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Stress-Less Admissions: Navigating the College Journey with Your Sanity Intact

Join us Monday, April 29 at 7pm at the McLean Community Center’s Alden Theatre for an evening with New York Times best-selling author and journalist, Jeff Selingo. Well-known for his years of experience monitoring and researching the higher-education industry, Jeff will share his insights on current trends in college admissions and tips on managing the process and preserving the peace.

Moderators, Dr. Heather Tedesco, Psychologist, and Hannah Wolff, Associate Director of College Counseling, Georgetown Preparatory School, will take questions from the audience and share their expertise and experience working with students and their families.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Space is limited. Register today!

In Case You Missed Last Year’s Fall Speakers – Heather Tedesco, PhD, Jennifer Weaver, LCSW and Catherine McCarthy, MD

Raising A Kid Who Can: The Ten Parenting Essentials To Start the School Year Strong. If we have learned anything from living through a global pandemic, it’s that today’s kids need to be able to adjust and recalibrate and to manage everyday challenges with confidence and composure. But how do we ensure that the next generation can roll with the inevitable punches of daily life?

Enter three mental health experts and longtime Safe Community Coalition volunteers and supporters Heather Tedesco, PhD, Jennifer Weaver, LCSW and Catherine McCarthy, MD, whose new book, Raising a Kid Who Can: Simple Strategies to Build a Lifetime of Adaptability and Emotional Strength , is considered by experts to be “a must-read for parents (Dr. William Stixrud, coauthor of The Self-Driven Child), “exactly the road map parents need” (Dr. Eli Lebowitz of the Yale Child Study Center), and “a truly great addition to the world of parenting books” (Dr. Tina Payne Bryson, coauthor of The Whole Brain Child and No-Drama Discipline). The authors created a playbook that arms parents with all the tools they need to navigate a complex world and help our kids move from an age of anxiety into an age of adaptability in a way that no other generation before has been able to do.

Join us for an evening where you can learn from a child psychiatrist, a parent psychologist, and a child therapist who have spent years distilling the latest parenting science and best practices to answer the complex question: Based on all that modern science has to offer, what are the most important things I should try to do in raising my kid? The speakers know what matters, they know what works, and they know how to explain it to parents so they can do it. They will give you the confidence and clarity to tackle the thorniest questions facing todays parents, such as how to handle a meltdown, what to do if your child is feeling anxious, how to approach technology, and how to prepare your kids for an uncertain future.

In Case You Missed Last Year’s Spring Speaker – Lynn Lyons

On March 15th, 2023, Lynn Lyons presented at the Alden Theatre at the McLean Community Center to speak to our community on Anxiety. Anxiety and worry are normal and expected parts of learning and growing, but when teens and children face challenges cognitively, socially or emotionally, anxiety can step in and take over. Anxiety can be overwhelming and rigid, but it’s also based on predictable patterns that can be shifted once we learn how it operates.

Lynn Lyons, licensed independent clinical social worker and best-selling author of Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents and the newly-released The Anxiety Audit, presents Helping Your Family’s Emotional Health: Practical, Strategic Skills and Solutions for Managing Anxiety, Enhancing Flexibility, and Creating Wellbeing.

Based on current research and over 30 years of clinical experience, Lynn Lyons presents a strategic approach based on skill-building, with prevention the preferred route. Using creativity, connection and awareness of their own patterns, parents will learn how to increase their child’s flexibility, support the tolerance of uncertainty, and emotionally and preventatively equip themselves and those they love as we all move forward.  

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