Many myths exist around the topic of suicide. One of the most dangerous myths is that talking about suicide with a young person will plant the idea in their head and cause suicide. In reality, the opposite is true. Asking directly about suicidal ideas or intentions can help people who believe like there is no one to talk to about how horrible they feel. This webinar introduces the risk factors that contribute to mental health issues and suicidal behavior and the warning signs that require immediate action. Strategies for intervening are explored as well as best practices for referrals and follow up.
This webinar focuses on how to support families affected by opioid addiction, specifically regarding techniques to work with parents who struggle with opioid addiction, supporting families, and resources on how to talk to their children about addiction. It explores ways home visitation can address specific deficits in parenting caused by addiction and emphasizes the importance of home visitation knowledge of resources available for families.
Teaching children to notice and care about other people starts with helping them recognize and manage their own emotions. This webinar provides specific strategies, starting with young toddlers and upward, that family members and other caregivers can use every day to help young children develop empathy. Suggested resources for supporting empathy and other important social skills are shared.
Dropping out of school is often a process of disengagement that occurs over time. The complexity of this process points to the need for systemic solutions that address root causes, necessitating changes in the way we “do” school. More than a million children and youth in the U.S. have been identified as homeless, a traumatic circumstance that can place them at greater risk for low achievement and school dropout. These students present their own specific challenges that schools and the greater community must be aware of and address in order for our children and youth to be educationally stable, successful and fully prepared for college, career or civic life. This webinar explores the challenges faced by students experiencing homelessness, and how educators and agency personnel can have a positive impact on their success.
Empowering young people means adults need to step back and serve as youth allies. Each encounter with a young person is a cross-cultural experience; only a young person intrinsically knows youth culture. Yet, generalizing all teens as if they share common opinions is risky as each young person is unique. A committed adult advocate will encourage youth self-advocacy and autonomy. This webinar facilitates a conversation with a panel of young people and explore the best way to inspire their self-advocacy. Their voices matter. Let them be your teachers!