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 2018-19 Straight Talk Sessions:
Tuesday, September 18
Tuesday, October 16
Tuesday, November 27
Tuesday, January 15
Tuesday, February 19
Tuesday, March 19
Tuesday, April 16
Tuesday, May 21
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 firstname.lastname@example.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, 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 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
LINKS TO TOPICS FROM PREVIOUS SCHOOL YEARS CAN BE FOUND UNDER THE SUB-HEADINGS IN THE LEFT SIDEBAR.
Straight Talk is brought to you by Jana Marie Foundation, Communities that Care, Youth Service Bureau and State College Area School District.