March 18 to 21, 2018

Ideal Mental Health Services for Children and Youth: The Next 50 Years

Celebrating 50 years of Banff Conferences

The 2018 Banff International Conference on Behavioural Science will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Banff Conferences, making them one of the longest running annual conferences on behavioural science in the world.

The first Conference was held in Banff during the spring of 1969 with the theme, Ideal Mental Health ServicesWhile many changes in mental health services have been instituted in the decades following the first meeting, major challenges remain.

The theme of the 2018 Conference is: “Ideal Mental Health Services for Children and Youth: The Next 50 Years.”  The program of keynote speakers and workshops features prominent scientist-practitioners in the field of mental health services who will present cutting edge social and behavioural research on mental health problems in children and youth along with individual, family and system-oriented solutions to these challenges.  The program consists of major addresses as well as workshops designed to provide health care practitioners, researchers and policy makers with specific and implementable skills.

To date, the 49 annual Banff Conferences have promoted evidence-based, effective services in schools, health care facilities, homes and the community.  The first conference was a resounding success, inspiring the continuing conferences (see History). In recent years conferences have examined issues concerning research, policy and practice on a wide variety of topics, including anxiety and depression in children and youth, autism, bullying, mental health in the workplace, fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, and dissemination of evidence-based practices in children’s mental health.  Conferences often have focused on the needs of children and their families.  Mental health services have advanced dramatically over the past 50 years, and we are proud to have been among the first to bring these advances to the attention of previous attendees and to train practitioners in cutting-edge mental health interventions.

Planning Committee
Robert J. McMahon (Co-Chair) Simon Fraser University and BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute
Ray DeV. Peters (Co-Chair) Queen’s University
Kenneth D. Craig University of British Columbia

Purpose of the Banff International Conferences
To provide a forum where researchers, practitioners and policy makers can interact to discuss contemporary practice and research.

The Banff International Conferences on Behavioural Science is approved by the Canadian Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. The Banff International Conferences on Behavioural Science maintains responsibility for the program. Attendance at each workshop will provide 3 CE credits.

The Banff Conferences have pioneered the ‘conference of colleagues’ format for professional and scientific meetings. Registration is limited and the program is designed for both formal and informal interactions among all participants. Plenary sessions and workshops are presented by individuals renowned for the excellence of their applied acumen or research. Conversation hours, poster session, banquet, cash bars, sightseeing expeditions, and cross-country and downhill ski trips provide the opportunity to interact with colleagues in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

The Conference is held at the Banff Centre, in Banff, Alberta, Canada. The Centre provides a comfortable setting nestled in one of the most picturesque environments in North America, convenient to skiing and other forms of outdoor recreation.

The Banff Centre
Accommodations at The Banff Centre
107 Tunnel Mountain Drive
Box 1020
Banff, Alberta, Canada
T1L 1H5
tel: (403) 762-6308

Transportation to Banff
For those who wish to travel to the Banff Centre from the Calgary Airport using the Banff Airporter bus shuttle service, we have established a reduced rate (a 15% discount) using the following promotional code – BVS1803.

Click www.banffairporter.com/book.  Proceed through the reservation and type –BVS1803 – in the Promo Code section on the final payment page to receive the discount. Or call (888) 449-2901 and mention you are attending the Banff Behavioural Science conference.

Enjoying Banff
A great website answering all your questions and inspiring pleasurable activities is available at: www.banff.ca.

Explore it for winter activities (downhill skiing, cross country skiing, ice skating, sledding and toboganning, horse-drawn sleigh rides, snow-shoeing, dog sledding, ice fishing, ice diving (!), snowmobile tours) and adventures (back country ski and snowboard touring, helicopter and snowcat sking and snowboarding, waterfall ice climbing, heli-hiking, etc.)

Look at the Arts and Entertainment scene (dancing, live music at great pubs–Celtic, Maritime, piano bars, theatre and dance, art galleries, movies and cinema).

Check out the museum and heritage sites.

Explore the great opportunities for cuisine, spas, sightseeing, and shopping.

Lots of great family activities are detailed.


*** Note: Thanks to Tom Dempsey for permitting the use of his picture of Herbert Lake for the website. To check out more of his fabulous photography, go to http://www.photoseek.com