Dallas College Mental Health Symposium

We believe mental health and wellness is for everyone.

Join Dallas College Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) for a dynamic, exciting event centered on discussions around mental health, awareness, resilience and stigma reduction.

Dallas College Counseling and Psychological Services Presents:

Mind Matters:
The 2023 Mental Health and Wellness Symposium

Date, Time and Location

Friday, May 5, 2023

9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Bill J. Priest Center in downtown Dallas
(virtual live stream available)

RSVP to watch online or join us in person

Learn from a nationally renowned speaker from Active Minds, and explore exciting educational tracks focused on mental health and wellness, human trafficking awareness and intimate partner violence.

The symposium is free to all attendees and is open to students, faculty, staff and community members. Breakfast and lunch will be provided to all attendees at Bill J. Priest. A live stream will be available to guests preferring to attend remotely.


Are you experiencing challenges or stressors in your life? Do you have concerns about a student that you’d like to get connected to supportive services? Discover the Student Care Network at Dallas College.

Looking for a mindful space throughout the day? Visit room 108.


9:00 a.m.

Check-In/Breakfast Opens
Bill J. Priest Center Welcome Desk
  • Enjoy a light breakfast and coffee before we begin the day’s events!

9:30 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks from Dallas College Administration (Live Stream Begins)
Bill J. Priest Center & Live Stream
  • Dallas College leadership will welcome us and set the tone for a day of learning, stigma-reducing and awareness-raising!

9:40 a.m.

State of Student Mental Health
Bill J. Priest Center & Live Stream
  • Kaitlin Hill, MS, LPC-S, NCC, Associate Dean of CAPS
  • Hear from Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) leadership on the current issues facing today’s learners and our campus communities.

10:00 a.m.

Keynote Speaker
Bill J. Priest Center & Live Stream
  • CAPS is excited to welcome Abraham Sculley, a dynamic and interactive speaker from Active Minds who developed a passion for mental health from his battle with depression during college.
  • Active Minds is a front-running organization raising awareness about young adults and mental health and has over 1,000 campus and community chapters nationwide!

11:00 a.m.

Student/Staff Panel
Bill J. Priest Center & Live Stream
  • Listen to an engaging discussion between students and staff on mental health, wellness and taking care of yourself in order to thrive!
  • AJ Bello, Dallas College student, Information Systems
  • Karen Cuttill, Professional Counselor, Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS)
  • Ssatis Jones, Student Success Coach AJ Bello, Dallas College student, Information Systems
  • Timothy McDuffie, Program Lead, Male Achievement Program

11:30 a.m.

Lunch Break (Live Stream Break)
Bill J. Priest Center
  • Enjoy a lunch with fellow attendees provided by Dallas College!

12:30 p.m.

Afternoon Learning Tracks
Bill J. Priest Center & Live Stream
  • Track 1: Mental Health and Wellness (Live Stream Returns – this track only)
    Stays in the main room: Hoblitzelle Auditorium
    Attend several sessions provided by CAPS and Health Services staff members. Sessions are focused on general mental health and wellness.
  • Track 2: Human Trafficking – New Friends New Life Bus Tour
    Starts in room 1220
    Join New Friends New Life on a bus tour of DFW to learn about the human trafficking occurring in our neighborhoods. New Friends New Life is a local agency that raises awareness of trafficking in our area, and is passionate about the support and empowerment of those exposed to trafficking and exploitation. This session will be limited to 29 attendees due to bus capacity and begins with a brief educational session to prepare for the bus tour.
  • Track 3: Intimate Partner Violence Prevention – In Her Shoes
    Room 1215
    Join Parkland Victim Intervention Program (VIP) educator Sheyla Camacho for an immersive experience to learn about domestic/intimate partner violence. The In Her Shoes experience is experiential learning where attendees walk the journey of survivors of abusive and controlling relationships. Walk a journey based on the experiences of real survivors to explore the cenarios, challenges and choices survivors must make. A debrief to follow will include time for processing, questions and answers, and exploring participant responses.

3:00 p.m.

Closing Remarks and Conclusion
Bill J. Priest Center & Live Stream
  • Rejoin the CAPS Team to wrap up the day’s event and hear exciting announcements about the future steps in prioritizing student mental health at Dallas College!

Dallas College employees and community members who would like to receive a certificate of attendance or Dallas College professional development credit, must fill out this form at the end of the event. Students may request credit on the event RSVP form. Please contact Kaitlin Hill, Associate Dean of CAPS, at KChill@DallasCollege.edu with any questions.