2017 China Mental Health Summit

Conference Description

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Reach Out And Learn is pleased to present the, China Mental Health Summit. This event will be held in Beijing and Jinan, China, October 12 - 19, 2017. The objective of the China Mental Health Summit is to provide a setting where participants learn together with Chinese mental health professionals and students to improve the quality of care both at "home" and in China. This "summit" offers the latest topics and information in mental health with a focus on significant Chinese issues, along with an opportunity to apply and enhance knowledge in a culture unique from those in the U.S.

Dan, Jane, Dave, Shelley, Sheila, Brian, and Skyler

The China Mental Health Summit mission is to provide an opportunity for mental health Professionals, Faculty, and Students, and those interested in behavioral health, to receive and disseminate best practices and the latest advances in health issues and topics that improve the quality of the care and health challenges. Our effort is to bring together health professionals who specialize in areas directly related to the exciting and ever improving field in which they learn and work and to place these experts in an educational setting that fosters learning, stimulates purposeful discussions, and encourages peer networking.

Bring Friends and Family

This event is designed so that registrants may bring family and friends to experience a fascinating people and culture that may hold unique and valuable interactions. Planned tours of mental health and/or cultural sites are also included in our itinerary. Event Directors participating in the past have extensive experience in humanitarian service and guiding in fascinating sites. Our in-country Travel Service is based in Beijing, China and they are the best! Many past participants have stated that touring was awesome but the cultural and conference experience were the highlight of the week.

Conference Directors and Faculty

Sheila Huntsman, M.S. Ed. C.

Sheila Huntsman has a Master's Degree in Education Counseling and a bachelor's degree in Psychology. She has also received a State certification in Mediation, studied Art Therapy, Music Therapy, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Brain Gym and many other counseling techniques.

Sheila uses Neurofeedback "brain training" to help those who struggle with symptoms associated with ADHD, anxiety, depression, learning disabilities, and sleep issues. She has many years of experience and now utilizes Neurofeedback, using an FDA approved device, to help people overcome challenges in order to function well.

Sheila is married to Michael J Huntsman and they are the parents of five children and have just recently become grandparents. She enjoys spending quality time with her family as well as running, hiking. swimming. playing the piano, organ, marimba and vibraphone.

Donald Fletcher, MD

Donald Fletcher MD is a physician who has specialty training in both eye surgery and addiction medicine. He is a member of both the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Addiction Medicine.

He is originally from Canada where he completed medical school and residency in 1985. He did further training and then began clinical practice and research activities in 1987 in the United States. He has achieved the university rank of full professor, has authored more than 100 scientific papers and delivered over 600 invited lectures. He currently sees patients in California, Utah, Kansas, and Florida.

His eye work has focused on rehabilitation of the visually impaired and he has made several trips to China to assist in setting up programs in Guangzhou and Guanzhou.

He is now devoting clinical efforts to addiction medicine helping those with both behavioral addictions or substance use disorders. He is doing this work as a member of the LifeStar team.

His primary interest and passion at present is in assisting patients to free themselves from compulsive activities that destroy their lives. He is delighted to be able to work with colleagues in China to collaborate in this immense, valuable and challenging task.

Heather Traeden, M.S./RBT, Child Life Specialist

Services Coordinator, Neurobehavioral Center, Registered Behavior Technician

Heather has a master's degree in human development and social policy from the University of Utah and hopes to coninue her education to gain a Ph.D. in psychology in the next few years. She has worked with children for over 16 years in a variety of capacities including Child Life Specialist, preschool owner and director, and RBT. She also helped created and has served as a board member for Legacy Preparatory Academy, a local charter school, for the past 12 years. Heather loves children and believes strongly in providing opportunities for and supporting each child's power to achieve their full potential.​​ She is currently working for Neurobehavioral Center in Bountiful.

Dan Gray: Clinical Director and Cofounder: LCSW, CSAT

Dan is a licensed clinical social worker specializing in addictions counseling.

He has a master's degree in social work and is a CSAT (Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist). He is also certified as an addictions counselor with the National Association of Forensic Counselors. He maintains a busy private practice, lecturing regularly and providing training and consultation to numerous civic, religious, and professional organizations throughout the country.

He is the clinical director of the LifeSTAR Network program, which provides help for individuals and couples who are dealing with problems related to sexual addictions and compulsive behaviors. He has co-authored and edited 2 books: Confronting Pornography: A Guide to Prevention and Recovery for Individuals, Loved Ones, and Leaders and Discussing Pornography Problems with a Spouse: Confronting and Disclosing Secret Behaviors. Dan is married and the father of four. He enjoys fly-fishing, hiking, biking, and basically, anything outdoors.

Todd Olsen, Owner, Lifestarnetwork (from Linkedin)

Margo Cowley, BS, Director of Operations (S-PM)

Education: BS Utah State University, Fashion Merchandising with minors in Business and Interior Design & Textiles. Business License for Interior Design business

Years at S-PM: 26 Years

S-PM Duties: She oversees all the insurance needs, benefits, and shares the human resource and all aspects of the business operations with Mike Stangl.

