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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.​

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training for Adults

May 15 & May 22, 2017 - evening workshops conducted at TE Administrative Offices

  • This training reviewed the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents ages 12-18 and emphasizes the importance of early intervention

  • Presented by COAD Group and Chester County MHIDD, DHS.  Questions about future training should be directed to ChescoMHFATrainings@gmail.com

Resiliency 

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

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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.

 

IS. THIS. NORMAL?  Pressure – Worry – Stress – Anxiety:
When Is It Too Much For Tweens & Teens

Wednesday, September 16, 2015 - a morning event held at TEAO

  • How to evaluate if the stressors in your child’s life and if their reactions are “normal” or something that needs to be addressed.   The presenters offered take-away strategies to help your child understand, cope, and manage stress and/or anxiety

  • Speakers:  Karen Moon, LCSW, and Kim Zahlaway, LCSW.

  • Link to slides.

 

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

Handouts:

  • 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. 

  • The conversation will explain the problem of prescription drug and medicine abuse; discuss its prevalence among youth in our community; points of access, as well as warning signs of misuse/abuse. 

 

PAYS (Pennsylvania Youth Survey) Results Discussion 

November 12, 2014 - a morning event held at T/ESD

  • ARCH & TESD partner to present the results of the 2013 Pennsylvania Youth Survey (PAYS)

  • Link to Survey Results.

  • A recording of this event is airing on T/E TV daily in the month of January 2015 at 8:30am and 4:30pm.

 
 
UNGUARDED: A conversation with Chris
Herren about Drug addiction and Recovery

October 1, 2014 – an evening event held at Conestoga HS

  • ARCH was proud to co-sponsor this event with CHS SADD Club & CHS Student Council, TESD, FLITE and Paoli Wildcats

  • Chris Herren, a high school basketball legend from Fall River, MA, realized his lifelong dream of playing for the Boston Celtics, only to lose it all to alcohol and drug addiction.  Sober since 2008, Chris shares his harrowing story of abuse and recovery.

  • The Community and non-CHS students were invited to an evening presentation.  All CHS students saw Chris (at one time, in the CHS Gym) during a morning Assembly the following morning.

  • Read SPOKE cover story and access related links.

 

Parenting Teens with a Positive Twist

September 24, 2 014 – a morning event held at T/ESD

  • Speaker:  Karen Moon, LCSW, is a psychotherapist
    in Wayne.

  • Karen's talk focused on how parents can positively impact this critical developmental period in our children's lives by identifying and re-focusing on our kids' strengths and resilience.   She emphasized the importance of parents understanding, being present, listening, and making the choice to focus on the positive aspects of a teen’s choices and experiences. Karen offered a number of simple take away tips to help incorporate this view point in parents’ daily lives and also suggested several mindfulness techniques which are really helpful during periods of parental stress.

  • Link to Suggested Reading List.

  • Link to 10 Tasks of Parenting Adolescents

 

Understanding & Managing the Challenges
of Raising Adolescents

November 13, 2013 – an evening event held at VF Middle School

  • Speaker:  Kenneth Ginsburg, M.D., M.S.Ed, is a pediatrician specializing in Adolescent Medicine at CHOP and a Professor of Pediatrics at Penn Medicine. He’s passionate about
    building on the strength of teenagers by fostering their internal resilience.

  • Dr. Ginsburg offered practical approaches that parents, professionals and communities can use to prepare children and teens to thrive.

  • Ginsburg co-authored “Building Resilience in Children and Teens: Giving Kids Roots and Wings,” and “Letting Go with Love and Confidence: Raising Responsible, Resilient, Self-Sufficient Teens.”  He has been published more than 100 times and has appeared on CNN, NPR, The Today Show, The CBS Morning Show and ABC, NBC, and CBS Nightly News programs.

 

Screening of The Anonymous People

April 9, 2014 – a daytime event held at T/E Administrative Offices

  • THE ANONYMOUS PEOPLE is a feature documentary film (88 minutes) about the 23.5 million Americans living in long-term recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs. 

  • The goal of the film is to get people talking about this issue and to ultimately change public response to the addiction crisis. 

  • Watch Trailer

 

In Their Words

May 1, 2014 – an evening event held at T/E Administrative Offices

  • The panel will consisted of young adults from our community who are in recovery as well as parents from our community who have a child in recovery.

  • They shared their experiences with addiction.

  • This event intended to raise awareness of how teen alcohol & drug use can lead to addiction. 

