3rd Annual Critical Issues in Child & Adolescent Mental Health Conference

Hidden in Plain Sight: Adolescent Brain and Identity Development

March 23-24, 2018
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Town and Country Resort and Convention Center
San Diego, CA

Course Description:

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 3rd Annual Critical Issues in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Conference will be held on March 23-24, 2018 at the Town and Country Resort and Convention Center in San Diego, CA.

By request, this conference has expanded to a two-day format and will feature nationally and locally known clinicians, authors, experts and mentors on cutting-edge topics.  Friday morning will focus on assessing and treating youth at risk for suicide, programmatic and institutional (schools, jails, child abuse shelters) factors involved in assessment and intervention, and outcome data about interventions.  In addition, the role of suicide and self-harm in a youth’s identity will be presented.    In the afternoon, speakers will present clinical aspects of psychopharmacology for children and youth, beginning with basic understandings and methods and then diving into advanced issues in treating adolescents with complex emotional and behavioral issues such as combinations of ADHD, aggression, autism and complex mood disorders.   On Saturday, attendees will take a new look at neurobiology and how this contributes to understanding the challenges facing youth today.  Presenters will offer assessment and intervention methods, based in brain science that can facilitate the normal development of children and youth.  Specifically, the aspects of youth life that will be addressed include basic brain development of the adolescent; the impact of livestreaming, social media and technology on brain wiring and brain development; and how creativity, movement and mindfulness can positively impact and shape the young brain.

Attendees will discover new information and key factors impacting youths’ risk for suicide, methods for engaging and supporting youth, and tools for determining level or risk and the need for intensive intervention.  School and community program experts will describe how mindfulness, kindness and metta support can be applied with interventions to support youth resilience and facilitate positive outcomes in school and treatment settings.  Experts and will also highlight the critical educational and preventative value of mentoring youth and community-building strategies.

Learning Objectives:

Attendees will be able to:

  • Discuss how to conduct an effective and helpful suicide risk assessment with young people
  • Identify and describe safe and effective pharmacological approaches in youth with complex issues  discuss
  • Examine the impact of livestreaming, social media, and technology on adolescent brain and identity development
  • Explore how parents, mental health providers, child welfare services, and schools can positively impact resilience and protective factors for today’s young people
  • Analyze the benefits developing and implementing mindfulness and mentoring 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. The purpose of this conference is to engage professionals, consumers, advocates, educators, and government representatives in learning about nature vs nurture and new knowledge and methods to improve resiliency and increase protective factors that affect the development of children, youth, families and communities.

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 Officers, Mental Health Administrators and other healthcare staff, educational providers, and more.


Town and Country Resort and Convention Center


500 Hotel Circle North
San Diego, CA 92108

Conference Room Rate is $129 plus tax.
Call Reservations 619-291-7131 and mention CICAMH group rate.

Reservation Link Coming Soon!


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