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Child and Adolescent Mental Health in an Uncertain Time
Online Course
$1,859.79 USD
$299.99
Product Details
Format:
Online Course
Authors:
LYNN LYONS, LICSW
CHERYL CATRON, LPCC-S, RPT-S
SOPHIA ANSARI, LPCC
TINASHE BLANCHET, M. ED, B.S.
WENDY DURANT, LPC-S, RPT-S, NCC, CSOTP, BC-TMH, LA
MARCUS STEIN, M.ED.
NICOLE WILLIAMS, M.ED.
TERRY CASEY, PHD
LYNNE KENNEY, PSYD
DAVID NOWELL, PH.D.
DAVID M. PRATT, MSW, PH.D.
JOSUE CARDONA
VICKI STEINE, DSC, LCSW
DAFNA LENDER, LCSW
CHRISTOPHER WILLARD, PSY.D.
NICHOLAS KARDARAS, PHD, LCSW-R
Publisher:
PESI
Copyright:
6/25/2020
CE Available:
No, CE credit is not available
Product Code:
SUM001382
Objectives
[+] [-] 056615 - Helping Parents Through Crises: Avoiding Pitfalls & Amplifying Opportunities
  1. Devise two interventions that interrupt anxious routines in families.
  2. Compose three cognitive patterns to target in anxious families.
  3. Appraise the efficacy of utilizing a family-centered approach to working with children. 

[+] [-] 056665 - Telehealth Meets Play Therapy
  1. Determine the benefits of providing play therapy on a digital platform.  
  2. Apply directive and non-directive play therapy interventions to use in telehealth therapy sessions with children and adolescents. 
  3. Develop interventions for challenging clinical scenarios in telehealth, including resistance and crisis intervention.  

[+] [-] 056685 - Crisis Teaching Strategies for Teachers and Parents During COVID-19
  1. Educators will learn strategies to deliver relevant, engaging remote/digital instruction for their students.
  2. Parents will learn strategies to effectively support and facilitate remote/digital learning for their children.

[+] [-] 056755 - Ethics with Minors
  1. Assess select ethical and legal issues unique to working with minors. 
  2. Determine how to effectively navigate codes of ethics, laws, and licensing rules when working with minors. 
  3. Utilize recommended methods for reducing risk and avoiding problems. 

[+] [-] 056770 - Executive Function: Brain-Based Tools & Strategies to Help Kids and Families Cope with the Unexpected
  1. Appraise the impact of significant, unexpected life changes on kids’ brain function. 
  2. Implement brain-based interventions to reduce anxiety, depression, and dysregulation in kids. 

[+] [-] 056775 - CBT Strategies for Kids and Adolescents
  1. Determine the unique characteristics and challenges that students with anxiety or ADHD have with respect to coping with the academic and social demands of the school environment;
  2. Utilize evidence-based interventions to help the anxious or ADHD student make a positive adjustment to re-entering school subsequent to a prolonged absence due to COVID-19 quarantine. 
  3. Develop interventions for teaching executive functioning skills to children and adolescents with ADHD.

[+] [-] 056815 - Using LEGO® in Play Therapy and Counseling: Unlocking Creativity to Strengthen Relationships, Encourage Flexible Thinking, and Promote Problem Solving
  1. Appraise the history, research, and rationale of incorporating LEGO® in play therapy and counseling.
  2. Utilize LEGO® based play therapy interventions to build communication, resilience, social, and conflict resolution skills in clients.      
  3. Conduct family play therapy interventions that incorporate LEGO® to strengthen relationships within the family.

[+] [-] 056825 - Nutrition and Mental Health in Kids & Teens: What Every Mental Health Professional Needs to Know
  1. Appraise the impact of the common foods of the Standard America Diet on mental health.
  2. Integrate nutrition-specific questions into the initial intake/assessment. 
  3. Develop general nutritional recommendations for caregivers and families to support optimal mental health. 

[+] [-] 056830 - Attachment Centered Family Therapy: Interventions for Improving Parent-Child Connection and Attunement
  1. Describe the principles of Attachment Theory.
  2. Demonstrate the PACE model to engage caregivers in effectively responding to their child(ren).
  3. Determine the elements of the social engagement system as it pertains to the parent child relationship.

