Tourette Syndrome and Autism: Similarities and Differences

Presenter: Mark Mintz, MD — Dr. Mintz discussed the clinical and biological links between Tourette Syndrome and Autism Spectrum disorder. He spoke about then need for therapeutic options targeted at the mechanisms of disease rather than only the symptoms.    

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OCD and Teens/Young Adults: How to keep them engaged in their own treatment, symptoms, and lives

Presenter: Martin E. Franklin, Ph.D. — Dr. Franklin spoke about how to identify the barriers to teens/young adults learning to be partners in their own treatment.  He discussed how to engage the family without undermining an adult child’s autonomy.  Dr. Franklin also discussed issues that can derail treatment.

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Outgrowing the Child Neurologist: Medical Transition in OCD, ADHD & Tourette Syndrome

Presenter: Lawrence W. Brown, MD — Dr. Brown discussed transitioning from the pediatric to the adult system of care. He emphasized the child neurologist’s role in the process and spoke about transitioning as a distinct, long term effort. Dr. Brown recognized transition planning has not been a major focus for many

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Making Sense of Sensory Issues – How to manage heightened senses at home and in the classroom

Presenter: Michelle Miller, Psy.D. — Dr. Miller described different types of sensory issues and how they can present themselves. She discussed how sensory problems affect children and adults and how occupational therapy can help many issues. Dr. Miller also discussed organizational changes that can be made in school to help and

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Creative Applications of Exposure Therapy and Habit Reversal Therapy

Presenter: Joelle Beecher-McGovern, Ph.D. — Dr. McGovern described Exposure Therapy and Habit Reversal Therapy and then gave us practical applications in real life scenarios.  She spoke of the challenges of implementing these therapies and ways to overcome these barriers.  She uses technology for monitoring progress and  rewards to enhance motivation.

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Monsters, Robbers and Nightmares, Oh My! Simple Steps to Improve Your Child’s Sleep

Presenter: Courtney Weiner, Ph.D. — Dr. Weiner discussed good bedtime routines and hygiene as a way to help with sleep issues in children.  She spoke of common problems in sleep and how to better your child’s issues.  Dr. Weiner also let us know when professional intervention may be needed to alleviate

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Bullying and Vulnerable Populations

Presenter: Nadia S. Ansary, Ph.D. — Dr. Ansary spoke about bullying both traditional and cyberbullying and gave recommendations for helping to effectively address bullying. She also spoke of identifying vulnerable and at risk groups.

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Getting Kids Motivated for School! Strategies to foster your child/teen’s motivation to achieve in school

Presenter: Graham Hartke, Psy.D. View the webinar’s corresponding slide presentation here Dr. Hartke spoke of strategies to increase students self motivation to succeed in school. He spoke of ways to better organize oneself and reduce procrastination on projects.

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Mental Health Stigma and Help Finding Services in the African American Community

Presenter: Christine Adkins-Hutchison, Psy.D. — Dr. Adkins-Hutchison spoke about the economic and social road block for African Americans in seeking mental health services. She spoke of the need for more therapists to be of culturally competent and the need for ethnic populations to find providers who mirror themselves physically.

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Mental Health Issues in Today’s Asian American Community

Presenter: Dr. Andrew J. Lee — Dr. Lee spoke about Asian cultural values and how they impact today’s Asian Americans. He spoke of the model minority myth and how these perceptions feed into the stigma of seeking mental health services amongst Asians. Dr. Lee gave helpful suggestions of pitfalls to

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