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Building Resilience & Protective Factors for the Youth in our Community: Evidence-based Strategies for Mental Health

posted Jan 15, 2013, 10:21 AM by Maria Geueke
Building Resilience & Protective Factors for the Youth in our Community:
Evidence-based Strategies for Mental Health

Supported in part by a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Suicide Prevention Program, and an award from MCSP (www.masspreventssuicide.org)
Sponsored by:
Berkshire Medical Center,
Berkshire Coalition for Suicide Prevention, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention-Western MA Chapter
Building Resilience & Protective Factors for the Youth in our Community:
Evidence-based Strategies for Mental Health
February 1, 2013
Friday 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
7:00 am registration & breakfast
Berkshire Hills Country Club
500 Benedict Road
Pittsfield, MA 01201
$ 30.00
Registration includes meals and
6.50 credit hours (applications in process)
Fee paid at door increases to $40
Brenda Butler, M.D. and John Miner, M.D.

 Recognizing the symptoms of mental illness and trauma
 Overview: Neurobiological and psychological effects of stress and trauma
 Overview: Factors for the successful development of children
 Building resilience and protective factors in youth (ages 5 – 22 years)
 Intervention strategies for behavioral and emotional challenges (including rage, temper tantrums, meltdowns, outbursts)
 Understanding how school climate plays a role in the psychological development of youth.
Christopher Overtree, Ph.D.
 Learning strategies that individuals and institutions can utilize to promote positive climate change where communication is engaging, powerful, positive and effective.
 Understanding the roles that schools can play in building resilience in youth and developing their capacity for leadership
 Introducing Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Choice Theory- Therapeutic techniques for guiding youth in the midst of crisis
 Learning specific techniques for accessing and enhancing motivation in youths, to avoid collisions and empower them to enhance their own potential.
Panelist discussion with teenagers who have achieved success after intervention
 Sharing their personal experience of transformation
 Factors which helped them to survive the difficult times

Who Should Attend?
All school personnel who interact with students including
teachers, school adjustment counselors/psychologists, coaches, bus drivers, administrators, maintenance & food service persons. Mental health professionals. Primary care providers. Nurses & hospital staff. Substance abuse clinicians. Community agency personnel. Juvenile law enforcement. Clergy and faith leaders. Anyone who works with or provides services to youth ages 5-22
Register by mail with payment of $30.00 to:
Berkshire Medical Center, Attn: Sarah Perrone,
725 North St. - Warriner Bldg, Pittsfield, MA 01201
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