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Belmont SEPAC Parent Information Session - Anxiety and Children

Listed below is the March Belmont SEPAC Parent Information Session and our monthly Coffee/Tea.  We hope you can attend.

  • "Children and Anxiety" - March 16, 2016 Parent Information Session - Winn Brook Cafeteria, 6:30 PM - 8:45 PM
  • Coffee/Tea -  March 17, 2016, 10:30 AM; Brueggers Bagels - 41 Leonard Street, Belmont 

ANXIETY - Wednesday, March 16, 2016 Parent Information Session:

6:30pm — Parent Mingle

7:00pm — BINA Farms Presentation - Hippo–therapy (Parent, Dale McCarthy)

7:15pm — CARD Presentation. Doctoral Students Allie Keller and Aubrey Carpenter

8:00pm —  Speaker Q+A

8:30pm — Wrap-up, Individual Q+A

8:45pm — Final clean-up. (Everyone out of the building by 9pm.) 

Where: Winn Brook Elementary School, 97 Waterhouse Rd., Belmont, MA 02478

Please park either in the Joey’s Park lot on Cross St, or along Sherman Street (the two side streets of Winn Brook). 

Enter the cafeteria through the BACK of the school through the cafeteria doors. (The cafeteria is closer to the Sherman St. side than Cross St. side.)  Please do NOT enter through main entrance on Waterhouse Street.

Topic: Children and Anxiety 

Generalized Anxiety Disorder Among Children

Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is characterized by excessive worry about a variety of everyday problems for at least 6 months. For example, people with GAD may excessively worry about and anticipate problems . They typically have difficulty calming their concerns, even though they realize that their anxiety is more intense than the situation warrants.

Guest speakers:

Allie Keller is a second year doctoral student in clinical psychology at Boston University, working under the mentorship of Dr. Donna Pincus and Dr. David Langer. Allie is currently involved with research on optimizing treatment outcomes for children with anxiety and depression through the use of shared decision making techniques. Her current research and clinical interests center on neuropsychological assessment in anxious youth, and how neuropsychological assessment can inform and optimize anxiety treatment in children with different cognitive profiles. Allie developed her interests in clinical psychology at Cornell University, where she studied neurobiology and conducted research on autism spectrum disorders. Allie graduated from Cornell in 2010, and spent the next four years working under the mentorship of Dr. John Walkup and Dr. Shannon Bennett at Weill Cornell Medical College. Through her work within Weill Cornell’s Pediatric OCD, Anxiety, and Tic Disorders Program, Allie developed interests in childhood anxiety, dissemination of evidence-based anxiety treatments, and early biomarkers of anxiety and related disorders. Her work has been published in such academic journals and textbooks as Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, Pediatric Anxiety Disorders, and Autism Research.

Aubrey Carpenter is a 5th year Clinical Psychology PhD student at Boston University, working with Jon Comer, Ph.D. and Donna Pincus, Ph.D. Next year she will be a full-time pre-doctoral intern at Boston Children's Hospital and is expected to receive her PhD in May of 2017. Aubrey developed her interests in clinical psychology while attending the University of Vermont and then while working as a research assistant at the University of Pennsylvania in an outpatient child anxiety and OCD clinic and research center under the mentorship of Dr. Marty Franklin. Clinically, she has experience assessing and treating youth and families with a variety of presenting symptoms in a variety of settings, such as in the Newton public school system, outpatient clinics, an inpatient unit at a children's hospital, and in a residential treatment facility.  Aubrey is interested in novel methods to enhance cognitive behavioral interventions for anxious and chronically ill youth with methods such as increased emphasis on family involvement, enhanced engagement and homework compliance, and through the use of novel technologies. She has been involved in several studies testing the efficacy of telehealth-based interventions for anxious youth, and she is currently conducting a randomized controlled trial of Internet-delivered CBT for child anxiety for children in both the Boston and Miami areas. She has received grant funding at the local and national level, and her work has been published in academic journals such as the Journal of the American Medical Association, the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and the Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology.

Parent-to-Parent Coffee/Tea: Thursday, Mar. 17 @10:30am at Brueggers Bagels in Belmont Center, 41 Leonard St., Belmont 

 Would you like to get together with other parents who have children receiving services?  To learn from others’ experiences, share information and provide parent-to-parent support?  Once a month (third Thursday of every month) we meet informally for coffee at Bruegger’s Bagels in Belmont Center from 10:30-11:30. (If you would like to meet but can't make this time, please contact me or one of the co-chairs to see if a better time can be arranged.)

Q: What is the Belmont SEPAC?
A: The Belmont Special Education Parent Advisory Council is Belmont’s special education parent advisory council (SEPAC), mandated by Massachusetts state law. We are family members of children with disabilities who educate each other, collaborate with school professionals, and exchange ideas and information. We welcome participation from all interested community members.

If you would like to just get additional information regarding Special Education supports for Parents, we encourage you to join our BSEAC-subscribe@yahoogroups.com for more information. 

If you have any questions, concerns, issues, suggestions, or if you would like to get involved, etc., PLEASE contact us – we would love to hear from you belmontsepac@gmail.com.