De-escalation of Youth

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  •  May 22, 2014
     10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Professionals in the human services and mental health fields have developed strategies and skills related to crisis intervention and de-escalation. This presentation will focus on helping you consider approaches in de escalation with youth and juveniles by incorporating information on adolescent brain development and how youth think and make decisions . Assessing and emphasizing strengths and resilience as well as helping the youth understand what is maintaining their problem behavior are building blocks  to de escalation in fast paced, high stress situations. Involvement of family members who are actively present in the situations and settings of the youth’s life will be discussed. Bring your questions and participation as we will use scenarios to enhance learning and discussion.


Kathy J. Harowski, PhD, is a doctoral level clinical psychologist who has worked as a clinical and administrative supervisor and manager in a number of public sector agencies serving underserved, multicultural, multi-stressed individuals and families. In these positions, she worked with others to allocate clinical resources in order to provide treatment and mental health training in high stress, unpredictable environments. Currently she is Program Chair for a Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology program at Argosy University twin cities.

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