Join over 300 representatives from family peer support providers, family members, youth and professionals from the children’s behavioral health and other cross-system children’s services at this statewide event and stay abreast of the many challenges and opportunities facing children, youth and families as health and behavioral health services continues to move toward an integrated system of care. We encourage New York State Family Peer Support Providers, Youth Peer Advocates, Health Plans, Health Homes, and other service providers to attend and receive pertinent education & information on services, collaborations and practices in our children’s health and behavioral health system.

Once you register, make sure to reserve a room.

Keynote Speaker

Marc Brackett, Ph.D.

Marc, is the founding director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and a professor in the Child Study Center at Yale University. His research focuses on the role of emotional intelligence in learning, decision making, creativity, relationships, health, and performance. He has published over 150 scholarly articles, received numerous awards, and serves on a number of boards, including CASEL. Marc is the lead developer of RULER, an evidence-based approach to SEL that has been adopted by nearly 3,000 schools across the United States and in other countries. Marc is the author of the bestselling book, Permission to Feel, which is translated into 22 languages.

Keynote Speaker

Luis O. Lopez, MA, MS

Luis O. Lopez, MA, MS, is the Director of Special Projects at CPI & Coordinator for Fidelity and Best Practices at the ACT Institute.  He also studied philosophy and politics for 2 years at the New School for Social Research. He has been at the New York State Psychiatric Institute since 2013. He is also a counselor, a trainer, a consultant, and a coach.  He has a M.A. in counseling and a M.S. in Administration (with a focus on implementation.) He has been involved in the implementation, and sometimes, unique application, of Evidence Based Practices since 2003.  He has expertise in the areas of Trauma Responsive Care, Motivational Interviewing, Dual Recovery, Group Dynamics, Cultural Humility, Stages of Change, Harm Reduction, WRAP, CBT, Wellness Self-Management, Social Justice Advocacy and the ACT Model.  He has facilitated workshops in over 150 conferences nationally and in Canada.   He has also conducted consultations in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.  He is member of the American Counseling Association and ACA-NY. He is a chess player, a Jiu Jitsu Practitioner, and a DJ at TWITCH TV and MIXCLOUD. 

Marriott Albany
189 Wolf Rd,
Albany, NY 12205

Families Together 2022 Conference group rate:
$114 USD/night

Families Together is seeking sponsors and exhibitors for the Albany conference. This year more than ever it is critical that families and youth receive information about your services to explore successful collaborations between New York State Family Peer Support programs and health plans.
Please review the many opportunities available for
sponsorship and exhibitors below.

We ask guests to wear masks when in public areas of the hotel. Guests may remove them in their guest room or when eating or drinking.

We have extra disposable masks, disposable gloves at the Front Desk available to any overnight guests, who may need them.

Hand sanitizer stations are located throughout the hotel and in all public restrooms. Social distance reminders are posted throughout the building.


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