2021-2022 PARENT INFORMATION SERIES
Thank you for your terrific participation in our 2021-2022 Parent Information Series! More information will be available soon regarding our sessions in 2022, including our next online event on Wednesday, January 13: Gender Identity and LGBTQIA+.
Please see past events and related resources along the side column.
Foundations of Mental Health amid Recovery from a Pandemic
Wednesday, September 29 at 7:00 PM
During this presentation, the three OPHS social workers – Amy Klube, Charles Kron and Amanda Mohler – closely examined the powerful effects of circadian rhythm dysregulation on physical and mental health, nutrition, exercise and community. Watch this recording to learn immediate, actionable, stigma-free and highly effective strategies to improve mental health, well-being, social connections and ultimately learning.
Raising Digital Leaders
Wednesday, October 6 at 7:00 PM
Jennifer Casa-Todd, an author, speaker and teacher-librarian from the Greater Toronto Area, delivered a guest presentation on proactive and research-based strategies to help parents balance technology usage, keep children safe online, and support their children's use of technology and social media for creating a positive influence. To learn more about the presentation as well as the book by the same title, please visit:
In-Person Screenings of LIKE
October 25-28 at 7:00 PM
LIKE is an original iNDIEFLIX documentary that explores the impact of social media on our lives and the effects of technology on the brain. According to the filmmakers, 2 billion smartphone owners were checking their phones, on average, 150 times a day prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. Research continues to confirm that having one's head down, staring at the screen, chasing "likes" and seeking "followers" can lead to low self-esteem, isolation and depression, as well as loss of focus and patience.
Helping Our Kids with Grief
Wednesday, November 3 at 7:00 PM
Ms. Day Cummings, LCSW, RN, a Buffalo-based certified bereavement counselor, provided a review of how children and teenagers grieve at different ages. She offered parents and guardians practical tips for helping children and teenagers express themselves and adjust to their loss of a family member, friend, or pet.