Mental Health Series

The School Counselors from RSU 13 are sponsoring a Mental Health Series that will be open to the public.  There will be three presentations (free of cost) and two contact hours will be awarded for each session attended.

All sessions will be held at South School (former Rockland District Middle School building) from 3:30-5:30pm.

*Register here.*

Thursday, March 16th, 2017
Cara Miller, Natural Health Consultant & Therapeutic Body Worker
Self Care & Holistic Health

This will be a Wellness Insight presentation based on natural self care tips, along with a quick summary of a PWP (Personal Wellness Plan). Cara will speak about how professionals can incorporate some of these healthy suggestions into their own personal lifestyles.

Thursday, April 27th, 2017
Engage or Enrage: Conflict Resolution Strategies in the Classroom
Lisa-Ann Henry, LCPC, LADC, ACS

In this staff development training participants will learn about the cycle of conflict and how to best engage students rather than becoming enraged! Staff will learn to identify the cycle of conflict, identify ‘reactive vs. proactive’ students, and the strategies that work best for working with these types of students.  This training will also take into account the importance of self-care and its impact on classroom management, helping to identify what the individual staff member needs, so that they can then clearly identify what the student needs. Lisa Henry is a former public school social worker who served students grades K-12 in rural and urban areas of Maine.  She currently works full time in her private practice in Bath.

Thursday, May 18th, 2017
Creating Welcoming and Affirming Schools:  Supporting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Students
Sue Campbell, Program Director of OUT Maine and Aiden Campbell

Wondering what you can do to support the LGBTQ youth in your school and reduce bullying and harassment for all students? Come to this workshop to get the critical information you need to be a good ally for these students. Hear from this unique mother son team about one young man navigated his journey through school.  

Topics include: an overview of the realities these youth are facing in their schools, communities, homes; the risk and protective factors for these youth; transgender 101 and some key things you need to know about the law; the key things you can do to be a good ally without a lot of additional work; Most important, you will come away with concrete tools you can use to help these at-risk youth and resources available on an ongoing basis. 

Aiden is a transgender man who is sharing his journey of transitioning hoping to increase awareness for those who support transgender youth.  Aiden is a co-founder of Walking Life’s Path and is a full-time student studying at the University of Southern Maine, studying social work with a minor in recreational leadership.  Aiden’s goals are to help create something that will provide and give back to the community in return for all the community has done for him.

Sue directs programming for LGBTQ youth under the age of 22 in the rural Maine. Her work spans the provision of after-school programming, building Gay/Straight/Trans Alliances in middle and high schools to make schools safe and affirming and creating a strong safety net of informed, supportive providers through training and ongoing support of health and mental health care providers, clergy, school staff, crisis workers and youth service organizations.

Sue has over 25 years of working with local school boards and administrators.  Sue is also Aiden’s mom. She has first-hand experience in supporting the transition process and working with family issues around transitioning, giving her expertise that supports youth, families and efforts to make system change toward a welcoming and affirming Maine.

Here is a list of book resource for all ages that we have broken down by age:

http://walkinglifespath.com/resources/book-resources/