The Balanced Mind Parent Network webinars connect you with leading experts in the field of mental health and related topics. These programs include audio/visual presentations and a 'Q&A' period.

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Building Family Bonds: Learn to talk to Your Children about Your Mental Health Condition

At Child and Family Connections, we are parents who live with a mental health challenge. Despite our best intentions, our mental health effects our family and our children. Due to feelings of guilt, shame, or inadequacy we are afraid to or don’t know what to say, so we rarely, if ever, talk about it. When we remain silent, our children may be fearful, resentful, and self-blaming. Talking about parental mental health with our children strengthens family relationships and builds trust and resiliency. In this webinar, Building Family Bonds, we will teach you how. We will touch upon ways a parent can communicate with a child who has a mental health condition as well.

Diagnosing Mood Disorders in Youth

NIMH senior investigator Ellen Leibenluft, MD, is Chief of the Section on Bipolar Spectrum Disorders in the Emotion and Development Branch, Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program. Dr. Leibenluft presents research on bipolar disorder and severe mood dysregulation (SMD) in children and adolescents.

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Anxiety and Depression in Children and Adolescents: Clinical and Neuroscience Research

Daniel Pine, MD, a senior investigator with the National Institute of Mental Health, discusses anxiety and depression in children and adolescents.

Two books recommended by Dr. Pine during the webinar are: Families: Applications of Social Learning to Family Life, by Gerald R. Patterson; Helping your Anxious Child: A Step by Step Guide for Parents, by Ronald Rapee, et al.

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Erika's Lighthouse Part 1: What Parents Need to Know

Peggy Kubert, LCSW - Executive Director, Erika's Lighthouse introduces us to the Parent Handbook on Child and Adolescent Depression and discusses some of the key sections of this valuable online parent resource.

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Erika's Lighthouse Part 2:Real Teenagers Talking about Adolescent Depression: A video-based Study Guide

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The Pivot to Preemptive Interventions in Psychiatry

John March, MD presents the latest research and developments in preemptive treatment approaches for child and adolescent mood disorders.

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