A free workshop for parents and caregivers
Adolescence is a time of great developmental change for young people. Multiple factors can make adolescents vulnerable to mental health problems. As teens become more independent, they often test rules and limits and try experimenting with alcohol, drugs, sexual identity, sexual activity, potential victimizing and bullying through social media. Peer pressure; academic demands; balancing sports, work, school and friends, in addition to a lack of sleep can create anxiety, depression and other mental health concerns. Half of all mental health conditions start by 14 years of age and many cases are never detected or treated. Parents and caregivers play an important role in monitoring and communicating with their teenagers to keep them safe from harm and promote well being. In this workshop, we will discuss adolescent risk factors; interventions; strategies to build resilience; and ways to keep the lines of communication open to help all adolescents thrive.
* Childcare is not provided. A certificate of attendance will be available for parents and caregivers. Continuing education credits are not available for professionals
The presenter, Deborah Cavitt, is a project director for the Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health (MACMH), a non-profit organization providing education and family coaching services for parents and professionals. Deborah works with schools, children, parents, and professionals to educate and advocate to increase understanding and reduce stigma related to children’s mental health. She has a master’s degree in human services and a bachelor’s degree in education. Before joining MACMH, she taught for over twenty years, mainly on the White Earth Indian Reservation in Northern MN. She has also worked as a substance abuse prevention specialist. Deborah is the parent of two young adults who have experienced the challenges of living with serious mental heath disorders. Because of her journey, she is personally invested in helping families as they navigate the systems of children’s mental health care.