January 9, 2020 - Teen Challenge: Stress, Anger Management & Mindfulness - Dalia Pesqueira, LMFT Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Program Supervisor Youth and Young Adults Services

Youth and young adults face an emerging world of cell phones, social media, academics, relationships, and parents, all while experiencing the biological changes and challenges of adolescence. Debilitating stress or anger, either internalized against self or externalized against others can result. Mindfulness techniques, framed towards youth, can help.
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January 16, 2020 - Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) - Marilyn Moskowitz LCSW,LMFT Licensed Clinical Social Worker Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) is an empirically validated treatment for a variety of psychiatric disorders at ICBHS. IPT is a time-limited, focused, evidenced-based approach to treat mood disorders. The main goal of IPT is to improve the quality of a client’s interpersonal relationships and social functioning to help reduce their distress. IPT may be used with any age consumer, from children and adolescents to the elderly. IPT provides strategies to resolve problems within four key areas: grief or complicated bereavement, role dispute, role transition, and interpersonal deficits.
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January 23, 2020 - Mindfulness - Dr. Ellen Langer, Ph.D. Psychologist Professor Harvard University

What is mindfulness? Mindfulness is defined as placing ones attention to the internal and external experiences occurring at the present moment. Join us as leading Mindfulness researcher, Dr. Langer explains how Mindfulness works and its benefits to our health.
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January 30, 2020 - Positive Engagement Team (P.E.T.) - Devon Apodaca, Director of Imperial County Humane Society and Cynthia Jimenez Community Service Worker.

Imagine a clinic with a dog hanging out. Not a therapy dog, just a well-behaved, friendly, and loving dog there to meet you, receive and give affection, and give support to showing up for a behavioral health appointment. ICBHS and the community imagined that this would make clinics more inviting and that our community members receiving behavioral health care would enjoy the atmosphere more sharing time with our furry friends. In conjunction with trained handlers and the Humane Society, the innovation is coming true.
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December 5, 2019 - World Mental Health Day Summit: Inclusion -  A selection of Presenters, Community Members, Interagency Partners and ICBHS Experts

Imperial County annually celebrates World Mental Health Day with a series of informative workshops, recovery based entertainment, and community-specific information during a day-long event at Imperial Valley College. Join the Let’s Talk About It! hosts as we speak to presenters, guests, and other community members about including diverse mental health supportive practices in our lifestyles.
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December 12, 2019 - Young Love: Concerns and Mental Health Issues In Adolescent Romance - Andrea Platero, APCC Associate Professional Clinical Counselor Youth and Young Adult Services.

Adolescence contains a number of life challenges, including the beginnings of romantic relationships. With youth and young adult therapist Andrea Platero, we examine the modern context of young love, including social media, consider common concerns and share helpful strategies in supporting the young ones through their first romantic relationships.
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December 19, 2019 - The Ever Forward Club - Ashanti Branch, M.Ed. Founder/Executive Director The Ever Forward Club

“If we don’t initiate the young men, they will burn down the village”-African Proverb. Our Nation’s young men of color are getting disciplined in school, dropping out, and facing unemployment and involvement in the criminal justice system at disproportionately high rates. Club mentors create a safe space for young men to come together weekly in circles to have fun, enjoy food and engage in the process of removing the mask of masculinity; peeling off the layers of pain, frustration, fear, sadness and disappointment. Though this work, the young men start to show up with greater passion and purpose, which provides them with a clearer life direction.
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December 26, 2019 - Season of Gratitude - Juan J. Flores, LMFT Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Behavioral Health Manager Youth and Young Adults Services.

Inour hectic lives, with all of our responsibilities and commitments, quiet reflection of gratitude can be easily misplaced. The winter season, full of holidays for some, offers us a chance to reconnect to the mental health benefit of realizing we have so much to be thankful for, followed up by demonstrating that gratitude to the world so that the spirit of gratitude is as infectious as a winter cold, but as healthy as a warm bowl of chicken soup for the soul.
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January 2, 2020 – Coping Cat Therapy for Childhood Anxiety Disorders - Phillip C. Kendall, Ph.D., ABPP Professor of Psychology Director of the Child and Adolescent Anxiety and Disorders Clinic Temple University.

Anxiety is a growing source of concern for our children and youth. Over 30% of youth report anxiety-related problems in their lives affecting school, friends, family and their self-regard. Coping Cat is an evidenced-based therapy model employed by Imperial County Behavioral Health to solve anxiety problems in youth. Join us as the developer of Coping cat, Dr. Phillip Kendall, describes how and why Coping Cat works.
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