Speaker Series

Speaker Series

Hosted by Grace Counseling, the series features experts on a range of important topics to help us be more informed and compassionate.  Learning professional and theological perspectives on tough issues helps us create a safe, non-judgmental space for people going through difficulties. Become a better listener and voice of compassion.

Depression, Anxiety, & Suicide: Understanding Teen Angst 

Date: May 19, 2019

Time: 1:00 – 2:30P

Where: The Warehouse

Speakers: Jennifer VanBlarcom and Amy L. Miller

This workshop is for  teens, parents and leaders to engage in a candid conversation about mental illness and its impact on teens. Get help and gain insight in order to  intervene on behalf of a friend, relative or member of your community.

Topics include:
• Mental health vs mental illness
• Common mental disorders in teens
• The teen brain
• Teen behaviors – what’s normal?
• Anxiety, Depression and Suicide
• Warning signs
• What to do as a teen, parent, support system
• Church Resources

Speaker Bios

Jennifer VanBlarcom, Director of Training, Maryland Coalition of Families for Children’s Mental Health, began her career in healthcare as an RN working in hospitals in the DC area. Eventually, she got into sales then leadership training and consulting. In her role as Director of Training, Jennifer works with many experts, providers, policymakers, advocates, and community activists, to empower and expand the voice of the family for the best outcomes for children in the state of Maryland. Jennifer has personally navigated many of the systems of care for children with behavioral issues in Howard County including the educational system, the juvenile justice system and the community hospital.

Amy L. Miller, LCSW-C, Mobile Crisis Team Lead Clinician is a clinical social worker who has been practicing in the mental health field for approximately 17 years. She also provides suicide prevention education in the community and has spoken about MCTs collaboration with the Howard County Public School System at the both the 50th and 51st Annual American Association of Suicidology Conference.

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