Whole Child Conference 2017

March 16, 2017: 5:30pm to 9:00pmwhole child logo
Washington-Lee High School
1301 N. Stafford Street, Arlington, VA  22201
APS is committed to educating the Whole Child – ensuring that each child is healthy, safe, supported,  academically engaged and challenged.   Parents, students (Grades 5-12) and staff are encouraged to attend the Whole Child Conference to learn more about supporting the needs of the Whole Child. Together, we will explore topics such as developing healthy relationships, substance abuse prevention, managing teen stress and creating a culture of respect.

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Pre-registration has now closed, but walk-in registration will be accepted at the event, beginning at 5:30pm. Some sessions may have limited capacity, so we recommend reviewing the conference program in advance and selecting a few options for each concurrent session.

Concurrent Session Topics:

  • A Community Conversation About Middle School and Substance Abuse
    This session will feature a number of roundtable discussions. Featured presenters include Susan Noack, Arlington County Police Department , who will address: how parents can be involved at home; how families can have open discussions with children about drugs and alcohol; the importance of knowing childrens’ friends and their parents; and why internet use should be monitored.
  • Breaking the Silence: Helping youth and Families Deal with Stress in Teens
    Presenter: Dr. Alfiee Breland-Noble
    This workshop will focus on educating youth, caregivers, school staff and community members about stress in teens and the associated emotional and mental health consequences. The workshop will include some national statistics on adolescent stress, depression and anxiety and will have illustrations of these issues from youth testimonials. In addition to learning about the symptoms and the course of stress, depression and anxiety, attendees will also learn about practical strategies they can implement to help identify youth in need. Finally, participants will learn about the work of Dr. Alfiee M. Breland-Noble and The AAKOMA Project in their community focused research in mental health at Georgetown University Medical Center and how her team is currently collaborating with schools, faith communities and community-based organizations to support youth mental health and emotional well-being.
  • Creating a Culture of Respect for LGBT Students
    Presenter: Adalphie Johnson, SMYAL

    LGBTQ Cultural Competency – This workshop will include information on:

    • LGBTQ terminology and definitions
    • LGBTQ youth risk factors
    • Addressing bullying, harassment and un-affirming policies and practices
    • The coming out process
  • Ending the Silence: The Power of Talking about Mental Health
    Presenter: Laura Makl, NAMI Northern Virginia

    Ending the Silence is an interactive presentation that helps teens learn bout the warning signs of mental health conditions, as well as what steps they should take to find support for themselves or their friends. A young adult living with a mental health condition will share his or her journey of recovery, and teens will have the opportunity to ask questions and gain understanding of an often stigmatized topic.
  • Love the Skin You’re In: A session for girls and young women and their parents
    Presenter: Brie Mathers, Love the Skin You’re In

    Love the Skin You’re In bonds young women together with their parents in a hard-hitting conversation about body positivity, looks-based competition, media literacy, sexting, and the enduring power of sisterhood. We inspire girls and women beyond the competition and bullying that results from compromising media messages. We teach girls to consciously choose the conversations they entertain inside their minds, to become leaders that build community and sisterhood both within their school walls and online, and most of all, to value themselves for their substance, complexity, and unique humanity so that when they write the stories of their own lives, they are the ones holding the pen. Parents learn tips for engaging challenging conversations about body image and online self-branding and young women walk away with their heads up and their hearts open and resilient.
  • LUV: Listen, Understand and Validate – Building Trusting Relationships
    Presenter: Michael Swisher, Arlington Partnership for Children, Youth and Families
    “The first duty of love is to listen” (Paul Tillich).
    Listening to our children is incredibly important, but so very hard to do! Our children tell us we don’t do it well – only 29% of our teens feel comfortable talking about difficult topics with their parents. How can we change that? It requires that we listen with our ears, our eyes, and our hearts. Learn and discuss strategies that will help you be a LUV Listener to your child. Come ready to listen, learn, and share!
  • Personal Safety in Today’s World
    Presenter: Andrea Kalochristianikas

    This will focus on a diverse range of safety issues to include walking in public, self-defense strategies if attacked or followed, strategy if followed in a vehicle, road rage, online/social media safety, financial security/protecting your identity, and traveling on planes, trains, subways, etc. The goal is to emphasize being proactive rather than reactive, but being prepared for different scenarios in today’s world.
  • Yoga and Mindfulness:  An Interactive Workshop
    Presenter:  Ronnie Goff
    Mindfulness is a powerful tool for cultivating well-being. You’ve probably heard about professional athletes, celebrities, and business leaders who point to mindfulness and yoga as part of their success and you’re wondering how it might impact you and our schools. Take a pause from your busy day and join us for a fun, hands-on session designed to introduce you to mindfulness. You will learn: • The science behind mindfulness and its benefits • Practical tips for building mindfulness into your day • Three ways to practice mindfulness • How to cultivate mindfulness in your kids Wear comfortable clothes and bring your curiosity.

    Check back soon for details on the following sessions: 

    • Coaching Boys Into Men
    • Heal Yourself: Healthy Eating and Active Living
      Presenter:  Dr. Sam Stebbins, Arlington County Department of Human Services
    • Real Talk:  What Every Parent and Teen Needs to Know About Healthy Dating
      Presenters: Cheryl Bozarth, Project Peace Coordinator; Julia Dixon, Promoting Awarneness|Victim Empowerment (PAVE) Ambassador; Mariana Velasquez, Doorways/REVIVE Youth Counselor; Caroline Raphael, Washington-Lee senior and Healthy Relationships Task Force co-chair; Logan Elhrich, Washington-Lee sophomore and Men of Respect co-chair.
    • Teen Voices: The Truth About Substance Abuse and Middle School

Light refreshments will be provided.