[+] [-] 056845 - Build Resilience and Post-Traumatic Growth in Kids & Community
  1. Measure the impact of stress on learning, mental health and behavior in kids.
  2. Implement techniques to boost resilience following isolation.
  3. Integrate playful mindfulness practices to rebuild social and emotional intelligence.

[+] [-] 056850 - Tech Addiction in Children & Adolescents: Brain-Based Interventions to Optimize Digital Health in Today’s Screen Culture
  1. Formulate the neurological, dopaminergic, and hormonal/adrenal impact of screen time on children, adolescents and young adults.
  2. Distinguish how tech addiction can impact behavior and clinical disorders (ADHD, depression, dysregulation and aggression, etc.).  
  3. Argue the pedagogical impacts of “Education Technology” and use of screens in the classroom.
  4. Develop interventions for parents/caregivers to work with problem screen usage within the home including boundaries, discipline and communication.

Outline
[+] [-] 056615 - Helping Parents Through Crises: Avoiding Pitfalls & Amplifying Opportunities

The importance of a family-centered therapy approach to treating children. 

The patterns that are emerging in families during this societal crisis. 

The 3 cognitive patterns to target when working with parents in treatment and how to work with them. 


[+] [-] 056665 - Telehealth Meets Play Therapy

Optimizing Your Telehealth Sessions from the Start 

Setting up your space (and why it matters) 

Preparation for virtual sessions 

  • Games that require little-to-no material 
  • Planning ahead for connectivity disruption 
  • Boundaries and child-centered limit setting 

How to structure a teletherapy session 

Adjusting expectations and outcome

Creative Teleplay Interventions for your Virtual Toolbox 

Demonstrations and resources, including: 

  • Movement and regulation 
  • Creative and expressive arts 
  • Interactive choice boards, like PPT 
  • Sandtray  
  • Games, LEGO®, and other play techniques 
  • Child Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT) 
  • Mindfulness techniques 
  • And more!

Troubleshooting Common Scenarios 

What to do when:  Resistance, hyperactivity, limit testing, crisis intervention, and more 

Teleplay with non-verbal children 

Clinician self-care (screen time is exhausting!) 


[+] [-] 056685 - Crisis Teaching Strategies for Teachers and Parents During COVID-19

Create a Productive, Virtual and At-Home Learning Environment 

Shift smoothly from parenting, teaching and working 

Coping strategies for stress, frustration and burnout 

Create engaging, authentic learning experiences 

Ways to support services that are still legally required 

Everything doesn’t have to happen on the computer 

What teachers want parents to know about home learning 

 

Adapt Instruction for Remote/Digital Learning 

Create and deliver asynchronous, online content 

Facilitate collaborative, synchronous lessons 

Learning plans to avoid frustration and burnout 

New ways to do familiar things, like grading homework 

Tackling the ‘Digital Divide’ 

 

Integrate Google Classroom/Meet/Hangout, Zoom, Skype, Screencastify, GoToMeeting 

Host live, synchronous online lesson plans 

Dispersing effective, high-quality video lessons 

Apps with features like grading, rubrics, private commenting 

Embedding synchronous moments


[+] [-] 056755 - Ethics with Minors

Navigate Challenging Situation with Minors: How to do it! 

  • The five key perspectives and how to use them 
  • Consultations: Two important types 
  • Essentials of how to document your decision

Boundaries and Multiple Relationships: “Thin Ice!” 

  • Social media & communication policies 
  • Power differentials and why they matter 
  • Virtual relationships 
  • Texting and messaging 
  • Vignette: Ashley’s Tweets: Social media hazards 
  • Vignette: Client in a Bind: Multiple Relationships

Legal Matters: Consent, Records and Reporting 

  • Consent vs assent 
  • Who can provide consent and when? 
  • Parents’ rights 
  • Special rules for older adolescents 
  • Informed consent process 
  • Mandatory reporting of abuse 
  • Vignette: Robert’s separated parents

Strategies for Avoiding Problems and Reducing Risk 

  • Establishing your role at intake 
  • Keep all involved on the same page 
  • Determine if HIPAA or FERPA applies 
  • Obtain the parenting plan before treatment 
  • Use psychotherapy notes when appropriate 
  • Know state laws about minors’ rights 
  • and more! 

