Adolescent Mental Health

audio summit hosted by the Joyful Courage podcast


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Self-paced audio summit

$49 USD

Parenting teenagers is hard work!


The Adolescent Mental Health Summit brings top experts to one place for supporting parents with the nuances of their teen’s mental health.


The topics covered in this mini summit are hard to talk about. Parents with teens that are going through mental health challenges often feel very alone and ashamed. My goal is to shine a light on these topics in a way that allows parents to feel more capable and informed – and to allow all parents to recognize there is no shame here, simply children that are doing the best they can with the tools they have.

Summit details

I have zeroed in on five areas of focus that members of the community identified as critical conversations:

  1. Supporting our teens with ADHD
  2. Navigating Eating Disorders with Family Based Treatment
  3. Understanding Self Harm
  4. Going Deeper into Anxiety, Depression and Teens
  5. The Power of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

Meet the guests

Dr. Ann-Louise Lockhart

Knowing how to be with our teens through the individuation process while also taking steps to help them build skills that present as lacking due to their ADHD diagnosis is challenging! This conversation with Dr. Lockhart will leave parents better at navigating what is “typical” teen behavior, what is ADHD getting in the way of, and tools and strategies that will support cooperation, contribution and a solid relationship.

As the Founder, President, and Owner of A New Day Pediatric Psychology, PLLC, Dr. Ann Louise Lockhart is passionate about serving the city of San Antonio and the state of Texas. She started her practice in January 2016 after practicing in the state for 10 years.

Originally from St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Dr. Lockhart considers herself a “dual-citizen” of Texas and the Caribbean. She loves movies, fashion, and food. In her words: “I am passionate about what I do. I care about people and want the best for them in their lives. I have an easy-going, but direct therapeutic style. I believe people do best when they feel heard and have supportive people in their lives.” Dr. Lockhart specializes in treating ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, and medical diagnoses.

JD Ouellete

Eating disorders are NO JOKE, and often misrepresented and misunderstood by main stream culture. They are devastating for families, and recovery takes years. This interview will shed some light on how to know if your teen is suffering from an eating disorder, how to get them help, and how to BE THE FORCE that brings your child back to health.

JD Ouellete is an Expert by Experience on eating disorders and a professional educator with deep experience and training as a volunteer peer coach/mentor and peer educator. In 2012 JD’s youngest daughter was 17 and a senior in high school when she developed anorexia, a strongly genetic, neurobiological illness. It was their great geographic fortune to live in San Diego and immediately access cutting edge treatment at the University of California San Diego and her daughter is thriving today.

The lessons learned in walking through the devastation of an eating disorders diagnosis, and the success they had with evidence-based treatment, drove JD to become active in peer support and advocacy. Her early life lessons combined with the education she’s pursued and embraced through their treatment program, reading research, befriending other experts in the parent and clinical communities, and attending conferences (and becoming an Expert by Experience presenter at them), have empowered JD to empower others to navigate the recovery journey for their own loved ones with evidence-based information and personal connections that hold the power to improve outcomes and save time, money, energy and quality of life.

Dr. Allison Kress

While cutting and self-harm is not new phenomenon, it is one that sends parents into a terrifying spiral of fear and hopelessness. We want to know why kids self-harm, and how to help them. During this interview, listeners will lean how to be with teens that are hurting themsleves in a way that allows them to feel seen and heard – and support them towards a path to recovery.

Dr. Kress is trained in many therapeutic methods such as psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, dialectical behavioral (DBT), humanistic, and existential therapy. She continually studies and speaks on current research topics, keeping her work refreshed and effective. By blending a variety of techniques, she tailors her approach to the individual client, which allows her the flexibility to help each client work through issues in an active, comprehensive and results-oriented way.

Therapy with Allison is collaborative, in an atmosphere of trust, and at a pace that is comfortable for the client.

As one of the leading national experts – and one of the few therapists in California and Washington – specializing in cutting and other types of self-injury, Dr. Kress has successfully helped many adolescents and adults overcome and end self-injury. She trained with world renowned experts in the field, Dr. Wendy Lader, Ph.D. and Karen Conterio from the inpatient program S.A.F.E. Alternatives, and she blend their treatment philosophies and treatment interventions with her own approach.

