LMSD's Health Services Department, the Inter-School Council and our ten Home and School Associations are pleased to present another year of parent education programming for all district parents and guardians. The goal of this series is to bring together parents/guardians from across the district with experts on various topics around parenting. This year's series will include sessions on drug use, mindfulness, technology, suicide and more.
Although an event may be hosted at a specific school, all LMSD families are welcome. Please join us! All programs begin at 7:00 p.m.
- Preparing Your Child to Launch - Tuesday, April 2 in the Welsh Valley Middle School auditorium. For parents/guardians of students grades 6-12.
There is an increased focus on the struggles of adolescents and on their transition from high school toward a mastery of the tasks of adult life. This presentation will discuss this stage of development, the challenges your child will face and life skills your child needs to move through middle school, high school, and then on to college or work. We will talk about strategies that will help your child develop the tools they will need to successfully navigate life's transitions. We will also discuss obstacles parents/guardians experience in making the adjustment to parenting an "about to launch" teen.
Dr. Sherry Pomerantz is a licensed psychologist who has been in private practice for over 20 years. She received her Ph.D. from Temple University in Educational Psychology and completed a three-year post-doctoral clinical training program in family therapy. Dr. Pomerantz works with adolescents, young adults, and adults in individual, couples, and family therapy. Her specialty areas include women's issues and helping adolescents and young adults develop a healthier sense of who they are.
- Suicide Prevention: How to Identify and Help a Child at Risk of Suicide - Postponed. A new date will be announced in the near future.
Suicide prevention is an important topic for all those who work with children and young adults. The very popular TV show "13 Reasons Why" has had students and parents talking - which is good, but we want to ensure that the conversation is informative and constructive. Please join us for an important discussion about this often silent crisis. The conversation will be led by Dr. Matt Wintersteen, Assistant Professor and Director of Research in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Thomas Jefferson University/Jefferson Medical College specializing in research on suicide prevention and intervention in adolescents and young adults.