Tackling Mental Health Issues
This session will provide a brief overview of typical youth and young adult development as well as signs and symptoms of potential mental health problems. The session will include a discussion of risk factors, protective factors, and resiliency. Information will also be provided about the eight hour training course, Youth Mental Health First Aid, for those who would like to learn more about how to offer help to a young person experiencing a mental health challenge, mental disorder, or a mental health crisis.
Speaker: Sherry Peters, National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health; Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development
Sherry Peters, MSW, ACSW, is currently an assistant professor and Senior Policy Associate at Georgetown University’s National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health where she served as the Director of the Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility (PRTF) Waiver Initiative from 2010 until the waiver ended in September of 2014. She continues to provide technical assistance to states and communities on capacity building activities such as financing children’s behavioral health services, developing trauma-informed organizations and systems, and providing Youth Mental Health First Aid training. Sherry worked in Pennsylvania for 18 years on statewide children’s mental health policy and program development. In her early career she worked as a therapist in residential and community settings in Pennsylvania and New York. In addition, she held a national position in Chicago developing behavioral health resources for faith-based entities
National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health
Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development