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.​

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

Resiliency - April 25, 2017

Technology & Kids: Negotiating Their Tech Dependency - March 29, 2017

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Raising Kids To Thrive with Dr. Ken Ginsburg - December 6, 2016

If Only screening and panel discussion - November 9, 2016

​Parenting in the Age of Social MediaDecember 14, 2015

2020-2021 Monthly Meetings 

 

  • September 16,2020
  • October 21, 2020
  • November 18, 2020
  • January 20, 2021
  • February 17, 2021
  • March 17, 2021
  • April 21, 2021
  • May 19, 2021

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.​

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

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.

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. 

 
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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

 

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. 

  • 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.

 

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

 

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

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