March 19 – 22, 2023

Banff 52

School Mental Health: Utilizing Science, Culture, and Context to Inform Practice

School mental health has emerged in recent years as a distinct field, given the unique opportunities and challenges of the school setting. There is a consensus that approaches should address different tiers of need (e.g., general mental health promotion, early intervention, and treatment). Furthermore, the importance of evidence-based approaches is highlighted. However, there are many challenges to the uptake and sustainability of evidence-based school mental health interventions. For example, there are many areas where evidence-based practices are not identified. In other areas, the evidence stems from highly controlled research trials, but may not translate to real world settings. Schools serve diverse communities and youth, and issues of adaptation and modification are important. This 52nd Banff International Conference on Behavioural Science will highlight both the challenges and opportunities of school mental health, with an emphasis on identifying practical strategies for mental health professionals, educators and administrators, and researchers. Through plenary addresses and workshops, participants will be presented with the most recent research findings from internationally recognized experts, with an emphasis on integrating science, culture, and context into everyday practice to support the mental health of diverse youth. The conference is geared towards professionals who are planning, implementing, and evaluating mental health services for students from preschool through secondary school.

Planning Committee
Claire Crooks (Co-Chair) Centre for School Mental Health and Faculty of Education, Western University
Sharon Hoover (Co-Chair) National Center for School Mental Health and University of Maryland School of Medicine
Robert J. McMahon (Co-Chair) Simon Fraser University and BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute
Ray DeV. Peters (Co-Chair) Queen’s University
Wendy Craig Queen’s University
Kenneth D. Craig University of British Columbia

Purpose of the Banff International Conferences
To provide a forum where researchers, practitioners and policy makers can interact to discuss contemporary practice and research.

The Banff International Conferences on Behavioural Science is approved by the Canadian Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. The Banff International Conferences on Behavioural Science maintains responsibility for the program. Attendance at each workshop will provide 3 CE credits.

The Banff Conferences have pioneered the ‘conference of colleagues’ format for professional and scientific meetings. Registration is limited and the program is designed for both formal and informal interactions among all participants. Plenary sessions and workshops are presented by individuals renowned for the excellence of their applied acumen or research. Conversation hours, poster session, banquet, cash bars, sightseeing expeditions, and cross-country and downhill ski trips provide the opportunity to interact with colleagues in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

The Conference is held at the Banff Centre, in Banff, Alberta, Canada. The Centre provides a comfortable setting nestled in one of the most picturesque environments in North America, convenient to skiing and other forms of outdoor recreation.

The Banff Centre
Accommodations at The Banff Centre
107 Tunnel Mountain Drive
Box 1020
Banff, Alberta, Canada
T1L 1H5
tel: (403) 762-6308

Transportation to Banff
For those who wish to travel to the Banff Centre from the Calgary Airport using the Banff Airporter bus shuttle service, we have established a reduced rate (a 15% discount) using the following promotional code – BVS2023.

Click www.banffairporter.com/book.  Proceed through the reservation and type –BVS2023 – in the Promo Code section on the final payment page to receive the discount. Or call (888) 449-2901 and mention you are attending the Banff Behavioural Science conference.

Enjoying Banff
A great website answering all your questions and inspiring pleasurable activities is available at: www.banff.ca.

Explore it for winter activities (downhill skiing, cross country skiing, ice skating, sledding and toboganning, horse-drawn sleigh rides, snow-shoeing, dog sledding, ice fishing, ice diving (!), snowmobile tours) and adventures (back country ski and snowboard touring, helicopter and snowcat sking and snowboarding, waterfall ice climbing, heli-hiking, etc.)

Look at the Arts and Entertainment scene (dancing, live music at great pubs–Celtic, Maritime, piano bars, theatre and dance, art galleries, movies and cinema).

Check out the museum and heritage sites.

Explore the great opportunities for cuisine, spas, sightseeing, and shopping.

Lots of great family activities are detailed.


*** Note: Thanks to Tom Dempsey for permitting the use of his picture of Herbert Lake for the website. To check out more of his fabulous photography, go to http://www.photoseek.com