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North Dakota Health and Human Services (HHS) announces key presentations for the third annual North Dakota Behavioral Health and Children and Family Services Conference. The event provides an opportunity for behavioral health and child welfare professionals to learn, network and engage in best practices Oct. 24-26 at the Bismarck Event Center and virtually. 

A record number of attendees are registered, but there are still spots available, and professionals are encouraged to sign up. Registration is $175 for the three-day conference or $25 for university students and foster and adoptive parents. People can also register at the door. All in-person conference activities are at the Bismarck Events Center at 315 South 5th St. in Bismarck. Individuals can also attend virtually via an online livestream platform.

Following pre-conference sessions on professional ethics, the conference officially kicks off Tuesday, Oct. 24 at 1p.m. CT with a keynote from Kristina Kuzmic, author, comedian, and mental health advocate, will present “A Mother's Perspective: Youth Mental Health,” where she will share her personal journey of raising a teenager with serious mental health struggles, the mistakes she made as a parent, the lessons she learned, and what was most helpful in supporting her son.

The conference wraps up on Thursday, Oct. 26 with a keynote from Brooklyn Dicent, who will present “The Science of Happiness” - an interactive and dynamic experience where participants are inspired to develop a positive and growth mindset to overcome any obstacle, rekindle joy and passion for the work they do daily and find joy and happiness at work to help manage stress, burn out and low morale. 

The conference offers the opportunity for professionals to receive 14 continuing education units and three additional continuing education units (CEUs) specific to ethics. 

The conference will feature 24 speakers who will share important messages geared toward behavioral health and family well-being and resiliency topics.  It will also provide an opportunity for behavioral health, child-serving professionals and stakeholders to network, learn and share best practices in behavioral health prevention and recovery and safety and well-being of children and families.

To register online or learn more about the conference, visit: unite2023.vfairs.com

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