DMH’s annual conference to focus on reshaping the mental health system 

Experts and advocates will gather to advance the mental health system 

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Mental Health (DMH) is holding its annual conference at the Killington Grand Resort Hotel on October 19, 2023. Themed “Reshaping the Mental Health System Through Integration,” this full-day event will feature more than 20 engaging presentations and provide a unique opportunity for participants to gain insights from esteemed keynote speakers William Killebrew and Jennifer Moss.  

The conference, structured around three focus tracks – Wellness & Self Care, Integrated Care & Policy, and Mental Health & the Criminal Justice System- will include interactive workshops catering to diverse age groups, ranging from children and teens to adults and families. These workshops will feature insightful panel presentations and showcase promising evidence-based practices. 

In addition, attendees will have the opportunity to explore locally developed innovative approaches to service models and attend group learning sessions. 

“We are confident that attendees will leave the conference enriched and empowered. This is an exciting opportunity to engage with leaders who are making a real impact on the world, and we can't wait to share this experience with our community." Said Department of Mental Health Commissioner Emily Hawes. “We are honored to host keynote speakers William Kellibrew and Jennifer Moss, who have dedicated their careers to advocacy and advancing mental health.” 

As the Vermont Department of Mental Health gears up for this event, interested parties are encouraged to mark their calendars for October 19, 2023 at the Killington Resort Hotel. With a dynamic lineup of sessions and presentations, and esteemed keynote speakers, the DMH Conference is set to leave participants with practical strategies to reshape mental healthcare in their respective spheres. 

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About the Keynote Speakers 

William Kellibrew, MSW, is a global victim advocate, author, and creative therapist with extensive experience in implementing trauma-informed, healing-centered approaches in systems of care.  William has gained recognition for his personal resilience and advocacy work. No stranger to adversity, his story was featured in major media outlets in 2008, and he received awards, including the 'Champion of Change' from the White House in 2011. He's earned degrees in business management and is completing a Master of Social Work degree. He currently holds the position of Safety Director at the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, focusing on Child and Club Safety. William is also the author of "Resilient Rose," dedicated to his grandmother who raised him, and credits his success to her, family, and supportive individuals. 

Jennifer Moss is an award-winning writer, international speaker, and workplace culture strategist with clients ranging from startups to Fortune 500 companies.  Her most recent book, The Burnout Epidemic, was named 10 Best New Management Books for 2022 by Thinkers50 and shortlisted for the 2021 Outstanding Works of Literature Award. Jennifer is a nationally syndicated radio columnist and freelance journalist.  She writes for Harvard Business Review and her work has appeared in CNN, TIME, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post. 


Keynote speakers William Killebrew (left) and Jennifer Moss (right) 

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Source: 9.20.2023. Killington, VT - The Vermont Department of Mental Health