IMH Advocacy Award Conference 2020

2020 Infant Mental Health Advocacy Award Conference

September 17, 2020

Abilene Christian University – Addison

16633 Dallas Parkway, Suite 800, Addison, Texas 75001 

Earn 5 CEUS | Light Breakfast and Lunch Provided



Conference Schedule

8:00AM – Registration Opens

8:30AM – Opening Remarks

3:30PM – Closing Remarks



Mental Models and System Change: Family and Community Approaches to the Opioid Epidemic with

Joshua Sparrow, MD, Executive Director, Brazelton Touchpoints Center

Systems are designed to produce exactly the results they get. When those aren’t the results we want, we’ve got to change the system. Often though, it’s mental models that keep systems stuck. Our own mental models often keep us from seeing the way forward and what we have in common with those we work with, interfering with the collaborative problem solving and comprehensive coordination of services that complex challenges require.

For example, we sometimes see parents or any other “other” as adversaries when we’re really on the same team, as the probl
em when together we are the solution. And when a baby is born having been exposed to substances during pregnancy, it can be especially difficult to see parents as partners in family strengthening. In this talk, Dr. Sparrow will take a look at mental models, how our automatic thinking and our social networks reinforce them, and how we can use deliberative thinking to see beyond our mental models to new solutions, new ways of thinking and being.




Members: $35 

 Non-Members: $50

Member Conference Bundle: $75 | Includes Conference Entrance & 1 Year Membership

Students: $15 | Contact for code


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