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  • 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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  • Brandi Burque, PhD, is a San Antonio Police Department (SAPD) Psychologist. She has worked with local and federal law enforcement and military personnel since 2005. In her current position as a SAPD Psychologist, Dr. Burque provides individual, marital and family therapy for police officers and their families.

    In this 5-part video series, Dr. Burque presents “Addressing School Violence: Case Studies of School Aged Mass Shooters.” In this presentation, Dr. Burque outlines how to:

    • Identify the risk and protective factors associated with school violence.
    • Identify the variables involved in specific case studies that contributed to violent behavior.
    • Discuss how media and technology impact the social variables that contribute to violence in schools.
    Clarity Child Guidance Center hosted this community presentation on January 22, 2016.
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  • Parents sometimes just don't know what to do when their child is angry, aggressive, oppositional or sad. These are the difficult behaviors that challenge people's parenting skills.

    For our latest on-demand video, Thomas Matthews, MD, Clarity CGC outpatient medical director, helps parents and mental health professionals better understand what's behind those difficult behaviors. This 3-part series covers the following:

    • Why bad behavior?
    • The role of parent/child temperament
    • Causes and treatment for common difficult behaviors
    • Tips for behavior management
    • Disaster counseling tips for handling a crisis situation

    This recording is from a community presentation Clarity Child Guidance Center hosted on August 20, 2010.

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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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  • Dana Tiller, MA, LPC, details what parents can do to help their child build a positive self-esteem. Dana explains how to avoid self-esteem stealers and utilize more self-esteem builders.

    Dana Tiller, MA, LPC, is a licensed professional counselor with 10 years experience in the mental health field. Ms. Tiller is a member of the Texas Counseling Association, Association for Play Therapy, and Texas Association for Play Therapy

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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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  • Arnulfo C. Hernández Ojeda, LMSW, PhD, detention counselor at the Bexar County Juvenile Detention Center, helps you better understand the Culture of Poverty in our latest On-demand Video. For this 5-part series, Dr. Ojeda addresses the following: definition of the Culture of Poverty, how these feelings impact a child's worldview, the importance of making goals more reachable by splitting them into smaller steps, the role of attachment models, and how to empower and motivate kids to think differently. This recording is from a community presentation Clarity Child Guidance Center hosted on February 19, 2010.

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  • Dana Tiller, LPC, focuses on difficult behaviors such as temper tantrums, aggression, defiance, and hyperactivity, that can become highly problematic for parents due to their intensity and frequency.

    In this brief video, Dana emphasizes the importance of: determining what a child is struggling with and how it influences their behavior, watching for signs of depression and recognizing the different symptoms between boys and girls, environmental, biological and relationship factors that impact a child's behavior, and improving the parent-child relationship by changing your reactions and improving communication. This recording is from a community presentation Clarity Child Guidance Center hosted on September 18, 2009

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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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  • In this video series, Becky Davenport, PhD, LMFT, owner and director of the Institute for Couple and Family Enhancement, provides an overview of interactive play therapy models designed to address attachment security, including a demonstration of activities and skills for engaging parent-child interaction that fosters meaningful connection.

    The learning objectives for this 4-part video presentation include:

    - Appreciate the theory and goal differences between nondirective and interactive/experiential play therapy.
    - Understand the role of attachment security in child self-regulation.
    - Recognize the purpose of interactive/experiential play therapy in strengthening parent-child attachment.

    Clarity Child Guidance Center hosted this presentation during Claritycon2016 on June 16, 2016.

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  • Learn about commonly prescribed psychotropic medications for children and adolescents and the effects that parents and teachers should be aware of. For our latest on-demand video series, Thomas L. Matthews, MD, Clarity CGC’s Medical Director - Outpatient Services, provides an overview of:

    • Mood stabilizers, anti-psychotics, antidepressants, sleep medications, anti-anxiety, and ADHD medications
    • Uses and common side effects
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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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  • We all have behaviors that we wish we could stop or start. Changing our eating or exercise habits usually ranks at the top of that wish list. So, how do you quit wishing and start doing?

    Learn how to motivate yourself and others to make positive lifestyle choices. For our latest On-demand Video, Shawn Owens, RN, Clarity CGC's VP of Nursing, uses Change Theory to discuss the following:

    • Food and mood
    • Areas of health promotion
    • Stop and Start behaviors
    • Tips for improving your diet
    • Stages of change
    • Interventions for each stag

    This recording is from a community presentation Clarity Child Guidance Center hosted on June 18, 2010.

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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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  • 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, Rufus Lott III, MEd, provides insight to professionals in fields that work with students on how restorative practices help manage student behaviors. His presentation also includes data on the need for restorative practices and how restorative practices include students, rather than exclude them.

    The learning objectives for this 4-part video presentation include:

    1. Defining restorative discipline in schools.

    2. Discussing the need for restorative practices.

    3. Learning how restorative practices help.

    Clarity Child Guidance Center hosted this presentation during Claritycon2016 on June 16, 2016

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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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  • 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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