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Brain Development

  • Colleen Bridger, MPH, PhD, was named assistant city manager in July 2019 for San Antonio. She oversees the Health, Parks and Recreation and Human Services departments, and the Office of Equity. Dr. Bridger previously served as director of the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District where she was responsible for implementing policies aimed at improving the health of the population in San Antonio and Bexar County.

    In this 5-part video series, Dr. Bridger discusses how childhood trauma is a critical public health issue. Referred to as Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), ACEs are stressful and traumatic events, such as abuse or neglect, that have been linked to poor life-long health outcomes.

    The learning objectives for this 5-part video include:

    • Discuss the prevalence and causes of ACEs and their impact on the developing brain and bodies of children.
    • Discuss Trauma Informed Care as a system-based strategy to mitigate the effects of ACEs and help children heal from the trauma-induced toxic stress.
    • Learn about strategies in San Antonio aimed at creating a trauma informed city.

    Dr. Bridger was recorded during her keynote presentation at Claritycon2019, hosted by Clarity Child Guidance Center, on Friday, July 26, in San Antonio, Texas.

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  • Neuropsychology studies the structure and function of the brain as they relate to specific psychological processes and behaviors. In this 9-part video series, Rowland Folensbee, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist in private practice working with children, adolescents, and adults, explains thinking in neuroscience terms. He defines The Big Picture in neuropsychology and how to incorporate in treatment. His presentation outlines:

    • A neuropsychologically based model of how information is taken in, processed, and translated into behavior by psychotherapy clients.
    • How brain systems related to implicit/explicit memory, arousal, anxiety, emotion, and neural networks established by previous patterns of experience influence therapy processes.
    • Specific strategies for discussing with clients in basic terms the neuroscience foundations of multiple specific behavioral difficulties, thereby facilitating client participation in psychotherapy.

    Clarity Child Guidance Center hosted this community presentation on February 17, 2012.

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  • Addiction (substance dependence) is a complex physical, emotional, and spiritual phenomenon. The brain is the primary target for substances of abuse and dependence. Understanding the structure and function of the brain is key to developing new therapies and medication.

    For our latest On-demand Video series, Katie McQueen, MD, a nationally recognized expert in the field of addiction medicine, discusses the following:

    • Brain receptors and neurotransmitters
    • Learning, memory and addiction
    • Cross addiction
    • Reactivation of cravings and addiction
    • FDA-approved medications

    This recording is from a community presentation Clarity Child Guidance Center hosted on May 14, 2010.

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  • Jeannie Von Stultz, PhD, psychologist and Director of Mental Health Services for Bexar County Juvenile Probation, explains how and why adolescents think differently. For this 3-part series, Dr. Von Stultz discusses the following:

    • Emotional recognition
    • Development of physiological, emotional and cognitive brain centers
    • Brain growth spurts
    • White vs. grey matter
    • Executive functioning
    • How brain development affects behavior and decision-making
    • Challenges to development (e.g., trauma, mental health, substance use)
    • Building resiliency

    This recording is from a community presentation Clarity Child Guidance Center hosted on April 22, 2010.

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  • Mental health professionals are frequently faced with the reality of child sexual abuse. Nancy Kellogg, MD, and professor in the Division of Child Abuse at the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, provided important information during her talk on, Child Sexual Abuse: How to Listen and What to Look For.

    This 6-part series focuses on the full scope of child sexual abuse and helps mental health professionals and other concerned adults with the objective:

    • To enhance understanding of why abused children are reluctant to tell.
    • To enhance understanding of what abusers do to ensure their victims remain silent.
    • To enhance knowledge of how to talk to a child when sexual abuse is suspected.

    Clarity Child Guidance Center hosted this community presentation on April 12, 2013.

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  • Mark Jones, D.Min., LPC-S, LMFT-S, is board certified in neurofeedback (BCIA) and Quantitative EEG (QEEG), and an adjunct professor and director of the neurofeedback program at UTSA. In this video replay he defines, identifies the underlying causes and discusses how to recognize the key symptoms of Developmental Trauma.

    The learning objectives for this 5-part video series include:

    • Gain a basic understanding of Developmental Trauma as defined by Sebem Fisher and Bessel van der Kolk.
    • Identify the underlying causes of Developmental Trauma.
    • Recognize the key symptoms of Developmental Trauma.
    • Conceptualize the effects of early trauma and neglect on brain development.
    • Understand the strategies for treating Developmental Trauma

    Clarity Child Guidance Center hosted this presentation on November 17, 2017.

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  • This 3-part series on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) is presented by Melanie Lane, LMSW, LCDC, AAC, the Unit Coordinator for the Center for Health Care Services Restoration Center, a detox, public sobering unit, and intensive outpatient substance abuse treatment facility located on the Haven for Hope campus. The presentation aims to: explore interventions that work with drug or alcohol exposed children, explain intervention techniques to motivate parents to seek help, and increase awareness about the impact of alcohol and drugs on the community. This recording is from a community presentation Clarity Child Guidance Center hosted on September 30, 2009.

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  • Trauma impacts the development of a child, increasing the risk for emotional, behavioral, academic, social and physical problems throughout life. During this Clarity Child Guidance Center community presentation, 'How Trauma Impacts a Child', Clarissa Zamora, Director of Education and Outreach for ChildSafe, examines the link between childhood trauma and chronic health problems, reviews resiliency in children and how it is built on internal and external factors, and shares her own personal story.

