Randye J. Semple, Ph.D.
Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016 | 1:00 – 2:30 pm
Emotional needs must be understood and addressed for children to feel safe and function at their best. Before age sixteen, 31% of girls and 42% of boys will manifest one or more psychiatric disorders. Nearly a third of all children have experienced debilitating anxiety by age 18, and 15% will experience clinical depression. The prevalence of suicidal ideation and suicide attempts in teens is high—in 2007 nearly 15% of high school students reported suicidal ideation and 7% reported having made at least one suicide attempt. Teachers and others who interact with children face increasing demands to identify and respond to the mental health needs of youth before they escalate to an emergency or a tragedy.
Anxiety and depression manifest differently at different developmental stages. Changes in academic performance, getting into trouble, acting angry, irritable, restless, or oppositional, withdrawing from friends, having difficulty concentrating, or repeated physical complaints can all be signs of emotional distress.
In this workshop, teachers and others who interact with children and adolescents will learn:
(1) signs and symptoms that suggest a child may need mental health evaluation and treatment
(2) ways to respond with mindful attention and compassion
(3) tools to find and access appropriate services
(4) how to provide a supportive environment to accommodate a child’s emotional needs.