COVID-19 Notice

For the safety and well-being of our guests, our staff, and the Waterville community, all Special Programs and related activities at Colby College have been canceled this summer.  We look forward to welcoming you back to campus in 2021.


Dates: July 16 – July 17, 2020

Tuition Costs: $290/Medical Doctors, $220/All Others or $180/day

Housing Costs: $180/Full Program or $62/day

Who Should Attend: MDs NPs, PAs, Psychologists, Social Workers, Teachers & Counselors


Risky Business: Exploring the Opportunities and Challenges of Early Adolescence

The developmental period between late childhood and mid-adolescence is one that can be experienced as both thrilling and trying for parents, caregivers, teachers, providers, and the children. During this time vast changes occur within areas of neurocognitive, social, emotional, and behavioral functioning.

This conference will provide attendees with an understanding of these changes, explore means to assess and intervene as concerns arise, and promote opportunities for healthy development. Topics will include factors that lead to risk for substance use, evidence-based mental health interventions, public health risks, special education transitions, sexuality, and social and recreational programming. The topics are geared towards primary care providers, rehabilitation/habilitation service providers, psychologists, social workers, educators, public policy personnel and care managers.

As a result of attending this conference, participants will identify:

  • changes that occur within the developmental period of early adolescence.
  • risk factors associated with substance use, unhealthy relationships, anxiety/depression, and other mental health concerns, emerging sexuality.
  • opportunities for influencing positive social relationships and accessing community and school-based supports.


The Edmund Ervin Pediatric Center

At MaineGeneral Medical Center the Edmund Ervin Pediatric Center, located at 6 East Chestnut Street, in Augusta, Maine provides a wide array of top-quality evaluation and treatment services for children and families. The center is committed to an interdisciplinary model of care, and services are comprehensive and trauma-informed.


2020 Schedule


Thursday, July 16th

8:15 – 8:30
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Lindsey Tweed, MD and Shawn Kalback, PhD
Edmund Ervin Pediatric Center

8:30 – 10:00
Early Adolescent Mental Health: Pathways to Risk and Resilience
Jessica Schleider, PhD

10:00 – 10:30

10:30 – 12:00
Substance Use Disorders from a Developmental Perspective
Joseph Lee, MD

12:00 – 1:15

1:15 – 2:15
Maine Youth Data: What to Know and How to Use It
Korey Pow, MPH and Sheila Nelson, MPH, MSW

2:15 – 3:15
Quick Hit
(more information coming)

3:15 – 3:30

3:30 – 4:30
Quick Hit
(more information coming)


Friday, July 17th

8:15 – 9:45
Opioids, Marijuana, Vaping: Trends, Treatments, and Intersections
Joseph Lee, MD

9:45 – 10:15

10:15 – 11:45
Little Treatments, Big Effects? Building Brief Interventions to Reduce Youth Psychopathology at Scale
Jessica Schleider, PhD

11:45 – 1:00

1:00 – 2:00
So Many Needs So Little Time-Taking Care of Oneself in Serving the Most Vulnerable
Julia Sleeper-Whiting

2:00 – 3:00
Adolescent Exploration of Gender and Sexuality in a Digital World
Erin L. Belfort, MD, DFAACAP

3:00 – 3:15

3:15 – 4:15
Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll
Dick Watson, LCSW



Keynote Speakers

Joseph Lee MD
Medical Director, Youth Continuum
Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

Dr. Joseph Lee is the Medical Director for the Youth Continuum at the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, the nation’s largest nonprofit substance use treatment provider. He is a nationally recognized expert on youth and young adult substance use and has been an advocate on forums like the New York Times, the Today Show, and CNN. Dr. Lee is board certified in Adult Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and Addiction Medicine. He completed his residency at Duke University and his Fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dr. Lee has a passion for training clinicians in evidence-based practices and is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers.


Jessica L. Schleider, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Stony Brook University

Dr. Jessica Schleider is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Stony Brook University. She also serves as a Faculty Affiliate at the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science and an Academic Consultant to the World Bank’s Education Global Practice. At Stony Brook, Dr. Schleider directs the Lab for Scalable Mental Health, where she and her team develop and evaluate brief, accessible interventions for youth depression and anxiety. Dr. Schleider has published more than three dozen articles and book chapters and has developed online, clinic-based, and school-based interventions for youths and parents. Her forthcoming therapeutic workbook for adolescents, The Growth Mindset Workbook for Teens (New Harbinger Publications), is based on her evidence-supported programs. Dr. Schleider’s research has received funding from the National Institutes of Health, the Klingenstein Third Generation Foundation, and the American Psychological Foundation, among others, and has been recognized via numerous awards, including a 2019 NIH Director’s Early Independence Award and the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies’ 2019 President’s New Researcher Award. Her work has been featured in The Atlantic, Vox, and U.S. News & World Report, and in 2020 she was selected as one of Forbes’ 30 Under 30 in Healthcare. Dr. Schleider completed her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Harvard University in 2018, along with an APA-accredited Doctoral Internship in Clinical and Community Psychology at Yale School of Medicine. She graduated with a BA in Psychology from Swarthmore College in 2012.


Other Faculty (please check back for more information)

Kerry Pow, MPH
Maine Integrated Health Survey Coordinator

Sheila Nelson, MPH, MSW
Program Manager, Adolescent Health and Injury Prevention

Dick Watson, LCSW
Edmund Ervin Pediatric Center

Julia Sleeper-Whiting
Founder/Executive Director: Tree Street Youth

Erin L. Belfort, MD, DFAACAP
Psychiatrist for The Gender Clinic at Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital
Maine Medical Center



Handouts/slides for many of the presentations will be made available before the conference.














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phone: 207-859-4730



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