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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 it’s hard to know how to help. At this conference, you’ll 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 children’s lives.

Registration is $40.
Lunch is included.
CEU and exhibitor information coming soon.


Eric Cowan Opening Remarks
Eric Cowan

Dallas ISD Board Trustee and Past President

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 teen’s 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, and/or family and community violence each year. This study has been a wakeup call for thousands of 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. In 2012, the U. S. Attorney General declared childhood under threat and mounted a national strategy called "Defending Childhood." This workshop will examine the steps that defend childhood and 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

The statistics on youth suicide are alarming: it is the second leading cause of death among Texas teens and, hitting closer to home, it claims the life of one teen every four days in the DFW Metroplex. And yet, many times suicide can be prevented—if you know the warning signs and know how to intervene. Vanita Halliburton speaks from the heart about her own son’s battle with depression and bipolar disorder and his suicide at the age of 19. This practical training will teach you how to recognize a young person in emotional or suicidal crisis, how to ask critical questions, when and how to get help, and ways to promote brain health and strong coping skills.

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