• 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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  • Melisa Fleming, PhD, LPC-S, and Program Director for Laurel Ridge Treatment Center, leads a session for educators and mental health professionals using experiential activities and role play to look at different forms of bullying that people experience, and build skills to empower not only professionals, but those seeking help.

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

    • Define different types of bullying.
    • Know the signs that a child is being bullied or is bullying others.
    • Develop skills to empower children, parents and professionals.

    Clarity Child Guidance Center hosted this presentation during Claritycon2016 on June 17, 2016.

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  • Melissa Graham, PhD, is a San Antonio Police Department (SAPD) Psychologist. She is a member of the SAPD Hostage Negotiation team and an instructor in the SAPD Basic Hostage Negotiation School. Dr. Graham also provides therapy to officers and their families, as well as counsels officers who have been involved in critical incidents.

    In this 5-part video series, Dr. Graham presents “Bullying.” In this presentation, Dr. Graham provides a greater understanding of:

    • The types of bullying.
    • The scope of cyber bullying.
    • How bullying changes by age.
    Clarity Child Guidance Center hosted this community presentation on September 29, 2016.
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  • Faith G. Harper, PhD, LPC-S, and Adrian Warren, PhD, LPC-S, present “Bullying and the Impact on Children’s Mental Health.” This 5-part video series, recorded during claritycon2014, identifies signs of bullying, children most at risk for bullying and the mental health consequences.

    The objectives for this 5-part series include how to:

    • Identify signs of bullying and children most at risk for bullying.
    • Gain understanding of mental health consequences of bullying.
    • Gain understanding of laws that protect against bullying.
    • Gain knowledge about how to create bully-free schools and communities.

    Clarity Child Guidance Center hosted Dr. Harper and Dr. Warren at claritycon2014 on June 12, 2014.

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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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  • Learn how to spot unhealthy relationships and help kids cope with 'frenemies.' For our latest on-demand video, Dana Tiller, LPC, clinical director at A World for Children, will explain how toxic relationships affect your child. This 2-part series covers the following:

    • Characteristics of a toxic relationship
    • Impact of toxic relationships on children and teens
    • What parents and other adults can do
    • Prevention measures
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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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  • Recent research has found that 15% of Latina teenagers reported attempting suicide in the past year as compared to only 8% of African-Americans and non-Hispanic Caucasian girls. What's behind this statistic?

    For our latest on-demand video, Soad Michelsen, MD, child and adolescent psychiatrist at Clarity CGC, explores the relationship between teen Latinas and suicide. This 5-part series:

    • Discusses the characteristics of young Latinas in the U.S.
    • Describes the relationship between suicide and Latinas
    • Explains measures of prevention and treatment
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  • In our latest video series, Modern Conversations Around Death and Dying, Martha Atkins, PhD, LPC-S, chief executive officer of Atkinsosity, LLC, and founder of the Children’s Bereavement Center, addresses working with adults and children when someone they love is dying.

    The objectives for this 6-part series include:

    • Gain an understanding of historic vs. current perspectives on death and dying
    • Conceptualize therapists’ worldview in relation to death and dying, and its impact on the therapeutic relationship
    • Better understand the impact of death and the grieving process on spirituality and personal growth

    Clarity Child Guidance Center hosted this presentation on August 15, 2014.

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  • “Bullying” is a topic that receives a great deal of attention in schools and families; however, we often are inconsistent in how we define behaviors that constitute bullying and the most effective ways to prevent and intervene in bullying situations. Join our speaker, Becky Davenport, PhD, LMFT, as she defines bullying and differentiates bullying from other kinds of conflict between individuals.

    During this 6-part video presentation, viewers will also learn to:

    1. Understand the distinctions between bullying and other common forms of conflict within social systems.

    2. Identify traditional intervention strategies used to address bullying and factors related to the effectiveness of such interventions.

    3. Learn the systemic, emotional, and psychological factors to be addressed in an effective bullying intervention plan.

    4. Invited to consider cultural factors, such as evolving technology and our current political climate, as powerful contributors to a school or home environment where the risk for bullying is high.

    Clarity Child Guidance Center hosted this presentation during Claritycon2015 on June 18, 2015.

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  • Shawn Owens, RN, Clarity Child Guidance Center vice president of nursing, provides a brief overview of Basic Strategies for Suicide Prevention. Shawn explains the following:

    • What increases the likelihood of suicide?
    • Warning signs
    • How to take preventive action to help someone in need
    • Getting a person help

    Basic Strategies for Suicide Prevention

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  • Suicide is the third leading cause of death for youths aged 10 to 24. Recently, researchers found that only 26% of teens thinking about suicide received mental health treatment. Parents, teachers and mental health professionals need to learn how to identify the warning signs and prevent youth suicide.

    For our latest On-Demand Video series, Charles W. Mathias, Ph.D., and Arielle H. Sheftall, Ph.D., provide a comprehensive review of the following:

    • Risk factors for suicide
    • Theories of suicidal behavior
    • Non-suicidal self-injury
    • Treatment options for self-harm among youth

    Clarity Child Guidance Center hosted this community presentation on October 14, 2011.

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