In March, 2016, APCYF held a conference on Mental Wellbeing and Healthy Relationships.
Below are the session descriptions and presenter information. For the sessions that we have additional materials, we have provided links for you to click on.
I. Mental Wellbeing Breakout Sessions 9:35 – 10:35am
Calming Stress and the Anxious Mind: Mindfulness Practice Stress Less Tip Sheet | Flow Coaching Circle Flyer
Teens report that they can feel stressed and anxious throughout the day. In this session, teens and adults will learn how mindfulness practice can bring about physical and psychological benefits through awareness of thought, feeling, body, and environment. Participants will engage in mindfulness techniques, which can be integrated into the school day or practiced to calm the mind and reduce anxiety and stress.
Facilitators: Lisa Ling, Bodhi Ling
How Do We Support Our LGBT+ Youth? LGBT Data Handout
In 2013, the Partnership for Children, Youth, and Families began gathering data on the experiences of Arlington’s LGBT+ youth. In this session, participants will gain a better understanding of the data and its significance. The goal of the session is to identify ways to improve our community so that our LGBT+ teens feel socially, emotionally, and physically safe and supported.
Facilitators: Bill Briggs, Anne Vor der Bruegge
Ending the Silence – Mental Health Awareness and Suicide Prevention NAMI Program Listing
This interactive session seeks to raise awareness around mental health issues. Teen and adults will learn about warning signs and symptoms, early identification and intervention, and suicide prevention.
Facilitators: Presenters from NAMI
Alcohol, Marijuana, and Teen Self-Medication Substance Abuse Counseling Brochure Substance Abuse Brochure – Spanish | Session Power Point
Teens struggling with mental health issues may turn to marijuana and alcohol to alleviate their overwhelming thoughts and emotions. Although youth may perceive their substance use as a means to escape or self-medicate, drug and alcohol use only compounds their problems. Substance use can put youth even further at risk for a variety of mental health issues, suicide, and substance abuse and dependence. During this session, teen and adult attendees we will examine prevalence and risk factors, as well as a case study to learn how to best support youth in need.
Facilitators: Simer Choudrey, Christian Haase, Niasha John
The Power and Peril of Social Media
Social media is a present force in the lives of many teens. Teens and parents who participate in this session will gain a better understanding of the power of social media while examining potential concerns of social media on peer-to-peer relationships, self-concept, digital drama, and safety. The goal of the session is to encourage meaningful positive communication between parents and teens about using this powerful medium.
Facilitator: Iris Beckwith, Farhad Hossain, Viktor Escarate
What Can Be Done to Stop Bullying?
Bullying knows no boundaries. It is not a harmless rite of passage or an inevitable part of growing up; it has serious, long-lasting, detrimental effects on both the perpetrator and the victim. The goal of this session is to engage discussion on how it feels to be bullied, the roles of all members of the community in contributing to the problem, and the impact of social media on digital drama (cyberbullying). This session seeks to support a community culture in which inclusion and empathy are highly regarded and bullying is not tolerated.
Facilitators: Marguarite Gooden and Manuel Vicens
- Teen Only – Teens will learn about the impact of substances on the brain and decision-making. In order to promote and support healthy dating relationships, teens will learn about boundaries and consent issues, the impact of substance use on relationships and teen sex health, and how to recognize opportunities for positive bystander intervention (especially when substances are involved). Facilitators: Sheila Guzman and LaVonne Whitehead
- Adult Only – The goal of this session is to empower parents with information regarding the impact of substance use on young brains, rates of experimentation, teen sex health, and consent issues. Facilitators: Linda Spillers and Mila Vascones-Gatski
Positive Communications — The Teen Brain Explained
Striking changes can take place during the teen years. Participants will explore the physical, social, cognitive, and emotional development of teens with the goal of providing strategies to help teens through these challenging years. It will empower teens and the adults who care for them with practical tips on how to engage in healthy communication.
Facilitator: Kate McCauley, David Balick
Protecting our Teens from Dating Violence Session Power Point
The goal of this session is to prevent dating violence by educating and empowering teens to build healthy relationships before dating. Speakers will educate teens and adults on prevention strategies, teen dating abuse, and warning signs. Participants also will discuss ways to address the impact of violence on victimized teens.
Facilitators: Laura Ragins, Angela Rose (PavingtheWay.net/)
Teen Stress Stress Less_Tip_Sheet
- Teens Only Breakout Arlington teens report a number of factors cause them stress: academic success, performance perfection and fear of failure, peer and family relationships, future planning, etc. The Teen Network Board will lead a teens-only discussion on teen stress, the causes of teen stress, and stress management.
- Adults Only breakout Stress is not a problem reserved for adults; teens also experience stress. There are many ways parents can help their teen manage stress. This adults-only session will explore causes of teen stress and provide practical skills or tips in helping teens manage stress.
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