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2nd Annual Community Conversation on Teen Stress: Fostering Wellness and Resiliency

Teens, parents, coaches, educators, mental health providers, and community and faith-based organizations that work with teens are invited to participate on Saturday, May 9, 2015 from 8:30-2:30 pm at the 2nd Annual Community Conversation on Teen Stress: Fostering Wellness and Resiliency. This free event will be at Hayfield Secondary School, 7630 Telegraph Rd., Alexandria, VA, 22315.

The morning session will feature Marc Brackett, Ph.D., psychologist and author, as the keynote speaker. Dr. Brackett, is director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. He is also a senior research scientist in psychology and faculty fellow in the Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy at Yale University. His grant-funded research focuses on (1) the role of emotional intelligence in learning, decision making, relationship quality, and mental health, (2) the measurement of emotional intelligence, and (3) the influences of emotional intelligence training on student and educator effectiveness, bullying prevention, and school climate. He is the author of 100 scholarly publications.

CrossTracy Cross, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development at The College of William and Mary, will kick-off the afternoon session. He will speak on academic success and performance perfection among students and the often resulting feelings of inadequacy and/or performance anxiety. Dr. Cross will also address suicide among children and adolescents, offering understanding and paths for healing. He is the author of multiple articles and book chapters and an informative presenter.

Breakout sessions will be offered for students, community members and parents, and educators to discuss the many facets of stress that affect today’s youth and how wellness and resiliency resources can provide support.

This event is a collaboration between FCPS, Fairfax County government, and the community and will include exhibits on local resources and services available for teens and their families.

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