The Westwood Public Schools routinely hosts programs to discuss common challenges and provide useful strategies for developing student learning and social-emotional wellness. Parents are invited to attend one or more of these programs. 

Monday, November 18, 2019, 7:00pm
High School Auditorium

The Secret Life of Teens & Tweens: Learn What Teens/Tweens are Really Thinking and How to Best Support Them
Jon Mattleman is a mental health counselor and trainer with thirty years experience working with youth, parents, and families. Jon has presented to thousands of parents in communities statewide. His dynamic presentations give participants constructive tools for communicating, problem solving, and working with adolescents.

This event funded by a grant from Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital Needham and his hosted in collaboration with Westwood Youth & Family Services.
Wednesday, December 4, 2019, 7:00pm
High School Auditorium

Parenting in the Digital Age: A Presentation and Q&A Led by Dr. Elizabeth Englander
Dr. Elizabeth Englander is a professor of Psychology and the founder and Director of the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center at Bridgewater State University, a Center which delivers programs, resources, and research for the state of Massachusetts and nationwide. She is a nationally recognized researcher and expert in the area of bullying and cyberbullying, childhood causes of aggression and abuse, and children's use of technology.
Monday, January 6, 2020, 7:00pm
High School Auditorium

Screenagers Next Chapter

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Presented By Downey PTO, WHS, Thurston PTO, Deerfield PTO, Sheehan PTO

From the Makers of the Award-Winning Documentary SCREENAGERS comes

Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER


Filmmaker and physician Dr. Delaney Ruston takes the conversation around screens and teens to the next level with Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER: Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience—a film that examines the science behind teen’s emotional challenges, the interplay of social media, and most importantly, what can be done in our schools and homes to help them build crucial skills to navigate stress, anxiety, and depression in our digital age.

SCREENAGERS: Growing up in the Digital Age—Delany Ruston’s award-winning 2016 film—was the first feature documentary to explore the impact of screen technology on kids and offer parents and families proven solutions. Screened more than 8,000 times (and counting) to 4 million people in more than 70 countries, it has been featured on PBS NewsHour, the Today Show, Good Morning America, Dr. Oz, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and more. What started as a personal story grew into a national movement, helping millions of youth and their families find their way in a world with instant access to screen time.

In Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER, we follow Delaney as she finds herself at a loss on how to help her own teens as they struggle with their emotional wellbeing. She sets out to understand these challenges in our current screen-filled society, and how we, as parents and educators, can empower teens to overcome mental health challenges and build emotional agility, communication savvy, and stress resilience. 

We witness Delaney as she finds her way from ineffective parenting to much-improved strategies. We follow other personal stories of families from an array of backgrounds with a spectrum of emotional challenges. We also observe approaches in schools that provide strategies relevant beyond the classroom setting. Interwoven into the stories are surprising insights from brain researchers, psychologists, and thought leaders that reveal evidence-based ways to support mental wellness among our youth. The impact of social media and other screen time is incorporated in all the topics raised in Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER, how it may be impacting our teens’ mental health, and what we can do to help foster youth in the face of struggles.

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