Families interested in learning more about mental health topics should check out the Bobcat Parents Social Emotional Learning Nights, which will be starting in September.
The six events planned for this year will focus on a variety of subjects to help families better understand and acquire skills to talk with their children. Marshalltown Community School District works in partnership with Cook Center for Human Connection, an organization centered on mental health support and resources, to plan these events.
“In every community across the country the mental health needs of students are on the rise,” said Director of Special Services Matt Cretsinger. “Our district is making a concerted effort to support the social-emotional needs of our staff, students, and their families. One of the ways we’re able to further support our families is through offering free confidential interactive sessions for them to learn directly from therapists and psychologists about prevalent mental health conditions and pathways to support those conditions.”
All of the six events will be free, open to families, and held at the Welcome Center. Each one will have a free meal being served at 5:30 p.m. with the educational program starting at 6 p.m. These events will be offered in both English and Spanish.
Families interested in attending will need to register by clicking on the event link. The following is the schedule and information on the 2023-24 events:
What Parents Need to Know About Suicide Prevention – Sept. 20
Join us as we discuss Dr. Greg Hudnall’s suicide prevention strategies, including knowing the warning signs, what to say or not say, and where you can go for help.
English – http://cookcenter.info/Sep20Marshalltown
Bullying: Stop the Cycle – Oct. 18
Over the past several years bullying is a growing problem. Learn from Dr. Melissa Lopez-Larson as she teaches parents how to identify bullying, how to stop the bullying cycle, and strategies for prevention.
English – http://cookcenter.info/Oct18Marshalltown
ABCs of Substance Use & Vaping – Dec. 13
Are you a parent who wants to know more about substance abuse and vaping? Learn how to spot the signs your child may be vaping or becoming addicted to substance use. Learn to ask the right questions, spot the basic signs, and learn to communicate with your child.
English – http://cookcenter.info/Dec13Marshalltown
Grief: The Healing Process After Loss – Jan. 17
Grief is a lifelong process that allows us to heal from our losses and redefine ourselves into the present. Learn from Dr. Ayanna Abrams and Dr. Ted Wiard as they explain the 5 phases of grief and the importance of experiencing each phase to start the healing process. Learn what is normal, how grief builds scars of wisdom and how we can move forward.
English – http://cookcenter.info/Jan17Marshalltown
De-Escalating Cycles of Conflict – Feb. 21
Some parents feel like they’re stuck in a constant cycle of conflict with their children. Learn strategies to have more calm and productive conversations with your children by breaking the cycles of conflict.
English – http://cookcenter.info/Feb21Marshalltown
Building your Child’s Confidence – April 17
Children are continuously trying to understand their place in the world and how they fit in with their family, friends, and other relationships. Join this session to learn strategies you can use to help your children develop a confident and healthy identity.
English – http://cookcenter.info/Apr17Marshalltown
Individuals with questions about the Bobcat Parents Social Emotional Learning Nights can email Cretsinger at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 641-754-1000.