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October 2002

Release Date: October 7, 2002

ASU Seminar to Examine Issues in Adolescent Mental Health

"Contemporary Issues in Adolescent Mental Health," a one-day seminar designed to update nurses on a variety of critical issues affecting the emotional well-being of youth, is scheduled Oct. 25, in the Houston Harte University Center on the Angelo State University campus.

Six contact hours have been approved by the Texas Nurses Association for seminar participants. The seminar, sponsored by the ASU Nursing Department and the Division of Continuing Studies, is scheduled 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. that Friday. Registration costs $45 and includes lunch.

Seminar topics are "ADD/ADHD Update" by Dr. Raymond Mays; "Substance Abuse" by Region XV Education Specialist Louann Cate and San Angelo Police Department Detective Jamie Padron; "Effective Case Management" by Cate, School Health Specialist Anita Wheeler, Charlene Berrie, a staff nurse for the adolescent/children's unit at River Crest Hospital, and Health Services Supervisor Cathy Harris of the Midland Independent School District; and "Yoga: A Tool for Stress Management for Clients and Caregivers" by Dr. Jerri Crowley and ASU Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Wrennah Gabbert.

"Adolescents face many stressors in our fast-paced culture," said Linda Ferguson, a member of the ASU nursing faculty and the seminar planning committee. "This program will provide nurses insight and skills to better assist adolescents with mental health needs. Nurses will take away new and practical strategies to help young people."

The ADD/ADHD session will examine new and traditional medications for both attention deficit disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Pharmacological therapy in the context of behavioral therapies and the school environment will be discussed along with issues surrounding the identification and comprehensive treatment of children and youth with ADD/ADHD.

The session by Cate will present statistics on the scope and patterns of drug abuse among youth. Padron will help participants develop "street wise" assessment skills to better identify youth involved in gangs, a co-risk factor for substance abuse. Tips will be discussed on to access prevention programs.

The four-member panel will use the effective case management session to help participants learn how to maximize community resources to help youth with mental health needs. The audience and panel will solve three case scenarios that illustrate the real-life difficulties of connecting adolescents to appropriate secondary and tertiary prevention programs.

In the yoga session, participants will explore yoga as a relaxation technique and tool for stress management. Gabbert will review current research on the effects of yoga on health and disease. Crowley will then guide participants through a yoga session.

For more information or to register, contact ASU's Division of Continuing Studies, 942-2339.