (short description) of your project. The submission deadline has been extended to Monday, June 5, 2017 at 8:00 pm. Abstracts will be reviewed by a panel and decisions will be communicated by June 15.
The Call for Abstracts is for three sessions described below. We invite submissions that relate to policies and programs that address universal (for all) and targeted (vulnerable groups and those at higher-risk) approaches to promoting child and youth mental health across diverse sectors and in key settings including: home, schools, colleges, communities, online, and health services.
August 21 – Atlantic Community Showcase
Innovative programs that demonstrate collaborative practices, policies, and research and hope to expand their impact are of great interest to those in promoting child and youth mental health. Leaders of these promising and emerging practices will showcase their projects to all
delegates at the Opening Ceremony with a 2-3 minute ‘sales pitch’ on stage, and then invite Symposium participants to view a table top or poster presentation to share information and problem solve any challenges. Presentation materials will be prominently displayed for the duration of the Symposium (August 21-23).
August 22 – Concurrent Sessions
Exploring the Evidence: Presentations and conversation
Five concurrent sessions will be offered in thematic areas to engage discussion on the growing body of evidence about the importance of promoting mental health for children and youth. Each session will feature three presenters, who will have 15 minutes to present their findings and implications for policy and/or practice followed by general discussion on the question: What are the implications for policies and programs? Results of these discussions will contribute to the Call to Action that will conclude the program of ASI 2017. Academic or community-based researchers are invited to present evidence from diverse sources such as traditional research, evaluation of promising practices, and narratives of lived experience.
August 23 – Concurrent sessions
Innovations to promote child and youth mental health
New and innovative programs that have positive impacts on child and youth mental health are given many labels such as “best practice” “promising practice” or “wise practice” by those who recognize their promise. But how do these programs benefit a wider population? Often it is only through a planned process of scaling up for collective impact. In this session, a number of initiatives that are now being scaled up to improve child and youth mental health in Atlantic Canada will be featured. Researchers and/or leaders of these projects are invited to submit.
Each session will feature a 30-minute presentation followed by discussion of key questions with participants: How are these innovations building on evidence? What policies exist or are needed to support and expand these initiatives? Results of these discussions will contribute to the Call to Action that will conclude the program of ASI 2017.