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Events: Past Programs

Below is a list of previous events hosted by ARCH.  Most recent events are listed at the top. 

As available, links to handouts and/or additional information are provided as available.​

Dr. Muniya Khanna on Resilience- January 2021

Cannabis: It's Complicated- March 2021

College Transition Event- May 2021


Coping During Covid - October 2020


College Transition Panel - March 2020


Get the Facts on Vaping - Nov 2019


Anxiety & Depression in Students - November 2019


Marijuana, Vaping, Opioids & Other Drugs, What You Need to Know - February 2019


Have You Had the Conversation? - April 2019


UNGUARDED: A conversation with Chris Herren about his journey from addiction to recovery - 2018 & 2014


Get the Facts on Vaping - 2018


The Big Transition: Information for Parents of 5th Graders - Several years

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training for Adults - Several years


Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - evening presentation at VFMS

  • Presented by the TESD Resiliency Initiative team, led by Dr. Oscar Torres.  

  • Parents were invited to learn about the TESD Resiliency Curriculum and real-life applications.

  • The TESD Resiliency Curriculum includes:  Identify and control emotions; Slow down (impulse control); Think optimistically about the future (realistic); Consider the causes of problems; Identify and understand the emotions of others (empathy); Believe in one’s ability to solve problems; Take appropriate risks, be authentic, and connect with others

Technology & Kids: Negotiating Their Tech Dependency

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - evening presentation at Hillside

  • Speakers: Lisa Lukens (TESD Teacher on Assignment for Technology K-12) and Kim Zahlaway (a Licensed Clinical Social Worker)  

  • Topics discussed: Implementing rules for the safe use of app-driven devices (such as iPads, smartphones, etc.), Exploring our connected culture reality and Defining “Generation Z” and their tech preferences

  • Link to presentation slides

  • An overview of the TESD Digital Citizenship curriculum was shared


Raising Kids To Thrive with Dr. Ken Ginsburg

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 - evening presentation at TEMS

  • Dr. Ginsburg will speak about raising resilient children and offer communication strategies for parents.

  • Link to Dr. Ginsbrug 12/6/16 slides

  • Link to book order form (due 12/15/16)

  • Link to video of presentation (same content, different location, link here and scroll down page to Nov 2015, ARCH event had technical difficulties)

If Only screening (and panel discussion in the evening only)

Wednesday, November 9, 2016 - student assembly at CHS and evening presentation at TEMS

  • If Only, a short film (by Mark Wahlberg Foundation) intended to raise awareness about drug abuse. The evening, parent presentation included a panel Todd Bereda (Tredyffrin Police) Matthew Febbo (Pharmacist, US Public Health Service ) Christina Madeira (Recovery Centers of America) and Nicolas Portonova (a former CHS student who is now in recovery)
  • All Conestoga students attended the presentation during the school day. 
  • Link to the movie on YouTube 

T/E Students Survey Results 

Thursday, November 3, 2016 - morning presentation at TE Administrative Offices

  • Alcohol and other drug use, as well as mental health issues (self-esteem, depression and anxiety), were all part of the PA Youth Survey taken by our students (Sept 2015). 

  • ARCH and TESD hosted a presentation of the results (the kids' responses). 

  • Link to the full PAYS report - TESD specific

​Parenting in the Age of Social Media

Monday, December 14, 2015 - morning at VFMS; evening at TEMS
  • Screening of Being13: Inside the Secret World of Teens (CNN 2015), which reveals how kids are using social media, Strategies for navigating this topic with children, and a review of Digital Citizenship curriculum in T/E

  • Link to watch the CNN's Being13 on YouTube

  • Link to read the Being 13 Research


Just Talk About It

Thursday, December 10, 2015 - student assembly and evening presentation at CHS

  • A discussion on mental health education.   Topics addressed included anxiety, depression, self-harm, substance abuse, and the difference between positive and negative coping mechanisms.  Featuring Minding Your Mind speakers, Carl Antisell & Jackie Ricciardi

  • Conestoga Mental Health Specialists also presented in the evening.

Parenting Strategies for Elementary & Middle School Parents
“What you can do NOW that will matter LATER”

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 – an evening event held at Devon Elementary

  • A presentation by Tricia Ferrara, the author of “Parenting 2.0,” followed by an open discussion. 

  • The evening focused on practical strategies that can be established with younger children and will become even more significant as those children head into adolescence.

Our Teens' Emotional Health - A community conversation

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - an evening event held at CHS


  • Anxiety in Kids: How to Turn it Around and Protect Them For Life” link

  • Talking to Your Teen About Mental Health and Depression (Without Saying ‘Mental’ or ‘Depression’ link

  • Guest opinion: Keep Calm and Parent On; What can parents do right now to decrease the risk of suicide in their children? link

  • Risk Factors, Protective Factors & Warning Sides for Suicide link


Prescription Drug & Medicine Abuse Panel:
What every parent should know about the LEGAL DRUGS THAT KIDS ABUSE

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - a morning event held at TEAO

  • This Community Conversation intended to help parents better understand the prevalence and dangers of “Prescription Drug and Medicine Abuse”.

  • The panel included a young person in recovery, Carl Antisell of Minding Your Mind;  Berwyn Fire EMS Captain, Mike Baskin;  Tredyffrin Township Police Superintendent, Anthony Giaimo;  Pharmacist Matt Luckman from CVS Paoli,  Dr. Lee Durst-Roisman, DMD; as well as, a therapist from Adolescent Advocates, Eric Tankel, MS Ed.  Kim Rubenstein, Executive Director of Be a Part of the Conversation, will moderate the discussion. 

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