This group of disorders can cause individuals to behave aggressively with explosive anger directed to other people or property. Controlling emotions and following rules or laws are common problems for people with these diagnoses. Approximately 6% of children have one of these disorders. These diagnoses are more common in males than females and often begin in childhood or adolescence. While the exact cause is not well understood, individuals with these disorders have often experienced harsh parenting, physical or sexual abuse, or parents who had addiction issues or problems with law enforcement. The explosive behaviors tend to occur frequently, across different situations and settings, and can cause significant impairment in the individual’s daily functioning, schooling or work, and in their relationships. (Source: CRG)
Oftentimes adolescents who display behavioral problems are written off and labeled as “bad”, “unreachable”, or “lost causes” by society. Caretaker who frequently struggle with youth displaying these issues are usually exasperated by their behavior and are at their wits end on how to help their children.
In this presentation, Crystal Lockett-Thomas will discuss how can Clinicians effectively treat this population, providing them with an opportunity to become productive and prosocial citizens of society.
- Discuss the historical context of how adolescents develop such disorders.
- Assess how these disorders affect the family unit and community at large.
- Explore evidence-based treatment techniques and interventions to practice in the clinical setting.
- Demonstrate effective techniques with clients and their families to help manage and reduce symptomology.
- Identify methods that allow continuity of care with all service providers involved with youth who display such behavioral criteria.
- Recognize community resources and structured programs to support youth and their families.
Crystal Lockett-Thomas, LPC, BC-TMH, NCC
Crystal J. Lockett-Thomas is a Board-Certified Telemental Health Provider, Licensed Professional and Nationally Certified Counselor based in Texas who received her Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from The University of Akron. She has extensive experience in working with at-risk youth, concentrating on assisting them in developing healthy perspectives and building high emotional intelligence. She has worked for the Texas Juvenile Justice Department aiding juvenile offenders, specifically those who committed violent crimes, fostering the process of building empathy and reducing recidivism. Ms. Thomas has training and certification in Motivational Interviewing, Trauma Focused therapies and Moral Reconation Therapy and currently assists adolescents and adults address a variety of mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, grief and loss, trauma, suicidal ideation and non-suicidal self-injury. She has found success in treating ADHD, PTSD, Conduct Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, as well as numerous Affective Disorders. Crystal also has experience with adults dealing with co-morbid disorders and employs a collaborative approach with her clients in order to produce the most effective outcomes. Additionally, as Clinical Director, she is responsible for providing support and training for other therapeutic staff members in her private practice agency in order to enhance the overall client experience. In her spare time, she serves as an Adjunct Faculty member for the Collin College educational system.