Speakers for the
Children Come First Conference
2019 Keynote Speakers
Mona Delahooke, PhD
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist with more than 25 years of experience caring for young children and their families. She is currently in private practice in Arcadia, California, where she consults with parents, preschools, regional centers, public agencies, and school districts in the areas of screening, assessment, intervention and support for families, infants, toddlers, and young children. She uses a strength-based, family-centered, multidisciplinary approach in her work with young children and families. Her philosophy is informed by the groundbreaking model of child development pioneered by Dr. Stanley Greenspan and Dr. Serena Wieder, known as the DIR® approach (Developmental, Individual-difference, Relationship-based).By supporting the parent-child relationship more fully as a rich resource in therapeutic intervention, this approach has transformed the world of early intervention. Parents and professionals gain the strongest developmental road-map possible by understanding how each child’s unique, individual differences can guide treatment while cultivating joy in the parent-child relationship. She is the author of Social and Emotional Development in Early Intervention and Beyond Behaviors: Using Brain Science and Compassion to Understand and Solve Children's Behavioral Challenges (released March 2019).
David Romano is an accomplished social worker and Active Minds Speaker. He works with child, adolescent, and family populations full time in Minneapolis. David has been a mental health advocate since he was 18 years old and along with his work as an Active Minds speaker and advocate, he has collaborated with the United States Department of Health and Human Services, National Institute of Mental Health, Speaking Up For Kids, and Human Relations Media. David firmly believes that change comes at all levels and is determined to start the conversation surrounding mental health both as a national advocate and clinician in his community. David is committed to letting others, especially men, know that it isn’t a weakness to ask for help with mental health issues. He empowers audiences to embrace who they are and support each other in eliminating the stigma attached to mental illness by sharing his own mental health narrative. David says, “the only way that the stigma surrounding mental illness can be eliminated is to start talking about it, and then we can start to be happy with ourselves and proud of who we are.”