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Advancing Health Talks – Identity in young adults’ mental health: Understanding and intervening
September 20 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pmFree
The Centre for Advancing Health Outcomes is presenting a hybrid Work in Progress seminar with Dr. David Kealy an Associate Professor at the Department of Psychiatry in the Faculty of Medicine at UBC. He conducts research on psychotherapy, personality- and identity-related mental health difficulties, including a focus on young adults and individuals with adverse childhood experiences.
This Work in Progress Seminar will provide an overview of efforts aimed at understanding and addressing identity-related mental health difficulties, particularly among young adults. The presentation will highlight basic research regarding identity in mental health, outline a conceptual framework for identity-focused intervention, and report on research in progress concerning brief psychotherapy for young adults with identity distress. Given the highly individual nature of identity, it is argued that intervention be guided by an individualized formulation of the young adult’s goals, obstructions, and traumas — along with an understanding of the kind of insights (new learning) and corrective experiences the client could benefit from.