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FGCU College of Education and the Florida Institute of Government Host 2nd Annual Children's Mental Health Conference

FORT MYERS, Fla. - For the second year, Florida Gulf Coast University College of Education and Florida's Institute of Government host the "Annual Children's Mental Conference" 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 17 at the FGCU Cohen Center ballroom to create an alliance between mental health professionals and the community. Problems resulting from mental health disorders in children can include misbehavior, school failure, suicide, school dropout, substance abuse and more.

This conference will address some of the problems associated with mental health disorders in children and youth, and will provide insight about what the community can do to make a difference in their lives by building stronger linkages, networks and resources within the community.

Keynote speaker is Dr. Demitri Papolos, director of Research, Juvenile Bipolar Research Foundation and recipient of National Institute of Mental Health's (NIHM) Physician/Scientist Award. He is known for providing cutting-edge information to parents and professionals regarding pediatric bipolar disorder. He is currently conducting an FDA placebo-controlled study of the use of intranasal Ketamine in the treatment of children ages 6-12 with bipolar disorder who also have an identifiable biological marker associated with body temperature dysregulation. Learn more by visiting these sites: and For more information, visit

Topics include: working cooperatively with schools, managing behavior at home, holistic treatment options, helpful communication tools, classroom management techniques and "Ask the Doctor" session.

The conference is intended for parents, educators, mental health professionals and university students; and CEUs are available. General registration is $49 and the student rate is $25, including lunch.

To register, visit Limited scholarships are available at the registration site. For more information call Joanne Hartke at (239) 425-3273.

Event sponsors include FGCU College of Education, Florida Institute of Government, Southwest Florida Community Foundation and NAMI (National Association of Mental Illness). Local vendors will be available to share community resources to attendees.

For further information contact Joanne Hartke, director for FGCU Florida Institute of Government at (239) 425-3273; or Diane Kratt, FGCU Clinical Instructor-Student Teaching at (239) 590-7780.

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