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NDSU Extension to host mental, behavioral health workshop

Child, teen and adult mental and behavioral health issues will be the focus of a workshop NDSU Extension and Prairie St. John's, a psychiatric hospital in Fargo, are teaming up to present.

The workshop, scheduled for March 28, from 9 a.m. to noon, will be offered through North Dakota's Interactive Video Network that has 19 sites across the state.

One session will be on the root function of behavior and strategies for working with difficult behavior. During the youth-focused session, the presenter will describe common childhood mental health diagnoses, such as depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder. Participants also will learn about practical interventions for behavior issues, such as building relationships, consistency and logical consequences.

The second session is titled "Drawing the Line From Trauma to Addiction." In the adult-focused session, the presenter will describe the association between an adverse childhood experience, called ACE, score and its effects on health, behavior and life potential. Participants also will learn how to identify the relationship between illicit drug use and the 10 ACE categories, and how to apply ACE scores to substance misuse/abuse prevention.

The presenters are a child and adolescent therapist and licensed addiction counselor at Prairie St. John's.

For more information about the workshop, contact Kim Bushaw, NDSU Extension family science specialist, at 701-231-7450 or

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