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Posted on: February 21, 2021

Virtual Raising Positive Forum


Save the Date for the next virtual Raising Positive Children Forum -  Parenting in the COVID-19 Age: The Importance of Self Care on Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at 6:30 pm on the City's YouTube Channel (under Pines Media TV).  This is the seventh in a series of presentations hosted by Pembroke Pines Commissioner Iris A. Siple, West Campus Charter School Principal Michael Castellano, the Education Roundtable Forum and the City of Pembroke Pines to call attention to and find solutions for the many issues parents and children face today at home and at school.

In these very challenging times, children and teens are experiencing extraordinary stressors and may struggle with isolation, depression and anxiety due to this pandemic.  Parents today need added support, and both children and parents need a self-care plan to manage all of this stress.

Dr. Scott Poland, a Professor at the College of Psychology and the Director of the Suicide and Violence Prevention Office at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, and Dr. Elizabeth Hilsman, a Licensed Psychologist (Psy.D.) in private practice and an Adjunct Faculty Clinical Supervisor in the School-Related Psychological Assessments and Clinical Interventions (SPACI) clinic at Nova Southeastern University, are the special guest speakers for this forum.  They will help empower parents by directly addressing the many and new emotions arising from the pandemic, and will outline the importance of self-care for adults and how to model coping skills for their children. They will discuss the importance of parental presence in their children’s lives and in modeling optimism and hope for the future. The keys to resiliency, which is the ability to bounce back from adversity, will also be shared. Many helpful tips for raising children in today’s challenging world and how to recognize the need for mental health treatment will be shared. 

For more information, please call 954-450-1030.

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