Clinical Case Conference 1 (open)
Reworking Parental Death as a College Student: Helping Youth "In Transition" Deal with Loss

The loss of a parent can complicate an adolescentís college transition. Informed clinicians and college mental health services can play preventative, therapeutic, and mentorship roles for students entering college who have experienced the loss of a parent. The cases presented are from the perspective of child and adolescent psychiatrists working on college campuses or in private practice. Discussed are cases of parental loss prior to college, including circumstances surrounding the death, age, developmental state, and attachment security when the death occurred; as well as onset of symptoms, difficulty transitioning, and efforts at treatment. Presenters look at the challenges faced by college students with parental loss; the impact of parental loss on college transition, the impact of developmental phase and attachment security on mourning, implications for treatment of and working through parental loss in college, and the role college mental health services play in supporting students working through loss.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013: 1:00 PM-4:00 PM
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Sponsored by the AACAP Transitioning Youth and College Student Mental Health Committee and the AACAP Psychotherapy Committee

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