Middle School through College Mental Health and Education


Friday, November 4, 2016 –
Saturday, November 5, 2016

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Most mental disorders begin before age 24 and they are the primary cause of disability among adolescents and young adults. About 20% of students from middle school through college suffer from a significant mental health problem during their education years. The consequences of having a mental disorder can be profound. Untreated mental illness often leads to absenteeism, tardiness, impaired performance, and impaired relationships. According to the US Dept of Education, these students, even while receiving special education services, are at very high risk of dropping out of high school, with anywhere from 37 – 60% of students dropping out each year. In college too, mental illness is associated with lower GPA and higher rates of dropping out. Even though treatment has been shown to decrease absenteeism, tardiness, performance, and overall suffering, most students with mental disorders are not receiving any treatment, and many who do are receiving sub-optimal treatment. There is no question that for many disorders, there are no quick and easy fixes. Instead, treatment often requires the multidisciplinary efforts of mental health professionals, educators, administrators, pediatricians, and family members. Increasingly, educators and counselors at schools and colleges are the first to identify mental illness, but many students continue to go unrecognized and untreated.

This conference is designed to help close the practice gaps for mental health professionals, pediatricians, educators, and educational administrators. The course will provide practical and impactful education that can be readily used to improve treatment, increase recognition of disorders, and improve educational strategies to foster success. Leading experts in the evaluation and treatment of mental illness in adolescents and young adults present the latest findings and best practices in their fields and offer guidance to incorporate them into your work as healthcare and education professionals. We will review major psychiatric disorders, how to recognize and treat them, prevention and harm reduction efforts, and common challenges. Each afternoon, participants will be able to select among many breakout sessions in order to tailor their learning to their current needs and interests.

Offered By

Course Directors
Joseph Gold, MD
Cynthia S. Kaplan, PhD
Stephanie L. Pinder-Amaker, PhD
Christopher Palmer, MD

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