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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


     2018-19 Straight Talk Sessions:

    Tuesday, September 18 - The Flowing Heart of Mindfulness and Compassion - Peter Montminy 

    Direct link:https://videoplayer.telvue.com/player/GNduNoua2rBThhw6N4PRP9OCSPf6B2ru/playlists/4827/media/382205?autostart=false&showtabssearch=true&fullscreen=false

    Tuesday, October 16 - Drugs - What's Out There? Drug trends and vaping - Denise McCann, YSB 

    Direct Link: https://videoplayer.telvue.com/player/GNduNoua2rBThhw6N4PRP9OCSPf6B2ru/playlists/4827/media/388408?autostart=false&showtabsse


    Wednesday, November 7 - SPECIAL SESSION - Addiction/Gaming - Stephanie Roy


    Tuesday, November 27 - A Dialogue About Equity & Diversity - Seria Chatters

    The "Straight Talk for Parents" presentation with Dr. Seria Chatters, recorded November 27, 2018, is now online at cnet1.org. A direct link to the online program is below:



    Tuesday, January 15 - QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) Suicide Prevention Training - Marisa Vicere from the Jana Marie Foundation

    Tuesday, February 19 - Digital Citizenship & Social Media - Paul McCormick and John Aston

    Tuesday, March 19 - Focus on Adolescence & Gender  - Sheri Berenbaum

    Tuesday, April 16 - Dangerous Drinking & Youthful Offenders Program - Adam Salyards and Centre Helps staff

    Tuesday, May 21 - TBD

    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 Susan Marshall smb11@scasd.org or 814-231-5053 to register children. Supervision of children is provided by Volunteers from SCASD and Penn State University.

    Past topics from 2017-2018 school year: 

    Tuesday, May 22, 2018: Creating a Mental Health Safety Net Panel Discussion led by Jeanne Knouse, SCASD Director of Student Services and moderated by Susan Marshall, SCASD Counselor.

    Tuesday, April 17, 2018: Bias, Bullying and Bystanders presented by Dr. Seria Chatters-Smith, LPC, LHMC, PSU Counselor Ed.

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

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

    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:
    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. 

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