[+] [-] 056770 - Executive Function: Brain-Based Tools & Strategies to Help Kids and Families Cope with the Unexpected

Cause to Pause:  When Kids’ Internal Compasses Have Been Shifted

  • Something has happened – and it has activated BIG feelings, including grief
  • Kids have experienced sudden, significant shifts in their lives
  • The body and brain are reacting and adapting constantly!
  • How does this affect the brain:  Default mode network, the stress response, and the corticostriatal loop

Brain Tools & Strategies:  Guiding Kids & Families Toward a New Normal

  • The Thinker and the Caveman
  • Don’t dominate – collaborate!
  • “Front of Mind” Goals
  • Journaling, drawing, painting, writing, and coloring
  • Establish new routines, rhythms, rituals, and schedules
  • Storyboardthat.com
  • HEDYDT? “how exactly did you do that?”
  • Increase BDNF and GDNF
  • Green time v. screen time
  • And more!

[+] [-] 056775 - CBT Strategies for Kids and Adolescents

School Anxiety:  Why Avoidance is not the Solution

  • A problem on a continuum:  From early morning pleas to stay home to chronic absences
  • Common triggers for avoidance
  • 4 functions of school refusal; CBT interventions designed to match each one 
  • Therapist – parent – school cooperation

ADHD:  More Than a “Behavior Problem”

  • 7 executive functioning (EF) skills deficits underlying ADHD
  • Guidance for teachers and parents to teach EF skills 
  • Interventions for motivation, time management, problem solving, emotional self-control, and more

[+] [-] 056815 - Using LEGO® in Play Therapy and Counseling: Unlocking Creativity to Strengthen Relationships, Encourage Flexible Thinking, and Promote Problem Solving

LEGO®101:  The (Literal) Building Blocks of Play

  • History and rationale of LEGO® based therapy
  • What the research says about using LEGO® in therapy
  • How to store, clean, and organize your LEGO®
  • What makes building with LEGO® a therapeutic task?
  • Who is LEGO® based therapy appropriate for?

Let’s Build!  Creative LEGO® Based Play Therapy Interventions

  • Individual and group interventions you can use right away
  • Strategies and interventions to improve:
    • Communication
    • Engagement
    • Problem solving
    • Conflict resolution
    • And more!
  • Families who build together, stay together – how to use LEGO® with families

[+] [-] 056825 - Nutrition and Mental Health in Kids & Teens: What Every Mental Health Professional Needs to Know
Nutrition Today – and What It Means for Mental Health
  • The Standard American Diet (SAD) 
  • “Fake nutrition”
  • Sugar, sugar, sugar
  • Inflammation – causes and how to quiet it down
  • Leaky gut = leaky brain
Nutrition for Optimal Brain Function and Mood Management
  • Protein, fats, and pre/probiotics
  • Supplements 101
  • Guidance and resources to share with caregivers
  • Recommendations for common barriers to good nutrition

[+] [-] 056830 - Attachment Centered Family Therapy: Interventions for Improving Parent-Child Connection and Attunement

Attachment-Based Treatment:  Principles and Goals

  • Attachment Theory – and what it means for trauma-informed treatment
  • Elements of the social engagement system
  • Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy
  • Theraplay: Structure, Engagement, Nurture & Challenge

Getting Started:  Assessment and Engagement

  • Discern underlying motives/feelings underneath a child’s behaviors
  • Facilitating a safe, active dialogue between parent and child
  • How to engage caregivers who are traumatized, too reduce defensiveness and increase empathy

Clinical Interventions to Create Connection, Regulation, and Attunement

  • PACE - Playfulness, Acceptance, Curiosity and Empathy
  • In-SENC based on individual child’s needs (Structure, Engagement, Nurture, Challenge)
  • How to gently redirect mis-attuned or critical caregivers
  • Facilitating face-to-face interactions between parent and child
  • Increase warm facial expressions, synchronized movement and rhythm
  • Calm a dysregulated child and engage a withdrawn child
  • Activities to increase warm facial expressions and synchronized, rhythmic movement      

[+] [-] 056845 - Build Resilience and Post-Traumatic Growth in Kids & Community
Strengthen physical, psychological and social functioning
Mindful movement and eating practices for physical health
Positive psychology techniques to boost cognitive clarity and functioning
Relational practices to set boundaries and reconnect with peers

Build resilience and post traumatic growth
Connect with existing personal and community strengths to build resilience
Discover ways to overcome feelings of helpless and loss of control
Capitalize on new strengths and skills learned in isolation
           
Foster self-regulation and cultivate connection through co-regulation
Basic co-regulation exercises for therapists, educators and families
The power of rituals and routines, games and play for co-regulation
Engaging mind and body based self-regulation skills for all ages

