Our Future in Mind

Youth Mental Health Awareness Conference

Youth Mental Health Awareness Conference


8 a.m. to 5 p.m., July 25 to 26, 2022

Our Future in Mind is a Youth Mental Health Awareness Conference to help and support youth in navigating the challenges of today.

About this event

Our Future in Mind is a 2-day, in-person Event, for those working directly with children, teens and young adults. This includes public health staff, teachers and school staff, advocates, child counselors, nurses, parents, probation officers, and teens. Basically, anyone interested in youth mental health. 

Childhood and adolescence is a time for young people to build a healthy start in life. Rates of our youth reporting poor mental health is increasing. During the COVID-19 Pandemic, young people have experienced anxiety, stress, substance use, suicide, and feelings of isolation. With students back in the classroom, there is a stronger awareness of the impact they are facing. Their education is being interrupted by these concerns. 

This Conference brings in experts from different areas to address topics such as brain development, anxiety, and stress -- and many more mental health topics. By learning and understanding their concerns, we can better provide resources and support to these young people as they grow.

Join us for 2-days of learning, understanding, and making mental health a priority. 

Keynote Speakers:

Dr Chandra Ghosh Ippen is a child psychologist and award-winning children's book author. She is the Associate Director of Child Trauma Research Program at the University of California, San Francisco, co-developer of Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), and a member of the board of directors of Zero to Three. 

Dr Anita Scheer was born and raised in New York where she received her undergraduate education. She then went on to attend Life University, in Marietta, Georgia and graduated in 2006 with a Doctorate in Chiropractic. She has extensive post doctorate study in pediatrics and pregnancy through the International Chiropractic Pediatrics Association, where she obtained Webster Certification. She is also a certified Focus Academy Doctor.

Dr Lise Deguire is a clinical psychologist, author, and burn survivor. After being severely burned as a four year old, she spent much of her childhood in the hospital, undergoing countless surgical procedures. Dr. Deguire is the author of her multiple award-winning book, Flashback Girl: Lessons on Resilience from a Burn Survivor.

Dr. Geri Whaley has a PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy. Coming from a strong business background, she understands the challenges that people face to successfully balance business and personal fulfillment. She combines grounded practicality, humor, and a genuine high regard for those who want to evolve. After three decades in private practice combined with her own seminars, Dr. Geri now lives with her loving husband, Mark, and her beloved dog, Cheyenne, in Northern Arizona.