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UNT Dallas Fall 2023 Symposium | Dallas, TX

The Undoing: Building New Knowledge and Skills in Advocacy, Prevention and Intervention



The 2023 Behavioral Health and Human Services Symposium seeks to educate and develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes of professionals and paraprofessionals who work with children and youth. The goal is to provide educational and training activities that engage students and community-based organizations in gathering and sharing information. We will explore the roles that racial, social, emotional, psychological, and economic barriers have on the mental well-being of minority populations challenged with adverse behavioral health. We hope participants will reflect on how we build new knowledge on the canvas of our lived experiences.

The Symposium's theme comes from The Daily Undoing: Being Better at Being Human by David Gaudet.



September 22, 2023 from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm Central Time at the UNT Dallas Student Center at 7500 University Hills Blvd. Dallas, TX 75241



$50 Early Bird (Aug. 1st - Sep. 1st)

$75 Regular (Sep. 2nd - Sep. 22nd)


Keynote Speakers:

Tonya Stafford

Tonya Stafford is a native of Dallas, Texas, with over 10 years of experience working with women, young girls and children who have been victims of sex trafficking. Tonya’s own story of resilience has made her a sought-after resource to provide training on uncovering this underground world. She has worked with the FBI, law enforcement, Homeland Security, Special Victims Unit, school professionals, faith-based community leaders, medical professionals, prosecutors and more. Her speaking engagements always include her amazing personal story that will inspire you to a call to action. Tonya is a dedicated advocate for women and children and has used her story to testify on the Texas State Senate Hearings on a House Bill 2290 recognizing January as Human Trafficking Prevention Month (HB 2290) passed on September 1, 2015.


Nancy Kirkpatrick

Nancy Fitzpatrick is a funded CAT III site Project Director, who successfully administered SAMHSA grant funding and providing oversight of a school-based therapy initiative that serves children, ages 3 to 18, who have experienced various types of trauma. Nancy also developed the trauma awareness training for the project on (1) how to recognize trauma; (2) how to respond to trauma; (3) how to create trauma-informed systems for children; and (4) how to manage secondary traumatic stress. Nancy successfully administered these trainings to over 300% of the first-year target population goal. As a Steering Committee member and an Affiliate Advisory Council member with the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, and as a national advisory board member of the TRANSFORM (Trauma and Racism Addressed by Navigating Systemic Forms of Oppression using Resilience Methods) Program with Washington State University, Nancy works closely with trauma-focused research professionals and evidence-based intervention providers to promote awareness and create transformative training tools to develop trauma-informed systems of care. She is a passionate advocate for the homeless, for those who suffer with mental illness, and for children impacted by trauma. Nancy continues to use her unique skill set and commitment to learning to maximize every effort in developing solutions for at-risk populations. Nancy also serves as the Health Committee Co-Chair for the Milwaukee Section of the National Council of Negro Women.


Registration Deadline

September 22, 2023, 9:00 AM Central Time


Register above or at the event website

Starts: Sep. 22, 2023 8:00 am
Ends: Sep. 22, 2023 4:00 pm
Registration Deadline
September 22, 2023
Event Type
Face-to-Face Training
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