 

Why it’s STILL not ok for your teen to get high

February 19, 2014 – a morning event held at T/E Administrative Offices

  • In light of recent legislation legalizing marijuana in some states, the increased use of marijuana for medical purposes, as well as public use by pop figures… the group discussed how our adolescents might be getting the wrong message about the danger of smoking marijuana.

  • Link to meeting recap

 

Our Teens’ Social Lives

September 18, 2013 – a morning event held at T/E Administrative Offices

  • A group discussion on our teens’ social lives, from middle school through high school, and how we can best tip the odds in favor of good decisions and outcomes.

 

2011 PA Youth Survey Results followed by a presentation on How Parents Influence Teen Drug and Alcohol Use

April 16, 2013 – an evening event held at VF Middle School

  • Results from the 2011 Pennsylvania Youth Survey (PAYS) were presented by Jacquelyn Taylor, the Executive Director at The COAD Group.

  • Immediately following, Michael Blanche, a licensed clinical social worker specializing in addiction and family relationships, discussed the role of “Parents as a Protective Factor” for teens and adolescents.  

  • Mike provided information on (1) prevention and recovery, (2) improving family communications, and (3) resources within our community.

  • Link all Pennsylvania Youth Survey (PAYS) Results page.

 

Book Talk Letting Go with Love and Confidence

October 17, 2012 - a morning event held at T/E Administrative Offices

 

The Effects of Alcohol and other Drugs on the Adolescent Brain

April 12, 2012 – an evening event held at VF Middle School

  • Speaker: Ken Thompson, M.D., FASAM; Medical Director, Caron Treatment Centers

  • Adolescence can be a time of experimentation with drugs and alcohol.  Unfortunately, it is also a time that the brain is still developing. 

  • Early drug and alcohol use raises the chance of persisting neurological changes and has a fourfold or greater risk of addiction developing as compared to an adult brain. 

  • Dr. Thompson shared the current neuroscience of substance use and addiction and its relevance to the adolescent drug and alcohol user. 

  • Chilling evidence supports the need for early intervention and not just accepting drug and alcohol use as a phase that kids go through.

  • Watch Ken Thompson deliver same speech in Hatboro/Horsham

 

The Adolescent Brain:  Hormones, Smartphones & Parental Groans 

November 3, 2011 – an evening event held at T/E Middle School

 

Race to Nowhere Screening

November 17 2011 – a morning event held at T/E Administrative Offices

  • RACE TO NOWHERE is a close-up look at the pressures on today's students, offering an intimate view of lives packed with activities, leaving little room for down-time or family time. 

  • The movie (80 minutes) was be followed by a discussion led by a moderator.

  • Link to RTN website

 

GET THE FACTS Regarding the Consequences for Underage Alcohol & Drug Use

April 7, 2011 – an evening event held at the Tredyffrin Library

  • A panel of experts will share information pertaining to underage alcohol and other drug use, as well as, the resulting consequences for teens and parents. 

  • The panel includes Easttown & Tredyffrin Township Police Chiefs; a District Judge and CHS administrator.

 

2009 Youth Survey Results followed by presentation on Parent Power

November 11, 2010 – an evening event held at VF Middle School

  • Results from the 2009 Pennsylvania Youth Survey (PAYS) were presented by Jacquelyn Taylor, the Executive Director at The COAD Group.

  • Immediately following, attendees heard from a Colorado-based consultant, Jim Campain, who discussed the power of "parent solidarity" as a protective factor in the lives of our adolescents and teens.

  • Link all Pennsylvania Youth Survey (PAYS) Results page

 

The Strength to Resist: Media’s Impact on Women & Girls

January 20, 2010 – a morning event held at T/E Administrative Offices

  • DVD screening of The Strength to Resist: Media’s Impact on Women & Girls. 

  • Followed by a discussion that was led by

 

Competitive Pressure and Burnout:  Helping Our Kids Navigate Stress & Define How They Measure Success

April 7, 2010 – an evening event held at Conestoga High School

  • Speaker:  Bob Rigby, a private therapist, Student Assistance Program (SAP) Administrator for the Ridley School District and former All American soccer goalie who played on U.S. Olympic and National teams.

  • Across the playing fields of academics and activities such as sports, music and dance, our kids have more opportunities than ever before to “take it to the next level” of achievement.  How much is too much? 

  • Bob offered perspective on how parents can help their kids navigate stress, achieve balance and avoid burnout.

