2020 Summer Institute in Adolescent Health
July 27 – July 30, 2020
8:30 am – 12:00 pm Central Time
Join us for the 2020 Virtual Summer Institute in Adolescent Health!
While a variety of adolescent health indicators – teen pregnancy, violence, alcohol use – suggest we are moving towards healthier outcomes for our youth, trends in adolescent mental health tell a different story. The percentage of high school students who have experienced persistent feelings of sadness and hopelessness as well as those who have seriously considered suicide have increased significantly over the past decade, in both Minnesota and the U.S. In today’s fast-paced world, adolescents increasingly struggle with mental well-being. Caring adults are coming to understand that a myriad of strategies are required to address the complex array of influences on adolescent mental health.
Effective strategies and best practices exist for supporting the mental health and well-being of adolescents, and for preventing poor mental health outcomes. During the 2020 Summer Institute, explore trends and patterns in adolescent mental health, as well as psychosocial, cultural, and societal influences on mental well-being. Delve into the everyday issues that affect the mental well-being of our youth: sleep, social media, identity development, and school pressures. Examine how COVID-19 has and will continue to change the landscape related to youth mental health. Strategize with caring adults – health and social service providers, mental health professionals, counselors, juvenile justice professionals, teachers – who help young people sustain and reclaim their mental well-being. Develop strategies for public health initiatives and policies, as well as for mental health promotion, prevention and treatment efforts that best serve adolescents.
Guest Faculty Include...
Laura Richardson, MD, PhD
Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine
Chief of the Division of Adolescent Medicine at Seattle Children's Hospital
Who should attend:
All who work with parents and young people – teachers, counselors, physicians, social workers, dieticians, mentors, coaches, school nurses, public health nurses and nurse practitioners, health educators, psychologists, school district personnel, youth ministers, religious leaders, law enforcement, policy makers, and youth advocates.
Developmental and Ecological Perspectives on Mental Health
- Examine patterns and trends related to mental illness and mental health among adolescents
- Understand a dual continuum of mental health and mental illness
- Apply developmental and ecological perspectives to adolescent mental health
- Explore everyday issues that affect youth mental health: identify development, sleep, social media, and school experiences
Mental Health among Vulnerable Populations
- Describe social disparities in mental health
- Hear from communities that are disproportionately impacted by mental health issues
- Consider cultural perspectives on mental health
- Examine culturally tailored approaches to promoting youth mental health
Mental Health and Schools
- Describe the role of schools in protecting youth mental health
- Articulate and apply best practices in school mental health to relevant school-based work
- Develop a plan for responding to key current challenges to adolescent mental health in school settings
- Be able to approach and offer help to a student in distress
Families, Communities, and Mental Health
• Examine ways that families and communities promote adolescent mental health
• Identify resources that can be used by people without formal mental health training
• Learn about youth-led and peer-to-peer supports
2020 Registration is full.
Center for Adolescent Nursing
School of Nursing
Child & Family Health Division
Minnesota Department of Health
Office for Public Engagement
University of Minnesota
Center for Leadership Education in Maternal & Child Public Health
School of Public Health, University of Minnesota
Saint Paul - Ramsey County Public Health Department
- Center for Adolescent Nursing
- Center for Aging Science & Care Innovation
- Center for Child and Family Health Promotion Research
- Center for Children with Special Health Care Needs
- Center for Nursing Informatics
- Katharine J. Densford International Center for Nursing Leadership