A Clinician’s Guide to Servicing At-Risk Youth and Their Families



Oftentimes mental health professionals pose the reflective question “How do I best help this client?” This pivotal question can be the difference between feeling as if you are floundering trying to understand the best practices or techniques to invoke change versus creating a clear roadmap towards measurable outcomes. 

Occasionally, this concern can be magnified when working with populations who sometimes display an unwillingness to participate or even a mistrust of mental health services that are put in place to benefit them. What does a Clinician do to effectively reach those populations? How does one decrease that mistrust to bridge the gap between help and hope? These are the considerations that will be discussed when assisting such populations, specifically At-Risk Youth and their families. 


  • Define and identify at-risk youth and the multiple facets that challenge them and their families.
  • Discuss the historical and generational components that exacerbate mistrust towards those in the helping profession.
  • Determine barriers to treatment and how to reduce their impact on this population.
  • Discuss the impact of protective and risk factors related to at-risk youth. 
  • Employ therapeutic techniques and considerations to create a healthy therapeutic alliance and invoke long-term change.
  • Discuss the practical do’s and don’ts to encourage the empowerment of the Clinician and the Client.
Target Audience: Psychologists, Social Workers, Addiction Counselors, LMFT, & Licensed Professional Counselors
Content level: Beginner to intermediate
2 CE hour credits approved by
ASWB # 1706, NAADAC # 139138 & NBCC # 6703
State Board Approval
ADACBGA # 19-12-17-1212
FCB # 5387-A
OCDP Board Sponsor # 50-29024
CE Broker Tracking # 50-29024

Course Features

  • Lectures 2
  • Quizzes 1
  • Duration 2hours
  • Skill level Beginner to intermediate
  • Language English
  • Students 6
  • Certificate Yes
  • Assessments Self
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      A Clinician’s Guide to Servicing At-Risk Youth and Their Families
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      A Clinician’s Guide to Servicing At-Risk Youth and Their Families
  • QUIZ
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      A Clinician’s Guide to Servicing At-Risk Youth and Their Families 15 questions

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.