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Florida Gulf Coast University
10501 FGCU Blvd S.
Fort Myers, FL. 33965-6565

Phone: (239) 590-1006
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FGCU Hosts Regional Summit on Children's Emotional, Behavioral, Mental Health in November

FORT MYERS, FL - Florida Gulf Coast University hosts the Southwest Florida Communities in Collaboration Summit 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Nov. 4 and 5 in the Student Union ballroom for individuals who serve children with emotional, behavioral and mental health needs, their families, and interested community members. The summit is focused on children ages birth through elementary school.

The summit includes a resource finding simulation for attendees, keynote addresses from state and national experts, networking with local colleagues, break out sessions and a panel presentation by local practitioners.

Keynote speakers include Lee Clark, State Consultant, Florida Department of Education; Ann Kelley, Director of Program Planning, Directions for Mental Health; Marcia Mathes, Chair of the Child and Adolescent Committee of Florida National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, and; Sue Ross, Chief of Children's Mental Health for the Florida Department of Children and Families.

The FGCU College of Education and Southwest Florida Comprehensive System of Personnel Development, in alliance with local school districts, community mental health providers, early childcare and education organizations as well as advocacy groups, are hosting the event in response to community demand.

"We are very excited to bring together so many dynamic speakers who have a passion for supporting children to succeed in all areas of life and assist children and their families to access appropriate services and supports. Our CSPD Council and Early Childhood Committee have requested this type of event to enable our community to better respond to the needs of our region's children." CSPD Project Coordinator Peg Sullivan said.

Visit the Southwest Florida Comprehensive System of Personnel Development on the World Wide Web at or call (239) 590-7747 to register.

For more information, media representatives should contact Sullivan at (239) 590-7747.

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