D-10 - Engaging Adolescents: Moving Our Future Forward   Intermediate

  Adolescent   Mental Health   Diversity

This workshop is about tapping into our unconscious bias and how it can be a barrier for working with youth and young adults. As well-intended adults, we often have our own agendas for youth which can create a greater gap rather than a stronger bridge. In this presentation we will look at strength based approaches, review adolescent brain development, and resiliency while touching on specific topics such as LGBTQ, racial disproportionality, pregnancy/parenting rates, and youth experiencing homelessness.

My hope is that you finish the workshop with a renewed sense of accomplishment for the work you do every day and a greater sense of appreciation for the young people who are counting on you.