Personal Interests: Margo has been married for 35 years and has two beautiful married children and one wonderful grandson. She loves her family and spending as much time as possible with them, friends, serving others, hiking, skiing, quilting, reading, traveling and family history.

Proposed Event Agenda

Thursday, October 12th
Depart the U.S. for Beijing, China

Friday, October 13th
Faculty members arrive in Beijing. Transportation from airport to Hotel

Saturday, October 14th
Breakast in hotel.
Morning Train to Jinan. Check into Hotel.
Go immediately to a Special Needs School for ABA Behavioral Training.
Afternoon training

Sunday, October 15th
Breakast in hotel.
Morning: Special needs school - ABA Training continued.
Afternoon training sessions.
Dinner on own.
Evening - Young Single Adult "Celebration" - a few short presentations, a few group activities and discussion event with Dr. Lee's match making organization at the hotel.

Monday, October 16th
Breakast in hotel.
Jinan University. Meet with Dr. Jennifer and present to her Psychology students. (We will limit our presentations to 4).
Transportation to City/Provincial Mental Health Hospital.
Provincial/Jinan City Mental Health Hospital Training/Presentations.
Free time & dinner on own

Tuesday, October 17th
Breakast in hotel.
Provincial Hospital/Jinan City Hospital Training/Presentations/Discussions
Afternoon- Break out sessions on different Mental Health topics
Dinner - possibly organized CMHS Faculty group dinner at restaurant with Dr. Lee, Star,Mary etc.

Wednesday, October 18th
Breakfast in hotel.
Provincial and City Mental Health Hospital Training continued.
Afternoon training/presentations/Break out Sessions
Evening train back to Beijing. check in to hotel.

Thursday, October 19th
Breakfast in hotel.
On own today in Beijing. We can offer assistance for those who want to do a Great Wall tour, visit Tianaman Square, the Forbidden City, and so forth. Group members on their own from here to enjoy Beijing and being in China.

Friday, October 20th
Breakfast in hotel.
Flights home or stay longer, on own, for individual interests/tours/etc.

Questions & Answers (FAQs)

Please check back as additional FAQs are added periodically

What is the registration fee?

To view the registration fees, click the green "Register Online" button above. Select a registration type from the dropdown menu, then click the "Details" link when it appears

What is included with my Registration Fees?

Hotel accommodations (two nights in Beijing and five nights in Jinan)
Breakfast each morning at hotel
Group Lunches Sunday through Wednesday
Group Dinner, Monday or Wednesday
Ground transportation to the hotel from the Beijing airport
Ground transportation to event venues
Ground transportation from the hotel in Beijing to the airport in Beijing
Not included are your round-trip flight from the United States to Beijing, medical and/or travel insurance, some meals/snacks, personal expenses, or other cultural activities/shopping, and a few dinners.

How do I book and pay for a flight from the United States, to and from Beijing, China?

1. Purchase a ticket through an online travel site (Expedia, Travelosity, Yahoo Travel, etc.), or...
2. Purchase a ticket through specific airline Websites (American, Delta, United, Hainan, etc.) or...
3. Use your frequent flier miles/award points,
4. Call a travel agent at a travel service such as Christopherson Travel. Christopherson Business Travel: 866 327-7606 Toll free, 801 327-7668 Direct line

When should I purchase my USA to Beijing flight?

Check the flight prices daily as prices are known to fluctuate from day to day (specific days of the week may offer a better price). At times specific airlines may offer better prices than other online travel service online sites. We have found that flight prices change significantly (up and down) from day to day.

Is a travel visa required?

Yes, and is available through a travel service such as The Travel Broker: 801-266-6464, 5295 South 300 W (Commerce Drive), Suite G-25, Salt Lake City, Utah 84107. There are also online visa services available.

Should I purchase Travel Insurance?

We recommend that you purchase travel insurance. It is available from various providers. You can search online for travel insurance.

What should I pack? The following list includes packing list suggestions: (It is not recommended that you bring everything on this list)

Additional tourist attire:

Waterproof sandals
Nice comfortable attire such as slacks or skirt and dress shirt for sit-down dinner or possible worship services

Personal Medical Pouch (we recommend the following):

Insect repellent & itch-balm plus or other hydro-cortisone-base cream
Sunscreen along with Chap stick or Blistex-type lip ointment
Small first aid kit with Band-Aids, ointment, tweezers, medications etc.
Pain reliever
Diarrhea medication (Imodium/Pepto Bismo, etc.)
Constipation medication
Cold & allergy medication, throat lozenges or cough drops
Other personal prescriptions if applicable

Personal Toiletries:

Personal hygiene items, toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, towel, wash cloth, soap, deodorant, etc. (an antiseptic cleanser can be a skin saver)
Antibacterial wet wipes--the equivalent of 80-100 wipes per person. Individual pouches can be very convenient.


