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Expert Sources in Children’s Mental and Behavioral Health

Looking for an expert in children's mental and behavioral health or nonprofit management as a source for a local, regional or national story?

Youth Villages staff can serve as authorities on the topics below.

Please contact our Communications Department’s PR staff for more information or to set up an interview.Children’s Mental and Behavioral Health Issues:

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Aggression Alcohol and drug use in children and teens
  • Anger and aggressive behavior management
  • Anxiety
  • Anorexia
  • Autism
  • Asperger’s syndrome
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Bulimia nervosa
  • Conduct disorder
  • Depression
  • Psychosis
  • Oppositional defiant disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Suicidal behavior
  • Issues facing children who have been physically, emotionally or sexually abused
  • Problem sexual behavior in boys and girls
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder in children and youth
  • Runaways
  • Self-harming behaviors
  • Gender-specific treatment
  • Research and evidence-based treatments
  • Children with intellectual disabilities and emotional and behavioral problems
  • Trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Intensive residential treatment for children with severe problems
  • Helping children in psychiatric crisis
  • Independent living skills
  • Promoting positive peer groups and after-school activities
  • Psychotrophic Medication use in children and youth
  • Job training
  • Achieving positive outcomes

Specific Treatment Methods:

  • Multisystemic Therapy
  • Re-Ed (Re-education of Emotional Disturbed Children)
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Re-Ed (Re-education of Emotional Disturbed Children)

Child Welfare Issues:

  • Intensive in-home services as an alternative to foster care or residential treatment
  • Treatment foster care
  • Transitional living services for young people aging out of foster care
  • Continuum approach to residential treatment
  • Reducing the number of children in state custody and foster care in states
  • Reform of state child welfare, children’s mental health and juvenile justice systems
  • Reducing the time children spend in foster care or out-of-home placements
  • Family preservation and reunification
  • Performance-based contracting
  • States under federal child welfare lawsuits
  • Special-needs adoptions
  • Group homes and community based services
  • Effective state child systems
  • Overview of child welfare in the United States
  • Termination of parental rights in adoption process
  • Special issues facing teens in child welfare systems
  • Effective residential treatments

Education Topics:

  • ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)
  • Problem school behaviors
  • Positive behavior management
  • Vocational training in schools
  • The Individual Education Program (IEP) process
  • Advocating for special-needs children in schools
  • Education issues involving emotionally disturbed children
  • Learning disabilities
  • Art therapy
  • Recreation therapy
  • Teacher/family/student communication
  • Behavior contracts in schools

Nonprofit Management Issues

  • White House Office of Social Innovation programs
  • Results-oriented nonprofit organizations
  • Research in nonprofit organizations
  • Performance improvement in nonprofit organizations
  • Mergers
  • Quality control
  • Growing a nonprofit organization
  • Fundraising
  • Financial management
  • Developing leaders in nonprofit organizations
  • Leading nonprofits in an economic recession
  • Communicating a nonprofit message


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