    This 5-part series helps viewers to:

    • Understand the developmental differences when children are affected by child abuse
    • Examine the history of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) research, and attendees will calculate their own ACE and Family Strength scores
    • Review SEARCH Institute's 40 Developmental Assets, and
    • Review how resiliency is built on external and internal factors.

    Clarity Child Guidance Center hosted this community presentation on November 8, 2013.

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  • Do you know a child or teenager who has been diagnosed with a mood disorder? Mood disorders are characterized by a disturbance in mood that affects a person's ability to function successfully. Learn more about these disorders and how they impact children by watching our latest on-demand video series on Mood Disorders in Children and Adolescents. For this 6-part series, Soad Michelsen, MD, child and adolescent psychiatrist at Clarity CGC, provides an overview of the following:

    • How to identify a mood disorder
    • Why symptoms are different for kids
    • Types of mood disorders
    • Risk factors
    • Treatment options

    **Please note that we did experience audio problems throughout this presentation.

    Clarity Child Guidance Center hosted this community presentation on September 16, 2011.

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  • In our latest on-demand video series, Raising Non-Violent Children & Teens: Strategies for Families & Caregivers, Karen A. Waldron, PhD, Professor Emerita and retired Director of Special Education at Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas, discusses how the recent, tragic school shootings in Connecticut and across the country are a reminder of the fragile nature of childhood and the potential impact of growing up in a violent society.

    This 6-part series focuses on raising non-violent children and teens, and includes:

    • Practical, daily strategies for families and caregivers to use in re-directing at-risk youth to healthy personal and social behaviors.
    • Ways to teach children and teens compassion and empathy, transitioning them from a sense of helplessness and anti-social behaviors to one of helpfulness in supporting, rather than hurting, others.
    • Techniques to replace anger with competence and self-esteem.
    • Specific strategies to manage children's and teens' daily use of technology.
    • Ways to avoid the misuse of social media, including preventing and countering the impact of cyber-bullying.

    Clarity Child Guidance Center hosted this community presentation on February 8, 2013.

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  • In this video, Teresa "Tere" Sariol, MOT, OTR, defines sensory integration and explains the role of the five senses as they pertain to sensory integration.

    The learning objectives for this 6-part video presentation include:

    1. Define sensory integration.
    2. Describe three sensory integration dysfunctions.
    3. Describe three sensory motor copine skills.

    Clarity Child Guidance Center hosted this CEU presentation on July 29, 2016.

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  • Jeannie Von Stultz, PhD, and Deputy Chief of Mental Health Services for Bexar County Juvenile Probation, provides an overview of adolescent brain development and how the adolescent brain is different than the adult brain. The presentation also provides an overview to better understand how brain functions mature and strategies to help young people strengthen their skills.

    The learning objectives for this 5-part video series include:

    • Better understand how the brain changes through childhood.
    • Learn what skills are involved in executive functioning.
    • Learn strategies that foster executive functioning.

    Clarity Child Guidance Center hosted this presentation on October 13, 2017.

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  • Timothy Johanson, MD, is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Arizona where he teaches the next generation of baby doctors. His research involves the impact of adverse childhood experiences on parenting effectiveness and is currently studying how parenting interventions with high risk families in inner-city Tucson can impact the academic, behavioral, and social outcomes of the children.

    In this 4-part video series, Dr. Johanson asks "Why do some kids develop resilience and others do not?" Is there a way to teach resilience to kids who have experienced difficulties growing up? Current research suggests some new answers to these important questions for mental health providers, teachers, and youth workers.

    The learning objectives for this 4-part video include:

    • Review current research on developing resilience, especially in the presence of childhood adversity.
    • Underscore the importance of resilience training for parents, teachers, mental health providers and youth workers.
    • Understand five key messages that promote resilience.

    Dr. Johanson was recorded during his keynote presentation at Claritycon2019, hosted by Clarity Child Guidance Center, on Thursday, July 25, in San Antonio, Texas.

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  • Richard Layne, MA, LPC, TIC, licensed professional counselor in the state of Texas, presents 'The Relationship Between Attachment, Trauma and the DSM-5.' During this Clarity Child Guidance Center community presentation, Mr. Layne explains basic principles of attachment, trauma, and complex trauma. He also reviews the new guidelines for Trauma Related Disorders in the DSM-5.

    This 5-part series helps viewers to:

    • Identify trauma and attachment problems
    • Understand the new guidelines for Trauma Related Disorders in the DSM-5

    Clarity Child Guidance Center hosted this community presentation on December 13, 2013.

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  • Tim Johanson, MD, is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Arizona College of Medicine and Pediatric Residency training Program.

    In this 4-part video series, Dr. Johanson reviews the effects of ACE's (Adverse Childhood Experiences) and mass trauma on children.

    The learning objectives for this 4-part video include:

    • Review the current and new research on ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences).
    • Understand how symptoms of trauma change with different developmental ages.
    • Discuss the "Dos and Don'ts" for parents.

    Clarity Child Guidance Center hosted this community presentation at Claritycon2018 on June 21, 2018.

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