In 2011, Be a Part of the Conversation originated as an initiative in the Hatboro-Horsham School District. We are grateful that HHSD had remained a Community Partner as we have grown throughout the region!

Key Contacts at Hatboro-Horsham School District

Dr. Scott Eveslage
Superintendent, Hatboro-Horsham School District
seveslag@hatboro-horsham.org

Dr. Monica J. Taylor
Assistant Superintendent, Hatboro-Horsham School District
mjtaylor@hatboro-horsham.org

Dawn Tucker, MS
K-12 Student Assistance Program Coordinator
DTucker@Hatboro-Horsham.org

Visit the Hatboro-Horsham School District’s website
Visit the Hatboro-Horsham Educational Foundation’s website
Learn about Student Assistant Program (SAP) Resources

“Less Worry, More Joy! Positive Parenting Strategies to Help Manage Anxiety and Worry” with Katherine Dahlsgaard, PhDn took place virtually on October 20, 2020

Dr. Dahlsgaard discussed and modeled specific, evidence-based strategies to help our children (and us!) manage chronic anxiety and stress, including as it relates to COVID-19, as well as outlining common pitfalls to avoid.

Take the Online Survey! Let us know your thoughts about this program, and which topics you would like us to address in future programs.

This program was presented in partnership with the Hatboro-Horsham School District, thanks to funding from the Hatboro-Horsham Educational Foundation.

Meet Our Presenter

Katherine Dahlsgaard, PhD, ABPP

Founder and Director
Brave is Better

Learn more about Dr. Dahlsgaard

Follow Dr. Dahlsgaard on Instagram:  @braveisbetter

Book recommendation:  Positivity:  Top-Notch Research Reveals the 3-to-1 Ratio That Will Change Your Life
by Barbara Fredrickson

>> Click here to find the publication

Dr. Dahlsgaard mentioned Barbara Fredrickson, PhD

Here is her landmark paper, “What good are positive emotions?” https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3156001/
She also mentioned Roy F. Baumeister’s landmark “Bad is Stronger than Good” when she encouraged us to increase our Joy Quotient (JQ)
Here is the open access version of Baumeister’s paper:  http://assets.csom.umn.edu/assets/71516.pdf
Dr. Dahlsgaard said that we have reason to hope that a mental health crisis is not coming, for us or for our children, and that our distress will resolve when the stressors abate. To support that assertion:
Here is link to an adult longitudinal study of adaptation during COVID:  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7588823/
Here’s link to an adolescent longitudinal study of adaptation during COVID:  https://www.jaacap.org/article/S0890-8567(20)32212-7/fulltext?rss=yes

Here is Dr. Dahlsgaard’s list of Positive Affect Labeling

Following up on our May 11, 2021 online program: “Parenting On Your Feet”

What are the challenges you are facing as Hatboro-Horsham parents, caregivers and educators? Our presenters addressed the potency of today’s cannabis, other substances, impaired driving, and more, with a special focus on teens and emerging adults.

“Mock Teen Bedroom”

We also provided a tour of our Mock Teen Bedroom, which helps adults to identify signs of substance use, and trends that put kids at risk, such as cannabis, vaping and alcohol.

This program was presented in partnership with the Hatboro-Horsham School District, thanks to funding from the Hatboro-Horsham Educational Foundation.

Meet Our Panelists

Dawn Tucker, MS

K through 12 SAP (Student Assistance Program) Coordinator
Hatboro-Horsham School District

Learn more about Dawn

Dennis Williams

Principal
Hatboro-Horsham High School

Learn more about Dennis

Following up on our April 20, 2021 online program: “Preparing Your Child to Launch!”

Whether our kids are just starting high school, planning for college, searching for their first job, or struggling to determine their next steps in life, we may find ourselves teetering on the parenthood fence. Are we still their caregiver? Their disciplinarian? Their problem solver? What are our boundaries? Can we see the line between being supportive and loving, and being the rescuer/protector? How does that change once they attend college or leave home?

This program was presented in partnership with the Hatboro-Horsham School District, thanks to funding from the Hatboro-Horsham Educational Foundation.

Meet Our Panelists

Lizzy Lopez, MA, LPC, NCC

Therapist
Ethos Treatment, LLC

Learn more about Lizzy

Daniel Rubenstein

Person in Recovery
& Hatboro-Horsham Alumnus

Learn more about Daniel

Pam Williams

Guidance Counselor
Hatboro-Horsham High School

Learn more about Pam

Life on Hold: How the Coronavirus Is Affecting Young People’s Major Life Decisions
>>  https://www.prb.org/how-the-coronavirus-is-affecting-major-life-decisions/

Why Kids Are Moving Out Later and How Parents Can Deal
>>  https://www.parents.com/kids/teens/when-should-kids-move-out-of-their-parents-house/

Pew Research:  Majority of Americans Say Parents Are Doing Too Much for Their Young Adult Children
>>  https://www.pewresearch.org/social-trends/2019/10/23/majority-of-americans-say-parents-are-doing-too-much-for-their-young-adult-children/

Symptoms of Failure to Launch Syndrome and What to Do
>>  https://launchcenters.com/failure-to-launch-syndrome/

Association of Recovery in Higher Education (collegiate recovery programs)
>>  https://collegiaterecovery.org/

Student Assistance Program (SAP) Groups:  https://www.hatboro-horsham.org/Page/739

Hatboro-Horsham School District’s K-12 Student Assistance Program Coordinator:
Dawn Tucker, MS  –  DTucker@Hatboro-Horsham.org; 215-420-5583

High School SAP Office:  215-420-5626 or 215-420-5640

Keith Valley Assistance Team Office:  215-420-5187

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