Behind the Mask, Depression in Adolescent Males

Presented and developed by David Flack, MA, LMHC, CDP

Studies indicate that adolescent males and females are equally impacted by depression. However, teen girls are twice as likely to be diagnosed with a mood disorder, resulting in lots of adolescent males simply falling through the cracks. This is primarily because adolescent males frequently don’t exhibit standard diagnostic criteria for depression. Instead, after a lifetime being told boys don’t cry, they’re angry, self-destructive, oppositional, or simply numb. They hide behind these masks, hoping nobody will notice they’re really sad, lonely, vulnerable boys.

In this workshop, we’ll develop the knowledge and skills to look behind those masks – including the roots of this covert depression, the impact of the Guy Code, and the Stuckness that results when biological predispositions and environmental stressors collide. Since the Stuckness often includes death, meaninglessness, and isolation, we’ll consider practical strategies for exploring these existential themes with depressed adolescent males.
The masks worn by depressed adolescent males are ultimately attempts at avoidance—of feelings, connections, and life. With that in mind, we’ll identify practical strategies building therapeutic alliance by improving trustworthiness, nurturing connectedness, and developing therapeutic presence. Throughout the day, we’ll also consider ideas from attachment-based therapy and stages-of-change theory. These field-tested strategies will help youth get unstuck, start moving forward, and leave their masks behind.

Continuing Education (CE) Information

6 CEs

David Flack, MA, LMHC, CDP

David Flack is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and Chemical Dependency Professional (CDP), with additional credentials as a Child Mental Health Specialist and Sexual Minority Mental Health Specialist. He is certified by the American Counseling Association to provide trainings related to the organization’s current Code of Ethics.

 For twenty years, David has worked with individuals and families impacted by substance use, trauma, and mental health challenges – as a therapist, drug/alcohol counselor, and case manager. Currently in private practice, David works with teens and young adults addressing issues related to complex trauma and co-occurring disorders. Prior to entering private practice, he spent 15 years in community mental health agencies, primarily as an adolescent co-occurring disorders therapist.

In addition to his clinical work, David is an experienced trainer and workshop facilitator. He has regularly provided professional development and continuing education programs both regionally and nationally. He has also presented for non-profit agencies, county sponsored events, and over 100 times at international, national, and regional conferences -- including the American Counseling Association and Association of Experiential Education.

Upcoming Dates and Registration

Date: Friday, October 19th, 2018
Time: 9:00am - 4:30pm

Cost: $155.00 USD

Campus: Nile Event Center, Nile Golf Course, Mount Lake Terrace, WA
Map:       Directions to our campus location.
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