Complementary and Integrative Health Approaches such as yoga, biofeedback, meditation, and mindfulness techniques are becoming more widely used by individuals in the United States, including children and adolescents. Some of these interventions are even being incorporated into school delivered programs to promote overall well-being and prevent mental health conditions. However, the current state of the evidence has not caught up with the public interest and utilization of these practices. This talk will provide the audience with a summary of what is known about the use of complementary health approaches by youth in the United States and a series of highlights of the current level of evidence for these approaches. Emphasis will be placed on where there is a need for additional research to justify the use of these interventions clinically, and how providers can weigh the risks of unknown potential benefit with the reported minimal risk of harm from the interventions.
Research Advances in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders From Around the World
Despite what appears to be a surprisingly high prevalence, and their status as a global public health problem, fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) are under-recognized and often missed or...
Innovations for Promoting Positive Mental Health in School Settings: Integrating and Advancing the Evidence Base
There is limited understanding of school-based models for the prevention of mental and behavioral health problems and strategies for promoting positive youth development.
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) Among Washington State’s Children: Implications for Mental Health Intervention
The lack of taking an adverse childhood experiences (ACE) history limits early anticipation or assessment of stress-related health issues, delaying or preventing interventions that foster health and...
Helping Parents of Adolescents: Stringing Pearls from Developmental Science, Family Systems Theory and Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Clinicians treating adolescents for mental health problems may specialize in individual models of evidence based therapies but fail to include the family as part of the treatment plan. Since most...
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