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Growing Problem of At-Risk Youth Addressed With Counseling Summer Institute

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The problem of at-risk youth is a growing one, one that requires involvement and action from a wide spectrum of resources.

“Counselors, teachers, parents and others working and interacting with today’s youth, if they are to help, must have a solid understanding of the factors that young people face in making the often difficult transition between adolescence and adulthood,” said Dr. David Capuzzi, affiliate professor in Penn State’s Department of Counselor Education, Counseling Psychology and Rehabilitation Services and co-editor of the newly released fifth edition of Youth at Risk: A Prevention Resource for Counselors, Teachers, and Parents.

The book, considered by experts as a “must-read for every school counselor and mental health counselor,” provides the most current information and techniques for addressing dysfunctional family dynamics, low self-esteem, mood disorders, stress and trauma, eating disorders, suicidal behavior, teen sexuality and substance abuse, among other issues.

Penn State Continuing Education’s new Professional Development in Counseling Summer Institute features Capuzzi, who is also a past-president of the American Counseling Association. The summer series, which starts on May 19, is aimed at counselors, social workers, psychologists and others seeking to earn continuing education units to renew their licenses, as well as foster parents and group home directors. It consists of 21 short-course workshops at six different locations across Pennsylvania and features nationally known speakers, including Penn State faculty. “Couples and Family Counseling,” the last of the spring offerings, will be held May 9, 10, 16 and 17 at Penn State Harrisburg.

Capuzzi points out it’s important that professionals gain the latest prevention and intervention methods so that they can better respond to youth before they are in trouble. “It’s vital that counselors and educators have a better understanding of how youth become at-risk and what can be done to minimize such factors and prevent the problems that otherwise are almost bound to occur,” he said. 

Interested participants can visit the Counseling Summer Institute Web site or call 814-865-9654 for more information.

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