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Futurebound Summit: Child Mental Wellness is More Than the Absence of Illness Workshop

November 12, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

What is the Futurebound Summit?

Futurebound is a movement of entrepreneurs, investors, nonprofits and other public- and private-sector leaders coming together to fuel innovation in child development. Our next generation is depending on us—and we can’t afford to wait. The Futurebound Summit is a time to catalyze the Colorado ecosystem focused on young children by bringing everyone together.

Futurebound is partnering with Uncharted to host a four-day summit in Denver that will bring together ventures, investors, leading experts, policymakers and more for a series of events and workshops that will supercharge innovation to change the future of child development.

Catalyst Session: “Childhood Mental Wellness is More than the Absence of Illness”

Often we think of children’s mental health as prevention or treatment of illness; but there is so much more to children’s mental health. If a wellness model to mental health is used, this can have a profound impact on the trajectory of children’s development. The current model for mental health is largely reactive; treating illness rather than creating mental health. We will entertain participants through lively discussion, working through scenarios to encourage best practices, and challenging participants to think differently about children’s mental health.

By the end, participants will:

  1. Understand the importance of childhood mental wellness;
  2. Know ways to change the landscape, policies, and dialogue around mental health; and
  3. Find solutions for well-being in our communities.


  • Each session will be a combination of discussion and facilitated activities with attendees.


Sarah Davidon, Director of Research & Child/Adolescent Strategy at Mental Health Colorado.

Sarah joined Mental Health Colorado in 2017, following more than 15 years of research, evaluation, policy development, and leadership in children’s mental health in Colorado, with a focus on early childhood.

She is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. She received her doctorate from the University of Colorado School of Education and Human Development.

Sarah is graduate faculty at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, and has served as the Director of Early Childhood with Colorado’s Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities (LEND) program, and as Director of Education and Policy Liaison with Colorado’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities program at JFK Partners, an interdepartmental program of the Departments of Pediatrics and Psychiatry at the School of Medicine.

Katherine Winter-Sellery, Founder of Conscious Parenting Revolution and the International Mental Health and Mental Fitness Summit.

Katherine is a child advocate certified by ETIA the Effectiveness Training Institute of Australia as a Parent Effective Training (PET) instructor, she is also certified by Gordon Training Institute as a Leadership Effectiveness Training (LET) instructor. She trained with Dr. Marshall Rosenberg at the Center for Non-Violent Communication, is certified in Emotional Freeing Technique (EFT), Matrix Re-imprinting, Eugene Gendlin’s Focusing levels 1-4 with Dr. Anne Wiser Cornell. Along with child educational psychologist Dr. Louise Porter author of Children are People Too & Parental Guidance Recommended, she and Claryss Jamieson co-wrote the Guidance Approach to Discipline’s Parenting Workbook. She has trained in numerous transformational workshops and is a leader in the human potential movement.


Colorado Education Initiative
600 17th Street STE 1400N
Denver, CO 80202