Dr. Sweetland's new book.
Today's kids don't know how to read a map. They can Google the answer to any question at lightning speed. If a teen forgets his homework, a quick call to mom or dad has it hand-delivered in minutes. Fueled by the rapid pace of technology, the Instant Gratification Generation not only expects immediate solutions to problemsthey're more dependent than ever on adults. Today's kids are being denied opportunities to make mistakes, and more importantly, to learn from them. They are being taught not to think.
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Darlene B. Sweetland, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist and Consultant
Dr. Sweetland is a licensed clinical psychologist with 20 years of experience specializing in work with children, adolescents and young adults. She has served as Head Psychologist at a private school for students with learning disorders, Clinical Director for an agency for individuals with developmental disorders, and currently maintains a successful private practice in Del Mar, California. She is established as a sought after specialist in the areas of child and family therapy. Engaging parents, teachers, coaches, and tutors in her work with children and adolescents is a very important part of her practice. She understands that children and teens are in many different roles throughout their day, including student, son or daughter, sister or brother, friend, teammate, etc. While the reason a parent seeks therapy might be a specific issue, there are many facets to the lives of children and teens. Therefore, considering the how the view and interact in each of those facets is important.
In addition to her therapy practice, Dr. Sweetland is a specialist in comprehensive assessments for students with learning disorders and ADHD. The focus of the assessment is not only to identify a cognitive challenge, but to establish an overall learning profile, including social and emotional functioning. When completing these assessments she works closely with teachers, school administrators, psychiatrists, and social workers. Therefore, in addition to speaking to many parents each week, this offers her the unique opportunity to frequently visit schools and consult with experts in education about the challenges of this generation of students.
Throughout her career, Dr. Sweetland has loved her work with individuals with developmental disorders, including autism and intellectual disabilities. She is the co-author of Intellectual Disabilities and Psychiatric Disorders: A Guide to Assessment, Treatment, and Training (2011), which has been the primary training guide in psychiatric hospitals and mental health agencies for professionals working with individuals who are dually diagnosed with an intellectual disability and co-occurring mental health disorder. She is a highly sought speaker by agencies and organizations around the country. She has presented to more than 5,000 people around the country. Because of her expertise in intellectual disabilities and mental health disorders, she provides training to hospitals, community mental health agencies, probation departments, and programs for drug and alcohol addiction. She also very much enjoys presenting to direct care providers who are new to the field and just learning to understand the complications of working with an individual who is dually diagnosed. In addition, she is a primary speaker for the Solutions Building Community Collaborative Certificate of Excellence, a series of training videos advocated nationally in the field of dual diagnosis.