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February 9, 2018 Educational Conference:
"We Gotta Get Out of This Place!"

February 9, 2018 Educational Program

We Gotta Get Out of This Place

This continuing education program is sponsored at no charge by Yellowbrick Foundation and The Menninger Clinic. The event is hosted by Yellowbrick Foundation. Registration is required.

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Michael Losoff, PhD

Michael Losoff, PhD
Director of Adolescent Services

Trauma and the Family During Adolescence

This talk will focus on how the particular vulnerabilities to psychic injury inherent in the developmental phase of adolescence can be influenced by trauma and how the family plays a mediating role in this influence. Entailing “the second individuation,” adolescence brings a radical shift in internal organization that is often understood as traumatic in itself, for both the adolescent and the family. This shift in internal organization both ushers in and is influenced by important changes in the brain that have to do not only with executive functioning and therefore the ability to formulate an identity, but also deeper neurological mechanisms that modulate emotional and relational experience. Thus, during adolescence, there emerges a vital nexus of psychosocial and neurological processes. When this nexus is impacted by external trauma, the family’s role as the mediating platform for individuation becomes even more significant. To illustrate this mediating influence, two different clinical cases will be presented. In one, the family’s structure, dynamic and openness to intervention ultimately fostered a reasonable path forward in individuation. The other family was less solid and less available for intervention and therefore impeded a healthy individuation process.

Learning Objectives
The participant will be able to:

  1. Trace the psychosocial processes inherent in the adolescent individuation process.
  2. Understand the neurological changes that occur during adolescence
  3. Synthesize the psychosocial and neurological processes and their influence on and by the family system
  4. Discern the role the family plays in mediating the impact of trauma on the adolescent individuation process

Michael Losoff, PhD is a graduate of Loyola University of Chicago, subsequently earning a Masters in Human Development from the Pennsylvania State University and a PhD in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. He completed a two-year NIMH Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Research and Clinical Work in Adolescence, jointly sponsored by Northwestern University Medical School and The University of Chicago. Dr. Losoff brings a deep understanding of development during adolescence and young adulthood and to utilizing this understanding within the kinds of rich clinical settings that are relevant and resonant to Yellowbrick’s intensive community immersion model of treatment. These settings have included the Sonia Shankman Orthogenic School at the University of Chicago and Little City Foundation. He has an appreciation of and expertise with in-depth, analytically informed psychotherapy and was the Founding Director and Coordinator of Clinical Services of the Center for Depth Psychotherapy at the C.G. Jung Center of Chicago. Additional leadership roles have included Program Director of the Child and Family Consultation Center at Community Counseling Centers of Chicago (C4). Dr. Losoff has served as President-elect (2012-2013) and President (2013-2014) of the Chicago Association for Psychoanalytic Psychology.

Dr. Losoff is the father of an emerging adult daughter and son.

Jonathan Stevens, MD, MPH

Jonathan Stevens, MD, MPH
Chief of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Chief of Outpatient Services
The Menninger Clinic


Assessing the New Research in Treating Trauma Disorders in Youth

Exposure and suffering from trauma – especially when it occurs at a young age or when chronic – can be associated with significant deterioration of mental and physical health across the lifespan. Fortunately, research into effective treatments for children and adolescents with trauma-related disorders continues to expand. The improving quality and scope of research published over the past five years is the focus of this discussion. Today, the number of published books and articles describing specific treatment methods for youth with trauma is so large that it is difficult for clinicians to attain an overview without feeling overwhelmed. Which approaches are evidence-based or at least evidence-informed treatment methods and which are not? How do the treatment approaches work? Are they useful for all ages and all types of trauma-related disorders? What is the role of medication therapy for youth with trauma? This presentation provides an up-to-date review of the principles of trauma treatment in youth as well as in-depth information about specific empirically-supported treatment approaches and special treatment settings.

Learning Objectives
The participant will:

  1. Review the current evidence-based and promising evidence-informed treatment approaches for trauma-related disorders in children and adolescents.
  2. Understand the challenges of screening for and treating trauma-related disorders based on treatment setting (e.g., in school, a clinic office, or inpatient unit).
  3. Appreciate the current shortcomings and limitations of evidence-based treatment of youth with trauma – especially youth with comorbidities (e.g., substance use disorders).

Jonathan Stevens, MD, MPH is the Chief of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Outpatient Services at the Menninger Clinic and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine. Board certified in both adult and child and adolescent psychiatry, Dr. Stevens completed his residency in adult and child and adolescent psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital and McLean Hospital in Boston. As the founder of Menninger’s existing outpatient services division, he has directed the development of unique services for individuals seeking personalized mental health care. His clinical interests include improving the outcomes of psychiatric care and managing potential side effects of psychiatric medications.

Schedule - Friday, February 9, 2018
8:00 am
Registration & continental breakfast
Yellowbrick, third floor atrium
8:45 am Introduction - David Daskovsky, PhD, Director of Training, Yellowbrick
9:00 am Michael Losoff, PhD
10:00 am Break
10:30 am Jonathan Stevens, MD, MPH
11:00 pm Panel Discussion & Audience Q & A
12:15 pm Adjourn

Parking rates range: $6 - $8

Attached parking garage at Sherman and Grove

City parking garage is 1 block north, 1 block west at Benson and Davis

On-street parking is limited

CEU Credits are available for a service fee of $25.

4 CEU Credits are available with completion of evaluation.

Psychologist - 4.0 hours

Yellowbrick Foundation is a registered Psychologist Continuing Education Sponsor by the State of Illinois, License, #268.000019.

Registered Social Workers - 4.0 hours

Yellowbrick Foundation is a registered Social Work Continuing Education Sponsor by the State of Illinois, License, #159.001043.

Marriage and Family Therapists - 4.0 hours

Yellowbrick Foundation is a registered Marriage and Family Therapy Continuing Education Sponsor by the State of Illinois. License# 168.000180.

Counselors– 4.0 hours

Yellowbrick Foundation is a registered Professional and Clinical Counselor Continuing Education Sponsor by the State of Illinois, License #197.00160.

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Certificates of attendance will be available to all participants.
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