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Mental Health Summit – Interdisciplinary Approaches to Behavioral Health

September 28 @ 8:00 am - 4:30 pm EDT

Psych Mental Health Summit USAHS.

Interdisciplinary Approaches to Behavioral Health

Experience a remarkable synergy with USAHS as we join hands with respected community healthcare professionals to enhance mental health care. Join us for our upcoming seminar to engage with industry experts, uncover best practices, earn continuing education contact house, and explore innovative approaches to behavioral and psychiatric health. Register to attend our seminar, either in person or virtually today!

Seminar Details:

 Tuition: $139
 Hours: 7 or .7 Continuing education contact hours
 Prerequisite: None
 Who Attends: RN, APRN, PT, PTA’s OT, OTA’s, SLP, LCSW, healthcare students, Behavioral/Mental Health professionals
 Location: In Person: St. Augustine, FL Campus: 1 University Boulevard St. Augustine, FL 32086 | OR Virtual


Registration Information:

Attend In-Person Attend Virtually


Event Description

The World Health Organization (WHO) has called for an urgent need to transform mental health care attitudes, actions, and services to address the needs of the growing population of youth and adults living with a mental health disorder. The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) reports that one in five adults live with a mental illness and death by suicide continues to rise (2023). Healthcare providers, community advocates, leaders, and citizens can positively influence mental health care needs through effective collaboration and partnerships. The Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) provides core competencies for healthcare professionals. These standards of interprofessional collaboration include values and ethics, roles and responsibilities, communication, and teams and teamwork (IPEC, 2023). Each healthcare discipline brings a unique set of skills and perspective to patient care and collaboratively can influence physical and mental health outcomes. The 2024 Mental Health Summit brings together healthcare professionals from various fields to share their expertise and strategies for improving mental health outcomes through collaboration in practice and educational frameworks and models.

Join us for expert-led discussions and real-world case studies that will provide healthcare providers with strategies to enhance support systems and collaboration to improve mental health outcomes for those most in need. This is a unique opportunity to be part of a collective effort to advance behavioral health care and make a difference in our communities.

Learning Objectives:

At the completion of this seminar, the participant should be able to:

  • Identify and apply effective strategies for interprofessional collaboration to improve behavioral health outcomes.
  • Foster interdisciplinary connections among mental health practitioners, counselors, community leaders, and advocate to identify gaps in behavioral health needs and advocate for mental health care.
  • Evaluate new approaches and novel treatments in mental health care and understand the importance of interdisciplinary care to improve overall patient outcomes.


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Keynote Speaker:

Heather Luing, M.D.

Dr. Heather Luing has worked for 2 decades as a psychiatrist and is triple board certified in general psychiatry, forensic psychiatry, and addiction medicine. She also is considered a thought leader in the emerging field of interventional psychiatry and uses cutting edge treatments to help patients with severe and hard to treat depression and anxiety. Although she has worked in many different professional settings, she has spent much of her career leading various facilities around Florida as medical director or chief medical officer.

Presenters Credentials/BIOs:

Ashley Bourque Meaux, PhD, CCC-SLP 

Dr. Ashley Bourque Meaux joined the University in 2021 as the Assistant Program Director and an Associate Professor for the MS-SLP program on the Dallas, TX campus. In December 2023, she transitioned to Director, SLP Clinical Education Placement Team.

Dr. Meaux has practiced as a speech-language pathologist since 2008 as an early intervention provider and school-based clinician. Her research interests are in language and literacy development as they are supported by caregiver (e.g., parent, teacher) interaction. Additionally, she believes interprofessional collaborative practice is an essential component to positive outcomes when working with children and their caregivers. Dr. Meaux has numerous presentations at the local, state and national level, and serves on the editorial board for Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools.

Ceclia Hammond, DNP, MSN, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC

Dr. Cecelia Hammond has many years of experience as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and has been an American Nurses Credentialing Center certified FNP since 2008. Her FNP background includes working several years in a community clinic caring for patients across the lifespan. She has been in a faculty role for the past 14 years teaching within nursing undergraduate and family nurse practitioner graduate programs.

Dr. Hammond obtained her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in 2010. Her content areas of expertise are adult and geriatric health, pharmacology, advanced practice nursing, leadership, chronic disease and medication management, evidence-based practice and primary care. Dr. Hammond joined the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences as a contributing faculty member in January 2020 and became a core faculty member in May 2021.

Dana Madalon, OTD, OTR/L 

Dr. Madalon has been an occupational therapist for more than 25 years.  She is Board Certified in Pediatrics through the American Occupational Therapy Association, and she has worked in various settings, including skilled nursing, rehabilitation, and pediatrics.

Her most recent clinical experience has been working with adults and children with dual diagnosis of mental health problems and behavioral concerns. Madalon worked closely with members of the Louisville community to find foster homes for children with histories of abuse and trauma. Her other interests include hippotherapy, in which she has volunteered and ran a hippotherapy program for adults and children with dual diagnoses. Madalon joined the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in January 2022 as an Instructor on the St. Augustine, FL campus.

David Liguori, DNP, NP-C, ACHPN

Dr. David Liguori joined the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in 2021 as a full-time Assistant Professor. His previous higher education experience includes core graduate faculty at Ramapo College of New Jersey in the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs, as well as adjunct faculty at Berkeley College, NJ. Dr. Liguori has also worked as a nurse practitioner in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings. His clinical areas of interest include palliative and end-of-life care, diabetes, anxiety and depression.

Dr. Liguori is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) and holds certification through the AANP as an Adult Nurse Practitioner. He also holds certification as an Advanced Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse through the Hospice and Palliative Credentialing Center (HPCC). Dr. Liguori maintains a clinical practice as a primary care nurse practitioner in New Jersey.

Margaret Wicinski, PT, DPT, EdD

Dr. Margaret Ann Wicinski is an assistant program director in the Physical Therapy program on the St. Augustine campus. Before joining the university full time, she worked as a physical therapist in outpatient and acute care settings.

In 2007, she was honored as a Fellow of the AAOMPT. She earned her Manual Therapy Certification (MTC) in 2003 and her Primary Care Certification (PCC) in 2004 from the university. She became an Orthopaedic Certified Specialist (OCS), which is granted by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties, in 2013 and earned her Doctor of Education (EdD) from the university in 2017.


Accreditation Statement:

University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.