Keynote Speaker

Kristy Eaton, EdD, MSW, LCSW

Assistant Director of the Indiana School Mental Health Initiative (ISMHI)

Dr. Kristy Eaton is the Assistant Director of the Indiana School Mental Health Initiative (ISMHI), a project of the Institute on Disability and Community at Indiana University-Bloomington (IU-B), a Continuity Lead for the Irsay Institute for Sociomedical Research at IU-B, and a voting member of the IU Faculty Council and the IU-B faculty council.  Dr. Eaton trains, consults, and collaborates with K-12 school districts across Indiana to develop an integrated framework of tiered social emotional and mental health services and supports to create the conditions for learning for all children.

Dr. Eaton holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree, a Master of Science in Social Work degree, and a Doctor of Education degree.  She is a proud IU grad.  Dr. Eaton is a past Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar Fellow as well as a licensed clinical social worker, Question Persuade Refer (QPR) Suicide Prevention Trainer, and an Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Interface Master Trainer.  Her ACEs training was conducted by Dr. Robert Anda, co-investigator of the original ACEs study.

Dr. Eaton has over 28 years of experience working in the field of mental health and education.  She has worked as an outpatient therapist, school-based therapist, school social worker, school district administrator, and university faculty member.  She is passionate about mental health for all, including the elimination of mental health stigma through education and training.  Other practice specialties include youth suicide prevention in schools; collaborating effectively with school-based mental health providers; and educator mindset, regulation, and wellness.  She has provided training and professional development at the local, state, regional, and national levels. Contact Dr. Eaton at

Laying the Foundation for Well-Being through Self-Awareness  and Meaningful Self-Care

(Wednesday @ 8:45-10:00am)

Self-care is so much more than taking a bath, going for a walk, or getting your nails done.  Dr. Kristy says that’s just general maintenance!  Bring a beverage, relax, and join her for some discussion and experiences designed to really get you thinking about all six dimensions of self-care, what self-care and self-awareness really mean, and how to create a life that is gratifying throughout the work week and not just on the weekends!



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