Course Overview


Identification, coordination and treatment for improved mental health and educational outcomes

With the increasing frequency and complexity of mental health challenges affecting students in their teens and early 20s, Mental Health and Education 2015 provides professionals with updates and best practices to help optimize mental health and education outcomes for young people. Coverage includes:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Autism
  • Bullying and Cyber-Bullying
  • Suicide Prevention
  • OCD
  • Self Injury
  • Violence Risk Assessment
  • ADHD
  • Psychosis
  • Parents and Family
  • Internet Addiction
  • “Sexting”
  • LGBT Advocacy
  • Underage Drinking
  • Recreational Drug Use
  • Anger Management
  • Building Resilience
  • Sexual Victimization
  • Eating Disorders

Role by role, this conference provides important updates and best practices for physicians, psychologists, educators, college mental health professionals, administrators, special education professionals, nurses, social workers, and counselors.

At Mental Health and Education 2015, inspiring leaders in the field lead comprehensive lectures and highly interactive workshops in which interdisciplinary groups explore how to help struggling students in different settings. Experts in different professions share new approaches and show how integrated and coordinated treatment can improve both health and educational outcomes from middle school through college. Recommendations include:

  • Instruction for early detection of psychological conditions
  • Academic accommodations that help students succeed
  • Guidance for risk reduction of suicide, sexual victimization, alcohol and drug use, self-harm, and school violence
  • Best practices for development of treatment and education plans for students with psychiatric and psychological challenges
  • Improved techniques for engaging parents and families
  • Innovations that enable students to better advocate for themselves
  • Updates for psychopharmacologic, psychotherapeutic and psychosocial treatments

The curriculum will broaden your knowledge, advance your expertise, and provide you with practical recommendations that you can immediately put to use to help students in need.


Why attend?

Most mental disorders begin before age 24 and they are the primary cause of disability among adolescents and young adults. About 20% of students from middle school through college suffer from a significant mental health problem during their education years. The consequences of having a mental disorder can be profound. Untreated mental illness often leads to absenteeism, tardiness, impaired performance, and impaired relationships. According to the US Dept of Education, these students, even while receiving special education services, are at very high risk of dropping out of high school, with anywhere from 37% – 60% of students dropping out each year. In college too, mental illness is associated with lower GPA and higher rates of dropping out. Even though treatment has been shown to decrease absenteeism, tardiness, performance issues and overall suffering, most students with mental disorders are not receiving any treatment, and many who do are receiving sub-optimal treatment.

There is no question that for many disorders, there are no quick and easy fixes. Instead, treatment often requires the multidisciplinary efforts of mental health professionals, educators, administrators, and family members. Increasingly, educators and counselors at schools and colleges are the first to identify mental illness, but many students continue to go unrecognized and untreated.

This conference is designed expressly for mental health professionals, pediatricians, educators, and educational administrators, offering practical and impactful education that can be readily used to improve treatment, increase recognition of disorders, and improve educational strategies to foster success. Leading experts in the evaluation and treatment of mental illness in adolescents and young adults present the latest findings and best practices in their fields and offer guidance to incorporate them into your work as healthcare and education professionals. We will review major psychiatric disorders, how to recognize and treat them, prevention and harm reduction efforts, common challenges, and the roles of students and families. Each afternoon, participants will be able to select among many workshops and breakout sessions in order to tailor their learning to their current needs and interests. A two-hour collaborative problem-solving workshop will allow participants to work together to explore their own questions and challenges so that they can leave the conference with plans to address issues in their current practices and educational settings.