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November 19th & 20th, 2018
The Hershey Lodge
325 University Dr.
Hershey, PA 17033
(717) 533-3311

Pre-Conference: Mental Health First Aid Training
Sunday, November 18th, 2018

Conference Pricing

Registration:  $425

Mental Health First Aid USA Training: $100

Monday Night Special Opportunity
Monday November 19: $30

Conference Schedule Sneak Peek:

Pre-Conference | Nov 18th

Sunday Mental Health First Aid Class:
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Day 1 | Nov 19th
7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Registration & Breakfast
7:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.

Morning Plenary:
“Living Life on the Offense”
Eric Hipple, Former NFL Quarterback


1   Interactive, hands-on training focusing on improving listening skills
2.  Knowledge on how understanding executive function skills can improve learning
3.  Just what is Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) which penetrates all areas of society.
Solutions, preventions, early interventions of brain injuries in sports, etc.

Lunch Keynote:
12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.
“Brain Health Across the Lifespan”
Paul Nussbaum, PhD, President-Brain Health Center, Neuropsychologist, Geropsychologist


4.   Early intervention and prevention of behavioral health Issues and resilience, resistance, recovery, and renewal of
military members, veterans, and their families
5.  Opiates, addictions, where does trauma fit in, and application of systemic motivational therapy to alcohol addiction
6.  How adversity and trauma change the brain and how that informs our mental wellness and resilience,
mental health case management, and options of living a joy-filled life after trauma
7.  How to prepare our soon-to-be school teachers as mental health first aiders,
how schools can improve their stance on student’s mental health,
the Roberto App and getting students to practice healthy brain lifestyles
8.  A taste of dementia and how private guided journaling can aid in mental health support
9.  Just what is Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) which penetrates all areas of society.
Solutions, preventions, early interventions of brain injuries in sports, etc.

Monday Night Special Opportunity
5:45 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.

“A Healthier Mind is a Happier Life”  Reception
Learn about the MyBrain365 Program, Powered by Roberto
This is a ticketed event
$30 per ticket, guest tickets available


Day 2 | Nov 20th
6:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

6:45 a.m. to 7:45 a.m.

Morning Plenary:
7:45 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
“A Neuroscientist’s Perspective on Mental Health and Mental Illness”
Karen Lankford, PhD, Associate Research Scientist in the Dept. of Neurology at Yale University
“New Federal Mental Health Laws: Impact on Mental Health Treatment in the Coming Decade”
Timothy Murphy, PhD, U.S. Navy Psychologist/Member of Congress (Retired)



10.  Mental health lessons learned: resilience resistance, recovery, and renewal in treating military veterans
with TBI and PTSD, and CTE solutions, preventions, early interventions of brain injuries in the military
11.  A neuroscientist shares her wealth of knowledge on the brain; and, what is “This is My Brave.”
12.  Launching a trauma informed culture, how schools can improve upon their stance on students’ mental health,
and developing cognitive capacity.

12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Plenary 3:
12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
“The Andrews Institute’s Community-Based Sports, Health, Safety, and Concussion Program”
David M. Joyner, M.D., Sr. V.P. of Baptist Health Care and Ex. Dir. Baptist’s Andrews Institute for Orthopeadics and Sports Medicine

“Workplace Mental Safety and a Gameplan for Living”
Mark A. Everest, President and CEO of Occupational Athletics, Inc.


13.  Food for thought: nutritional psychology and the role of nutrition in mental wellness
14.  Telepsychiatry 101
15.  Ways to wellness: managing workplace stress and guilt free mental health personal days
16.  Let’s educate the student on mental illness prevention, brain health, mental health problems are physical health problems,
and where to get help by learning about STOMP and the Schools Mental Wellness Initiative
17.  Inside out: exploring physical space to understand and navigate mental space and Impact Therapy:
dynamic clinical prevention strategies for family cohesion.


Make a Reservation Online

325 University Dr.
Hershey, PA 17033

A block of discounted rooms has been reserved for Sunday evening and Monday evening for $145 +tax


Sunday, November 18th, 2018
8:00AM – 5:00PM

Take advantage of this day-long international training program for adults helping adults. Mental Health First Aid USA is the assistance offered to a person who is either developing a mental health issue, or who is experiencing a mental health crisis. This workshop provides training for how to give first aid until appropriate treatment and support are given or until the crisis resolves.

