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Upcoming Conferences

March 2017

March 8-10

General & Special Education Conference
Washington State Convention Center, Seattle, WA
Discounted rooms available at the Sheraton Hotel at the current prevailing government rate! Course content age range: Birth-21 years of age.  More information.

March 24

Building Community Capacity and Promoting Human Rights: 50 Years of Accomplishments by CHDD and Our Network Partners
University of WA, Center on Human Development and Disability, Seattle, WA

8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Presentations in CD 150 CHDD Auditorium  (Live streaming available)
12:30-2:30 – Informational posters, tour and lunch CHDD Clinic Building

March 28

2017 Washington State Transition Conference
Three Rivers Conference Center, Kennewick, WA

Keynote: WIOA:  Realizing the Vision of Employment Success for Youth
This year we are excited to have David Hoff of the Institute for Community Inclusion at University of Massachusetts in Boston joining us to share about the new opportunities under WIOA for young people transitioning from school to adult life, the enhanced role of DVR in the transition process, expanded opportunities via the general workforce system, and the critical role of educators in realizing a core principle of WIOA: that “individuals with disabilities, including those with the most significant disabilities, are capable of achieving high quality, competietive integrated employment when provided the necessary skills and supports.”
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March 31

38th Annual Duncan Seminar: The Juggling Act – Developmental Disabilities, Behavioral Challenges and Mental Health
Wright Auditorium, Seattle Children’s Hospital, 4800 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA
Join us for this one-day interdisciplinary conference focused on the care of children with neurodevelopmental disabilities and their families. Experts from Seattle Children’s, the healthcare community and families will share their experiences and learning on the topic of behavioral mental health in children with neurodevelopmental disorders. This seminar is geared towards a wide audience of healthcare professionals. Family members affected by this condition are also encouraged to attend.
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April 2017

April 10-12

2017 Annual Conference- Next Generation Healthcare: Optimizing Your Telehealth Programs
Sponsored by the Northwest Regional Telehealth Resource Center (NRTRC)
Hyatt Olive 8 Hotel, Seattle, WA
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April 11-12

25th Annual Children’s Justice Conference
The CJTF is a multi-disciplinary team of professionals representing all aspects of child welfare. We represent Prosecutors, Defense attorneys, Law Enforcement, Child Protective Services, medicine and foster children. The CJTF supports ideas and projects focused on families and children, while ensuring each area of discipline are represented. We continue our search looking for better ideas for the future while gathering together with professionals seeking to help children and sharing new and innovative ideas to improve the process.

The diversity in the location and progressive seminars promote the goals of the CJTF resulting in an annual increase in numbers of participants to this conference. By your attendance, you demonstrate your willingness to learn new techniques and to share those techniques with fellow professionals. Continuing Medical Education credits and other CE credits available.
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April 26 – 27

The 2017 Science of HOPE Conference
Sponsored by the Foundation for Healthy Generations
Hilton Seattle Airport & Conference Center, located near the Washington SeaTac Airport
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May 2017

May 3-5 (May 3 is a pre-conference day)

Infant and Early Childhood Conference
Greater Tacoma Convention Center, Tacoma, WA
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May 5

2017 Seattle Children’s Nursing Research Symposium
Wright Auditorium, Seattle Children’s Hospital, 4800 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA
This one-day course is offered to nurses and other clinicians in all disciplines who are interested in learning about research methods, including matching research questions to design; tools to facilitate research; data visualization; and the process of publishing research. The course will describe the importance of nurses leading research (the business case for research) and describe the research currently led by nurses at Seattle Children’s, including projects that have led to practice changes. Registration will be available in January.
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May 5

WA State Community Connectors 1st Annual Children’s Behavioral Health Summit
Hilton Garden Inn, Yakima, Washington

  • Key note speaker Erin Callinan author of “Beautifully Bipolar”
  • Up dates on what is happening around our state in Children’s Behavioral Health
  • What WSCC has been up to this year
  • Learning about WISe and the Workforce Collaborative
  • And much more!

There is no registration fee for this conference. Only 100 spots are available. More information and registration
If you have any questions please contact Carolyn Cox at or (509)851-5226.

June 2017

June 14 – 16

2017 Washington Behavioral Healthcare Conference – Celebrating Opportunity – Supporting Health & Recovery
Vancouver, Washington
Sponsor: Washington Council for Behavioral Health
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July 2017

August 2017

September 2017

September 13

2017 Inland Northwest State of Reform Health Policy Conference
Spokane Convention Center, Spokane, WA
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September 23

The 2017 Equity and Engagement Conference
Everett Community College,  Everett, WA
Sponsored by the WA State Family and Community Engagement Trust

Featuring Dr. Karen Mapp,  Harvard University Professor of Education, researcher, author and co-author of many publications and of the Dual Capacity-building Framework.  This conference is for educators, parents, community partners, students, funders and others working to improve children and family outcomes.  Registration information coming soon!

Ongoing Calendars of Events

Listed below are calendars of training events for health care providers, families and others interested in children and youth, especially those with special needs in Washington State.

Clinician-Focused Listings

Center on Human Development and Disability (CHDD) Activities Calendar
Monthly calendar of events and trainings open to the public affiliated with the University of Washington’s CHDD in Seattle.

Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disorders (LEND) Seminars
UW Center on Human Development & Disability, Conference Room 150
Core seminars are typically Mondays from 12:30-1:30 and are usually recorded for later access.

Seattle Children’s Hospital Continuing Medical Education

Multiple events including:

  • Pediatric Grand Rounds
  • Child Psychiatry Grand Rounds
  • Nursing Grand Rounds
  • Outreach Conferences
  • Other upcoming CME events
  • and links to archived presentations and videos

UW Psychiatry and Behavioral Health- School of Medicine

  • Grand Rounds is a series of educational lectures open to the public given by department and invited faculty about the latest in psychiatry and behavioral health research and practices. Past Grand Round lectures can be viewed in our archive. If you would like to receive email notifications for upcoming lectures please email

Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital- Spokane, WA
Physician Grand Rounds- presentations available on video as well. Children’s Hospital Grand Rounds are listed as part of Sacred Heart’s
CME offerings.

Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital- Tacoma, WA

North Pacific Pediatric Society

Public Health Practice Training Finder Tool
The Northwest Center for Public Health Practice (NWCPHP) out of the University of Washington releases a new Training Finder Tool that searches NWCPHP’s nearly 200 online courses, webinars, toolkits and guides, in-person trainings, as well as their Institute and Certificate programs.


For Clinicians AND Families

Informing Families, Building Trust
A partnership for communication on developmental disabilities. Partners include the WA State Developmental Disabilities Council and the Developmental Disabilities Administration.

Washington Nonprofits
See Events and Training Page


Family-Focused Listings

Autism Society of Washington
Resource and Event Calendar, by region

Seattle Children’s Parenting Classes
Children’s offers free Autism lectures for parents and caregivers of children and youth on the autism spectrum. These classes are held at the hospital but videocast to community sites across the state as well as recorded for later viewing.

  • Autism 101: This lecture is designed to provide information and support to parents and families of children recently diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Lecturers provide up-to-date and evidence-based information regarding the core deficits of ASD, the variability and presentation of behaviors associated with autism, prevalence and etiology, treatments available and resources for families. Offered quarterly.
  • Autism 200: This series of free 90-minute classes for parents and caregivers of children with autism who wish to better understand this disorder. Faculty from Seattle Children’s and the University of Washington and community providers teach the classes. Held the 3rd Thursday of the month from 7-8:30 pm.

The ARC of Washington State
Many of the nine regional/county Arcs offer trainings and events.