2022 Summer Institute in Adolescent Health

2022 Summer Institute

2022 Adolescent Health Summer Institute
Promoting & Protecting Adolescent Mental Health
July 18 – July 21, 2022
8:30 am – 12:00 pm Central Time
Virtual Platform  

Join us for the 2022 Virtual Adolescent Health Summer Institute!

Sound mental health provides an essential foundation that supports all other aspects of adolescent health and development -- from the formation of friendships and the ability to cope with adversity, to success in school, work, and community life. For many adolescents, disruptions and consequences related to the COVID-19 pandemic -- including school closures, social isolation, family economic hardship, family loss or illness, and reduced access to health care -- have negatively impacted their mental health and well-being. Mental health has long been a major public health challenge, but the pandemic brought mental health issues to the forefront, with more than one third of U.S. high school students experiencing poor mental health during the pandemic.   As we emerge from the pandemic, we have critical opportunities to support adolescents’ mental health, as well as to change aspects of schools, community organizations, healthcare systems and other institutions that shape adolescents’ daily lives, so that all young people can thrive.

During the 2022 Summer Institute, explore patterns and trends in adolescent mental health, utilize developmental, social-ecological, and intersectional lenses to examine young people’s mental well-being, and consider individual-, population- and systems-level approaches to promote youth mental health. Strategize with caring adults – health and social service providers, mental health professionals, counselors, juvenile justice professionals, teachers and school staff – who help young people sustain and reclaim their mental well-being.

Guest Speakers

Kathy Flaminio

Kathy Flaminio

Kathy Flaminio, LGSW, MSW, E-RYT-200, is the founder of MoveMindfully®, a training and consulting company that brings the science of mindfulness, movement, and, social-emotional learning into simple trauma responsive mind-body practices used in educational and therapeutic settings.

Brandon Jones

Brandon Jones
A psychotherapist, professor and behavioral health consultant, Brandon has worked as a school-based mental health counselor with the City of Minneapolis and as a therapist with Kente Circle, LLC and 180 Degrees. He has also taught graduate and undergraduate studies at multiple local colleges and universities.

Chrissy Mignogna

Chrissy Mignogna
Chrissy is MoveMindfully's lead trainer and director of education. She has trained thousands of adults to use MoveMindfully and Yoga Calm curricula in childcare centers, schools, juvenile services and hospitals.Chrissy teaches children/youth in early education and school settings. She provides trauma-responsive mind-body classes.

Tamar Mendelson

Tamar Mendelson
Tamar Mendelson, PhD, MA, addresses the development, evaluation & dissemination of prevention strategies to improve adolescence mental health in underserved urban populations.

Isaiah Pickens

Dr. Isaiah Pickens

Dr. Isaiah Pickens is a licensed clinical psychologist and writer who believes the best version of each of us lies in our pursuit of healthiness, not happiness. Using science and entertainment, Dr. Isaiah helps people build lives full of meaning and promote their healthiest selves. The difference between pursuing health versus happiness is understanding that there is beauty and potential growth in both the triumphs and failures of life. Regardless of the situation, the important question always is “How can I get better?” Dr. Isaiah shares innovative tools to help you become a better and healthier version of yourself.

Maree Hampton

Maree Hampton

Maree Hampton brings expertise in health education, youth development and program evaluation with 25 years experience working in urban and rural communities, as well as in higher education. As a co-founder of LiveMore ScreenLess, Maree serves as Director of Strategy and HealthPromotion. With a Master’s Degree in Education Youth Development Leadership, and a National Certification in Health Education, she brings public health expertise and a deep understanding of the power of collaboration, equity, culture and systems change to the comprehensive work of LiveMore ScreenLess.

KK Myers

KK Myers

KK brings expertise in secondary and adult education with 25 years of experience teaching students in public and private schools, as well as leading professional development workshops for educators across the country. As LiveMore’s Director of Youth Engagement and Education, KK brings a high level of authentic credibility to her work as a veteran educator. With a Master’s Degree in Education and as a College Board Certified National Faculty Consultant, her work is guided in best practices for student and adult learners. KK has a deep commitment to the health and wellbeing of all young people and the critically important role of adults to listen, guide, advocate for, and nurture the lives of young people.

Renee Sieving

Dr. Renee Sieving

Dr. Sieving’s research focuses on the application of a positive youth development paradigm to the design, implementation and evaluation of clinic­ and community based interventions focused on preventing multiple health risk behaviors during adolescence.

Nimi Singh

Nimi Singh

Nimi Singh, MD, MPH, is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Director of the Adolescent Medicine Fellowship in the Division of Adolescent Health and Medicine at the University of Minnesota. 

Daily Objectives

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Day 1

  • Examine recent patterns and trends related to mental illness and mental health among youth
  • Understand a dual continuum of mental health and mental illness
  • Consider developmental, ecological and equity perspectives on adolescent mental health

Day 2

  • Discover best practices for empowering young people to recognize, manage, and learn from difficult emotions
  • Explore tools for adolescents, parents, and other adult family members to support mental health
  • Describe families’ roles in providing safe, stable, and nurturing environments and relationships that young people need to thrive

Day 3

  • Describe the roles of schools in promoting and protecting young people’s mental health
  • Articulate best practices for creating positive, safe, and affirming school climates
  • Learn about trauma-informed and culturally responsive classroom strategies that promote the well-being of students and school staff

Day 4

  • Hear from communities disproportionately impacted by mental health issues
  • Describe best practices for community organizations, in helping adolescents find belonging, connection, and collective support
  • Explore youth-led initiatives to promote mental well-being