Sexting, Teen Suicide Among Topics at Child Mental Health Conference

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Sexting. Teen suicide. Substance abuse by youth. Feeling disconnected from family and school. The impact social media has on children and teens.

These are just a few of the issues that will be addressed at the Critical Issues in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Conference on March 11.

The event will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Crown Plaza Hotel 2270 Hotel Circle North in San Diego. The cost to attend the one-day event is $75. Register online. The cost includes continuing medical education and continuing education credit, parking, food and beverages.

This is the second year the County Health and Human Services Agency’s Behavioral Health Services department is organizing the conference in partnership with the San Diego Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the San Diego Psychiatric Society, the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists-San Diego Chapter and the San Diego Psychological Association.

The goal is to provide local mental health services providers and people who work with children and adolescents the most current information on children and youth who have complex issues.

“We’ll be exploring the challenges facing youth today, examining the ways children and teens feel connected and cared for in their families, their schools and their peer groups,” said Jeffrey Rowe, County supervising psychiatrist. “This connection can be the key that facilitates their successful development.”

The conference will feature nationally and locally known clinicians, best-selling authors, social action advocates and a panel of youth presenting on cutting-edge topics, including:

Sexting, Texting and Social Media: The New World of Teen Communications
Janet Rosenzweig, Ph.D.
Author, National Child Health, Safety and Welfare Expert

Children, Teens and Suicide: Who Is at Risk and 10 Ways We Sometimes Get It Wrong
Lisa Boesky, Ph.D.
Author, Consultant, Expert Witness

Substance Abuse, Relationships and the Family
Kara Bagot, M.D.
Assistant Professor, UC San Diego Department of Psychiatry 

Organizing Communities for Success: Lessons Learned at Gompers School 
Cecil Steppe
Chair, Gompers Preparatory Academy, Board of Directors Gompers School

21 Years of Teaching Restorative Thinking and Peace through Forgiveness in Schools
Tasreen Khamisa and Benita Page
Executives at Tariq Khamisa Foundation

José A. Álvarez is a communications specialist with the County of San Diego Communications Office. Contact