Personal snack supply: You will buy your own food/water in country, but if you are a "picky eater" or have favorites you can't live without…bring your snacks you prefer (trail mix, granola bars, dried fruit, etc.)
Headlamp or emergency flashlight (to be used when the power goes out)
Box/Duct/Strapping tape to be used to repair luggage or to use in the villages.

Items to entertain or leave with those in the villages, such as,
Long jump ropes (more than one person can jump at the same time)
Cultural sharing items i.e. a small musical instrument that you play, magic tricks, costume, etc.
Compact indoor games or projects i.e. cards or beads & yarn
Compact outdoor games, bubbles & blower)

Do I need to sign a Waiver, Release, & Indemnity?

All Reach Out & Learn Volunteers/Participants are required to sign a waiver form. Once you register for an event, we will email you a waiver for you and your family members. Please complete this form, sign, scan, and email it to us at info@reachoutandlearn.org

What can I bring with me as gifts for Chinese friends?

Anything (t-shirts, pins) with printing on it that will help them identify where we're from. (Utah, Salt Lake, BYU, etc.

Passport and Immigration Card

Keep your passport and immigration card in a convenient, yet secure, spot. When checking into hotels, onto planes and trains, some of the tourist sites, leaving the country, etc., you are required to show your passport. Your Immigration form will be required when you leave Beijing for your return flight to the U.S.

Missed flights, missed connections, delayed luggage, etc.

Reach Out And Learn is not responsible for missed flights, missed connections, standby flights, missing luggage, delayed luggage, your late arrival to China or Beijing, or airline change fees. We have learned that it is important to have at least two hours between flights in order to have time to make connecting flights. When making your flight reservations from the U.S. to Beijing, you may choose to select an itinerary that has at least two hours between connecting flights. If your flight from the U.S. to Beijing is postponed or delayed for any reason, we will anticipate that you will join our activities when you arrive in Beijing. We are also not responsible if you miss bus, train, or airline departures in China. We are not responsible for your wake up calls or to make sure you board buses, trains, or flights in time for their departures. However, we will make reasonable effort to make you aware of our itinerary and departure times so you can plan for and anticipate departures so you will be able to continue with the group. During your travel to Beijing, if for any reason you do not arrive in time for the group's shuttle to our hotel in Beijing, please let us know by email as we may be able to work with our in-country travel agent to adjust your schedule and possibly avoid ticket-change fees.

At which hotel should I stay when I arrive in Beijing?

Flights typically arrive in Beijing in the early to late evening (depending on the airline). We will make and pay for your hotel reservations during your time in Beijing. Rooms will be arranged "double occupancy" (at least two people to a room). In order for us to reserve a room for you in Beijing, you must register for the conference by the conference registration deadline, which is 40 days before your arrival in Beijing.

How much cash should I bring?

We suggest you start with $100 cash. You can exchange U.S. dollars from a teller at a bank in China (you must have your passport) into Chinese Yuan (RMB) the morning after you arrive in Beijing, or at the airport in the baggage claim area (they charge a per exchange commission fee ($10 last time I checked). Of course, a bank, such as Wells Fargo in downtown Salt Lake has foreign currencies, or you can use a credit card to get Yuan from ATM machines in China (there is at least one transaction fee (up to $3 last time I checked) I like to have bottled water available when I arrive in Beijing (to drink the first night at the hotel), which is available for you to purchase in China.

Where can I find traveller health/vaccination information?

Please visit the CDC Website http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/china.htm to find Traveler recommendations. For general questions, please contact the Reach Out & Learn Office by e-mail: info@reachoutandlearn.org

When can I give items to children and community members?

Reach Out And Learn has found that the best way for us to distribute items is to give them to professionals in our humanitarian conferences and have them give them to people in need in small villages. Local professionals typically know those who are most in need. We also plan to give items such as first-aid and hygiene kits to the community leaders, such as the school master or teacher. Last time we went to China one of our participants from the U.S. had a young women's group who wanted to make colorful fleece scarfs and we presented them to the school master in a small-poor village.

Early Registration Deadline

The early registration deadline is Monday, September 25, 2017. After that date, the registration fees increase $100, since, with less time to make hotel, transportation, and other arrangements, the costs to us for those items increases.

Registration Cancellation Policy

Conference cancellation requests received 70 days before your arrival in China, will receive a full refund minus a $300 cancellation fee. Conference registration requests received after 70 days before your arrival in China, wll receive no refund. Please send cancellation requests to info@reachoutandlearn.org. You must receive a cancellation confirmation (e-mail) from us to confirm your cancellation.

Where can I find information About Traveling to and getting around in China?


Reach Out And Learn Event Cancellation Policy

Please register as early as possible, as the Expedition Planning Committee may cancel the expedition if a minimum number of registrants is not reached.


Reach Out And Learn reserves the right to change information on this Web page as well as arrangements associated with our agenda or the conference or expedition agendas, as necessary.

Paying by Check?

If paying by check, please make checks payable to Reach Out And Learn and mail to 188 W. 2000 S. Bountiful, Utah 84010-5553.

Continuing Education Information

Each conference participant will receive a certificate of attendance/participation.