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616 | A Multimodal and Multi-disciplinary Approach in the Mental Health Treatment of Youth

Psychiatry, Behavioral Medicine, and Collaborative Care, Saturday 9/16 8:45 – 10:00 AM, Workshop Tracks


E. John Kuhnley, M.D.; Richard Justin Silvey Ed.D.



Approved For CE

Psychologists, Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Pastors, Pastoral Counselors, Lay Counselors, Coaches

Approved For CME/CEU

Medical Doctors, Osteopathic Doctors, Physicians Assistants, Midwives, Nurses and Nurse Practitioners




Psychologists, licensed mental health professionals, medical professionals, and ministry leaders serve crucial roles in the mental health of willing children, adolescents, and their families. From the perspective of the “World of the Child,” this session explores a multimodal, multi-disciplinary approach to how counseling, medication, school, family dynamics, and spirituality intersect in the conceptualization and treatment planning for the mental health needs and functioning of Christian youths. For example, clients often leave the medical professional’s office without understanding the prescribed medications. However, mental health professionals who understand medication and its management may enhance the treatment by assisting the client in understanding their medication and communicating with their prescriber. Similarly, issues at home and school require understanding to guide communicative and collaborative intervention. Scenarios from presenters and participants will illustrate collaborative processes in action. This session will add to the participants’ toolkits of interventions and resources to address the needs of their clients.

Learning Objectives

1. Identify the roles of counseling, medication, school, family dynamics, and spirituality in a holistic approach to understanding and improving the mental health of willing Christian children and adolescents
2. Discuss the communication and collaboration necessary in developing effective treatment plans for youths and their families through the use of scenarios
3. Apply a toolkit of strategies to guide youths and their families toward improving mental health and optimal functioning
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