In 2013, Clarity Child Guidance Center launched our annual children’s mental health summit called Claritycon. The 1-and-a-half day event equipped educators, therapists, physicians, social workers, childcare workers, and community members with important children’s mental health information.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Claritycon was reimagined in 2020 to keep attendees safe while continuing the mission of providing continuing education to professionals who work with kids.
Instead of a single, in-person conference, Claritycon Reimagined partnered with KLRN, a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) member television station, to film and stream sessions with speakers, a socially distant live studio audience, and virtual attendees. Over the course of 4 separate days, participants gain up to 16 CEUs.
The next Claritycon Reimagined event is on Friday, February 5! Below you can find more information about the upcoming speakers and their presentations. Tickets are still available here.
“What Made Maddy Run” with Kate Fagan, Sports News Anchor and Author
Fagan is the author of the instant New York Times bestseller, WHAT MADE MADDY RUN, which spent a month as the No. 1 New York Times bestseller on the sports list. WHAT MADE MADDY RUN was long-listed for the PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing. Fagan is also the author of the coming-of-age memoir, The Reappearing Act, about her experience coming out while playing basketball at the University of Colorado.
Kate Fagan spent seven years as a columnist and feature writer for ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine and as on-air talent for ESPN. Fagan hosted Outside the Lines and E:60 and was a core member of OTL’s staple Friday afternoon show, The Friday Four, alongside Bob Ley and Jeremy Schaap. She also made 150 appearances on ESPN’s Around the Horn, and served as the show’s first female host in 2017.
While at ESPN, Fagan was a founding member of the first all-female national sports radio show, The Trifecta. She also co-hosted, on ESPN radio, the national radio show Will & Kate with Will Cain, and was a co-host for three years on the popular FiveThirtyEight podcast, Hot Takedown. Fagan’s writing has won numerous awards, including being selected for The Best American Sports Writing. Before joining ESPN, Fagan spent three seasons covering the Philadelphia 76ers for the Philadelphia Inquirer. She also played professional basketball in Ireland and in the NWBL, for the Colorado Chill. She and her wife, Kathryn Budig, live in Charleston, South Carolina with their two dogs.
The presentation on WHAT MADE MADDY RUN will tell the story of how Fagan reported the details of Madison Holleran’s life and suicide with the aim at drawing universal lessons to help explain why young people today are suffering from higher levels of anxiety, depression and suicidal thought than ever previously seen. She will share insights about cultural issues at play, technological issues, and mental health issues that are contributing to these rising rates.
Fagan’s aim for this presentation is to share insights into young people today that will help professionals:
- see the water in which young people in 2021 are swimming and how it differs from anything previously seen
- think differently about the kids among us who seem to be excelling, who seem “well-adjusted and fine” and
- glean even more insights into how social media could be shifting the minds and perspectives of our young people.
In addition to speaking at Claritycon Reimagined, Fagan will address school coaches in a free, exclusive virtual interview on February 5, 2021 from 8:00 to 8:45 am.
“Dialectical Behavior Therapy” with Daniel Crump, MA, LCSW, CADC, DBT
Daniel Crump is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in the state of Nevada and Massachusetts. He completed both his undergraduate and graduate work at the University of Nevada, Reno. While in graduate school, Crump implemented a harm reduction underage drinking program and an early intervention program.
In 2006, Crump started his professional career in addiction. In 2010 he began working at Willow Springs Center where he helped to develop one of the first residential dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) programs for adolescents. Crump was DBT intensely trained by Dr. Alan Fruezzetti, who later became his mentor. Crump spent 7 years working with Dr. Fruezzetti to help build and maintain a fully adherent DBT youth program.
In 2014, Crump took a leave of absence to travel to New Zealand to restructure and manage New Zealand’s only DBT residential program. He has been acting as a DBT consultant for this DBT program ever since. In 2015, Crump became a Family Connections facilitator, training family members on how to manage when someone they love is affected by BPD. In 2016, Crump returned to New Zealand with Dr. Fruezzetti to co-lead a DBT national intensive training.
Crump is now at Mclean Hospital in Boston Massachusetts working as a DBT therapist for teens and families. He has provided training on DBT all over the United States and New Zealand.
- Understand the role of emotions with trauma
- How avoidance and escape behaviors keep trauma alive
- Skills to use with patients to reduce avoidance and escape behaviors
“The Effects of COVID-19 on Mental Health of Young People: Long Term Outcome Considerations in Vulnerable Populations (Including LGBTQ+)” with Melissa Deuter, MD
Dr. Melissa Deuter is a board certified psychiatrist in San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Deuter is the Medical Director for Sigma Mental Health Urgent Care located in the Stone Oak area of San Antonio. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Arkansas and attended medical school at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. She completed psychiatry residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio and served as the Chief Resident in 2004.
Dr. Deuter currently holds an appointment as Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at UTSCSA and has been the course director for the resident training seminars on Eating Disorders. In previous years, she directed the course on Sexuality and Sexual Development. She is a former president of the Bexar County Psychiatric Society, a current member of the Texas Society of Psychiatric Physicians Ethics Council, and a current member of the South Texas Psychiatric Physicians Research Network’s Executive Committee.
Dr. Deuter has been recognized as a San Antonio’s “Top Doctor” and a “Best of” Doctor, a Texas Super Doctor’s “Rising Star,” and has received the American Registry “Patient’s Choice Award.” Dr. Deuter specializes in the care of teens, young adults and their families and has a special interest in the unique mental health needs of emerging adults. Dr. Deuter is the author of STUCK in the Sick Role: How Illness Becomes An Identity available on Amazon.
Dr. Deuter will review the data for the unique effects of the global COVID-19 pandemic on vulnerable populations including:
- youth in key stages of development,
- LGBTQ+ youth, people living in poverty,
- minority groups, homeless populations, and
- people with pre-existing mental health diagnoses.
- Review the types of vulnerable groups and discuss reasons for their vulnerabilities.
- Discuss unique challenges faced by youth in key stages of development, LGBTQ+ youth, people living in poverty, minority groups, homeless populations, and people with pre-existing mental health diagnoses.
- Identify strategies to communities and professionals to aid these vulnerable groups in the recovery from the effects of the pandemic.