[+] [-] 056850 - Tech Addiction in Children & Adolescents: Brain-Based Interventions to Optimize Digital Health in Today’s Screen Culture

Screen Culture:  Origins and Impact on Mental Health

  • The origins of “indoor children”
  • From passive TV viewing to immersive and interactive screen experiences
  • What the research is telling us about technology and mental health
  • Depression and social media
  • Screen time’s impact on ADHD, increased aggression, and thought disorders 

Neurological Impact of Screen Time and Tech Addiction

  • Dopamine’s role in addiction
  • How brains are impacted by the dopaminergic effects of screens 
  • The HPA Axis and adrenal “fight or flight” impact of screen stimulation
  • Brain imaging and the effects on the frontal cortex

Technology in the Classroom: Helping or Hurting Educational Outcomes?

  • Ed Tech: a $60 Billion annual industry
  • The latest research on technology and education 
  • Screens’ impact on reading and comprehension
  • Phones in the classroom and standardized test scores
Practical Solutions and Recommendations to Manage Screen Time
  • Classroom strategies for technology use
  • Treatment programs and interventions for tech addiction
  • Recommendations for every family

Author

LYNN LYONS, LICSW

Lynn Lyons, LICSW, is an internationally recognized psychotherapist, author, and speaker with a special interest in interrupting the generational patterns of anxiety in families. Her skill-based approach to anxiety focuses on the need to teach families about HOW anxiety works and what families can do to pull members out of the powerful “anxiety cult” that demands obedience to its need for certainty and comfort. Lynn’s approach uses humor, playful connection, and a constant focus on DOING, an umbrella strategy she has taught to thousands of professionals and families.

Lynn is the co-author with Reid Wilson of Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents and the companion book for kids Playing with Anxiety: Casey’s Guide for Teens and Kids. She is the author of Using Hypnosis with Children: Creating and Delivering Effective Interventions and has two DVD programs for parents and children.

She maintains a private practice in Concord, New Hampshire where she sees families whenever she’s not on the road teaching.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Lynn Lyons is in private practice. She receives royalties as an author for HCI; and Norton. Ms. Lyons receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Lynn Lyons has no non-financial relationship to disclose.

CHERYL CATRON, LPCC-S, RPT-S

Cheryl Catron, M.Ed., LPCC-S, RPT-S, is a long-time educator and mental health clinician who has over 19 years serving students with a wide variety of academic and mental health needs. In her most recent role as a school-based mental health clinician, she provided therapy and support services for K-5 students with differing clinical issues including depression, anxiety, social skills, ADHD, and Oppositional Defiant Disorder. In addition to this, Ms. Catron also served as a consultant for and collaborator with teachers, paraprofessionals and other school staff members. Drawing on her experience as a teacher, school counselor, and mental health clinician, Ms. Catron provided insightful guidance to develop and implement effective classroom-based strategies that facilitate improved behavioral and academic performance for students with a variety of needs including giftedness, learning disabilities, and emotional and behavioral disturbances.

Cheryl is licensed as both a Professional Clinical Counselor and Supervisor in the state of Ohio and a Registered Play Therapist and Supervisor through The Association for Play Therapy. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Secondary Education and her Master of Education degree in School Counseling & Professional Counseling from Ohio University.

She and her husband have recently founded a nonprofit organization, Foothold International, that serves indigenous communities in Kenya, East Africa. Ms. Catron is collaborating with the local government to develop community mental health response systems as well as trauma sensitivity to their outreach programs. She provides mental health training to teachers, health workers, and law enforcement personnel.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Cheryl Catron has an employment relationship with Foothold International. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Cheryl Catron has a family member who was diagnosed with juvenile bipolar disorder.

SOPHIA ANSARI, LPCC

Sophia Ansari, LPCC, is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and is the Co-founder of the Let’s Play Therapy Institute. She has worked with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. She provides workshops on play therapy to mental health professionals and educates parents and teachers on the importance of play as it relates to development and learning in the school setting. She is a passionate research trainer who has bridged her knowledge of neuroscience and creative therapies to provide in-depth, highly experiential trainings at local, state and national events and conferences.

