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Mental Health Assoc. of Erie County, Compeer, and DYC to Co-Host Workshop

Mental Health Assoc. of Erie County, Compeer, and DYC to Co-Host Workshop

The Feb 24 & March 3-4 workshops at the Innovation Center will focus on Adolescent Mental Health

Buffalo, New York – February 19, 2015 – It's estimated that 13 –20 percent of children living in the United States (up to 1 out of 5 children) experience a mental disorder in a given year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

How to help adolescents who are experiencing a mental health crisis will be the topic of a workshop to be help February 24 and March 3 and 4 at D'Youville College's Center for Professional Studies.

Sponsored by Mental Health Association of Erie County and Compeer of Greater Buffalo, the "Youth Mental Health First Aid Workshop" is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis.

The workshop, which will be led by Alana Chazen, Youth Mental Health First Aid Instructor at Compeer of Greater Buffalo, will introduce common mental health challenges for youth, review typical adolescent development, and teach a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations.

Topics to be covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders.

DYC is home to a Center for Professional Studies, which offers continuing education programs for adult learners at the Innovation Center on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. The workshop is being coordinated by the DYC center.

"This workshop will provide attendees with the skills necessary to make a contribution in the community, which is the mission of D'Youville College," said Catherine Huber, EdD, Director of the Center for Professional Studies. "We're excited to partner with Compeer and the Mental Health Association of Erie County for this important workshop."

A workshop agenda and registration information is available at