 

What would you do? 

November 4, 2009 – an evening event held at the Tredyffrin Library

  • Several scenarios were offered for the group to discuss in an open forum.

  • It was an opportunity for parents to listen, participate and learn strategies to handle scenarios that arise when teenagers make their own weekend (or weeknight!) plans.

 

The Price of Privilege Book Talk

February 25, 2009 – a morning event held at T/E Administrative Offices

  • Speaker:  Julie Faude, Clinical Developmental Psychologist (Private Practitioner working with the Episcopal Academy's Lower School.

  • The group discussed the book premise that “Parental Pressure and Material Advantages Are Creating a Generation of Discounted and Unhappy Kids.” 

  • The Price of Privilege by Madeline Levine, Ph.D. 

 

2007 PA Youth Survey Results followed by presentation on The Resilient Family

November 10, 2008 – an evening event held at VF Middle School

  • ARCH hosted an evening event that included the presentation of the key results of the 2007 PA Youth Survey Results

  • Followed up by a Presentation on the Resilient Family with Karen Reivich, the Co-Director of the Penn Resiliency Project at the University of Pennsylvania. 

  • More than 200 parents attended this standing room only event.

  • ARCH collaborated with TESD, Conestoga High School and both VF and TE Middle Schools

  • Link all Pennsylvania Youth Survey (PAYS) Results page

 

Parent Workshops on Stress/Mental Health, ATOD and At-Risk Sexual Behavior and Sexual Harassment

March 3, 2008 – an evening event held at Conestoga High School

  • Speaker/Facilitator:  Thom Stecher, a professional trainer with expertise in Student Assistance Programming and community-building. 

  •  “Continue the Conversation,” an interactive workshop for parents of teens to address 3 specific topics in greater detail:  Stress & Mental Health Issues; Alcohol and Other Drug Use; At-risk Sexual Behavior & Sexual Harassment.  This program was presented by Thom Stecher and Associates.

  • This event was sponsored by ARCH, CAPCO & Conestoga.

 

2019-2020 Monthly Meetings 

 

  • September 11, 2019
  • October 16, 2019
  • November 20, 2019
  • January 15, 2020
  • February 19, 2020
  • March 18, 2020
  • April 15, 2020
  • May 13, 2020
Quick list:

 

  • Parenting in the Age of Social Media - Screening of Being 13:  Inside the Secret World of Teens 12/14/15

  • Just Talk About It - A disucussion about Stress, Anxiety, and Substance Abuse 12/10/15

  • Is This Normal?  Pressure – Worry – Stress – Anxiety: When Is It Too Much For Tweens & Teens, 9/16/15

  • Parenting Strategies for Elementary & Middle School Parents: What you can do NOW that will matter LATER, 4/28/15

  • Our Teens' Emotional Health, 3/18/15

  • What every parent should know about the LEGAL DRUGS THAT KIDS ABUSE:  Prescription Drug & Medicine Abuse Panel, 2/18/15

  • UNGUARDED: A conversation with Chris Herren about Drug addiction and Recovery, 10/1/14

  • Parenting Teens w/a Positive Twist, 9/24/14

  • Ken Ginsburg on Challenges of Raising Adolescents, 11/13/13

  • In Their Words, 5/1/14

  • 2011 PAYS Results followed by How Parents Influence Teen Drug & Alcohol Use, 4/16/13

  • Screening of The Anonymous People, 4/9/14

  • Why it’s still not OK for Your Teen to Get High, 2/19/14

  • Our Teen’s Social Lives, 9/18/13

  • Letting Go with Love and Confidence Book Talk, 10/17/12

  • The Effects of Alcohol and other Drugs on the Adolescent Brain, 4/12/12

  • The Adolescent Brain:  Hormones, Smartphones & Parental Groans, 11/3/11

  • Race to Nowhere Screening, 11/17/11

  • Get the Facts PANEL Regarding the Consequences for Underage Alcohol & Drug Use, 4/7/11

  • 2009 PAYS Results followed by discussion on Parent Power, 11/11/10

  • Screening of The Strength to Resist, 1/20/10

  • Competitive Pressure and Burnout, 4/7/10

  • What Would You Do?, 11/4/09

  • The Price of Privilege Book Talk, 2/25/09

  • 2007 PAYS Results followed by  the Resilient Family, 11/10/08

  • Stress/Mental Health, ATOD at At-Risk Sexual Behavior and Sexual Harassment, 3/3/08