Positively Motivating the Difficult Teen – Free Parenting Event May 23

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

In honor of Children’s Mental Health Awareness Month, the City of Virginia Beach Human Services Department is hosting a free parenting event: Positively Motivating the Difficult Teen at the Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library Auditorium, 4100 Virginia Beach Blvd. on Thursday, May 23, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. This opportunity to learn ways to positively engage your teenager is free and open to the public. No pre-registration is necessary.


Three experts in the field of mental health will give brief presentations on how to positively engage, motivate and encourage today’s difficult teen. Panel members will include:


·         Shannon Atkinson, LCSW, director of social services, Kempsville Center for Behavioral Health 

·         Stephen W. Smith, Ph.D., psychological services, Virginia Beach Public Schools

·         Jim Thornton, LPC, coordinator of child and youth mental health/substance abuse services, Virginia Beach Human Services Department


After the panel presentation, the program will be open for questions from the audience.


National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day is a key strategy of the Caring for Every Child's Mental Health Campaign, which is part of the Public Awareness and Support Strategic Initiative of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.  To coincide with the panel presentation, Mayor William D. Sessoms, Jr. proclaimed Thursday, May 23, as Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day in Virginia Beach.  To learn more about services available to children in Virginia Beach, call Jim Thornton at 385-0842 or visit the department’s web site at http://www.vbgov.com/government/departments/human-services/your-dhs/Pages/child-youth-mhsa-services.aspx .