Sophia co-hosts Hero Nation, a podcast on the Geek Therapy Network, which celebrates diversity in the media and explores how to use geek culture in therapy. She co-authored the chapter, “Flourishing After the Origin Story: Using Positive Psychology to Explore Well-being in Superheroes and Supervillains” in the book, Using Superheroes and Villains in Counseling and Play Therapy: A Guide for Mental Health Professionals (edited by Lawrence C. Rubin).

Sophia earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Wright State University and her Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Cincinnati.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Sophia Ansari has an employment relationship with the Let’s Play Therapy Institute. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Sophia Ansari has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.

TINASHE BLANCHET, M. ED, B.S.

Tinashe Blanchet, M. ED, B.S., is a former high school math teacher with over 15 years of experience in education and teacher training. Tinashe has over 10 years of experience as a user and trainer of G Suite for Education. As a Google Certified Innovator and Trainer, Tinashe is uniquely equipped to help your school or district go one-to-one with Chromebooks. She can also support interactive whiteboards, mobile tablets, and laptop devices.

Tinashe travels around the United States to train hundreds of teachers to use technology to enhance their instruction each year. She has built a strong reputation as a skilled communicator and tech-savvy educator and has presented at local, state, national, and international education conferences and events. With a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction, Tinashe has successfully taught pre-service and practicing elementary and secondary math courses at the undergraduate and post-graduate level at Tulane University and the University and the University of New Orleans. Additionally, she has led and participated in professional development with the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the Math Forum at Drexel University and the International Congress on Mathematics Education. Tinashe has also taught practicing and pre-service teachers.

In 2014, Tinashe founded The Learning Laboratory New Orleans, a non-profit organization that seeks to inspire and excite children and teens in ways that they may never experience in a traditional education environment with hands-on activities, projects, technology explorations, field trips and travel. The Learning Lab also empowers passionate adult learners who want to improve their quality of life and stay abreast of the latest trends in tech by offering free and low-cost professional development for community members.

Tinashe’s work as an educator, speaker and community leader has been recognized locally and nationally. Recently, Tinashe was selected as one of New Orleans’ ’40 under 40’, featured in the national Macaroni Kid newsletter as a ‘Mom Making Waves’, and chose to speak at TEDxTulane. You can learn more about Tinashe by visiting her website at msblanchet.net

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Tinashe Blanchet is a travelling keynote speaker and coach. She has taught at Tulane University and the University of New Orleans. She has worked with the National Council of Teachers and Mathematics, the Math Forum at Drexel University, and the International Congress on Mathematics Education. Ms. Blanchet founded The Learning Laboratory New Orleans and has spoken at TEDxTulane. Tinashe receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Tinashe Blanchet has no non-financial information to disclose.

WENDY DURANT, LPC-S, RPT-S, NCC, CSOTP, BC-TMH, LA

Wendy Durant, LPC-S, RPT-S, NCC, CSOTP, BC-TMH, a licensed professional counselor, LA Certified Teacher and Guidance Counselor who serves as CEO and executive director of DuraCARE Counseling & Consulting Services, an internationally accredited outpatient clinic that provides mental health, play therapy, and substance abuse services to children, adolescents, and adults.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Wendy Durant is the CEO and executive director of DuraCARE Counseling & Consulting Services. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Wendy Durant is president of the Louisiana Mental Health Counseling Association. She is the conference planning chairperson for the Louisiana Association for Play Therapy.

MARCUS STEIN, M.ED.

Marcus Stein, M. Ed., a Google Certified Trainer who serves as the professional development director for AXI Education Solutions. Along with a team of expert educators and instructional technology coaches, he conducts ongoing on-site and virtual instructional technology professional development to Parishes and Counties across the states of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Marcus Stein is the professional development director for AXI Education Solutions. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Marcus Stein has no non-financial information to disclose.

NICOLE WILLIAMS, M.ED.

Nicole Williams, M. Ed., a LA Certified Education Leader and Teacher and Google Certified Trainer. She founded the Luminescent Leader, a boutique leadership development consulting company, and works with organizations such as UnboundEd and the XQ Institute, who are equally committed to dismantling systems that benefit from the marginalization of our nation's children, to support schools and educators nationally. Nicole has also served a leadership coach, an elementary grade school leader, and a special education teacher.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Nicole Williams founded the Luminescent Leader. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Nicole Williams has no non-financial information to disclose.

