The Not So Fab Four – Addressing Common Mental Health Issues in Youth

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The Not So Fab Four – Addressing Common Mental Health Issues in Youth


Presenter: Lisa Van Gemert, Gifted Guru
Core Area: Social & Emotional Needs
Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
Hours: 1

Four conditions account for the majority of mental health issues experienced by young people. Explore how the issues of ADHD, mood disorders, depression, and conduct disorder impact schools, what these issues look like in gifted youth, and how to recognize and handle them.

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In this 1-hour course, Lisa Van Gemert breaks down the four most common mental health issues that impact students. An advocate for gifted students, Ms. Van Gemert describes strategies for educators to support and equip gifted students who are struggling to cope in the classroom and out of it.

This course will enable you to:

  • Understand the complexity of adolescent mental health diagnoses 
  • Appreciate the interplay between therapy, medication and behavioral techniques 
  • Gain specific strategies for supporting students with ADHD, mood disorders, depression, and conduct disorder 
Lisa Van Gemert shares best practices in education with audiences around the world using a combination of neuropsychology, pedagogy, experience, humor, technology and sheer fun. She is an expert consult to television shows including Lifetime’s “Child Genius,” and a writer of award-winning lesson plans, as well as numerous published articles on social psychology and pedagogy and the book, Perfectionism: A Practical Guide to Managing Never Good Enough. A former teacher, school administrator, and Youth & Education Ambassador for Mensa, she shares resources for educators and parents on her website and is co-founder with Ian Byrd of the Gifted Guild, a professional community for educators of the gifted. Lisa and her husband Steve are the parents of three sons and live in Arlington, Texas.

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