Adolescent Series - Spring 2018

Join us for a series of 3 coordinated presentations offering insight and strategies for thoughtfully navigating your child's experience during ages 12-18.

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The Anxiety of Adolescence:
Identifying and Managing Anxiety During the Adolescent Years

Anxiety is the most common mental health disorder in the United States today, affecting nearly one-third of both adolescents and adults, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Even if your child does not have a diagnosable anxiety disorder, everyone experiences worry and stress. While some degree of anxiety is developmentally appropriate and even healthy, some worries are so powerful that they overwhelm coping skills and undermine healthy decision-making. Thanks to our adult perspectives and hard-earned coping skills, we sometimes struggle to connect with the potency of our teen's worry. Join Dr. Ohlenforst to better understand the sources of adolescent anxiety, and to learn helpful strategies for identifying and responding to such. In doing so, parents and caregivers can empower teens to recognize and more effectively manage their own anxiety, both now and in the years ahead.

Presenter: Kristen M. Ohlenforst, PhD
Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Teenage Mood Swings or Something More?
Identifying, Managing, and Protecting Against Depression in Teens

Moodiness is common in adolescence, but how do you know when changes in a teen's mood and behavior might be signs of something more? Dr. Horton invites you to come learn strategies for identifying, managing, and protecting against depression in teens. In this presentation, she'll discuss how to tell the difference between typical teenage behavior and clinical depression, strategies for using thoughts and behaviors to reverse a downward spiral of depression, and ways teens and families can bolster wellness factors to protect against depression during the adolescent years. Depression is a highly treatable but often misunderstood disorder. Please join us in learning how to better recognize and engage teens who may need support.

Presenter: Sarah E. Horton, PhD
Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Connecting During the Adolescent Years:
Exploring the Roles of Empathy and Technology in Building Healthy Relationships

Navigating the complexities and nuances of social relationships during adolescence can be challenging work. With this work now happening through a variety of tech mediums and against the backdrop of social media, the challenge seems even greater. Join Dr. Ohlenforst for a thoughtful discussion on how to better understand your adolescent's need to connect. In her presentation, she'll review key changes in the growing adolescent brain, and how these changes influence your teen's interests, choices, and decision-making. Join us to learn helpful tools and strategies for connecting in ways that promote increased self-awareness and healthier interpersonal relationships during the adolescent years.

Presenter: Kristen M. Ohlenforst, PhD
Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Registration Options

All presentations in this series will be held in the 4th floor conference room at
Shackleford, Bowen, McKinley, & Norton:
9201 N. Central Expressway, Dallas, Texas 75231 (4th floor)

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