Parent workshops focus on coping, resiliency skills for youth

posted Apr 25, 2017, 2:33 PM by Rita Sanders   [ updated Apr 25, 2017, 3:25 PM ]

Parent workshops focus on coping, resiliency skills for youth

April 25, 2017

Parents are invited to participate in two parent workshops in May that focus on recognizing the signs of and helping youth in crisis. 

The first workshop, Coping with Adolescent Stress & Depression, will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 3 at Prairie High School, 11311 NE 119th Street in Vancouver. At the workshop, Mary Jadwisiak from the Youth Suicide Prevention Program will present how to model coping skills and recognize risk factors and warning signs of depression and suicide. A PDF file with details about the workshop is attached to this email. No RSVP is needed.

The second workshop, Building Resiliency, will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, May 24 at Washington State University-Vancouver. Registration is required for this workshop, which teaches adults how to build resilience and connection with children. Presenter and family physician Dr. Jody McVittie will demonstrate how children think and react when experiencing stress or trauma.

Social-emotional learning is an essential part of the Battle Ground Public Schools district's mission. One of our strategic goals is to support and promote the physical, emotional, and social well-being of students. Battle Ground received a $2.5 million Project AWARE grant to support student mental health and wellness over five years. As part of this focus on students' social-emotional learning, the district has launched several whole child initiatives and programs that meet the social and emotional needs of students, including
  • Hiring prevention and intervention specialists for middle and high schools
  • Offering Youth Mental Health First Aid training for parents, staff, and community members to detect and respond to mental health issues in children and young adults
  • Connecting students and families to mental health services
  • Implementing Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) across the district
  • Sponsoring parent workshops such as Coping with Adolescent Stress & Depression on May 3 and Building Resiliency on May 24
More information about suicide prevention resources is on the district website. If you have questions, please call (360) 885-5470.