2nd Annual Critical Issues in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Conference

Plasticity and Possibility in Youth, Families and Community

In an effort to provide clinical practitioners, educators, behavioral health and child welfare and community organizations with the most up-to-date information on complex issues facing youth, families and communities, the 2nd Annual Critical Issues in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Conference will be held on Saturday March 11, 2017 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in San Diego, CA.

This one-day conference will feature nationally and locally known clinicians, best-selling authors, social action advocates and a panel of youth presenting on cutting-edge topics such as:  the challenges facing youth today; sexting, texting and the impact of social media on youth; key factors impacting risk for suicide in youth; substance abuse and the impact of genetics, familial use, intergenerational history and societal influences; school and community programs that are “Getting it Done” in the areas of violence prevention, restorative thinking, leadership and development and healing trauma.

Speakers will provide a view into the new world of teen communication and implications for child safety, prevention and interventions that can and should be done at home, school and in the community.  Attendees will discover new information and key factors impacting youths’ risk for suicide, how we sometimes get it wrong – and the deadly tragedies and legal implications that can occur when we do.  School and community program experts will demonstrate how education, support and interventions can support youth resilience and facilitate positive outcomes, and will highlight the critical educational and preventative value of community building strategies.

Learning Objectives:

Attendees will have the opportunity to

  • Outline essential issues that identify a youth’s potential risk of suicide
  • Identify and describe proven, effective components of restorative thinking and practices
  • Examine the reciprocal relationships between substance use, adolescents and their families and communities
  • Explore implications for parents, mental health providers, child welfare services, and schools to assess and moderate the influence of social media on children and youth
  • Discover innovative leadership development and violence prevention in schools and community programs
  • Explore foundational strategies for developing and implementing collaborative, pro-active programs to serve children, youth and families in the community

Target Audience:

The target audience includes those involved in providing assessment, treatment, education, support, and advocacy for children, adolescents, transitional age youth and families. Attendees will include Psychiatrists, Pediatricians, Marriage Family Therapists, Social Workers, Psychologists, Mental Health workers, Substance Abuse and Addiction Professionals, Counselors and Case Managers, Nurses, Teachers/Educators, Speech Therapists, OT/PT, Child Welfare Workers, Probation and Parole Officers, Mental Health Administrators and other healthcare and educational providers.

Registration INCLUDES free parking, CME/CE, food and beverages



Janet Rosenzweig, PhD


Lisa Boesky, PhD


Kara Bagot, MD


Cecil Steppe


Tasreen Khamisa


Benita Page


Maya Salameh

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Crowne Plaza Hotel, San Diego, CA


2270 Hotel Circle N
San Diego, CA 92108

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