TERRY CASEY, PHD

Terry Casey, Ph.D., is a Licensed Psychologist, HSP health service provider with over 30 years of professional experience, including a 16-year tenure as the director of counseling & psychological services for a non-profit agency with over 30 counselors at over a dozen locations. He is in private practice in Franklin Tennessee, teaches ethics and professional issues in counseling at Lipscomb University’s graduate program in clinical mental health counseling, and guest lectures at Trevecca University’s Ph.D. program in Clinical counseling. Dr. Casey also served for several years as the chair of the ethics committee for the Tennessee Licensed Professional Counselors’ Association and in an advisory capacity for graduate counseling programs at two universities. He has presented frequently on ethics to organizations such as the American Counseling Association, the Tennessee Licensed Professional Counselors Association, the Nashville Area Association of Christian Counselors, and others. For more information visit his practice website at rencounselingtn.com

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Dr. Terry Casey maintains a private practice. He is an adjunct faculty member at Lipscomb University. Dr. Casey receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Dr. Terry Casey is a member of the American Psychological Association and the American Counseling Association.

LYNNE KENNEY, PSYD

Lynne Kenney, Psy.D., is the nation’s leading pediatric psychologist in the development of classroom cognitive-physical activity programs for students grades K-6. Dr. Kenney develops curriculum, programming, and activities to improve children’s cognition through coordinative cognitive-motor movement, executive function skill-building strategies, and social-emotional learning.

Dr. Kenney has advanced fellowship training in forensic psychology and developmental pediatric psychology from Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School and Harbor-UCLA/UCLA Medical School. She holds a Master’s Degree in Physical Education from the University of Southern California and a Doctorate in Psychology from Pepperdine.

Dr. Kenney’s books include, 70 Play Activities for Better Thinking, Self-Regulation, Learning and Behavior with Rebecca Comizio (PESI, 2016), the Social-Emotional Literacy program, Bloom Your Room™ (Mrs. Beetle’s Books, 2017), Musical Thinking™ (Unhooked Books, 2016), and Bloom: 50 Things to Say, Think and Do with Anxious, Angry and Over-the-Top Kids with Wendy Young (Unhooked Books, 2015). Her professional development platform, The Kinetic Classroom, brings executive function education and cognitive-motor movement to educators and clinicians worldwide.

Since 1985, Dr. Kenney has worked as an educator in community service from the inner cities of Los Angeles to national organizations such as the Neurological Health Foundation, Understood.org, HandsOn Phoenix, and Points of Light (Generation On). She values closing the education gap in poverty and enjoys working with Title I schools.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Dr. Lynne Kenney maintains a private practice. She is an author for St. Lynn’s Press, Better Life Media, Inc., and Move 2 Think, LLC. Dr. Kenney is the creator of The Family Coach Method. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Dr. Lynne Kenney has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.

DAVID NOWELL, PH.D.

David D. Nowell, Ph.D., is a clinical neuropsychologist in private practice in Northborough, Massachusetts. He offers consultations to patients on an inpatient rehabilitation unit and is an adjunct instructor in neuropsychology to graduate students in the Clark University psychology program. He serves as a physician advisor with the University of Massachusetts Medical School Disability Evaluation Service where he was the former clinical director of the Learning Disability Assessment Program. Dr. Nowell writes a popular blog at Psychology Today on motivation and time management, and speaks internationally to clinicians on such topics as executive functioning, non-medication management of ADHD, and applying findings from Positive Psychology.

Speaker Disclosure:

Financial: David Nowell maintains a private practice. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: David Nowell has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.

DAVID M. PRATT, MSW, PH.D.

David M. Pratt, Ph.D., MSW, is in private practice and Director of the Mood Management Program at the Western New York Psychotherapy Services in Amherst, NY. He is presently on faculty with the University at Buffalo, School of Social Work, Office of Continuing Education and a member of New York State, Office of Mental Health Advisory Board on Evidence-Based Treatments for Youth. He was the Principal Psychologist at the Western New York Children’s Psychiatric Center, Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University at Buffalo and Adjunct Professor/Lecturer, University at Buffalo Counseling, School and Educational Psychology department.

Dr. Pratt has conducted numerous trainings/workshops in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy at local, state, national and international forums. He is well regarded as an engaging trainer who emphasizes practical skill development.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: David Pratt is in private practice. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: David Pratt has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.

