Innovative Mental Health Conference Explores Teen Treatment

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The risk of depression and suicide among teens and young adults is higher than ever before. In fact, the suicide rate for teen girls has doubled over the past decade, and risen 31 percent among male teens. Meanwhile, Generation Z adolescents are 63 percent more likely to suffer from major depression than they were in 2009. In response, Newport Healthcare has developed an innovative mental health conference that explores creative, evidence-based solutions to this teen mental health crisis. Titled Rethinking Teen Mental Health: A Path to Sustainable Healing, the mental health conference is designed for clinical professionals, psychologists, therapists, counselors, and social workers. Participants will experience dynamic, interactive workshops with outstanding experts in their field, speaking on a wide range of topics. In addition, participants may earn up to seven continuing education credits.

“We are always evolving our model as we incorporate crucial clinical and holistic elements into Newport Academy’s treatment programs. The Newport Healthcare Day Conferences give us a forum in which to share the discoveries we’ve made about what truly works for teens and young adults.”

Jamison Monroe, Newport Academy Founder and Executive Chairman

Mental Health Conference Locations and Dates

The Newport Healthcare Day Conferences offer insight into effective approaches to address the underlying issues catalyzing teen depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and substance abuse. This year’s event builds on last year’s Newport Academy Day Conference (NADC). The daylong conference will be a Fall series that takes place in September and October, with events held in six cities around the country:

Furthermore, each mental health conference runs from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm, and includes clinical presentations as well as experiential, interactive sessions.

Exploring Clinical Modalities at September’s Mental Health Conferences

The following presenters bring extensive experience in their respective specialties. They will each focus on a scientifically validated clinical modality and how it can address teen and young adult mental health.

Guy Diamond and Suzanne Levy, two of the founders of Attachment-Based Family Therapy (ABFT), will present an overview of the theoretical principles, research support, and clinical strategies for ABFT.

Barbara Nosal, PhD, LMFT, LADC, Chief Clinical Officer for Newport Academy, will offer a workshop on relational trauma. This type of trauma occurs when the bonding between a parent and child is disrupted. Relational trauma can be healed through treatment methods that prioritize authentic connection.

Newport Academy psychiatrist Michel Mennesson, MD, offers a workshop on Motivational Interviewing (MI). MI is an interpersonal counseling method that can help young people find the internal motivation they need in order to change their self-destructive behavior.

Experiential Approaches at the Newport Healthcare Day Conferences

In addition to clinical presentations, participants in the mental health conference attend sessions devoted to experiential therapies and other groundbreaking teen mental health interventions. These include the following sessions and experts:

Tim Ringgold, Music Therapist at Newport Academy, presents “The Power of Music in Teen Mental Health.” The workshop looks at the efficacy and application of music therapy for this demographic.

Health psychologist Rylan Jay Testa, PhD, will speak on the specific mental health challenges faced by LGBTQI teens, and how treatment can support their unique needs.

Food activist and restaurateur Jeffrey Zurofsky, Culinary Program Director for Newport Academy, will offer an experiential session that explores the concept of “the meal as medicine.” He’ll discuss how each aspect of the meal—from planning to preparation to eating together—can promote healing and connection.

To learn more about the Newport Healthcare Day Conferences, visit our Events page.