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View -  Crisis Planning and Children's Challenging Behaviors video

2016 (54 min)

Crisis Planning and Children’s Challenging Behaviors: Making a Plan That Works

This archived webinar is for educators, mental health providers, community support staff and other professionals who would like more information on crisis planning. It covers some key features of proactive crisis plans, what we should know about challenging behaviors before developing a crisis plan, and questions to ask when considering a child’s escalating challenging behaviors. This webinar covers principles of wellness, recovery, and self-advocacy when working with children and youth who have behavioral health needs and require proactive crisis planning.

View -  Tips for Talking to Youth Who Are Under Stress Video

2015 (13 min)

Tips for Talking to Youth Who Are Under Stress

This presentation is for first responders, police, youth workers and others who work with youth with disabilities to help prevent the escalation of challenging behaviors.

Tips for Talking to Youth Who Are Under Stress

View -  Positive Behavior Interventions and Support video

2013 (7 min)

Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports:
Supporting your child's positive behavior at home and in the community

Parents are their child’s first teacher and are crucial in helping them be successful in school, at home and in the community.  This video explains how Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) can be used to teach and encourage appropriate behaviors at home and in the community. PBIS is a research-based system of positive discipline based on prevention and the belief that appropriate behaviors can be taught.

Encourage Your Child’s Positive Behavior and School Success: Creating a Home Plan with School-wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports

Sample PBIS Home Plan

View - Knowledge Network for Systems of Care TV Video

2015, (1 hr)

Knowledge Network for Systems of Care TV (KSOC-TV)

SAMHSA (Substance Abuse Mental Health Service Agency) has been taping a series of multi-media webisodes on children’s mental health with  KSOC-TV, a web-based technical assistance program that features behavioral health experts discussing cutting edge issues in children's mental health.  Season 3 of KSOC-TV will kick off on January 9 from the 2016 NBC-4 Health & Fitness Expo in Washington, DC. This special webisode will explore how parents and caregivers can actively engage in their child’s behavioral health care, as well as identify available resources that can help the entire family thrive. Members of the audience will be invited to ask questions of the panel. Others can also join the conversation via Twitter using #KSOCTV!

More information about this program and other webisodes

Power of Adolescent Brain series

2017, (33 minutes)

The Power of the Adolescent Brain: 6 video segments (TAG Talks)

These videos, sponsored by the federal Office of Adolescent Health, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), review adolescent brain development and how it affects learning, health, and behavior and include tips for parents.

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Video Series: Preparing For Adulthood: Taking Charge of My Own Health Care

PACER’s Youth Advisory Board on mental health discusses topics related to transitioning from pediatric health care to adult heath care. This 4-part series includes tips for teens and young adults on: coordinating your own health care, how medical providers and teachers can help you taking charge of your own health care, preparing for your own medical appointments, and understanding the benefits of guardianship.

2016 (4 min)

Video 1: Who Helps You Coordinate Your Health Care?

Teens discuss who helps them coordinate their own health care and the strategies they use to organize themselves. The role of a “care coordinator” is defined.

View - Practical Tips: Working Effectively with Culturally Diverse Families of Children Needing Mental Health Support

2016 (6 min)

Video 2: What Can Medical Providers and Teachers Do To Help You Take Charge of Your Own Health Care?

Teens respond to questions about their preferred method of communication for health care information. They express a preference for easily understood explanations, information formatted in pamphlets or written on flash cards, and health care providers who communicate directly to them. A general concern most often expressed is when to transfer to an adult health care provider.

2016 (4 min)

Video 3: How Do You Prepare For A Medical Appointment?

Teens describe how they prepare for a doctor’s appointment. Strategies that work for them include: making a list of concerns and questions for the doctor, having your insurance card with you, checking in, scheduling an appointment and arranging for transportation to the appointment.

2016 (3 min)

Video 4: What Does Guardianship Mean To You?

Discussion about what guardianship means. For these young adults, guardians are seen as coaches, leaders, decision makers, record keepers and as the gateway to health care.

This video series was made possible in part through a subcontract from the Minnesota Department of Health under Grant Number D70MC27547 from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an operating division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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