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Podcasts

  • Blind Abilities Podcast, PACER Center: Promoting Awareness and understanding of Mental Health
    (45 min. - 8/02/2018 - Presented by State Services for the Blind)

    Renelle Nelson, Parent advocate and the coordinator of the Children’s Mental Health, Emotional or Behavioral disorders project at PACER Center sits down with Jeff Thompson of Blind Abilities in the third of a series of podcasts in partnership with PACER Center and State Services for the Blind. Renelle talks about the misconceptions surrounding mental health and how PACER Center can provide support to parents of children and youth with mental health, emotional or behavioral challenges.

Videos

View - Crisis Planning and Children's Challenging Behaviors video

2016 (54 min)

Crisis Planning and Children’s Challenging Behaviors: Making a Plan That Works

This archived webinar is for educators, mental health providers, community support staff and other professionals who would like more information on crisis planning. It covers some key features of proactive crisis plans, what we should know about challenging behaviors before developing a crisis plan, and questions to ask when considering a child’s escalating challenging behaviors. This webinar covers principles of wellness, recovery, and self-advocacy when working with children and youth who have behavioral health needs and require proactive crisis planning.

View - Tips for Talking to Youth Who Are Under Stress Video

2015 (13 min)

Tips for Talking to Youth Who Are Under Stress

This presentation is for first responders, police, youth workers and others who work with youth with disabilities to help prevent the escalation of challenging behaviors.

Tips for Talking to Youth Who Are Under Stress

View - Positive Behavior Interventions and Support video

2013 (7 min)

Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports:
Supporting your child's positive behavior at home and in the community

Parents are their child’s first teacher and are crucial in helping them be successful in school, at home and in the community.  This video explains how Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) can be used to teach and encourage appropriate behaviors at home and in the community. PBIS is a research-based system of positive discipline based on prevention and the belief that appropriate behaviors can be taught.

Encourage Your Child’s Positive Behavior and School Success: Creating a Home Plan with School-wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports

Sample PBIS Home Plan

View - Knowledge Network for Systems of Care TV Video

2015, (1 hr)

Knowledge Network for Systems of Care TV (KSOC-TV)

SAMHSA (Substance Abuse Mental Health Service Agency) has been taping a series of multi-media webisodes on children’s mental health with  KSOC-TV, a web-based technical assistance program that features behavioral health experts discussing cutting edge issues in children's mental health.  Season 3 of KSOC-TV will kick off on January 9 from the 2016 NBC-4 Health & Fitness Expo in Washington, DC. This special webisode will explore how parents and caregivers can actively engage in their child’s behavioral health care, as well as identify available resources that can help the entire family thrive. Members of the audience will be invited to ask questions of the panel. Others can also join the conversation via Twitter using #KSOCTV!

More information about this program and other webisodes

Power of Adolescent Brain series

2017, (33 minutes)

The Power of the Adolescent Brain: 6 video segments (TAG Talks)

These videos, sponsored by the federal Office of Adolescent Health, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), review adolescent brain development and how it affects learning, health, and behavior and include tips for parents.

More Videos:

Video Series: Preparing For Adulthood: Taking Charge of My Own Health Care

PACER’s Youth Advisory Board on mental health discusses topics related to transitioning from pediatric health care to adult heath care. This 4-part series includes tips for teens and young adults on: coordinating your own health care, how medical providers and teachers can help you taking charge of your own health care, preparing for your own medical appointments, and understanding the benefits of guardianship.

2016 (4 min)

Video 1: Who Helps You Coordinate Your Health Care?

Teens discuss who helps them coordinate their own health care and the strategies they use to organize themselves. The role of a “care coordinator” is defined.

View - Practical Tips: Working Effectively with Culturally Diverse Families of Children Needing Mental Health Support

2016 (6 min)

Video 2: What Can Medical Providers and Teachers Do To Help You Take Charge of Your Own Health Care?

Teens respond to questions about their preferred method of communication for health care information. They express a preference for easily understood explanations, information formatted in pamphlets or written on flash cards, and health care providers who communicate directly to them. A general concern most often expressed is when to transfer to an adult health care provider.

2016 (4 min)

Video 3: How Do You Prepare For A Medical Appointment?

Teens describe how they prepare for a doctor’s appointment. Strategies that work for them include: making a list of concerns and questions for the doctor, having your insurance card with you, checking in, scheduling an appointment and arranging for transportation to the appointment.

2016 (3 min)

Video 4: What Does Guardianship Mean To You?

Discussion about what guardianship means. For these young adults, guardians are seen as coaches, leaders, decision makers, record keepers and as the gateway to health care.

This video series was made possible in part through a subcontract from the Minnesota Department of Health under Grant Number D70MC27547 from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an operating division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Materials & Resources

  • "Considering a Private Residential Treatment Program for a Troubled Teen? Questions for Parents and Guardians to Ask"

    This is a consumer guide developed by the Federal Trade Commission to assist parents in choosing a safe residential treatment program for their children. It was written after the "Stop Child Abuse in Residential Programs for Teens Act of 2008" (H.R. 6358) was passed to establish minimum standards for prevention of child abuse and neglect at teen residential programs.

  • Effective Strategies Checklist: Children and Youth with Developmental Disorders and Challenging Behavior

    Children and youth who have intellectual or developmental disabilities are at elevated risk for co-occurring psychiatric or behavioral disorders. This article provides some information on strategies that have resulted in successful outcomes that have decreased the risk for juvenile justice or residential placement. produced by: The National Technical Assistance Center for Children's Mental Health

  • Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development

    provides information for families who have children and youth with special needs, and particularly those who are at risk or have mental health needs.

  • Crisis Management Plan: Support at Home for Children and Youth with Mental Health Needs

    Most of us experience a time when events happen that make us feel anxious, stressed, or needing support. For parents of children and youth with mental health needs, an experience that produces distress may quickly escalate into a crisis if we do not know how to help reduce the intensity of the situation. Parents may also feel embarrassment when caught in a situation they can’t stop. Developing a written crisis management plan to use at home is one way to be proactive in attempting to handle crisis situations.

  • Tips for Talking to Youth Who Are Under Stress

    In a stressful or crisis situation, your youth may not be able to manage the situation. He or she may also have disabilities that increase their inability to manage their own behavior when under stress. Parents are aware that there often is not a perfect response or method that works 100 percent of the time to change or resolve unwanted behavior. There are effective strategies that may prove useful and effective in calming your son or daughter and soothing their anxiety in a stressful situation