Adolescent Issues and Strategies 2.0




This course is designed to help the mental health professional better understand and work with adolescents who are experiencing depression, bullying, suicidal ideation, and other teen issues. Adolescent Issues and Strategies 2.0 will explore the latest issues and trends among adolescents and give evidenced-based practices for working with this population.

Learning Objectives

Participants will…

  1. Identify the major concerns with mental health in the age group of adolescents.
  2. Evaluate the use of movies, video-games, and other entertainment on the neurobiology and behavior of adolescents.
  3. List practical steps that a mental health professional can teach to parents, teachers, and youth workers/mentors to help with mental health issues in adolescents.

Course Lessons and Descriptions

ADIS 101: Counseling Depressed, Anxious, Suicidal and Self-Injurious Adolescents
Joshua Straub, Ph.D.

This presentation provides statistics, recent research and empirical studies, and treatment recommendations for depressed, anxious, suicidal and self-injurious adolescents. Depression is not just a phase in adolescents, but a serious issue that can sometimes result in suicide. The comorbidity of depression and anxiety is discussed, as well as other factors, such as sexual risk taking behavior and parental involvement, which have an impact on this issue.

Runtime: 52 minutes 44 seconds

ADIS 102: Playing with Violence: Video Games, Bullying and Aggressive Behavior in Adolescents Part 1
Tina Brookes, Ed.D.

This presentation will explore the violence marketed as “entertainment” through gaming, movies, and television to today’s children and youth. Recent trends in bullying, aggressive behaviors and gun violence will be presented, as well as neurobiological findings on the impact of violent visual imagery.

Runtime: 40 minutes 28 seconds

ADIS 103: Playing with Violence: Video Games, Bullying and Aggressive Behavior in Adolescents Part 2
Tina Brookes, Ed.D.

Dr. Brookes will outline practical steps for mental health professionals to teach educators, parents and youth workers in order to promote real-life relationships, quality family time, community service, physical wellness practices (including sports, exercise, and nutrition), and spiritual values within a Christian client(including respect, honor, kindness and love).

Runtime: 42 minutes 24 seconds

Continuing Education

2.25 CE Credits available for LPC, LMFT, LSW.

2.25 CE Credits available for IBCC Credential Holders.

The American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC) offers some psychologists, therapists, counselors, social workers and play therapists Continuing Education (CE) credit due for good standing with certain states and a limited number of professional organizations. It remains the responsibility of each participant to be aware of state licensure and CE requirements. Participants should check their state and/or local regulations regarding required continuing education hours. For more information Light University Continuing Education programs, please visit: