Free Mental Health Webinar Series

Free Mental Health Webinar Series Availalbe to AES Families and Staff

The Reconnection Project--Helping parent/guardians help their students.
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        Program descriptions can be found below.
       Session dates are:  

        January 25    Find the recording of Webinar #1 located HERE
        February 8    Find the recording of Webinar #2 located HERE
        February 22  Find the recording of Webinar #3 located HERE
        March 8        Find the recording of Webinar #4 located HERE
        March 22      Find the recording of Webinar #5 located HERE
        April 12        Join via this Zoom Link:
        April 26        Join via this Zoom Link:
        May 10         Join via this Zoom Link:
        May 24         Join via this Zoom Link:
        June 14        Join via this Zoom Link:

We will be emailing and posting the log-in information for upcoming series.

Webinar Series Topics

January 25

  • Understanding why these kids feel so much pressure from “Outcome Fever.”
  • Educate parents to see the “crisis” of stress and anxiety among their kids and their classmates; Help them see the digital age “elephants” that are affecting their kids (and themselves).
  • Develop a felt sense of the granular difference between our childhoods and the students’.
  • The importance of working with the truth: develop a full understanding of the Digital Age and what we call “Digititis,” as well as a discussion of the iceberg of student anxiety.

February 8

  • Discussion of child development, select psychological theories (most notably Erikson’s Eight Ages of Man and Winnicott’s Holding Environment), and why they are so important today.
  • The New Parenting Playbook, which can have negative effects on kids.
  • A discussion of what trauma can do to mental health.
  • The five signs of mental illness; when to seek professional help.

February 22

  • Talking to Your Kids about Elephants and Gremlins—The art of active, undistracted listening.
  • How to have difficult conversations with children.

March 8

  • Understanding how Outcome Fever Affects your Family.
  • Reducing Outcome Fever: changing focus from what children do to who they are.
  • The importance of building working collaborative relationships between parents and teachers, coaches, and administrators.

March 22

  • Unplugging from Screens as a Family.
  • The critical importance of modeling, especially modeling and enforcing disconnecting from devices.
  • How parents’ emotional baggage is exacerbated by devices.

April 12

  • The Six I’s: Imagination, Independence, Integrity, Intestinal Fortitude, Intimacy and Identity—How to Give Your Kids Those Gifts.

April 26

  • Finding a balance between preparing children for adulthood and protecting them from harm.
  • Help them learn that vicarious parenting, the diluted attention they’re paying to their kids, and the lack of participation from kids on everyday chores around the house are hurting kids.
  • The benefits of failure.
  • The importance of vulnerability and accountability.
  • Concrete skills for building stronger connections between parents and children.
  • Techniques to respond to a child’s struggles without “rescuing” or enabling.
  • Specific skills for parents to positively respond when their children test them.

May 10

  • Giving children agency so they can develop an internal locus of control.
  • The gift of two lives: how parents’ rediscovery of their own lives can allow their children to discover their lives.
  • Teach parents the importance of modeling constructive conflict resolution for their children—and learning when to let their children resolve their own conflicts and when to step in.

May 24

  • Household tasks and self-care: the emotional importance of teaching your children practical skills so they can take care of themselves.
  • Helping your child be in the moment and get out of their own head.
  • The three types of focus: multi-tasking/device work, deep focus, and mindless tasks.

June 14

  • The importance of fun.
  • Finding the Time: Understanding and defeating the “time famine.”