Upon completion of the course participants will become certified USA Mental Health First Aiders for 3 years by the National Council for Behavioral Health who administers the program.

Learn how to recognize and address the mental health needs of a friend, colleague, family member or simply a fellow human.

This will be a live training; you must be present for the entire workshop to receive certification. 

Limited seating: 30

Includes breakfast and lunch.

Cost: $100



Eric Hipple, Former NFL Quarterback

A graduate of Utah State University, Eric Hipple is a former National Football League (NFL) quarterback whose 10-year career was spent with the Detroit Lions. Hipple’s accomplishments include two playoff bids, a divisional championship, and the Detroit Lion’s most valuable player award for the ‘81 season. He is currently ranked fifth in career passing yards for Detroit. Since his 15-year-old son Jeff’s suicide, Hipple has devoted his life to building awareness and breaking down the stigma surrounding depressive illnesses. Hipple recently received the prestigious University of Michigan 2015 Nuebacher Award for work with stigma associated with disabilities. He has also received the Detroit Lions 2010 Courage House award, as well as the prestigious 2008 Life Saver Achievement award given by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. His message of resilience has provided mental fitness awareness to professional groups, military, law enforcement, schools, communities and through the “Under the Helmet” program, thousands of high schools and youth coaches across the country. Since retiring from University of Michigan Comprehensive Depression Center, where he spent the last 11 years in outreach, Hipple now serves as Outreach Specialist for Eisenhower Center’s “After the Impact” program, a neuro-behavioral residential treatment facility serving military veterans and former NFL players. Eric’s commitment to helping others find quality in life is demonstrated through work with Living Life On The Offense, LLC and a school-based education program sponsored by MIRA (Mental Illness Research Association).

Paul David Nussbaum, Ph.D., ABPP

Dr. Nussbaum’s CV can be found at www.brainhealthctr.com. He is board certified and licensed in clinical and geropsychology, maintains an adjunct professorship in neurological surgery at the University of Pittsburgh, and is President of the Brain Health Center. Dr. Nussbaum is well published and has taken his message on Brain Health and his Brain Health Lifestyle ® around the world to all audiences and to over 100,000 people. He has spoken at the UN, National Press Club, Mensa, 15,000 children at an international conference, and to audiences within business, professional organizations, religion, media, education, and healthcare. He is considered a leader in brain health and has served as the “face and personality” of brain health for many small and large organizations.

Tim Murphy, Ph.D.

Tim Murphy is a psychologist and former US Congressman. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh in Psychology (1979), MA from Cleveland State University in Clinical Psychology (1976), and a BA in Psychology from Wheeling Jesuit University (1970). He served as a Psychologist for the US Navy from 2009-2017 and is currently an associate Professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and School of Public Health. Dr. Murphy has practiced psychology for over 40 years including eight years in the US Navy Medical Service Corps working at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center at Bethesda in a TBI/PTSD inpatient unit, and with Navy Special Warfare. He has authored two books (The Angry Child; and Overcoming Passive Aggression) and numerous research and lay publications. He has served on the staff at several Pittsburgh hospitals and in his own private practice. As a Member of Congress, he authored the landmark Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act signed into law in DEC 2016. Dr. Murphy is considered a national expert on mental health reform.

David M. Joyner, M.D.

David M. Joyner, M.D., serves as senior vice president and executive director of the Andrews Institute. Dr. Joyner is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Andrews Institute, including physician alignment, strategic business partnerships and affiliations and recruitment. Dr. Joyner is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon with a sports medicine emphasis. He is a former chairman and senior member of the United States Olympic Committee’s sports medicine team, and, most recently, he was the athletic director for the Pennsylvania State University. He is also a former member of Penn State’s Board of Trustees. While a student at Penn State, he was team captain of the football and wrestling teams, an All-American in both sports, as well as an Academic All-American. Dr. Joyner earned his medical degree from Penn State’s College of Medicine and served residencies in general and orthopaedic surgery at the university’s Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

