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School and Education Collaborations

We believe education is power. The Center provides mental health education, faculty training, and parent education in schools, including schools in the Highland Park ISD and Dallas ISD.

The Center provides leadership to the Social and Emotional Health Professional Learning Community for SMU's The School Zone, a collaboration of organizations and schools serving West Dallas. Staff from the Center presented at Highland Park ISD’s winter professional development conference leading talks for teachers, administrators, support staff, and school counselors and psychologists.

We also participate on a mental health task force for the Park Cities made up of educators, mental health professionals, school administrators, and law enforcement.

Let us provide a speaker for your staff or parents

Speakers: Dr. Brad Schwall, Dr Carrie Davidson

The Mental Health Impact

Length of talk: 1 hour

Learn strategies to encourage healthy workplaces, schools, faith communities, and neighborhoods. Gain a new understanding of the influences of the brain, family systems, spirituality, and culture on mental health.

Speakers: Dr. Brad Schwall, Dr. Carrie Davidson, Dr. Nathaniel Strenger

Understanding the Mental Health Needs of Children to Encourage Well-Being and Resilience

Length of talk: 1 hour

Gain understanding of adolescent mental health in the context of community. When adolescents experience mental health challenges, their support network needs to be equipped. Receive tools for prevention and intervention that consider teens' social, family, spiritual, and academic lives.

Speakers: Dr. Carrie Davidson , Dr. Nathaniel Strenger

Caring for Adolescent Mental Health Needs in the Context of Community

Length of talk: 1 hour

Gain understanding of adolescent mental health in the context of community. When adolescents experience mental health challenges, their support network needs to be equipped. Receive tools for prevention and intervention that consider teens' social, family, spiritual, and academic lives.

Speaker: Dr. Brad Schwall

Raising Socially and Emotionally Intelligent Children

Length of talk: 1 hour

Gain insights from both psychology and faith in approaching how we can parent effectively and grow strong families.

Speakers: Dr. Brad Schwall , Dr. Carrie Davidson

Parenting in the Pre-teen and Early Teen Years

Length of talk: 1 hour

Just as our kids are evolving, parenting must evolve, too. Learn key objectives for the emotional and relational development of your child for each grade, 5th-8th grade.

Speakers: Audrey Hardin, Dr. Carrie Davidson, Dr. Brad Schwall

How to Help Your Kids Learn to Manage Stress (and How to Manage YOUR Stress)

Length of talk: 1 hour

What stresses do kids face today? Pressure to achieve? Social stresses? What stresses do you as a parent face?

Speaker: Dr. Brad Schwall

Parenting with Purpose

Length of talk: 1 hour

We'll share strategies for effective discipline, communication, and relationship-building that teach kids skills and principles for healthy living. What are the key developmental transitions and stages and how should you respond?

Speaker: Dr. Brad Schwall

Navigating Adolescence

Length of talk: 1 hour

Parents of teens and kids beginning college have to find the right balance - knowing when to step in and when to step back. The challenges change in adolescence and the parenting strategies need to change too.

Speakers: Dr. Brad Schwall, Dr. Marisol De Jesús-Pèrez

Compassion Fatigue

Length of talk: 1 hour

Staff Training for Social Service Agencies Serving Populations who Experience Trauma

Speaker: Dr. Brad Schwall

The Church and Mental Health

Length of talk: 1 hour

The Faith Leader’s Guide to Responding to Relational and Emotional Crises and Needs: We can care effectively by noticing the subtle signs of relational, emotional, or mental difficulties and by being prepared for the crises that require intervention.

Speakers: Dr. Brad Schwall, Dr. Carrie Davidson, Dr. Nathaniel Strenger

Mental Health in the Schools

Length of talk: 1 hour

We'll share strategies for promoting awareness of mental health issues in schools, developing a collaborative approach to addressing needs, and creating interactions that promote emotional and relational well-being among staff and students.

Speaker: Dr. Brad Schwall

Teaching Children the Other Three Rs: Respect, Responsibility, and Resilience

Length of talk: 1 hour

Practical tips for guiding behavior and helping children deal with emotions, treat others with respect, and fulfill responsibilities.

Speaker: Dr. Brad Schwall

The Helpful Parent vs. The Helicopter Parent

Length of talk: 1 hour

What is considered smothering and what is considered absent parenting when it comes to parenting pre-teens and teens? From homework to college applications, how involved do we get? What are our responsibilities and what are there’s?

Speaker: Dr. Brad Schwall

Parenting Preschoolers

Length of talk: 1 hour

The preschool years are challenging and important. Tips for handling common challenges of parenting preschoolers from tantrums to trouble sharing.

Speakers: Dr. Carrie Davidson, Dr. Nathaniel Strenger

The Teenage Brain

Length of talk: 1 hour

What makes your pre-teen and teen click? Understanding adolescence and the development of the brain goes a long way toward helping you maintain your peace of mind and know how you can effectively guide your child.

Speaker: Dr. Brad Schwall

Helping Children Develop Social and Emotional Intelligence through the Mentoring Relationship

Length of talk: 1 hour

Mentors can help give children confidence, and help them face social and emotional challenges with good choices and resilience. Learn about the latest research into social and emotional learning and practical tips for encouraging the development of social and emotional intelligence in your mentoring programs.

Speaker: Dr. Nathaniel Strenger

The Elusive Psyche of the Adolescent Male

Length of talk: 1 hour

Adolescent males have arguably been some of the most misunderstood people in the world of mental health and education. Here, participants leave with a new understanding of the adolescent brain, those mental health challenges common among teen guys and their impact on functioning, and the ways that an adolescent male views the world around him. This presentation aims to expand the imaginations of the adults around these teenagers, so that they might see behaviors in a new light and reflect on what to do about them.

Speaker: Dr. Nathaniel Strenger

Depression: Signs, Symptoms, and Spirituality

Length of talk: 1 hour

Through the lens of faith, understand better how depression shows itself in the Christian church. This presentation works to equip church communities with both theological and psychological resources to recognize depression in the faith community, talk about it, and understand it with faith in mind. It also provides resources for churches to better understand when members of the faith community may or may not benefit from a referral to a mental health professional.

Speaker: Dr. Nathaniel Strenger

Teen Spirit: Religion, Spirituality, and Adolescent Mental Health

Length of talk: 1 hour

Spirituality and Religion, in the world of mental health, are often glanced over as important elements of multiculturalism. They can have a surprising impact on the mental health of an adolescent. This talk introduces participants to the growing body of research exploring positive and negative mental health outcomes that are associated with religion and spirituality in teen lives.

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