What's Trending with 21st Century Adolescents

This asynchronous on-demand training reviews four trends relative to today’s adolescents and explains their impact on behavioral health practice. Learners are presented with research that explains why developmental theories have extended adolescence to 25 years old, including implications for working with individuals who are legally adults yet developmentally still within adolescence. The training then provides insight into today’s adolescents’ diverse social experiences, including navigating living in a hybrid (online and in-person) environment. Unique stressors are explored, with reflection on current mental health trends for adolescents, before considering today’s adolescents’ generational identity and how it may contribute to resilience. To extend this information, learners are provided key implications for behavioral health practice and developmentally appropriate screening tools to support work with 21st century adolescents (Beyens et al., 2018; Bitsko et al., 2022; Bitterman & Hess, 2020; Brown, 2022; Carson et al., 2018).
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Instructional Format
This course is available online as an interactive, reading based asynchronous webinar, including a combination of reading, videos and activities. Participants will complete the course and take an online post-test.

Total CE Credits: 1.5
Total Contact Hours: 1.5

Learning Objectives: Following the training, attendees will be able to:

  • Evaluate the importance of the four major trends in contemporary adolescent development in clinical practice with adolescents.
  • Integrate information about unique qualities of the contemporary generation of youth and adolescents into best practices for the screening and treatment of adolescent patients.

Target Audience: For behavioral health providers who treat military personnel, veterans and their families.

Instructional Content Level: Intermediate

Course Creation Date: 19 June 2023

Contact Information: Questions or concerns? Please contact Julie Williams at Julie.Williams.Ctr@usuhs.edu