2nd Annual Conference Addresses Student Behaviors and How Educators and Schools Can Help


On Friday, October 13th, the Center for School Behavioral Health at Mental Health America of Greater Houston convened over 550 attendees at Region 4 Education Service Center to explore, “Why Do Students Act This Way and What Can I Do About It?” at its 2nd Annual Educator Conference. 

Michele Borba, EdD, an internationally renowned consultant, educational psychologist and author presented the morning keynote, “Empathy Lessons from Harvey – What We Can Learn to Help Students Become More Resilient and Compassionate.” Dr. Borba is also a globally-recognized parenting, bullying and character expert whose aim is to strengthen children’s empathy and resilience, and break the cycle of youth violence. 

Ed Dunkelblau, PhD, a licensed clinical psychologist and Director of The Institute for Emotionally Intelligent Learning, presented the afternoon keynote and emphasized, “if we want to improve academic achievement, we have to talk about more than academics.” 

Dr. Richard Carranza, Superintendent of Houston Independent School District; Donna Bahorich, Chair of the Texas State Board of Education; and Elizabeth Love, Senior Program Officer at Houston Endowment were also speakers at the event.

The sold-out conference, generously supported by Houston Endowment Inc., Region 4 Education Service Center, and BridgeUp at Menninger, brought together educators, counselors, parents, advocates, organizations and social workers for an educational opportunity that included 24 student behavioral health breakout sessions, community resource exhibits, and a self-care symposium. 

For more information on the Center for School Behavioral Health or the conference, contact Betsy Blanks, Assistant Director at bblanks@mhahouston.org.