Mark A. Everest

Mark A. Everest is President and CEO of Occupational Athletics, Inc. (OAI), a Pennsylvania-based company specializing in injury, accident, and illness prevention. Mark is the creator of the Human Maintenance System® (HMS), which is a sports medicine approach to employee health and safety utilizing Certified Athletic Trainers who proactively deliver health and safety initiatives onsite. This system has a significant ROI of up to $6 for every $1 invested. In addition to the Certified Athletic Trainers, the HMS team includes physicians with areas of expertise in sports medicine, orthopedics, occupational and internal medicine. Mark is the author of The Gameplan for Aging as well as co-author of Occupational, Road, Bus, and EMS Athlete Interactive Health and Safety Systems. He can be heard weekly as a regular on The Dave Nemo Show, Sirius XM 146 – The Road Dog Channel.

Karen L. Lankford, Ph.D.

Karen Lankford is a Neuroscientist at Yale University that has authored or co-authored over three dozen peer reviewed research publications on a range of neuroscience topics. She has a Ph.D. in Neurobiology and Physiology from Northwestern University. She is the co-founder of a nonprofit website, SimplyGrayMatters, aimed at providing easily understandable explanations of neurological and neuropsychiatric conditions for patients and families who lack a medical or scientific background.


“A Healthier Mind is a Happier Life” Reception

$30 per ticket
Guest tickets available

Buy your ticket now for a special reception being held on Monday evening from 5:45PM – 7:15PM

With your ticket, you will:

► Receive a free one-year subscription of The Roberto App

► Meet the Roberto App team and learn more about how you can take greater control of your most important resource—your BRAIN!

► Meet Roberto Clemente, Jr., and learn why the app was named after his father

► Meet former NFL star quarterbacks Eric Hipple and Gus Frerotte and hear more about their missions to get everyone in tune with their brain performance

► Meet Dr. Paul Nussbaum, conference speaker and founder of the Brain Health Center, and find out more about his Brain Health Lifestyle

► Network with conference presenters and fellow conference attendees

► Enjoy heavy hot hors d’oeuvres, beverages, and a cash bar

► Compare notes on what you learned during the workshops


We are currently working on obtaining authorization for CEUs for:
Athletic Training; Psychology; Nursing; Social Work; Professional Human Resources; National Health Care Association; PA Certification Board

In the Workplace

Employers’ and Employees’ total physical health is important, and this includes the brain.  Yet, little attention and information in the workforce focuses on the mental wellness of the individual and what to do to help someone who might be experiencing a mental health problem.   Workshop participants will learn how to optimally handle stress in the workplace; how to create a workplace culture that fosters individual and organizational wellbeing; how to listen effectively to enhance better communication in the workplace; why mental safety is so important; and much more.

In the Military

Military members, veterans, and their families make many sacrifices for the safety and freedom of us all.  Learn about the challenges they face; what is being done to promote resiliency; how to detect early signs and symptoms of a mental health problem; the relationship between Traumatic Brain Injury and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy; how to help, etc.

In the Classroom

Mental wellness is so important to optimal learning.  Come learn how schools can improve their stance on brain health.  Workshops will include information on executive functioning; how to launch a trauma informed culture; info on an innovative program that educates student, faculty and staff that mental health problems are medical conditions, what the early signs and symptoms are, how to help someone, and where to get help; and much more.

In the Community

Listen to a neuroscientist from Yale University explain how the brain works and how symptoms arise.  Learn about: telepsychiatry; trauma-victims-thrivers;  life with dementia; joy based living; etc.

In the Home

Learn about: nutritional psychology and the role it plays in mental wellness; strategies for successful aging; addiction and trauma; systemic motivational therapy for alcoholism; how physical space impacts mental wellness; prevention strategies for families; etc.

In Sports

Brain health is critical to sports performers on all levels.  Two former star NFL quarterbacks will share their perspective along with an athletic trainer and experts on Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy.  Athletes, coaches, parents and others will learn about brain health and wellness on the playing field and its impact on performance.


Hershey Lodge Water Park

325 University Dr, Hershey, PA 17033 | (717) 533-3311
An exclusive and complimentary amenity for our overnight guests! Enjoy 30,000 square feet of splashing good times featuring Twizzlers Twists water slides and Reese’s Water Walk! Plus, enjoy fun interactive water features including our zero entry pool, sand castle spray zone, lighthouse tipping bucket, basketball hoops, and more!

