CCHS PA Speaker Series

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Raising Children in the Digital Age

Judge John Broderick and Jeff Levin will be at CCHS on April 27th at 7pm to talk to parents about the petri dish this generation lives in, the many stressors and challenges students are facing in today’s environment, and the best ways to deal with it all. 

John is the Sr. Director of External Affairs at Dartmouth-Hitchcock and a former Chief Justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court. For the last six years he has been traveling and speaking throughout New England on mental health awareness. He has visited over 300 schools and spoken to more than 90,000 students, most in grades 6-12. He will share what he has seen and learned from thousands of confided conversations with students.

Jeff Levin, M.S.W., was a middle school teacher for six years and was a teacher in Carlisle MA, and then, for more than thirty-five years, has counseled kids and families, first as a therapist and now as a life coach. He is the co-founder of the Reconnection Project, which helps young people, their families, and schools address the very real mental health challenges today’s youth are facing. He works with students, athletes, athletic teams, parents, and schools to reduce the rising levels of stress, anxiety, and depression seen in today’s students. Thankfully, these problems are solvable, and he will share his thoughts on what parents can do to help their children.

Demystifying and De-stressing the College Admissions Process During a Pandemic 

The college application process can be stressful during ordinary times.  Applying to college during a pandemic can be downright overwhelming. In this presentation, Jennifer Dromgoole and Karen Long of the Dromgoole Center for Admission in Concord will discuss the college admissions process with a particular focus on bringing understanding and easing stress for parents and students (grades 10 and 11 preferred). They will discuss how the college admissions processes changed due to COVID. When a conversation about college admissions starts with, “I heard that…,” you know what follows may be misinformation. Jennifer and Karen will address this situation in a fun and interactive way during their presentation and provide clarity on admissions topics such as standardized testing, college visits, extracurricular activities, and more.


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Surprising and Unsurprising Ways to (Really) Talk With Your Teen, with Kelli Kirshstein, 25-year CCHS counselor, consultant and university faculty member

The teen years have a way of transforming our conversations with teens.  As parents, we want to help our teens as they cross over into adulthood but some topics can feel difficult or even near impossible to talk about. Whether it's helping them organize their time, think about the future, make healthy decisions about relationships, or even talk about  inevitable disappointments, getting started, sustaining the conversation, and dealing with our teens' emotional reactions can lead us to feel anxious and unprepared. We know that the developing brain can make our teens feel more sensitive, reactive and often critical of themselves. but what can we do about it? 
In this webinar, beloved CCHS guidance counselor and consultant, Kelli Kirshtein shares some surprising (and not so surprising) strategies for more effective and meaningful conversations with our teens about a range of topics.  Kelli says:  "Bring your questions!"

Kelli Kirshtein has been a CCHS school adjustment counselor for 25 years.  Enough said! She is also an adjunct professor at Simmons School of Social Work and has a small private practice in psychotherapy.

Join us as we reimagine mental health in Just 30 Minutes!  The Brain Health Bootcamp is catalyzing an important movement in mental health – it’s replacing the term “mental health” with “brain health” in order to emphasize how physical and treatable these conditions are and to destigmatize mental/brain health conditions. For more on Brain Health Bootcamp and the Chase Bjork Foundation click on the button below.