A Better Way presents…

Adolescent Mental Health Issues and Treatment

With: Paul Gibson, LCSW.

Tuesday September 25, 2012

from 9:00am to 4:00pm (Registration at 8:30 am)

Oakland Conference Center – California Endowment

1111 Broadway, 7th Floor – Uptown Room

Oakland, CA 94607 (by 12th St. BART station)

Oakland, CA 94607 (by 12th St. BART station)

Paul Gibson, LCSW.,is a therapist and program consultant with more than 33 years of experience working with culturally diverse youth and families in residential, mental health, and public health settings. He has been a licensed therapist for 26 years and has provided extensive training for youth and family service providers and clinical supervision for mental health professionals seeking licensure. He currently provides group and individual clinical supervision for child welfare workers.

Course Summary

Youth involved in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems are at increased risk of having mental health issues related to their histories of trauma, abuse, neglect and negative environments. This course provides participants with an overview of the origins of mental health issues experienced by these youth. Primary diagnoses for adolescents are reviewed including depression, bipolar disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, panic disorder, social phobia, attention deficit hyperactive disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, and conduct disorder. Controversies regarding the increase in mental health diagnosis and use of psychoactive medications with adolescents are discussed. Participants have an opportunity discuss their own experiences working with adolescents who have mental health issues. Participants will also be provided with treatment guidelines for working with youth on each of the mental health topics reviewed.

Learning Objectives

  • To provide participants with an overview of the incidence and origins of mental health issues for youth involved in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems.
  • To review with participants primary mental health issues impacting adolescents including depression, bipolar disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder and other anxiety disorders, attention deficit hyperactive disorder and behavior disorders.
  • To discuss with participants issues regarding the increase in the mental health diagnosis of adolescents and use of psychoactive medications to treat them.
  • To provide participants with counseling and treatment guidelines for working with adolescents who have mental health issues in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems.

Thiscoursemeetsthequalificationsfor6 BBSCEUsforLCSWsandMFTsas requiredbythe CaliforniaBoardof BehavioralSciences& isprovidedbyA BetterWay,Inc.,Provider#PCE387.

This Training is Free and No Fees for Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Space is limited! – Please register ASAP at:

trainings@abetterwayinc.net

Registration Deadline: September 18, 2012

This training is presented in partnership with Chabot Las Positas Community College and Alameda and Solano Counties

Thank you for your time and consideration!

B. Peter Maspaitella, MS

Title IV-ETraining Director

A Better Way, Inc

3200 Adeline St.

Berkeley, CA 94703

Tel: (510) 601-0203 ext 319

Mobile: (510) 827-6434

Fax: (510) 601-4002

www.abetterwayinc.net

Adolescent Mental Health Issues & Treatment 9-25-12


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