March 17 to 20, 2019

Banff 51 – School Mental Health

Equipping Schools and Communities to Support Student Mental Health

Schools have an important role to play in promoting student mental health and identifying and responding to mental health problems. In many cases, Canadian schools are the front lines for children’s mental health and are in a unique position to offer mental health promotion and services in a setting that has access to youth. For schools to live up to the promise offered by a comprehensive vision of school mental health, there needs to be effective practices that fit the structures of the education system and meet the needs of diverse children and youth. School-community partnerships are also critical for ensuring a comprehensive system of care.

The 51st annual Banff International Conference on Behavioural Science will highlight both the challenges and opportunities of school mental health, with an emphasis on identifying practical implications for mental health professionals, educators and administrators, and researchers. Leading experts will provide up-to-date research findings in plenary addresses. In addition, workshops will emphasize skill development and specific strategies from a range of evidence-based programs and practices. The conference is geared towards professionals who are planning, implementing, and evaluating mental health services for students in elementary and secondary schools, as well as community partners who support this work.

Planning Committee
Claire Crooks Centre for School Mental health and Faculty of Education, Western University
Sharon Hoover National Center for School Mental Health, University of Maryland
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 – BVS1903.

Click www.banffairporter.com/book.  Proceed through the reservation and type –BVS1903 – 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