(Schedule subject to change; however, sessions are confirmed. Visit ewip.org for updates.)
Conference Waiting Room opens
9 to 9:10 a.m.
Welcome & Opening
9:10 to 9:20 a.m.
Let’s Get Started! — Mind, Body, Soul w/ Alyssa Saquilayan, RN, BSN, Registered Yoga Teacher
9:30 to 10:10 a.m.
Keynote Speaker — Dr. Kortni Alston
10:15 to 11 a.m.
Can the media do a better job at covering mental illnesses? — Mental health issues are too often only covered in spurts in mainstream and social media – usually as a reaction to a headline-making event, such as a mass shooting, in which mental illness is often cited as a cause. This forum will examine deeper ways to inform and educate the public on these issues. Hear from mental-health professionals about their opinions on coverage of the issues and how they feel it could be better addressed.
11:05 to 11:50 a.m.
Writing children’s books during challenging times — Featuring authors of children’s books who seek to help kids who’ve been exposed to childhood trauma. What are the trends in publishing on these issues? How are sensitive topics handled? Have some books emerged on the COVID-19 pandemic looking at how it affects kids?
11:55 a.m. to 12:35 p.m.
Off the Clock: How covering traumatic events impact journalist — With raging wildfires, mass shootings, attacks on the press or the months-long immersive coronavirus coverage, how are reporters/photographers, etc., affected? Do any lines become blurred for them? Includes tips on self-care for journalists.
12:35 to 1 p.m.
Lunch Break & Award Presentation
1 to 1:45 p.m.
The Ripple Effects of Mental Illness: How an individual’s mental health crisis impacts his/her/their families and communities — We will focus on the impact in underserved communities such as LGBTQ and People of Color. A look at the lack of access to mental healthcare/therapists of color for PoCs and how to find what you need.
1:50 to 2:35 p.m.
The mental health crisis for migrants at the border — It continues to be an ongoing national controversy: How these situations are/aren’t being addressed. What are the mental health services for undocumented immigrants as they cross the border and what is the long-term impact on these individuals, their families and society?
2:35 to 2:50 p.m.
“Work. Balance. Life!” — Dr. Kortni Alston
2:50 to 3 p.m.
Closing Remarks — EWIP President, Michelle Fitzhugh-Craig