Our young people need a new approach to mental health treatment. Since 2003, the number of ADHD diagnoses has increased by 43 percent. Furthermore, in some states, more than 10 percent of children are taking medication for the disorder. Meanwhile, another 5 million American youth, ages 17 and under, are using antidepressants and anti-anxiety drugs.
Are we over-diagnosing and overmedicating our kids?
The time to discuss sustainable approaches to teen mental health is now. Our kids need us. Join the conversation!
Experts present on therapeutic modalities including
- Music therapy
- Art therapy
- Family Systems Therapy
- Motivational Interviewing
- Self-Medication Theory
- The Meal as Medicine—“Food as medicine”
- Mindfulness practices.
Food as Medicine
Jeffrey Zurofsky, Culinary Program Director for Newport Academy, delves into the connection between nutrition, recovery, and healing. He will also look at how planning, preparing, and eating healthy meals can foster connection with self and others. This presentation will demonstrates how to cultivate, prepare, serve, and enjoy our food as a way to support mental health. Hence, we will learn guiding principles for nourishment, food, the kitchen, and the meal.
Jeffrey is the founder and CEO of No Small Plans, LLC, and the co-founder and former president and CEO of ’wichcraft, Riverpark, and Riverpark Farm. In fact, he believes that learning how we grow and make our food can have a powerful healing effect and a lasting positive impact on our lives.
Creativity and the Adolescent Brain
Kristin Wilson, MA, LPC, is Newport Academy’s Vice President Clinical Outreach. Kristin has been working in the treatment field since 1997, in a variety of mental health treatment settings. In addition, these include inpatient, residential, and outpatient levels of care. Moreover, she has worked with numerous types of addictions, including chemical dependence, process addictions, and eating disorders.
Kristin holds a master’s degree in creative arts therapies. Additionally, she is passionate about the integration of holistic care in the treatment milieu.
The Power of Music in Teen Mental Health
In his workshop at the day conference, Tim explores music therapy. Hence he shares how music, and its inherent sounds, structures, and emotions, can create connection, reveal possibilities, and enhance well-being.
For adolescents, using the body and their creativity to work through emotions is often more effective than using the mind. Teens need tools for releasing energy and emotions. Additionally, music not only releases negative emotions, it creates positive emotions.
In the body’s hierarchy of needs, breath is #1. The way that we breathe directly affects our emotional state and vice versa. This experiential session will explore how to use the breath. Research shows the breath has the power to heal. Consequently, therapists and clinicians can incorporate simple breathing techniques into their teen and young adult client’s treatment.
“The ability to have healthy relationships can be disrupted by early childhood trauma. However, there are ways to heal from these experiences. Hence, we can learn the skills to build authentic connection. It involves practicing compassion, acceptance, and forgiveness.”
-Dr. Barbara Nosal, PhD, LMFT, LADC