Back to School: Re-Entry and Resilience
This spring over 100 people joined the Woburn Parent Network (WPN) program featuring national expert Jon Mattleman talking about “Teens, Tweens and Quarantines.” Based on the great feedback on the program, and the current issues families face as a back to school time like no other approaches, the WPN is bringing Jon back for another presentation on Wednesday, August 26, at 6 p.m. Be sure to join on Zoom!
Presentation Description: Students, parents and caregivers, and communities are preparing for the return to school, but this Fall couldn't be more different. We continue to grapple with concerns around physical health and safety challenges and have seen the impact on mental health, social connections, and academics.
Grief, loss, the rise in anxiety and depression, and ongoing uncertainty about the future impact how our children experience the return to school. "Back to School: Re-entry and Resilience" is a presentation for parents, caregivers, and community members, focusing on how we can support our children as they get back to school and manage ongoing. With his signature compassion and humor, counselor Jon Mattleman will provide attendees with context to the factors impacting this school year, highlighting the resilience we've all shown during this challenging time, and how we can use that to be a source of strength, stability, and support for the youth in our care. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and get concrete answers for practical steps they can take in real time—who has time to wait?
Jon Mattleman is the Clinical Director for Minding Your Mind's New England area office. He received his B.A. from Clark University and MS in Counseling from the University of Hartford. Since then, he has been working with parents, caregivers, schools, and community groups to provide a deeper understanding of teens and tweens and how to support them during this transformative time. Jon is known for his humorous and authentic workshops, presentations, and webinars. Minding Your Mind is a mental health education foundation serving New England with the goal of ending the stigma around mental health challenges and conditions. Minding Your Mind provides programs for students, parents and caregivers, educators, and community groups. For more information www.mindingyourmind.org.
Woburn Parent Network was established in April 2020 by SCI Woburn in partnership with Woburn Public Schools and the James L. McKeown Boys & Girls Club of Woburn. This project is funded through CHNA 15 DoN funds from Lahey Hospital and Medical Center. Since April, WPN has presented 4 events through Zoom with another 3 scheduled to take place in the next several weeks.
The goal of Woburn Parent Network is to connect parents and families in Woburn with each other for mutual support and with the resources necessary to thrive. Community connectivity and support is essential now more than ever before due to the global health crisis we are experiencing.