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Adolescent Mental Health Certificate Program 

Earn 13 contact hours  |  1.3 CEUs  |  graduate credit option

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October 9-10, 2014

Nov. 13-14, 2014

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Earn graduate credit for only $199 more.

Thursday & Friday  |  8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


KENOSHA  |  October 9-10, 2014

UW-Parkside Student Center  |  900 Wood Road, Kenosha, WI 53411  |  262-595-2307

GREEN BAY  |  November 13-14, 2014
The Meadows Green Bay  |  850 Kepler Drive, Green Bay, WI 54311  |  920-465-6700


Who should attend?

Educators, human service professionals, licensed professional counselors, social workers, therapists, administrators, clergy, health care professionals, law enforcement.

Earn a certificate in Adolescent Mental Health and gain practical skills and knowledge you need to work with young people in any setting.

Earn a graduate credit  for an additional $199!

Adolescence is a time of incredible change. Those working and living with adolescents are sometimes left wondering how best to help them or to meet their evolving needs. At any given time up to 20% of children and adolescents meet diagnostic criteria for a psychological condition with problems in adolescence. This accounts for the majority of mental health referrals in primary care. Countless studies have pointed to a need to improve adolescent mental health programming, however, mental health providers report a lack of knowledge of adolescent mental health and skills in treatment of adolescent mental health problems. 

Validate your knowledge and skills in adolescent mental health by earning this certificate. In addition to practical strategies and approaches you can use every day, you will:

  • Have a broad understanding of adolescent mental health issues including behavior problems, anxiety, and depression.
  • Be able to conceptualize adolescent mental health problems from a developmental, preventative perspective.
  • Develop and implement intervention approaches that are evidence-based, stress practicality and client acceptability, and involve the adolescent’s family and school.

This 2-day certificate program will be spent focusing on four topic areas:


An Introduction to Adolescent Mental Health: Identifying and Conceptualizing Adolescent Problems

Part 1 of the series will cover topics involving adolescent mental/behavioral health including an introduction to the field of adolescent mental health, assessment of common adolescent mental health problems, ways to think about causes of adolescent mental health problems, and interpretations of adolescent behavior. You will gain knowledge about adolescent mental health practices that stress a scientific yet user-friendly methodology.


Practical Solutions to Adolescent Behavior Problems: Helping Parents Manage Teenager Behavior

Part 2 of the series will focus on preventative practices within adolescent mental health and evidence-based yet practical solutions to adolescent behavior problems including noncompliance, aggression, and delinquency. An emphasis will be placed on providing you with strategies for parents to use with their teenagers. Topics will include effective communication with adolescents, social skill building, discipline, and restoring nurturance and tenderness in the parent-adolescent relationship.


The Nuts and Bolts of Adolescent Anxiety: Practical Approaches and Therapeutic Interventions

Part 3 of the series will focus on adolescent anxiety including generalized anxiety, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. You will explore a model to conceptualize adolescent anxiety that considers developmental aspects of adolescence and psychopathological perspectives of anxiety. Practical therapeutic approaches to treating adolescent anxiety that emphasize the development of self-regulation skills and anxiety management strategies will also be provided.


Teenagers in Despair: Helping Adolescents Manage Depression and Other Mood Problems

Part 4 of the series will cover topics involving prevention and treatment strategies for adolescent depression and other mood problems including problematic moodiness and suicidal ideation and behavior. An emphasis will be placed on understanding adolescent mood problems from a developmental framework and how practitioners can respond when treating adolescent depression. Drawing upon multiple theoretical perspectives, you will discover a treatment model that capitalizes on the adolescent’s strengths and enhances the adolescent’s skills.


Michael I. Axelrod, Ph.D., is currently the director of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire’s Human Development Center and an associate professor in the Department of Psychology. His research and clinical interests involve finding solutions to common but potentially harmful child and adolescent problems. He has written numerous professional papers and presented nationally on topics involving child, pediatric, and school psychology. Drawing on over 15 years experience providing clinical services to children, adolescents, and families, Dr. Axelrod uses his knowledge and expertise, along with a little humor, to teach practitioners ways to be more effective in everyday practice.

Comments from Past Attendees

"Presentation was interesting. Gave a lot of practical techniques, presented in a very friendly manner, case examples were helpful."

"Good practical advice that I can take right back into my practice."

"The basic information helped me better understand the behaviors that I am seeing as typical."

"Provided an unbiased presentation of how to help people cope with adolescents who have mental health issues."


Fee includes materials, refreshments and lunch.

Early Bird $319 (includes both days) – register early and save $40.
To receive the discount, register by the date shown below. 
Early Bird Deadline
register through 9/8/14
Green Bay register through 10/12/14

Standard Fee $359 (includes both days) – applies after Early Bird has ended.

Graduate Credit Option

Pay only $199 more
If you are interested in earning 1 graduate credit from University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire for this program, you will be asked to complete registration paperwork and pay the additional $199 fee the day of the program.

Earn 13 Contact Hours / CEUs

  • Professionals following the MPSW Code will receive 13 continuing education hours for the series.
  • This program has been approved by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC).

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This program is offered in partnership with UW-Green Bay Continuing Professional Education at the following locations:  Weston, Grafton and Green Bay.


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The Kenosha program is offered in partnership with UW-Parkside Center for Community Partnerships.

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