Partners Health Summt: Teens & Toxic Times

This one-day educational conference is especially designed for professionals who work with teens. All of the keynote presentations and breakout sessions focus on interventions, resources, and solutions to help professionals work with adolescents and teenagers dealing with mental illness, substance use disorders, and other behavioral health issues.


Date: October 13, 2017
Time: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Hickory Metro Convention Center
1960 13th Avenue Drive SE
Hickory, NC 28602


Free continental breakfast, boxed lunch, and afternoon refreshments provided


Keynote Speakers:

Jasmine Mickle

Jasmine Mickle, project manager for Benchmarks’ Partnering for Excellence program, will present “Understanding the Impact of Traumatic Stress in Adolescence.”

Dr. Betty Rintoul, Executive Director of Encouraging Connections, will present “Toxic Stress and the Brain: Risk & Resilience” in a two-part keynote series.

Breakout Session Topics

  • Addiction, binge drinking, and substance use disorders
  • Buffering toxic stress
  • Building resiliency through responsive relationships
  • Childhood trauma
  • Cyberbullying and sexting

  • Depression and anxiety treatment options
  • Self-Injurious behaviors and cutting
  • Suicide
  • Supporting LGBTQ teens
  • Toxic stress and early brain development

Schedule Session
7:30-8:00 a.m. Registration
8:00-8:15 a.m. Welcome Session
8:15-9:30 a.m. Morning Keynote Address

Understanding the Impact of Traumatic Stress in Adolescence
Speaker: Jasmine Mickle, Partnering for Excellence Project Manager, Benchmarks

9:45-11:00 a.m. Morning Breakout Session Choices:

Treating Self-Injury
Speaker: Tracie Ferguson, LPS, Catawba Schools

Depression & Suicide in Teens: An Update
Speaker: Dr. Rigardy Munoz, MD, Catawba Valley Psychiatric Services

Drugs & Our Kids: What to Know, What to Look for, and How to Act
Speaker: Kevin Oliver, CEO, Phoenix Counseling Center

11:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Box Lunches Provided
11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Luncheon Keynote Address

Toxic Stress & the Brain: Risk & Resilience
Part 1: Toxic Stress and Early Brain Development
Speaker: Dr. Betty Rintoul, PhD, Executive Director, Encouraging Connections

1:00-2:15 p.m. Afternoon Breakout Session Choices:

Sexting and Internet Safety
Speaker: Joel Shores, Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office

Effectively Engaging LGBTQ Youth
Speaker: Trey Greene, MSW, LCSWA, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Transcend Charlotte

The Triumphs and Challenges of Developing Today’s Young Adult Advocates
Speakers: Garron Rogers and Robin Testerman, North Carolina Collaborative for Children, Youth, & Families – Youth M.O.V.E.S. Program

2:30-3:45 p.m. Closing Keynote Address

Toxic Stress & the Brain: Risk & Resilience
Part 2:  Buffering Stress through Responsive Relationships
Speaker: Dr. Betty Rintoul, PhD, Executive Director, Encouraging Connections

3:45-4:00 p.m. Closing Session

Partners Health Summit Sponsors:

This conference is jointly provided by Partners Behavioral Health Management, Charlotte Area Health Education Center, and the North Carolina Collaborative for Children, Youth, and Families.

Continuing Education Units

Partners Health Summit will offer the following continuing education units for this conference:

  • Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) – 6.25 Contact Hours
  • Continuing Medical Education (CME) – 6.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) – 6.25 CNE Contact Hours
  • National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) – 6.25 NBCC Hours

  • North Carolina Psychologist Credit – 6.25 Contact Hours (category A) CE for NC Psychologists
  • North Carolina’s Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board (NCSAPPB) – 6.25 NCSAPPB GSB
  • The Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC) has approved this training for 6.25 General Clock Hours (Approval Number – TRN2097170).

Additional Accreditation Information

  • Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES): Application has been made to the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc for continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education.
  • Continuing Medical Education (CME): Accreditation Statement – This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Carolinas HealthCare System/Charlotte AHEC and Partners Behavioral Health Management. Carolinas HealthCare System/Charlotte AHEC is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
    • Credit Statement: Carolinas HealthCare System/Charlotte AHEC designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 6.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in this activity.
    • CEUs/Contact Hours: This Live Activity fulfills the requirement of 0.63 Continuing Education Units (CEU’s), representing 6.25 contact hours.
  • Continuing Nursing Education (CNE): Charlotte Area Health Education Center is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the North Carolina Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
  • National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC): The Charlotte Area Health Education Center and the Partners Behavioral Health Management are cosponsors of this program. This co-sponsorship has been approved by NBCC. Charlotte Area Health Education Center is an NBCC Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5096. The ACEP solely is responsible for this program, including the awarding of NBCC credit.
  • North Carolina’s Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board (NCSAPPB): Application has been made to the NCSAPPB for GSB credit.

This summit will be most helpful to school counselors and teachers, juvenile court counselors, court administrators, school resource officers, law enforcement, State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) personnel, child service providers, behavioral health care providers, primary care physicians, nurses, hospital personnel, NC DHHS staff members, Department of Social Services staff members, public health professionals, county health directors, county commissioners, elected officials, high school faculty and staff, college faculty and staff, and others who provide health care in North Carolina.

What are Toxic Times?

North Carolina’s teens live in toxic times. From adverse childhood experiences to illicit drug use, today’s teens and adolescents are dealing with complex issues. Learn more about these difficult issues with the following resources.