Speaker Bio & Presentations
Dr. Sara Polley
Dr. Sara Polley is the National Medical Director of the Youth Continuum for Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation in Plymouth, Minnesota and serves as a thought leader on topics related to youth mental illness and substance use. In addition to her administrative role, she is active clinically working with young people and families struggling with substance use and mental illness. Dr. Polley is board-certified in adult psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry, and addiction medicine. She completed her child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at Boston Children's Hospital, the primary pediatric teaching hospital for Harvard Medical School, and was chief fellow during her final year there—working with the Pediatric Addiction team on research-based interventions that integrate medical, psychological, spiritual, and social treatments for both individuals and families. Prior to that experience, Dr. Polley completed her adult psychiatry training in a joint program between Sheppard Pratt Hospital and the University of Maryland with a focus on the use of motivational interviewing and psychodynamic principles in the treatment of psychiatric illness. She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Medical School and earned her bachelors of science degree in child psychology from the University of Minnesota's Institute of Child Development.
Presentations & Workshops
Supporting Youth Resilience: Exploring the 2021 U.S. Surgeon General’s Advisory on Youth Mental Health
In December 2021, the U.S. Surgeon General issued an Advisory on youth mental health. In this presentation, experts from the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation will outline the factors noted in the Advisory as contributors to youth wellness both before and during the pandemic. Presenters will then explore the Advisory’s topline recommendations. By sharing how specific recommendations can apply within a continuum of care to include health promotion, risk and illness prevention, early intervention, and treatment of youth mental illness and substance use disorders, presenters will help attendees gain clarity and passion for their personal role in fostering youth resilience.
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