Missed graduations, school field trips, extra-curricular activities and loss of in-person classroom experiences have been the story line for youth during the COVID-19 pandemic. Aside from having to adapt to new learning platforms, students may be in a vulnerable position for exploitation and/or abuse. Professionals who interact and engage with youth can help address the potentially maladaptive patterns young people may seek in cyberspace for connection and validation. This workshop will focus on identifying the unique risks, opportunities and changes that the pandemic poses for youth and offers several strategies to positively engage and support them during a crisis.
Who should attend?
This virtual workshop is designed for behavioral health and child welfare professionals, youth workers, educators, prevention agencies, community coalitions, and executives in substance abuse and mental health agencies, Managing Entities and DCF program staff.
Ashley M. Gonsler, LCSW, leads a Specialty Coordinated Care team comprised of clinicians, prescribers, peer mentors, education and employment specialists who collaborate to support transition age youth at Thresholds Emerging Adults Division in Chicago, Illinois. In this role, she engages in preventative work, crisis intervention and uses a strength-based approach to help youth, young adults and their families with identifying tangible ways to break generational cycles and begin to create sustainable, healthy and adaptive patterns.A graduate of Michigan State University, Ashley holds advanced training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis (CBT-P), a best practice for treating individuals experiencing their first episode of psychosis and is trained in the Structured Interview of Psychosis-risk Syndromes (SIPS) to detect individuals at Clinical High Risk (CHR) of developing psychosis. As CHR Team Leader, she is committed to identifying and providing preventative treatment to individuals most at risk of developing serious mental illness.
Up to 3.5 Continuing Education Units/Contact Hours are provided for this event
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