Register today for the John M. Oldham National Mental Health Symposium on April 23. The theme of the virtual event, which is presented by The Menninger Clinic and Baylor College of Medicine, is The Territory of Trust.


Event Topic

Culture, gender, race, stigma and class are significant factors in the development and discernment of trust and trustworthiness: core principles that are foundational for all therapeutic relationships and treatments. Trust and trustworthiness comprise an interwoven, multi-determined dynamic that fosters connection and attachment. Betrayal, abuse and neglect can lead to mistrust and be felt as catastrophic. The ability to foster a connection with patients warrants time for clinicians and caregivers to pause and reflect on factors that may interfere with the ability to nurture trusting, therapeutic relationships.


The purpose of this scientific symposium is to raise awareness of the barriers that disrupt trust and trustworthiness in the therapeutic relationship. Developmental and systemic processes that can lead to development of trust or ruptures will be explored. Surveying the philosophical underpinnings of trust and trustworthiness, clinicians will be challenged to explore how factors that hinder trust and trustworthiness influence their approach to psychotherapy. Professionals will be informed of interventions designed to enhance evolving treatment modalities and foster resilience in our communities, patients and ourselves.


Faculty and Presentation

Distinguished faculty include:

  • Kay Redfield Jamison, MA, PhD - Therapeutic Trust, Mania and Moral Ambiguity
  • Jon G. Allen, PhD - Trusting in Psychotherapy
  • Lois W. Choi-Kain, MEd, MD - Lessons from the Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder: Using Real Relationships to Improve Real Lives
  • Salman Akhtar, MD - Basic Trust, Earned Trust and Mutual Trust: The Immigrant's Psychosocial Trajectory
  • Patrice A. Harris, MD, MA - Trust and Systemic Racism
  • Helen Riess, MD - Building a Healthcare Culture of Empathy and Trust
  • Peter Yellowlees, MBBS, MD - Coping with COVID: Trust and Telepsychiatry

Continuing Education

5.5 contact/credit/clock hours have been designated by The Menninger Clinic for the following disciplines:

  • Physicians
  • Psychologists
  • Social workers
  • Licensed professional counselors
  • Licensed marriage and family therapists
  • Addictions professionals
  • Registered nurses

Program Details

The symposium will be presented via Zoom from 9 am to 3:45 pm CT. 


Early-bird rates, which end March 31, are $200 for mental health professionals and $100 for students. Beginning April 1, rates will be $220 for professionals and $120 for students.


Register now.