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Webinar - Mad, Sad, or Bad? The role of depression in youth acting out behaviour

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Webinar - Mad, Sad, or Bad? The role of depression in youth acting out behaviour

Mad, Sad, or Bad? The role of depression in youth acting out behaviour

Presented by SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health Learning Institute

Dates: June 16 and 23, 2021 | Time: 9 a.m. to noon (two half-day sessions)

Facilitator: Marshall Korenblum, MD, FRCP (C)

This training is suitable for:
Medical Professionals: Nurses, Psychiatrists, Pediatricians, family doctors
Educators:  Teachers, ECE, School Administration, Support Staff
Mental Health Professionals: Psychotherapists, Counsellors, Psychologists, Social Workers

Client age category: For professionals who work with clients age 12 to adulthood.

Level of training: Introductory/intermediate

COVID-19 related content: Peer relations and socializing are key features of healthy adolescent development. COVID-19's requirements for quarantining and physical distancing hit teens right where it hurts the most - their ability to connect with others. The effect of this on mood regulation will be described along with novel approaches to overcome these barriers to attachment.

Description: Depression is both a contributor to and symptom of "acting out" behaviour. This webinar will provide a comprehensive framework for evaluating "acting out".  Signs and symptoms of depression, the difference between normal sadness and clinical disorder, and the causes of and treatment options for depression will be outlined. Changes in the adolescent brain that contribute to risk-taking will be explained. Stigma as a barrier to help-seeking and best practices in referring to psychiatry will be also clarified.

Learning objectives:

  • Understand how changes in the teenage brain account for impulsivity, reward-seeking, and risk-taking in adolescents
  • Appreciate the role of "masked depression" and irritability as contributors to acting out
  • Describe the symptoms, differential diagnosis, causes, and treatment of depression in teens
  • Develop an approach to the reduction of stigma and increase in help-seeking in teens

Registration fees: $250. Student and group rates are available

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