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Child Mental Health Forum - Jonathan Zaff, PhD

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:15am

Accentuate the Positive: Recognizing & Promoting the Potential of All Children & Youth

Jonathan Zaff, PhD
Research Professor in Applied Human Development
Director, CERES Institute for Children and Family 
Boston University Wheelock College of Education & Human Development

All young people have the potential to thrive in school and throughout their lives. However, young people growing up in risk-immersed settings are faced with multiple barriers to realizing that potential. Much research has focused on the role that individual programs and relationships can play in propelling young people forward. In this presentation, Professor Zaff will present theory and research in arguing that young people are too often seen through deficit-colored glasses; especially young people from historically disenfranchised communities. Instead, taking a positive youth development perspective - that recognizes the inherent potential of all young people - changes the way we understand who young people are and what supports they need to thrive. Dr. Zaff will present a framework for relationships (a 'web of support') that nurtures, encourages, and otherwise supports young people on their educational, vocational, civic, and mental health pathways.

Target Audience: Physicians (psychiatrists, pediatricians, child neurologists), psychologists, social workers, other mental health clinicians and researchers, and students and trainees.

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to

  1. Define "positive youth development".
  2. Design systems of care that align with the needs and strengths of children and youth.

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Continuing Education (CE/CEU) Information

Physicians: The Harvard Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.  The Harvard Medical School designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.  

Psychologists: The Children's Hospital Boston Psychology Division is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  The Children's Hospital Boston Psychology Division maintains responsibility for this program and its content.  

Social Workers: The National Association of Social Workers has approved this series for continuing education credits for social workers.