Behavioral Health 101: Kids at Risk

Timeslot: Tuesday, October 10, 2023 - 11:25 AM to 12:25 PM
Session Type: Concurrent Session


Today’s youth and adolescents are a high-risk population. Suicide is the second-leading cause of death for individuals aged 15-24 in the United States and approximately 20% of high school students report having had serious thoughts of suicide with 9% having made a serious attempt.

As professionals we need to utilize best practice models and innovative solutions in providing services to youth and adolescents so as a society and community, we can make a positive impact. Our organization works to develop a full continuum of services using motivational interviewing and incorporating stages of change as strategies to provide individualized plans of care to youth and their families.

This session will provide an overall introduction to youth behavioral health and at-risk youth interventions, including screening and assessments, individual and family interventions, and a focus on strengths-based approaches in working with at-risk youth.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify high-risk factors that impact the behavioral health of youth and adolescents

  • Differentiate the special considerations of diagnosing behavioral health issues in this population

  • Apply strategies for innovative solutions in providing service to this population