New Webinar Series, Girls Matter!, Addresses Adolescent Girls’ Behavioral Health

It's no secret that adolescence is a time of transition with unique challenges and pressures for both girls and boys. The Girls Matter! webinar series aims to turn the attention to how these challenges and pressures affect adolescent girls. One in four adolescent girls experiences a behavioral health problem, but research shows a gap in services, support, and important behavioral health care for adolescent girls—the very tools that help girls successfully transition into adulthood.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is launching Girls Matter! in an effort to bridge the gap between services, support and health care for adolescent girls with behavioral problems by providing professionals with information about the critical needs of girls today. The six-part series features professionals from multiple fields and specialties who share a passion for helping teen girls thrive. Continuing Education Hours NAADAC and NBCC CEHs are available through the ATTC Network Coordinating Office.

Registration is now open for the first two webinars in the series:
Growing Up Girl: Adolescent Development and the Unique Issues Facing Girls
February 25, 2014 3:00 – 4:30 ET
Moderated by HRSA Adolescent Health Branch Chief, Trina Menden Anglin, M.D., Ph.D., and featuring experts Scyatta Wallace, Ph.D., and Elizabeth Miller, M.D., Ph.D.
The Girl in the Mirror: Behavioral Health Challenges of Adolescent Girls
March 13, 2014 3:00 – 4:30 ET
Featuring Stephen Hinshaw, Ph.D., author of The Triple Bind: Saving our Teenage Girls from Today’s Pressures with special guests from the Self Injury Foundation and Young People in Recovery

juvenile-justice-system_David-BackesDavid Backes writes the Friday news roundup for Reclaiming Futures and contributes articles about juvenile justice reform and adolescent substance abuse treatment to He has a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Santa Clara University. David works as an account executive for Prichard Communications.

Updated: February 03 2014