JOSUE CARDONA

Josué Cardona, MS, earned a master’s in mental health counseling and trained in Rational Emotional Behavior Therapy (REBT) at the Albert Ellis Institute in New York City. He has worked with clients ages 4 to 84 through in-home, community, and outpatient counseling. As an educator, Josué has designed curriculum for social-emotional skills, technology, and language learning for K-12. At the university level, he co-created the course Geek Culture in Psychotherapy, taught at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology and co-authored Gamification: A Pilot Study in a Community College. Josué also acts as a diversity and inclusion Design Researcher for the Office of the Provost at the University of Chicago. Josué is the founder of Geek Therapy, a therapeutic approach that believes the best way to understand people is through the things they care about. He created the Geek Therapy Network and community to educate parents, teachers, and helping professionals on how to use their favorite hobbies, pastimes, and interests to connect with others. Since 2011, Josué has presented on Geek Therapy through podcasts, blogs, book chapters, and presentations around the world. For more information on Geek Therapy, visit www.geektherapy.com

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Josué Cardona is the owner of Let’s Play Therapy Institute. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Josué Cardona has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.

VICKI STEINE, DSC, LCSW

Vicki Steine, DSC, LCSW, has been a social worker for 18 years, working in both inpatient and outpatient settings, and works with children and adults with ADHD, anxiety, depression, and Tourettes’ syndrome in her private practice in the Atlanta area. Dr. Steine received her Master’s in social work from the University of Georgia and her Doctorate of Science in holistic nutrition from Hawthorn University. She is Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition through the National Association of Nutrition Professionals, a Nutrition Certified Practitioner through the Integrated and Functional Nutrition Academy, and is a member of the National Association of Social Workers. Dr. Steine enjoys combining her skills as a social worker and nutrition educator to help her clients who struggle with staying organized, keeping focused at work or school, and overcoming the anxiety and depression that often prevents them from fully living their lives. She integrates nutrition, mind-body exercises, and traditional psychotherapy methods, like Cognitive Behavior Therapy, to help her clients get on with living their lives optimally. She has spoken at many conferences and delivered workshops providing education to professionals and lay people alike on the benefits of nutrition and improving mental health. Dr. Steine has had personal success using a holistic approach, including nutrition and supplements, to recover from a near death boating accident and debilitating depression.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Vicki Steine maintains a private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Vicki Steine is a member of the National Association of Social Workers; the National Association of Nutrition Practitioners; and the Southeastern Brainspotting Institute. She indicates she has a bias toward functional and integrative medicine in treating long term health care/issues.

DAFNA LENDER, LCSW

Dafna Lender, LCSW Serves as the program director at The Theraplay Institute in Evanston, IL and is certified as a practitioner, supervisor and trainer in both Theraplay and Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP). Dafna trains psychotherapists internationally in these methods and trains in three languages. She is also a supervisor and author in the field of treating attachment and trauma issues in children.

Dafna has spent her career focusing children’s development of a secure attachment with their caregivers while resolving issues in their traumatic history. Early in her career, Dafna worked in treatment foster care and witnessed child after child “fail” out of foster placements due to difficult behavior. Children were disruptive, unsettled and unhappy, and their caregivers felt defeated. Dafna’s sense of discouragement went away after taking the Theraplay training and learning direct, concrete ideas and interactions that she could apply in home with her treatment families to promote healthier, more hopeful relationships. Dafna has successfully treated children with a variety of backgrounds, including children raised in orphanages, with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, exposed to domestic violence and community violence and children of parents with chronic mental illness. Dafna has worked in the field of child welfare and child mental health for 20 + years.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Dafna Lender has an employment relationship with The Theraplay Institute. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Dafna Lender has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.

CHRISTOPHER WILLARD, PSY.D.

Christopher Willard, Psy. D., is one of the world's leading experts on mindfulness with young people, having trained thousands of professionals and young people on the practice and benefits of mindfulness. He is a psychologist and consultant based in Boston, working individually as well as consulting to schools, hospitals and other organizations. Additionally, he is the author of multiple books on psychology, child development, contemplative practice and more. Dr. Willard is the president of the Mindfulness in Education Network and serves on the board of directors at the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy. In addition to serving on the faculty of Harvard Medical School, Dr. Willard leads courses and workshops around the world and online. Dr. Willard is the co-author of The Mindfulness Skills Activity Book for Children (PESI, 2018), and the author of Child's Mind (Parallax Press, 2010), Growing Up Mindful (Sounds True, 2016) and numerous others. He is also the co-author of the bestselling Growing Mindful (PESI, 2015), Growing Mindful 2nd Edition (PESI, 2019), Growing Mindful Spanish Edition (PESI, 2016), Growing Happy (PESI, 2016), Mindful Reminders (PESI, 2016), The Self-Compassion (PESI, 2016) and Anti-Burnout (PESI, 2017) card decks.

