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This event occurred on Friday, September 19, 2014

When Life Hands You Teenagers

When Life Hands You Teenagers
Friday, September 19
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas

If you live or work with teenagers, you know the tough issues they face today. Anxiety, stress, depression, self-harm, addiction, bullying and behavioral disorders are all too prevalent—and itís hard to know how to help. At this conference, youíll learn from leading mental health experts about how to help teens build resilience, how to look beyond diagnoses and labels to understand their real needs, and how increasing levels of distress, anxiety and trauma are impacting our childrenís lives.

Registration: $40
Lunch included, 5.0 CEUs available
Sponsor and exhibitor opportunities:
972-744-9790 if interested


Eric Cowan Opening Remarks
Eric Cowan

Dallas ISD Board Trustee and Past President

The suicide of a 13-year-old DISD middle school student earlier this year, followed by other student attempts, prompted Eric Cowan to advocate for a review of the districtís student wellness policies and services. His own mental health struggles and his contemplation of suicide in middle school make him a compelling champion for the well-being of students in our community.

Michelle Kinder Connecting with Teens: Using the Side Door
When the Front Door Slams in Your Face
Michelle Kinder, M.Ed., LPC

Executive Director, Momentous Institute

After 94 years of working with teenagers, Momentous Institute has learned plenty about the side doors. This workshop will help you reimagine a connection with teens that allows them to differentiate as emerging adults while staying grounded in important values and relationships. Using the Momentous Institute model for social emotional health, Michelle will share applied strategies that allow parents and professionals to keep their sense of humor and interact with teens in a way that provides a buffer during these difficult years.

Roger Robinson Teens in Treatment: 5 Things Adults Do
That Support or Sabotage Mental Wellness
Roger Robinson, MD

Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatry

As the adults in a troubled teenís life, we sometimes focus more on getting to a diagnosis than on understanding the underlying needs. This often leads to inaccurate conclusions and negative expectations for behavior that may be counter-productive to treatment. Drawing on decades of experience in adolescent psychiatry, Dr. Robinson challenges us instead to deepen our understanding and reframe our thinking about young people with mental disorders. He will offer tools and strategies for parents, teachers, counselors and clinicians that can help us form a collaborative, nurturing network of support for teens in treatment.

Karen Williams Defending Childhood: Creating Positive Futures for our Children
Karen Williams, MSSW

Director of Special Projects, Rainbow Days

Distress, anxiety and trauma are now the norm for millions of children. A 2008 study showed that over 60% of U.S. children under the age of 17 experience child maltreatment, psychological trauma, or family and community violence each year. This study has been a wakeup call for parents, community leaders and schools across the nation, transforming the way adults view and respond to children's behaviors, and driving dramatic positive changes that are reducing mental, emotional and behavioral health problems. This workshop will examine the steps that lead to positive futures for our children.

Vanita Halliburton TAG, You're It!
How to Recognize Teens in Crisis and Lead Them to Help
Vanita Halliburton

President, Grant Halliburton Foundation

Suicide is the second leading cause of death among Texas teens, claiming young lives between the ages of 15 and 24 at the rate of more than one per day. And yet, suicide can often be prevented—if we know the warning signs and know how to intervene. Vanita Halliburton speaks from the heart about her own sonís battle with depression and bipolar disorder and his suicide at the age of 19. This practical training will teach you how to recognize a teenager in emotional or suicidal crisis, what to do, and where to get help.

If you teach, counsel, mentor, live with or work with teens, this conference is for you!
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