The Anxious Child
In this session, participants will discuss anxiety and anxiousness, to include warning signs, symptoms, typical co-morbid behaviors/disorder, and recommendations for home and school.
Amber Ong, PhD, LPC, NCSP
Jennifer Zabel, PsyD, NCSP
The Neurobiology of Stress & Anxiety
Learn about the neurobiology of stress and anxiety and how they impact a student's ability to tolerate, comply and participate in the classroom. Come away with practical strategies to support behavioral and emotional regulation in and out of the classroom.
Three to Succeed! Fostering Resilience in Our Youth
In this session participants will learn about the Fairfax County Youth Survey and how having just three assets is associated with students being able to successfully manage stress, make better choices, and develop healthy habits. Assets, also known as protective factors, come from a variety of sources including home, school, and the community. Learn how we all can play a role in fostering resilience in our youth.
Bethany Koszelak, M.A., C.A.S.
Proactive Approaches for Healthy Technology Use
In this session, we'll explore the intersection between executive functions, social-emotional learning, and technology use. We'll discuss the various ways technology use can impact health and well-being. Participants will learn strategies for selecting high-quality media (apps, games, websites, movies), and leave with research-based strategies and resources to support healthy and balanced technology use.
Nutrition for Positive Mental Health
Research links imbalances in the digestive system with mood, anxiety, and concentration issues. Learn about the connection between food, your stomach, brain and emotions, and the types of foods that trigger uncomfortable emotions and those that are helpful in calming your nervous system. Leave with practical strategies for small, manageable changes in your family's nutrition to have a positive impact on mental health.
Raising Children With Healthy Self Esteem in a High Pressure Culture
These days, children are expected to be good at so many different things at once. Often that type of pressure makes kids feel "not good enough," especially when they look around and compare themselves to others. In this workshop, you'll learn exactly what to DO and SAY so that children believe in themselves -- and thrive -- even in a culture where high-pressure standards seem unattainable.
Rachel Bailey, M.A., CPDPE
How to Communicate Effectively with Your Child
Healthy communication is the cornerstone of healthy relationships. This is especially true of relationships between parents and children. Children and adolescents are often reluctant to open up about their lives, and especially as they get older, it may seem challenging to have real conversations with them. This presentation will offer parents key strategies to communicate more openly and effectively with your children, which will better equip you to guide them through the increasingly difficult process of growing up.
Building Resilient Communities
This session highlights the impact of childhood adversity and the building blocks of resiliency. Scientific breakthroughs reveal that what is predictable is preventable. Participants will encounter the transformative power of communities to improve health and well-being across the life span.
Connecting Your Child and Family to Mental Health Services
It is not easy to find a counselor who can meet your child's needs and fits your budget. This session explores how you can use insurance, Medicaid, the Community Services Board and other resources to obtain counseling and other mental health services for your child and family.
Safety Starts at Home: Preventing Prescription Opioid Diversion and Misuse Through Safe Storage and Disposal
Prescription opioids are commonly found in U.S. households, either from current users or left-over from a previous prescription. This creates a reservoir of drugs that, according to national data, is the most common source of misused opioids. We will share national and Fairfax County data on the source of misused opioids and discuss what healthcare providers, pharmacists, and families can do to increase safe storage and disposal, reducing the risk for misuse.
Creating Healthy Habits for Good Attendance
Attendance in school has been linked to positive outcomes, such as reading on grade level, strong peer and adult relationships, and finishing high school on time. This session will address common barriers to regular school attendance, and ways that parents and other significant adults can help students develop skills to increase their school engagement and academic success.
Smarter Technology Use: Executive Functioning and the New Frontier
This presentation will explore the development of executive functioning skills and how it is implicated in technology use. Through this developmental framework, we investigate and discuss the real challenges that students (and their parents) face in regulating use and behaviors associated with electronic devices.
Anxiety and the Link to Chronic Absenteeism
"This session will focus on how to identify/respond when anxiety begins to significantly impact a child's everyday functioning and when it leads to chronic absenteeism/ school refusal. Caregivers will be provided with practical tips to address related concerns."
Mental Health First Aid for Adolescents and College-Bound Young Adults
Mental health issues and substance use challenges often present during adolescence and young adulthood affecting middle and high school students, as well as those transitioning to or attending college. Youth Mental Health First Aid, Teen MHFA and MHFA for Higher Education are curriculums that provide parents and adults working with youth the training and education needed to identify potential mental health and substance issues. Both school and college settings have unique cultures and parents can learn how to work within each framework to best support their student by understanding the signs and symptoms, the importance of early intervention and practical skills for accessing and providing appropriate resources.
Failure to Launch in Young Adults: How to Get Your Child to Be a Successful Adult
“Failure to launch” has become a common colloquialism to describe the inability of young adults to develop adequate coping methods for more complicated, emerging stressors in their environment. In the United States, approximately 40% of 18-34-year-olds are living with a parent(s) and approximately 40% of them experience anxiety and depression. This workshop will review factors to identify those at risk for “failure to launch,” and discuss the benefits of using a cognitive-behavioral treatment modality.
From Calm to Storm: Understanding The Conflict Cycle – A Primer for Parents
This presentation will provide parents and guardians with an overview of the nature of acting out behavior in children and adolescents. We will review the phases of the conflict cycle, the role of the adult in the cycle of behavioral escalation, and offer strategies to address challenging behaviors.
Vaping: What the Fairfax Community Needs to Know
The session will provide community members with vital information related to the vaping crisis. Presenters will cover topics such as but not limited to what vaping is, the materials used by youth to vape, associated myths, and health impacts.
The Influence of Drugs on the Adolescent Brain
This session will explore research regarding how chemicals change the adolescent brain, dispell myths and identify proven methods for recovery.
Follow-Up Session to Keynote: Emotional Intelligence: From Theory to Practice
"This session will expand upon the keynote address and go deeper into the skills of emotional intelligence. Specifically, participants will explore how to apply the “RULER” skills to manage uncomfortable, difficult emotions and conflict. Participants will learn (and will practice!) a four-step process to help adults skillfully manage their own emotions and simultaneously regulate others’ emotions, including those of children and other adults."
Sport/Performance Psychology Skills: what are they and how can you apply them in your life?
There are many psychological tools that aid performance, whether in the classroom, boardroom, or on the athletic field. This session will introduce you to a few performance enhancing practices that you can take away and begin utilizing today. Topics covered may include goal setting, mindfulness, battling perfectionism, and managing emotions like anxiety and anger.