Jaree Cottman

There is a lot of conversation talking about the rise in anxiety and depression in today’s teens. This conversation will help listeners see the pieces in their teens world that is feeding stress and anxiety, but will also go deeper into the experience of teens who have been diagnosed with anxiety and depression. As parents, we want to fix it, my guest Jaree will support us in being with our anxious and depressed teens, getting them the help they need.

Jaree Cottman is a clinical social worker and therapist in Baltimore, Maryland. Jaree is passionate about supporting people across the lifespan in addressing the mental and emotional strain stemming from life transitions. From issues of identity and self-esteem building among teens, to relationships, career and belongingness in young adulthood and to the multifaceted transitions of parenthood. She someone who gets it!

Jaree uses a holistic, person centered approach to treatment, integrating traditional psychotherapy with complementary practices for improved physical, mental and emotional well-being. Clients may experience yoga, dance, meditation, breath work, expressive art and aromatherapy as a part of their therapeutic experience to help you achieve a more balanced life.

Mark Lazich

While there are many options for support when it comes to mental health, none have come up more in the last few months as I have been navigating my own parenting teens challenge more than DBT. Dialectic Behavioral Therapy seems to be the antidote to so much of what is getting in the way of our teenagers mental wellness. This interview will highlight what DBT is, tools and strategies that you can put into practice right away, and where to find a program in your local community.

Mark Lazich is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. He has training in cognitive behavioral therapy, which is influenced by his existential-humanistic and multicultural orientations.

He has further post-graduate training in the areas of child and family therapy, chronic mental illness, developmental disabilities, EMDR, DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy), motivational interviewing, and men’s issues. Mark maintains a clinical practice serving primarily adults, adolescents, and their families. Mark has been licensed in Washington State since 2003.

Mark views the psychotherapy process as a collaborative effort between the client and himself. He believes that self-acceptance and responsibility are essential to a healthy existence. Particularly in today’s post-modern world, creating a balance between self, family, community, and spirituality is a constant challenge. Mark brings a strong experiential orientation to his clinical practice. When clinically appropriate, he utilizes the unique intrapersonal insights available to clients through activity in the natural world. His goal, as a psychotherapist is to assist the client with any immediate concerns and enable personal self-growth as a result.

What you can expect

– Authentic discussion –
You will find yourself drawn in by the real, candid interview style of the host, Casey. She too is a parent of teens and brings her transparency to each and every interview. She values lightness and authenticity in the parenting conversation – resulting in feeling like you’re having a conversation with good friends, while taking in information that will up your confidence while raising your teens.


– Personal growth –
This summit is an opportunity to put yourself, and your learning, first, and to get information that will support you in making a meaningful impact on your family. The topics we are covering come straight from what I see the Joyful Courage community asking for support with. This is an emotional journey, and we all want to get it right.


– Community –
All registered participants will be encouraged to join the Joyful Courage for Parents of Teens FB Group (again, optional) for discussions about each day’ interview. This is a supportive group of like-minded parents on the journey, ready to stand for you with support and celebration.

How the spotlight summits work

After you register you will get instant access to all the summit interviews and a welcome email from me, encouraging you to join the Joyful Courage community. Joining the Facebook group is optional, however it is a super fabulous, like-minded group of parents of teens over there waiting for you to chime in. The conversations have already started!


The summits include audio only interviews so that you can take them wherever you go.



The content is yours to consume as you see fit. You can listen to the interviews and read the transcripts on a timeline that works for you – coming back to your favorites again and again.

Virtual Classroom

All of the content from the summits will be stored in your personal account on Teachable. Participants will create their own username and password, and will find the interviews and transcripts made available in their virtual classroom.

All of the audios and transcripts will be downloadable and yours to keep. Download the Teachable iPhone app to make it super easy.

Lifetime Access

The good news is, no matter how you are able to listen in to these interviews, they are yours to keep forever. You get to choose when you listen to them, and how you want to integrate what you learn. After taking in these interviews, you will have the tools and skills to be the parent you want to be, with strong relationships, as well as boundaries and guidelines that fit your family.

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self-paced audio summit, lifetime access

Adolescent Mental Health Summit

One-time payment

$49 USD