When not working, he enjoys time with his family, traveling, cooking, eating, hiking, writing and any combination of these he can manage.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Christopher Willard maintains a private practice. He receives royalties as an author for New Harbinger Publishing, Guilford Press, and Parallax Press. Dr. Willard is the president of the Mindfulness in Education Network. He is on the board of directors at the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy and is faculty of Harvard Medical School. Dr. Willard receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Christopher Willard has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.

NICHOLAS KARDARAS, PHD, LCSW-R

Nicholas Kardaras, Ph.D., LCSW-R, is an Ivy League educated psychologist, best-selling author, internationally renowned speaker and an expert on mental health, addiction, and the impacts of our digital age. He has developed clinical treatment programs all over the country and is the founder and chief clinical officer of Maui Recovery in Hawaii, Omega Recovery in Austin and the Launch House in New York.

Dr. Kardaras is a former clinical professor at Stony Brook Medicine where he specialized in teaching the neurophysiology and treatment of addiction. He has also taught neuropsychology at the doctoral-level and has worked closely in developing clinical protocols with Dr. Howard Shaffer, associate professor at Harvard Medical School and the director of their Division of Addiction.

Dr. Kardaras has written for TIME magazine, Scientific American, Psychology Today, Salon, the NY Daily News, and FOX News, and has appeared on ABC’s 20/20, Good Morning America, the CBS Evening News, FOX & Friends, NPR, Good Day New York and in Esquire, New York magazine and Vanity Fair. He was featured on the 2019 A&E TV series Digital Addiction and his 2016 NY Post Op Ed “Digital Heroin” went viral with over six million views and shares.

Dr. Kardaras is the author of the best-selling Glow Kids (St. Martin’s Press, 2016, now translated into 10 languages), the seminal book on the clinical, neurological and sociological aspects of technology addiction. He is the author of How Plato and Pythagoras Can Save Your Life (Conari, 2011) and often uses philosophy to help work with and treat young people who are struggling with an existential crisis.

Considered a leading expert on young people and digital addiction, he has clinically worked with over 2,000 teens and young adults over the last 18 years and has been active in advocating that screen addiction be recognized as a clinical disorder akin to substance addiction. As a result of his clinical training and expertise working with tech addiction, Dr. Kardaras has developed the most comprehensive treatment protocols to treat this emerging global problem. Dr. Kardaras is also a founding charter member of the not-for-profit National Institute for Digital Health and Wellness (NIDHW), which is an affiliate organization of the National Institute for Science, Law and Public Policy (NISLAPP) in Washington, D.C.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Nicholas Kardaras maintains a private practice. He is the CEO/Chief Clinical Officer for Omega Healthcare Group. Dr. Kardaras receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Nicholas Kardaras sits as a board member for the National Institute of Digital Health.
Continuing Education Credits Awarded for Completion of Entire Package
[+] [-] Combined Continuing Education Credit From All Components
Breakdown of Continuing Education Credits by Components
[+] [-] 056615 - Helping Parents Through Crises: Avoiding Pitfalls & Amplifying Opportunities
[+] [-] 056665 - Telehealth Meets Play Therapy
[+] [-] 056685 - Crisis Teaching Strategies for Teachers and Parents During COVID-19
[+] [-] 056755 - Ethics with Minors
[+] [-] 056770 - Executive Function: Brain-Based Tools & Strategies to Help Kids and Families Cope with the Unexpected
[+] [-] 056775 - CBT Strategies for Kids and Adolescents
[+] [-] 056815 - Using LEGO® in Play Therapy and Counseling: Unlocking Creativity to Strengthen Relationships, Encourage Flexible Thinking, and Promote Problem Solving
[+] [-] 056825 - Nutrition and Mental Health in Kids & Teens: What Every Mental Health Professional Needs to Know
[+] [-] 056830 - Attachment Centered Family Therapy: Interventions for Improving Parent-Child Connection and Attunement
[+] [-] 056845 - Build Resilience and Post-Traumatic Growth in Kids & Community
[+] [-] 056850 - Tech Addiction in Children & Adolescents
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