Conference Handouts

Click here to view handouts from 2010 - 2013 conferences. (Under agenda, then archives)

Click here to view past conference highlights.

Presented at the 22nd Annual Research Conference

Implementing Mental Health Care Interventions With Vulnerable Youth In Their Natural Surroundings

We're sorry, handouts are not available for this presentation.

Session Number: 10 Room: Salon D

Presentation Type: symposium

Chair: William M. Bannon, Jr. Discussant: William M. Bannon, Jr.

Synopsis: This symposium is designed to illustrate the benefits of engaging vulnerable youth in programs designed to treat their mental health needs in their natural settings. Accordingly, we will examine innovative early intervention and treatment programs designed to operate in the child's natural environment. Such interventions are believed to help improve school performance, social relationships, and prevent mental health, economic, and social problems in adulthood. We present preliminary outcome data, as well as discuss how issues related to mental health care stigma and other barriers related to lack of engagement in care, may be circumvented through providing services universally to youth in their home and school settings. Scientific research supports the premise that with effective treatment, children can, and do, recover quickly from emotional challenges. However, problems related to the identification of mental health need among children and barriers to engagement often prevent children from getting needed mental health care and making a recovery. This symposium aims to contribute to the field of child mental health care through describing how services may be delivered to children in their natural surroundings in a way that effectively supports children with mental health need.

Date: Monday, March 2, 2009

Session Time: 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Preliminary Qualitative Findings Reflecting Staff Successes And Challenges In Implementing the Clinic Plus Program

Download Handouts: 129 KB pdf

Presenting: Mary Cavaleri

All Authors for this paper: Mary Cavaleri

Presentation Type: element of symposium

Synopsis: This session will present findings related to Clinic Plus, which is a New York State Office of Mental Health initiated program designed to transform the child mental health system through providing universal screenings and treatment in the child’s naturalistic settings. Specifically, qualitative data will be presented which is based on reports of Clinic Plus staff, including program directors, administrators, and clinicians. These qualitative data will reflect the successes and challenges that staff described in implementing this program, as well as engaging and treating youth with mental health needs and their families.

STEP-UP: A Youth-Centered, Family-Linked, Community And School-Based Alternative Mental Health Intervention Program For At-Risk Inner City Youth

Download Handouts: 40 KB pdf

Presenting: Stacey Alicea

All Authors for this paper: Stacey Alicea

Presentation Type: element of symposium

Synopsis: This presentation describes Project Step-Up, which in an NIMH funded study developed largely in response to the findings presented in study 1. Project Step-Up involves urban youth of color youth attending weekly youth groups and study groups as a means of reducing youth behavioral difficulties. This presentation will describe the methods involved with implementing this study, as well as preliminary findings related to improving youth behavior.

The Association Between Youth Group Participation And Reduced Youth Behavioral Difficulties

Download Handouts: 48 KB pdf

Presenting: William Bannon, Jr.

All Authors for this paper: William Bannon, Jr.

Presentation Type: element of symposium

Synopsis: This presentation addresses preliminary findings that describe how youth group participation is protective of various types of delinquent behaviors, sexual risk-taking and substance abuse, as well as the combining of these behaviors. These findings are based on secondary analysis of data provided by youth who participated in the ADD Health Study.