Panel Discussion – Mental Health awareness in light of the Pandemic – Ways to address anxiety and depression for you and your family – webinar – 5/26/2021
The pandemic has wreaked havoc on the mental health of our nation. Symptoms of anxiety disorder and depressive disorder in the United States increased dramatically between April – June 2020. This increase in anxiety and depression can be felt by everyone. This increase in anxiety and depression can have a rippling effect on everyone.
Researchers found parents of teens said their child has shown signs of a new or worsening mental health condition since the start of the pandemic. (University of Michigan, news release, March 15, 2021) As a result, the number of people looking for help with anxiety and depression has skyrocketed. Young people are especially struggling most with their mental health. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, youth ages 11-17 have been more likely than any other age group to score for moderate to severe symptoms of anxiety and depression. (https://www.mhanational.org/issues/state-mental-health-america)
As a result of this increased mental health crisis, we have also seen considerable rises in substance use and the need for treatment. The reason for this is not all that surprising; after all, Americans have few coping and resilience-building strategies available to them during a pandemic. As a nation, we had never been more alone.
Now, with stay-at-home orders being lifted and more Americans returning to school or work, the need to discuss the impact COVID-19 has had on mental health has never been more important.
Join Recovery Centers of America, leaders in expert addiction treatment, for a panel discussion to explore our overall mental health and red flags to look for. Hear from experts on ways to manage your own experiences as well as talk to your children about theirs and the risks associated with increased substance use. Together, we can begin healing as a nation.
Trish Caldwell, MFT, LPC, CCDP-D, CAADC, CCTP
Vice President of Family Services
Trish Caldwell, MFT, LPC, CCDP-D, CAADC, CCTP is a licensed clinician, marriage, and family therapist and is certified in both co-occurring disorders and substance use.
Trish has been a therapist for over 25 years and has worked extensively with families, adults, and adolescents with co-occurring behavioral health and substance use disorders in various settings including outpatient, residential, schools, and community agencies. She is trained in DBT and is a Certified Trauma Professional and a Certified Mentor Trainer of Trauma. Additionally, Trish created the first Young Offenders Treatment Program in Delaware County, serving first time offenders with Drug charges.
Trish has been the Keynote speaker for the PAYS Summit, the Suicide Prevention Conference, and Magellan behavioral health conference. Additionally, she has provided in-service training for several PA school districts and has trained law enforcement officers on drug trends for the CIT program. She has also presented at the Annual Trauma conference, the Cape Cod Symposium, and the annual conference for the American Association for Marriage and family Therapists (AAMFT). Trish specializes in ADHD, opioid use in young adults, trauma-informed care, developmental trauma, trauma and substance use disorders, trauma and the family system, family engagement, and substance use for today’s teens. Trish holds her MFT from Drexel University and is licensed and certified in the state of PA.
During her career, Trish has held a variety of clinical and leadership roles. She is currently the Vice President of Family Services of Recovery Centers of America, which has sites in NJ, PA, MA, and MD, and provides services to adults seeking treatment for substance use disorders. Additionally, she is a member of the NOPE task force and Partners for Success Coalition, and she holds a private practice specializing in adolescents and young adults who have been diagnosed with ADHD or Trauma.
Dr. Kerry King
Vice President of Clinical Services
Dr. Kerry King is a Clinical Psychologist with two decades of experience in working with individuals, families and organizations. As a private consultant she has provided subject matter expertise and behavioral health consultation to schools, global and domestic civil service entities, as well as a variety of stakeholders within the education and behavioral health industries. Her consulting work has spanned the Eastern United States and many islands of the Caribbean.
Dr. King specializes in the treatment of persons with co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders, adolescent development and change management in the implementation of clinical best practices. During her career, Dr. King has held a variety of clinical and leadership roles and has directed residential and ambulatory behavioral health agencies in the Eastern United States. She is a well-regarded workshop presenter on topics related to clinical care, adolescent development and trauma-informed treatment. Dr. King is specially trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy.
She holds Doctor of Clinical Psychology and Master of Business Administration degrees from Widener University. Dr. King also completed undergraduate studies in Specific Learning Disability Education, Elementary Education and Psychology, at Mount Vernon Nazarene University.
Dr. Caroline McWilliams
Dr. McWilliams is a graduate of Temple University School of Medicine. She trained in Internal Medicine at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia. Dr. McWilliams is Board certified in Internal Medicine and Addiction Medicine, and has been practicing since 2007. She has served as an attending physician for the Department of Public Health at a community health center in Philadelphia and the Medical Director at Inglis House, a nursing home in Philadelphia, PA. Her interest includes addiction medicine and treating patients with co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders. She acted as the lead Physician at Malvern institute, a drug and alcohol rehab facility in Malvern, PA. She has served as the Medical Director at Recovery Center of America in Devon, PA a comprehensive drug and alcohol addiction treatment facility, since August 2017.