The Symposium is a collaborative effort between EPSD School Counselors, EPSD School Psychologists and Communities in Schools of the Lehigh Valley. The event is geared to the parents of children in grades K-12 and is meant to be a resource for families in the community. Parents are invited to come learn virtually about pressing topics pertinent to children today and to leave the Symposium with practical tools and information that they can utilize during these challenging times.
The virtual format for the 2021 Symposium will feature a virtual session of pre-recorded presentations that will go live via the Virtual Mental Health Symposium 2021 website on Monday, February 15. Parents will be able to view presentations asynchronously on a variety of mental health related topics through Sunday, February 28. There is no registration to view these presentations. Parents will also have an opportunity to attend live mini-panel sessions that will occur nightly from 7:00-8:00 on Zoom beginning Monday, February 22 through Thursday, February 25. Parents will need to sign up prior to the mini-panel sessions to receive Zoom link access information.
The 2021 MH Symposium topics will include parenting and coparenting practices, family conflict and effective communication, supporting parents with child/adolescent mental health, child anxiety, adolescent anxiety, supporting children with special needs, supporting English Language Learners, supporting children with ADHD, sleep and electronics addiction, developing healthy teen relationships, current drug trends, trauma, cyberbullying/cyber safety, and bullying. Many of these topics will also address the current pandemic and how best to support children during these difficult times. Presenters from a variety of professional settings including community agencies, psychiatrists, school counselors, and school psychologists will be represented.
The mini-panel topics will include the following:
- Parenting – Monday, February 22 from 7:00-8:00 pm Live on Zoom
- Supporting School Success – Tuesday, February 23 from 7:00-8:00 Live on Zoom
- Mental Health Disorders & Trends – Wednesday, February 24 from 7:00-8:00 Live on Zoom
- Conflict & Safety – Thursday, February 25 from 7:00-8:00 Live on Zoom
Please continue to check the Virtual Mental Health Symposium 2021 website as the event gets closer for the most up to date information.
Important Dates for the 2021 EPSD Virtual MH Symposium:
- February 15-February 22 – Video Presentations can be viewed asynchronously.
- February 22-February 25 – Mini-Panel Live Discussions on Zoom. Participants must sign up prior to the mini-panel session on the website.