Child & Adolescent Related Content

Podcast: Acceptance & Commitment Skill-Building for Adolescents

Jenn talks to Nate Gruner about acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and how it can be utilized by adolescents. Nate explains the benefits of ACT principles on the mental health of young adults, discusses how these applications can lead to more meaningful and fulfilling lives, and answers...

Understanding Borderline Personality Disorder in Teens

Being a teenager is difficult. Teens go through many changes, including social and educational changes and hormonal mood swings. Sometimes teens act without thinking if they will get into trouble, with out-of-character actions, thoughts, and feelings all being part of the typical teen experience...

What Is Teen Cutting and Self-Injury?

Public understanding of self-injury or “cutting” in adolescents has grown in recent years. Many studies and media reports have called attention to this teen mental health concern, resulting in less confusion and ignorance. Despite this progress, many misconceptions about self-injury remain. For...

Podcast: Healthy Coping for Children and Adolescents

Jenn talks to Dr. Maggie Gorraiz about helping kids and teens manage their emotions, thoughts, and reactions in healthy and productive ways. Maggie discusses different types of coping strategies for children and adolescents, shares age-appropriate ways to teach coping to our loved ones, and answers...

Podcast: Raising Kids That Adapt To Change

Jenn talks to Julie Cullen about best practices for teaching our kids how to deal with change. Julie explains methods of providing extra support when kids need it most, shares ways to make change easier to understand and adjust to, and answers audience questions about navigating change that both...

Video: What Is Validation and Why Is It So Important?

Everyone wants to be seen and heard. Validation, at its core, is a way of letting someone we care for know that we understand them, and in turn, can strengthen our connection with our loved ones. Validating the thoughts and feelings of kids and adolescents is especially important, even if you don’t...

Video: Redefining Self-Care in Kids & Teens

Self-care can be interpreted in a variety of ways—for some, it’s taking a walk; for others, it’s reading and having a cup of tea. But for children and adolescents, self-care can be as simple as anything they enjoy doing that helps keep them happy while maintaining good mental and emotional health...

Video: Navigating Autism Through Childhood Years

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a very common developmental disability, impacting one in 54 children. What is true for one child with autism may not be true for another, as the spectrum varies in its severity. While it is a lifelong condition, its social, communicative, and behavioral challenges...

Video: Acceptance & Commitment Skill-Building for Adolescents

To some, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) is associated with treatment for obsessive compulsive disorder. However, the strategies used in ACT can be beneficial for folks with depression, anxiety, substance use, and other conditions. In fact, its principles can be applied to anyone, at any age...

Podcast: Your Most Popular Questions About Anxiety in Kids and Teens

Jenn talks to Dr. R. Meredith Elkins about symptoms of anxiety in kids and appropriate treatment options. Meredith discusses healthy and unhealthy levels of anxiety in kids, shares similarities and differences between anxiety disorders and mood disorders, and answers audience questions about how, by...

Podcast: Addressing Bullying in Kids & Teens

Jenn talks to Joyce Velt about the impact of bullying on kids and teens and how to address these harmful behaviors. Joyce explains the effects of bullying on mental health, discusses how it can impact relationships in the short- and long-term, and answers audience questions about how we can help...

Video: Helping Kids & Teens Manage Their Stress

There’s no one way to describe what stress looks or feels like for a child. Often kids don’t have the words to describe how they’re feeling, and so stress can manifest as many emotions or reactions that we may not assume are attributed to being stressed. Being overloaded with stress or not knowing...

Video: Overcoming Perfectionism in Kids & Teens

If you have noticed that your child or adolescent is unusually hard on themselves, sets unreachable expectations, avoids challenges, and is overly self-critical, they may be exhibiting signs of perfectionism. One of the challenges of perfectionism is that it’s seen as a good thing—after all, we want...

Video: Overview of Adolescent Suicide

David A. Brent, MD, University of Pittsburgh, presents as part of the 2022 Suicide-Focused Assessment and Treatment: An Update for Professionals course. Jump To Slides Resources Speaker biography Adolescents and Suicide The suicide rate in adolescents and preadolescents has been increasing since the...