This Woburn Parent Network (WPN) program will help participants learn about how this "new norm" impacts teen / tween mental health, how parents can help support them, and have their questions answered. More details on the presentation follow below. 

This WPN program is funded through CHNA 15 DoN funds from Lahey Hospital and Medical Center, coordinated by SCI Woburn  in partnership with Woburn Public Schools and the James L. McKeown Boys & Girls Club of Woburn. 

The full description of the program from the presenter follows:

The impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic is worldwide.  The primary focus to date has been on protecting physical health and safety, and rightly so.

While grappling with physical health and safety challenges, it is increasingly clear that we need to also devote attention to our mental health needs.  Calls to hotlines and other services have reportedly increased as have rates of anxiety, depression, and at-risk behaviors. In our culture we are excellent at attending to needs from “the neck down” --- we also need to be attentive to our needs from “the neck up.”

“Teens, Tweens, & Quarantines” is a presentation for parents focusing on the impact of COVID-19 on our children.  In a dynamic fashion, this talk will address the teen/tween brain, explain why this pandemic is so difficult for this age group, survey the process of loss, discuss issues related to independence, autonomy, and privacy, and offer perspectives and suggestions that parents can implement immediately.  In addition, parents 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?

Presenter: Jon Mattleman:
Jon Mattleman received his B.A. from Clark University in 1978, and his MS in Counseling from the University of Hartford in 1981.   Jon’s workshops and presentations are geared to give participants tools they can implement immediately, strategies that work with children and youth, and approaches which have proven to be critical to building healthy relationships. Jon frequently consults with schools, parent groups, mental health organizations, and in workplace settings regarding the issues of anxiety, stress, depression, suicide, parenting, and the emotional consequences of technology.  Jon is a certified trainer in QPR Suicide Prevention and has worked with professionals in schools, with state organizations such as the Massachusetts Probation Department, as well as with hundreds of parents regarding self-harm and suicide prevention. Jon is best known for his talk “The Secret Life of a Massachusetts Teen and Tweens” and has presented this to thousands of parents all over the east coast. Jon has appeared on numerous radio and television shows lending his expertise on anxiety, depression, suicide, teens, and parenting.

Jon and his wife Wendy have been together for over 40 years and he adores his children ---- daughter Jesse who is 32 and son Jake who is 28.  In his spare time Jon loves to spend time in Western Massachusetts, to read, kayak, and sometimes, simply do nothing. Read more about Jon on his website at www.Jonmattleman.com or follow Jon on Twitter at https://twitter.com/jonmattleman.

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