AACA Museum, Inc.

161 Museum DrHershey, PA 17033 | 717-566-7100
The AACA Museum Inc., a Smithsonian Affiliate, displays beautifully restored automobiles, buses, and motorcycles from the 1890s to the 1980s in unique life-like scenes on a cross-country journey from New York to San Francisco. This Museum, a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, is known to be one of the largest automotive museums. Special exhibits change several times a year always providing something new to view. Our interactive exhibits and model train display are fun for all ages. The AACA Museum, Inc. is home to the Cammack Tucker Collection; along with being the home of the Tucker Automobile Club of America. The Museum holds the World’s largest and most prestigious permanent collection of Tucker Automobiles and related artifacts. We’re proud to have been recently recognized by Road & Track as one of the top 12 automobile museums in the country. The Museum is in South Hanover Township, located just off Route 39, one mile west of Hersheypark Drive, Hershey, Pennsylvania.

Hershey Gardens

170 Hotel RdAcross from The Hotel HersheyHershey, PA 17033 | 717-534-3492

Open year-round, Hershey Gardens’ new Milton & Catherine Hershey Conservatory features an indoor, tropical Butterfly Atrium, where guests can experience hundreds of butterflies and tropical plants. Opened in 1937, the 23-acre outdoor garden features a renowned rose garden, magnificent theme gardens, colorful seasonal displays, and a whimsical Children’s Garden.

Troegs Brewing Company

200 E Hershey Park DrHershey, PA 17033 | 717-534-1297 ext. 102

Tröegs Brewing Company was founded by Chris and John Trogner. Since 1997, the brothers have been handcrafting world-class beers that combine traditional English brewing techniques with the eclecticism of new American brewing. While only available in the Mid-Atlantic region, Tröegs Brewery is known nationwide for their award-winning Troegenator Double Bock, highly-desirable seasonal releases like Nugget Nectar and The Mad Elf, and brewery-only beers like the Scratch and Splinter series. Tröegs Brewery in Hershey, Pennsylvania provides guests with a complete brewing experience. The brewhouse is located in a 5,000 square foot tasting room that opens onto a beer garden. Visitors are able to observe the brewing process firsthand, and take a self-guided tour along a window-lined hallway for a close-up view of the entire brewery.

HersheyPark Candy Lane

100 West Hersheypark DriveHershey, PA 17033 |  717-534-3900

Hersheypark(R) is THE premier historic family amusement and water park with something for everyone. Genuine hospitality, thrilling rides and attractions, water fun and live entertainment are all part of the authentic Hershey experience. Generations share memorable times in Hersheypark, the centerpiece attraction in one of the world’s unique resort destinations. Located in a town founded by an American icon who created a brand that is synonymous with trust and quality, Hersheypark upholds the standard of excellence and advances the legacy of Milton S. Hershey.

Tanger Outlets Hershey

46 Outlet SqHershey, PA 17033 | 717-520-1236

Find great savings on merchandise from your favorite designer and name-brands direct from the manufacturer at stores like: Guess, Under Armour, Gap, Coach, Nautica, Reebok, Calvin Klein, Polo Ralph Lauren, J.Crew, Chico’s, Tommy Hilfiger and many more. Before you travel, check out the Tanger Outlet website to find the latest Coupons & Sales Offers for Tanger Outlets in Hershey. Or, when you arrive at the outlets, make your first stop Shopper Services to learn about the benefits of joining TangerClub (Tanger Club information is also available online). In Shopper Services you can purchase a coupon book full of great savings or if you are already a TangerClub member pick up a coupon book for free! Think Outlets, Think Tanger.

ZooAmerica North American Wildlife Park

201 Park AveHershey, PA 17033 |  717-534-3900

For the past 40 years, ZooAmerica® North American Wildlife Park has been a home for more than 200 animals native to the continent of North America. We are located on 11 acres of landscape featuring native plants and landscaping in Hershey, PA – situated in-between the thrills of Hersheypark® and the chocolate-making business of The Hershey Company. Visit us for an adventure into the wild of North America today!

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Conference presented by the American Mental Wellness Association with assistance from Temple University, Harrisburg