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Mental Health Symposium 2019: Roadmap to Recovery

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The Collin County Mental Health Symposium will present “Roadmap to Recovery," on Nov. 21, when stakeholders and mental health professionals will discuss trends, treatment, and dealing with the growing number of people struggling with mental illness in Collin County.

Symposium organizers are now accepting early registration and sponsorships for the event, which is expected to draw about 500 mental health professionals, hospitals, EMT’s, firefighters, law enforcement, attorneys, judges, detention officer’s and teachers.

The symposium will be held at the Courtyard by Marriott in Allen, 210 E. Stacy Rd. Registration and sponsorship information can be found here

This year’s speakers include:

Kevin Briggs: Kevin is a retired California Highway Patrol officer who spent more than 17 years patrolling the Golden Gate Bridge. During that time he encouraged hundreds of people who were troubled and had lost hope. They were ready to jump off the bridge and end their lives.

Although as training negotiator, Briggs also relied on his compassion, gentle voice, eye contact, and his innate ability to “listen to understanding”. During his career he encouraged more than 200 people not to jump, go over the bridges rail or come back to solid ground from where they had been standing precariously.

These challenging, but rewarding efforts earned him the nickname, “Guardian of the Golden Gate Bridge”. Retired, Briggs is now dedicating his life to promoting mental health awareness and suicide prevention across the globe.

Dr. Elizabeth McIngvale: Elizabeth’s clinical interests focus on OCD, anxiety disorders, mental health stigma and access to mental health care. Dr. McIngvale sees patients with OCD and engages in clinical research at Baylor College of Medicine where she is an assistant professor in the department of Psychiatry. She is the founder of the Peace of Mind Foundation, a non-profit foundation dedicated to OCD, Dr. McIngvale was the first ever national spokesperson for International Obsessive Compulsive Foundation where she now serves on their board of directors and is a licensed clinician in Texas.

She received her bachelors and master’s degrees in social work from Loyola University of Chicago, her PH.D. In social work at the University of Houston and is currently pursuing her MBA from Kellogg’s School of Business Management at Northwestern University.

Dr. McIngvale engages in advocacy clinical work, research and teaching related to OCD. She is a renowned speaker on both the local and national mental health field and currently serves as a director on 6 boards. Dr. McIngvale is dedicated to giving a voice to the voiceless. Being on the faculty at Baylor College of Medicine allows here to continue her work in the field and to stamp out the stigma of mental illness every day.

For registration, sponsorship levels and other information, please see the attached flyer.