Services for Teens At Risk

New Webinar Available

Modern Times: Assessing, Supporting, and Engaging Youth at Risk for Suicide In a Digital Era


David A. Brent, M.D., Academic Chief, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Endowed Chair in Suicide Studies, Professor of Child Psychiatry, Pediatrics & Epidemiology, University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine, and Director, STAR-Center (Services for Teens at Risk), Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic.

This talk reviews the harmful and potentially positive effects of exposure to social media on youths' suicide risk and discusses methods for detecting and mitigation of suicidal risk based on social media postings and use. 

At the conclusion of this keynote, participants should be able to:
1.  Discuss the relationships between social media use and adolescent suicidal risk.
2.  Explain the potential role of social media in reducing suicidal risk. 
3.  Identify recommended steps for dealing with common problems of internet use such as excessive use, interference with sleep, and cyberbullying.

Click here to download a copy of Dr. Brent's powerpoint presentation.



Presented by Mary Margaret Kerr, Ed.D., Professor, Administrative and Policy Studies, Psychology in Education, and Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh.   

Often overlooked as members of a treatment team, teachers spend many hours with children who experience anxiety and depression.  Yet, most surveys reveal that teachers feel inadequately prepared to support such students. To facilitate clinic-school communications and increase educators' involvement, this presentation offers evidence-based, practical approaches for teachers, including mobile apps.   

At the conclusion of this keynote, participants should be able to:
1.  Identify evidence-based, practical approaches for teachers to use in supporting students with anxiety and depression. 
2.  Develop enhanced therapist-teacher communications.   
3.  Propose options to involve educators in the treatment of patients/students with anxiety and depression. 

Click here to download a copy of Dr. Kerr's powerpoint presentation.