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  • Healthy Conversations with Your Teen (VIRTUAL)

    Wednesday, March 3rd 6-7:15 pm

    Adolescence is a time of rapid change, when children are becoming more independent, looking outward for acceptance from their peers, and trying to find their place in this world where they can fit in. This is also a time filled with challenges and impulsive behavior.  The actions and reactions you will see and hear from your teen may not be rational at times or you notice your conversations quickly deteriorate into yelling, fighting or blaming.  This creates a negative relationship between you and your teen with feelings of anger, rejection and hurt.  So what can parents do? Tune in next week to learn ways to have healthy conversations and strategies to build your relationship with your teen. 

     Virtual Link:  Google Meet - 

    Presenter:  Garron Griffiths, LCSW (psychotherapist)

    Facilitator:  Rajani Rastogi, LMSW (HHS Social Worker)

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  • See our recorded presentations below. (A big thank you to our speakers- the presentations were so well received we are trying to accommodate additional dates. Stay tuned)! 

    Parenting Styles: How to Develop the Best Approach for Your Family

    Tuesday February 9th 6pm-7:30pm

    Is your child struggling with their mental health? Are you struggling to help them? You are not alone. Strengthening our connection with our children/teens is so important to understanding one another and getting through these trying years as well as supporting their overall well-being and mental health. 

    Michael Klinkner, LCSW and Dr. Elizabeth Fedrick, PhD, LPC present on the four most common types of parenting styles and discuss the impact of each parenting style on your teen’s development.  Michael and Elizabeth discussed how each parenting style affects behavioral and emotional functioning, as well as your relationship with your teen. They provide a detailed understanding of the research-proven, most effective parenting style and why it works so well. They also discussed how to handle when parents have different styles and give ideas on how to get both parents on the same page.  You will walk away with multiple tools and tangible ideas on how to start implementing the best parenting style with your teen and your family.   

    Please view the accompanying PowerPoint.

    Teen Depression and Anxiety

    This virtual education session, presented by Garron Griffitts, LCSW, focuses on what parents need to understand about teen depression and anxiety, and some specific skills and tools they can practice to help their child through these feelings. Garron shares what he calls the “Adolescent Dilemma” and how it contributes to them experiencing depression and anxiety. He also reported what teens identify as their biggest stressors in life and what parents can do to minimize that stress.

    Please view the Accompanying PowerPoint.

     The Emotional World of Teens 

    This virtual education session, presented by Michael Klinkner, LCSW and Dr. Elizabeth Fedrick, LPC discuss the various aspects of the emotional world of teens. They explore the impact of brain development on a teen’s emotional functioning, as well as the influence of hormonal changes during this time. Michael and Elizabeth also discuss tangible ways that parents can effectively support a teen’s social-emotional health and well-being. They provide 6 essential take-aways that parents can start implementing immediately in order to support your teen’s emotional world. 

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