About the Series

This six-part webinar series, Girls Matter, provides research, best practice and critical thinking on the topics that professionals working with girls and young women must know. Each session addresses a key area of what matters to adolescent girls today—including challenges, opportunities, and strategies for supporting girls.

SAMHSA has created this webinar series to:
  • Increase the behavioral health workforce’s understanding of the needs and concerns of adolescent girls (primarily ages 12-18)
  • Bring visibility and attention to the specific behavioral health concerns of adolescent girls
Join the conversation about girls’ behavioral health! Use hashtag #girlsmatter2014 on Facebook and Twitter. Follow @SAMHSAgov and like SAMHSA on Facebook for additional info as each webinar approaches.

Webinar Topics and More Information

What does it mean to be an adolescent girl today? This session provides an overview of girls’ development and growth during the teen years and the opportunities and risks girls face.
  • Trina Menden Anglin, M.D., Ph.D., Chief of the Adolescent Health Branch at the Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Department of Health and Human Services
  • Scyatta Wallace, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology at St. John’s University and expert in gender-specific and culturally tailored interventions for youth
  • Elizabeth Miller, M.D., Ph.D., Chief of Adolescent Medicine at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, Associate Professor of Pediatrics at University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and international expert in reducing gender-based violence and improving adolescent girl and young adult women's health
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A girl’s smile can often hide self-loathing, identity struggles, anxiety, depression, and pressure to succeed bubbling under the surface. This webinar explores the pressures facing adolescent girls and a continuum of behavioral health problems, coping strategies and resources for girls.
  • Stephen Hinshaw, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology at University of California Berkeley and author of The Triple Bind: Saving our Teenage Girls from Today’s Pressures
  • Wendy Lader, Ph.D., M.Ed., President and Clinical Director of the S.A.F.E. ALTERNATIVES Program, international expert on deliberate self-harm behavior, and co-author of Bodily Harm: the Breakthrough Healing Program for Self-Injurers
  • Anne Thompson, M.A., MFT, Founding Member of Young People in Recovery
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Girls’ substance abuse has been increasing and the consequences are dangerous to their health and well-being. This webinar will discuss current trends in adolescent girl substance use followed by a discussion of effective strategies for intervening, treatment and support for girls.
  • Sharon Amatetti, M.P.H., Senior Public Health Analyst for the SAMHSA Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) and the SAMHSA Women’s Issues Coordinator
  • Candice Norcott, Ph.D., Licensed Clinical Psychologist
  • Andrew Finch, Ph.D., Associate Professor of the Practice of Human and Organizational Development at Vanderbilt University and Co-Founder of the Association of Recovery Schools
  • Cindy Rowe, Ph.D., Research Associate Professor at University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
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TUESDAY, MAY 20, 2014
Girls communicate in both positive and destructive ways through social media. This session will explore the digital world of girls and provide strategies for using technology to reach, engage with, and support girls’ in achieving recovery and developing resiliency.
  • Rachel Simmons, Author of The New York Times bestsellers Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls and The Curse of the Good Girl: Raising Authentic Girls with Courage and Confidence and co-founder of the Girls Leadership Institute
  • Danielle Tarino, Public Health Advisor for SAMHSA, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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TUESDAY, JUNE 10, 2014
This session is aimed to bring a message of hope and urgency for establishing effective behavioral health programs, interventions and policies which support young women in crisis including those who face juvenile justice system involvement, homelessness, and violence.
  • Stephanie Covington, Ph.D., LCSW, Co-Director of both the Institute for Relational Development and the Center for Gender and Justice
  • Jeannette Pai-Esponosa, Ed.D., President of The National Crittenton Foundation
  • Kimberly Sokoloff Selvaggi, President of TaylorLane Consulting, co-author of Trauma Informed Effective Reinforcement System (TIER) for Girls, La Mariposa: A personal empowerment program for girls, and SPEAK Up! Youth-Led Advocacy Curriculum for Girls
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This webinar will explore the principles of youth development, and what girls say they need for ongoing recovery. Participants will leave feeling inspired and motivated with new ideas and resources for empowering and supporting girls’ in their recovery.
  • Karen Pittman, President and CEO, Forum for Youth Investment, expert on youth development
  • Lacy Kendrick Burk, Executive Director of Youth MOVE National and Youth Committee member of the International Foster Care Organization
  • Sarah Nerad, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of PTR Associates and founding member of Young People in Recovery
  • Cortney Lovell, New York State Addictions Counselor and Co-Founder of The Way Out
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Continung Education Hours (CEHs)

Earn 1.5 CEHs while updating your knowledge on adolescent girls. NAADAC and NBCC CEHs are available through the ATTC Network Coordinating Office. These CEHs are also recognized by many other licensing boards; contact your licensing board for more information. There is no charge for CEHs during the live webinars; simply complete a post-test at the end.