Active Community Engagement with Transition Aged Youth

Think back to this time for yourself. What was it like for you? Social pressures to fit in while also trying to find out who you are. Being named an adult, but having limited idea how to do “adulting.” Being excited for the ‘here and now’ and having a difficult time holding on to ‘future-oriented’ goals. This time can be exciting, with lots of exploration and potentially lots of rockiness in relationships, work, school, and general day-to-day life. In order to work with TAY and truly connect with them, we must come to our practice with a developmentally appropriate lens, with interventions and engagement strategies which will call them in rather than shut them down or out. This discussion will cover various aspects of connecting with TAY, with a specific focus on working with complex trauma and dissociation in community mental health.

This session was originally presented as a live webinar in April 2020.

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Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this webinar participants will be able to:

  • Introduce strategies for engaging Transition Aged Youth in Community Mental Health settings
  • Clarify developmental and systemic considerations when working with Transition Aged Youth in Community Mental Health settings
  • Identify options for resource and strength building with Transition Aged Youth in Community Mental Health Settings
Course summary
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  • 1.00 ISSTD Certificate Program
    This program is eligible for 1.00 credits in the ISSTD Certificate Program.
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Presenter: Regina Cantrell-Kinzfogl, LCSW
Presenter Biography: Regina Cantrell-Kinzfogl, LCSW has been doing trauma work in some capacity for the last ten years. Currently, she is the Clinical Supervisor for a community-based Assertive Community Treatment team in Oakland, CA, USA serving the TAY population (18-24) in northern Alameda County. She has worked specifically with TAY for the last 5 years. Previous to that, Regina facilitated groups and provided individual counseling at a drop-in center with women and children experiencing complex trauma and housing insecurity, was a trauma therapist at a rape trauma center and residential camp for adolescent girls, and inpatient therapist for those diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder and adolescent girls at a state psychiatric hospital. Regina is particularly interested in the complexities of
generational trauma and systemic impact on the trauma experience, and incorporates this interest and lens into her clinical work with young adults. Regina also has a special interest and passion in supporting new and upcoming professionals in the field, and intentionally supervises Masters-level students in her treatment program.

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  • 1.00 ISSTD Certificate Program
    This program is eligible for 1.00 credits in the ISSTD Certificate Program.


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