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Thank you to our Keynote Speakers:

Dr. Marc Brackett

Director, Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence

Marc Brackett, Ph.D., is founding director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and Professor in the Child Study Center at Yale University. His grant-funded research focuses on: (1) the role of emotions and emotional intelligence in learning, decision making, relationship quality, and mental health; (2) the measurement of emotional intelligence; (3) best practices for teaching emotional intelligence; and (3) the influences of emotional intelligence training on children’s and adults’ effectiveness, health, creativity, and both school and workplace climate. Marc has published 125 scholarly articles and has received numerous awards, including the Joseph E. Zins Award for his research on social and emotional learning and an honorary doctorate from Manhattanville College. He also is a distinguished scientist on the National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development.

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Dr. Peter Gorski

Professor of Public Health, Pediatrics, Psychiatry and Humanities – University of Miami, Florida International University, University of South Florida

Dr. Gorski is Professor of Pediatrics and Humanities, Health & Society at Florida International University, Professor of Public Health, Pediatrics and Psychiatry at the University of South Florida, Professor of Public Health, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and Past President of the Florida Association for Infant Mental Health.  From 2011-2016, he served as the Chief Community Health, Child Development and Innovation Officer at the Children’s Trust of Miami-Dade County.  From 2006-2011, Dr. Gorski was Director of Research and Innovation at the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County in Tampa, Florida. From 2003-2006, Dr. Gorski served as the Director of the Lawton and Rhea Chiles Center for Healthy Mothers and Babies at USF.

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Francine Ward, Esq.

Lawyer and Author

A professional speaker since 1995, Francine has engaged audiences large and small with her compelling story of triumph over insurmountable odds. Her authentic, impassioned message motivates and inspires audiences no matter what industry or background.

Once upon a time all the odds were stacked against Francine, from drug and alcohol addiction, living in poverty on the streets of New York City, to being trapped in a life of ill repute. Today Francine lives a blessed life traveling the world, owning two beautiful homes in California, the admiration of a loving husband, supportive friends and family, is a published author, and owns and operates a thriving legal practice. With 30 years of recovery under her belt, Francine is also a pillar of strength and support to those wrestling with addiction.

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Talia Levanon

Director, Israeli Trauma Coalition

Talia Levanon is the current Director of the Israeli Trauma Coalition (ITC), an organization committed to continuum of trauma care and preparedness. ITC models, protocols and interventions were created in Israel to address the impact of long term exposure to security violence and threats on the individual, family and community level and include clinical care and creating resilience.

These models are shared by ITC in post crisis areas around the globe.  Based on years of cultivated experience in trauma, ITC is often called in to support emergency situations worldwide.

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2019 Conference Tracks:

Youth Prevention

Adult Prevention

Social Determinants

Integrated Health Care

Trauma-Informed Prevention

Special Populations

Organizational Excellence


For more details regarding the Behavioral Health Conference, please contact Lois Beaulieu at or 954-308-9282.

Thank you to our sponsors for making this event possible!