12 & 13

May 2017

MindsMatter! Mental Health Across the Lifespan
Ending Stigma through Research, Education, and Practice.

icon-agendaPre-Conference Agenda

Pre-Conference Event – Thursday, May 11
8:00- 8:30am Opening
9:00 – 12:00pm Mental Health First Aid
12:00 – 1:00pm Luncheon Speakers – Marcas Miles, MA, BA  and  Ewuria Darley, MS, BA
Depression in the Workplace:  The Hidden Cost to Your Company’s Bottom-Line and
How You Can Help Turn it in the Right Direction
1:00 – 5:00pm Mental Health First Aid
5:30 – 6:15pm Symposium Reception
6:15 – 6:30pm Introduction of Panel
6:30 – 8:00pm Keynote Collective Trauma Panel – Deborah Blalock, MA, LPCS, CPM
Tragedy in the Sanctuary:  A Community’s Response to the Emanuel AME Shooting in
Charleston, South Carolina
8:00 – 8:30pm Networking


Keynote Speaker, Deborah Blalock, MEd, LPCS, CPM

Deborah S. Blalock, MEd, LPCS, CPM has served since 2004 as the Executive Director of the Charleston Dorchester Mental Health Center, one of the largest and most innovative of the seventeen centers operated by the South Carolina Department of Mental Health.  Ms. Blalock joined the SC Department of Mental Health in 1993 and previously served as Director of Acute Services. She has extensive training in crisis negotiation, crisis intervention, and critical incident management. She directed services that focused on people in crisis including the Mobile Crisis Team, South Carolina’s first Mental Health Court, the Crisis Stabilization Center, and services in local detention centers.

In 2015, after the tragic mass shooting and murder of nine parishioners at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, Ms. Blalock provided trauma counseling. For the past year and a half, she has been engaged with the families of Emanuel AME on their journey to hope, healing, and recovery.

Ms. Blalock received her Master’s degree in Clinical Counseling from the Citadel in 1993, and is a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor and Certified Public Manager.

The pre-conference evening event will be held Thursday, May 11 from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. on the first floor of the main ballroom at the Hyatt. This event will include a reception with entertainment and hors d’oeuvres followed by a keynote speaker and panel discussion with networking opportunities.

Deborah Blalock
Luncheon Speakers

Marcas Miles, MA, BA is Senior Director of Employer Programs and Communications with Employers Health, a national coalition of employers based in Ohio, and a public relations professional with nearly two decades of progressive experience.  Marcas has spent most of his career in the health care and workforce development sectors. An emerging thought leader in addressing depression in the workplace and improving worker productivity, he has broad experience in assisting employers to leverage health benefits to improve cost, quality and accessibility of high-value health care services.  He works to establish relationships with decision makers and other health care purchasers and influencers. He has an excellent grasp of the challenges faced by today’s human resource and benefits professionals. Mr. Miles received his MA, Organizational Leadership and BA, Communications from Malone University in Canton, Ohio.

Marcas Miles


Ewuria Darley, MS, BA is Associate Director of The Partnership for Workplace Mental Health for the American Psychiatric Association Foundation (APA/F).  Prior to her appointment at the APA/F, Ewuria served as the Director of Health Promotion at Well Space, LLC, a company that provides wellness programs to employers.  In that role, she provided leadership to position the organization at the forefront of the health and wellness industry, designed and implemented health communication, health coaching, fitness and nutritional programs, conducted research to establish workplace health promotion best practices, and addressed health disparities through community health and wellness campaigns.  Ewuria is a certified clinical exercise specialist, nutritionist, and a certified CPR instructor.  She speaks French and is a classically trained vocalist.  Ms. Darley received an MS Degree in Health Promotion Management from American University in Washington D.C., a BA in Psychology and a BA in Biology from the University of Toledo in Toledo, Ohio.

The pre-conference day and luncheon event will be held on Thursday, May 11 from 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. on the first floor of the Hyatt. This event will include Mental Health First Aid Training, an initiative of the National Council for Behavioral Health.  Just as CPR helps you assist an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid helps you assist an individual experiencing a mental health or substance use related crisis.


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