THURSDAY, October 18th
LEE DANIEL KRAVETZ
Best-selling Author, MFTi Psychotherapist
In 2009, tragedy struck the town of Palo Alto: A student from the local high school died by suicide by stepping in front of an oncoming train. Grief-stricken, the community mourned what they thought was an isolated loss. Until, a few weeks later, it happened again. And again. And again. In six months, the high school lost five students to suicide at those train tracks. A recent transplant to the community and a new father himself, Lee Daniel Kravetz’s experience as a science journalist kicked in: what was causing this tragedy? More importantly, how was it possible that a suicide cluster could develop in a community of concerned, aware, hyper-vigilant adults?
The answer? Social contagions. We know that ideas, emotions, and actions are communicable—from mirroring someone’s posture to mimicking their speech patterns, we are all driven by unconscious motivations triggered by our environment. But when just the right physiological, psychological, and social factors come together, we get what Kravetz calls a “strange contagion”, a perfect storm of highly common social viruses that, combined, form a highly volatile condition. Our keynote presents both a moving account of one community’s tragedy and a rigorous investigation of social phenomenon, as Kravetz draws on research and insights from experts worldwide to unlock the mystery of how ideas spread, why they take hold, and offer thoughts on our responsibility to one another as citizens of a globally and perpetually connected world.
Lee Daniel Kravetz is the author of the international bestsellers Strange Contagion and Supersurvivors: The Surprising Link Between Suffering & Success. He holds a B.A. in journalism from the University of Missouri – Columbia, and a M.A. in psychology from Santa Clara University and a post-graduate fellowship from Stanford University. He has written for print and television, including The New York Times, New York Magazine, The Atlantic, Psychology Today, The Daily Beast, The San Francisco Chronicle,/i> and PBS’s Frontline and Sesame Street. His work has been translated in ten languages. He has been featured in Time Magazine, The Harvard Business Review, and Fast Company, and is a founding board member of the Lit Camp Writers Conference. www.leedanielkravetz.com
AIM House, CU Collegiate Recovery Center
Featured Presentation: #unchartedterritory
In 2018 we live in a time new frontiers. Unprecedented shifts to our world are rapidly occurring. Socially, politically, environmentally—things are far from stable. Mental health is certainly not immune. And over 20plus years in the industry, I have watched as admissions trends, treatment modalities, and outcomes fluctuate with time—arguably no more so than they have in the past few years.
Technological advancements are at the forefront of many of these changes. Tech is driving us to a place in which we are more connected worldwide than ever before, but also less reliant on others, more isolated. We no longer need to rely on our village, but at what cost?
In this presentation, I will lend perspective to the ways in which young adult treatment is impacted by the uncharted territory we find ourselves in in 2018. My hope is that my experience will shed light on how we can not only provide intentional support to young adults cultivating resilience in our current climate, but also how we can harness the new interconnectivity and advancements to help our clients achieve success and health. With careful navigation and collaboration on the part of treatment providers and educators, it is possible to teach young adults not simply tolerate the times, but thrive in them.
Daniel Conroy has dedicated his professional life to helping people pursue full, productive, healthy lives. As a young administrator for mental health/addiction treatment programs such as Sierra Tuscan and CEDU, Daniel recognized the need to provide services to an essentially abandoned population in the current healthcare system; Young adult men and women were emerging from treatment with limited options for continued care. He set out to create something different: an “aftercare” that would not only support young adults in sustaining their recovery, but also offer therapeutic services, educational and vocational support, executive functioning training, and the opportunity to practice building authentic relationships. Over the years, AIM House has expanded to work not only with young adults in recovery from addiction, but also with “dual diagnosis” young adults and those struggling with emerging adulthood. Along with AIM House, “Danny” also remains active in the national conversation about mental health and wellness through his work in collegiate recovery. At home in Boulder, Danny prioritizes time with his wife Mae, four children: Quinlan, Gracie, Devlin, Ronan, and the family dogs: Stella and Jerry. Together the Conroy crew volunteers, hikes, and enjoys travel to visit extended family. Danny speaks at national conferences, coaches youth basketball, and is a stalwart sports and music fan.