What issues are your teens dealing with? Teens face difficult topics every day, it’s time to wake up & smell the coffee!

Each month, dynamic speakers present crucial information for the parents of teens. Do you know what  your teens are dealing with? Wake Up & Smell The Coffee!

Walk away encouraged, equipped and networked with other parents!

2017 Spring Wake Up and Smell the Coffee Schedule – (Click to print)

The Wake Up and Smell the Coffee Series for Spring of 2017 are:

Anxiety and Building Coping Skills

If you want to learn more about what anxiety looks like in children, how it is diagnosed, and treatment options this is the perfect presentation for you. We will also dig further into the following questions.
*        How can my child be tested for anxiety?
*        What can parents do to help their child with anxiety?
*        What are effective ways children can cope with anxiety?
*        What about life long effects of anxiety?

Presenter: Graven & Associates - Dr. Leigh Naele, Dr. Rafael Veroslvsky, Dr. Valerie Fallon

Dr. Valerie Fallon is a licensed psychologist in Kentucky. Upon completion of her pre-doctoral internship, Dr. Fallon worked with children, adolescents and adults that presented with a variety of issues ranging from adjustment difficulties to severe mental illness. She gained experience in individual, family, and group therapies as well as psychological assessment. Most recently, Dr. Fallon managed facilities that worked with individuals who were struggling with mental health crises. 

Dr. Leigh Neale is a licensed psychologist and board certified Art Therapist in Kentucky. Dr. Neale works with each individual to help them access their own internal healing and strengths, allowing them to make the desired changes in their lives. Dr. Neale is experienced in child, adolescent, and adult behavioral health services. In addition to traditional therapies and expressive therapies, Dr. Neale has completed extensive training in diagnosis and treatment of ADHD, trauma, mood disorders, and substance abuse.

Dr. Rafael Veroslavsky is a clinical psychologist licensed in the state of Kentucky. Dr. Veroslavsky has been in the mental health field for over 15 years working with children, families, couples, and adults. Dr. Veroslavsky has experience working with multicultural issues, family distress, and health related issues and can provide clinical services in both Spanish and English.

Date / Time:
Tuesday Feb. 21, 2017
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Location:
Operation: PARENT
1350 N. Hwy 393
LaGrange, 40031

Cost: FREE (please register)

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Sexual Abuse: No Not My Child, Not my Family

This event will offer a basic overview on how parents/caregivers can protect their children from sexual abuse. Joe Carlton will provide you with some indicators of risk for abuse within family systems, and children. We will cover issues to be aware of in individuals who may be at risk for abusing. We will also discuss how to respond to suspicions and reports of abuse. 

Presenter: Joe Carlton, LMFT

Joe Carlton is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a certified sex offender treatment provider for juvenile and adults, who has worked with victims of abuse for 27 years.  In 2013, Joe started his own private practice. Since 2008 he has served on the governor appointed board member for the Sex Offender Risk Assessment and Advisory Board. The board oversees the certification and monitoring of persons who treat felony convicted adult sex offenders.  Joe has held positions of therapist and Assistant Clinical Director at Family Place and Family and Children's Place. He has worked with sexually abusive family systems including victims of abuse, persons responsible for sexually abusing (juveniles and adults) and their families. Joe also supervised the Shively Clinical program of Family and Children's Place treating the same population.

Date / Time:
Tuesday Mar. 14, 2017
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Location:
Operation: PARENT
1350 N. Hwy 393
LaGrange, 40031

Cost: FREE (please register)

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How to plug your college student into resources early

A little worried about sending your student off to College? Come spend some time with a Higher Education expert, Michelle Massey. She spent 20 years working on college campuses and will advise on the many “little known” resources available on a college campus.  This session is great for parents of High School Juniors and Seniors hoping to get a head start on college transition planning.  

• Collegiate parent orientation
• Housing/Dining 
• Behavioral Health Resources 
• Heath Promotion Activities/Student Involvement
• Learning Resources 
• Campus Safety
• Financial Stress/Jobs on campus

Presenter: Michelle Massey, M.Ed.

Michelle Massey, M.Ed. works on the Program Development side of Operation: PARENT. She is a mother of two school age children and has served on an elementary SBDM council for four years. Michelle's master’s degree is in College Student Personnel, with an emphasis on student development theory. She is a Higher Education Administration expert who worked in Campus Housing for 18 years. She is passionate about college student success from finding the right college to advanced knowledge about campus resources.

Date / Time:
Tuesday Apr. 11, 2017
10:00 am - 11:30 am

Location:
Operation: PARENT
1350 N. Hwy 393
LaGrange, 40031

Cost: FREE (please register)

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