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    Straight Talk Task Force and Free Monthly Presentations

    The Straight Talk Task Force is made up of representatives from the Jana Marie Foundation, Youth Service Bureau, Communities That Care Partnership, and State College Area School District administration, faculty, and staff.
    The mission of the Straight Talk Task Force: We strive to raise our children to become strong, confident, happy adults. The Straight Talk Series offers educational programs that help parents, caregivers and community members to recognize, understand, and deal with potential problems that can surface during developmental years. Be proactive. Learn the warning signs. Learn how to help our children before the problem negatively impacts them, their school work and their relationships


    Please save these dates for the 2017-18 Straight Talk Sessions:

    Tuesday, January 23, 2018: Subtle Slights: The Hidden Bias of Good People presented by Dr. Charleon Jeffries, PSU Coordinator, Diversity Education

    Tuesday, February 20, 2018: Personal Finance: Raising Money-Smart Kids presented by Jeff Kissell, Rodney Thompson & David Williams, Personal Finance Teachers, State College Area HIgh School

    Tuesday, March 20, 2018: Creating a Mental Health Safety Net Panel Discussion led by Jeanne Knouse, SCASD Director of Student Services 

    Tuesday, April 17, 2018: Bias, Bullying & Bystanders presented by Dr. Seria Chatters, Ph.D., PSU Counselor Education

    All sessions will be held from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. at Mount Nittany Middle School unless otherwise noted.

    No registration is required for adults, and you may register children for free children's activities and homework help by contacting Connie Schulz at ces11@scasd.org to register children. Supervision of children is provided by Volunteers from SCASD and Penn State University.

    Past topics from 2017-2018 school year: 

    Tuesday, November 14, 2017:  Mindful Compassion for Kids & Their Caregivers  Presented by Dr. Peter Montminy, A Mindful Village

    Tuesday, October 17, 2017: Drugs and Alcohol: What's Out There Annual Update                                       Presented by Denise McCann, Youth Service Bureau, and Adam Salyards, State College Police Officer.

    Tuesday, September 19, 2017: Understanding Your Child's Social Media World (Due to the graphic nature of this session and the identifiable information shared during discussions, this video will not be posted. This is a link to a revised slideshow.)                                                                              Presented by SCASD School Resource Officer, Terry Stec, and State College Police Detective John Aston.

    Past topics from 2016-2017 school year: 

    Tuesday, September 20, 2016: Transforming Toxic Stress Into Emotinal Well-Being
    Presented by Dr. Peter Montminy

    Tuesday, October 18, 2016: Drugs And Alcohol: What's Out There?
    Presented by Denise McCann and Officer Adam Salyards
    Saturday, October 29, 2016: Steadying The Emotionally Reactive Child
    Presented by Dr. Rachel Love  
    Tuesday, November 15, 2016: Relational Aggression: CO-SPONSORED BY SCASD'S PTOs 
    Presented by Deborah McCoy
    Thursday, January 12, 2017: Vices, Devices, Distractions And Social Pressures, Part 1
    Presented by School Resource Officer Terry Stec and Detective John Aston, State College Police Department

    Tuesday, January 17, 2017: Vices, Devices, Distractions And Social Pressures, Part 2                                 Presented by Katie Kostohryz, Ph.D. and SeriaShia Chatters, Ph.D.

    Tuesday, February 21, 2017:  Helping Your Child Worry Less & Live More: Mindfulness Based Solutions For Childhood Anxiety          Presented by Peter Montminy, Ph.D.

    Tuesday, March 21, 2017: Love, Hate, Tolerate: The Puzzles Of Sibling Relationships                                 Presented by Susan McHale, Ph.D.

    Tuesday, April 18, 2017: Inclusive Excellence      Presented by Carlos Wiley

    Tuesday, May 16, 2017: Mental Health Matters: A Panel Discussion                                                                       Presented by: Joseph Wiedemer, M.D., Peter Rainey, M.S. & panelists Jeanne Knouse, Amelia McGinnis, Marisa Vicere & Elena Crowne, a Delta student

    Straight Talk is brought to you by Jana Marie Foundation, Communities that Care, Youth Service Bureau and State College Area School District. 

Last Modified on December 4, 2017