Twice a year, The de Paul School partners with local clinical psychologists and other experts to present seminars on topics relevant to parents, guardians, educators, and those who work with children. Seminars are open to everyone in the community that fall into the categories above. Registration for seminars are online, and begin at least two weeks prior to the seminar date. The cost is $5.00 per person, and includes beverage and dessert refreshments.
Presented on Thursday, February 7th, 2013, by Looking for Lilith Theatre Company, Choices allowed audience participants the opportunity to rehearse what strategies to use when dealing with an online bullying situation. Commissioned in 2009, by Make a Difference for Kids, Inc, Looking for Lilith devised Choices based on real life stories of cyberbullying. In 2010, Choices received the Karen Willis Award from the Kentucky Theatre Association for the use of art as a tool for social change. The Computer Education Support Unit of Jefferson County Public Schools deemed Choices to be so effective, they orchestrated a performance in every JCPS high school. For the last three years, Choices has toured nationally, most recently performing at Miami University of Ohio’s Annual Human Rights Conference. Some resources included: Cyberbullying Fact Sheet & Cyberbullying Chat Abbreviations
Presented on September 13th, 2012, by Dr. Felicia Smith and Dr. Tanya Stockhammer–the founders of StrongMinds Child & Adolescent Psychology Specialists. The doctors provided research-based findings on the positive effects of establishing and communicating boundaries in our homes and in our classrooms. This proved to be an informative and empowering evening! Managing Boundaries Slides
This seminar was presented on February 16, 2012, and addressed the questions: How well does your family deal with stress or change? Is your foundation at home a strong one? Is your child adaptable? Presenters Dr. Lisa Powell and Dr. Laurie Mount Grimes, psychologists who specialize in working with children and families, focused on the most important ingredients for raising emotionally and behaviorally healthy children, resilient children, who are able to thrive during tough times. They presented research-based findings on ways to ensure healthy functioning and how to increase “protective factors,” particularly through strengthening parent-child relationships. This discussion also outlined the benefits of routines and rituals in supporting family functioning. Building Family Resiliency Slides, Building Family Resiliency Handouts
This seminar was presented on September 22, 2011. The subject was relevant to both parents and to those who work with children. Dr. David Causey, a parent and psychologist in the Metro Louisville community, presented this topic and provided much insight and many practical strategies. Three additional psychologists, Dr. Felicia Smith, Dr. Joe Edwards, and Dr. Bryan Carter, then participated in a panel discussion and Q & A session. Relief Slides