About the Series
Inspire School of Arts & Sciences is proud to present a new webinar series designed to support parents and their teenaged children in building skills and creating stronger connections. The Parenting Teens Educational Series is a series of one-hour online training sessions and talks. From helping teens deal with trauma and crisis, to fostering a healthy transition from middle to high school, to building positive mental health, to engaging in constructive social discourse, and more, we’re bringing parent speakers, educators, and experts in to tackle the issues that matter most to parents, teens, and families.
Now more than ever, tuning in and supporting the well-being of our families couldn’t be more important. Each session of the Parenting Teens Webinar Series will support you in enhancing your understanding of a range of challenging topics, supporting social emotional growth in teenagers, and building stronger communication and connection within your family. Participants will have the opportunity for Q&A with our presenters at the end of each webinar.
While this series is specifically designed for parents of teens, educators and mental health professionals are welcome to register and participate.
How To Help Your Teen Deal With Trauma & Crisis
Tuesday, January 12th 6:30-7:30pm
Between the Oroville Dam Crisis, the Camp Fire, and COVID-19, students and families in Northern California have experienced unique and serious challenges over the past couple of years. Nationally, issues of systemic racism, civil unrest, and political division continue to impact our daily experience. Now more than ever, we are facing incredibly stressful circumstances, and we could all use support in navigating them.
On Tuesday, January 12, join Inspire School of Arts & Sciences for a webinar designed to equip parents with skills and tools to support their teen in dealing with trauma and crisis. Parents will learn the definitions of trauma and crisis, how trauma and crisis impact teen well-being, the types of behaviors that a teen in crisis may engage in, and tools for connecting teen(s) with support, empathy, and outside resources.
This webinar is part of the Parenting Teens Educational Series. It will be facilitated by Matt McLaughlin, a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) with over 20 years of experience in special education and teen mental health. Participants will have the opportunity for Q&A following the session.
How To Help Your Teen Learn Civil Discourse
Thursday, January 21st 6:30-7:30pm
We are in a challenging moment in history, where political division and lack of constructive conversation around the issues facing our communities is difficult to come by. From topics like systemic racism in America, to civil unrest, to criminal justice and reform, to COVID-19, and beyond, the time is right to equip the young people in our lives with the tools they need to engage on these topics — no matter which side of the issues they may fall on.
On Thursday, January 21, join Inspire School of Arts & Sciences for a digital webinar designed to support parents in helping their teens engage in civil discourse. Attendees will learn what civil discourse is and how it relates to the social and political issues of our time, how to communicate effectively around these issues with people we do and don’t agree with, and how to have these important conversations in a safe environment with teens.
This webinar is part of the Parenting Teens Educational Series. It will be facilitated by Evita North, a teacher at Inspire School of Arts & Sciences with 7 years of experience in facilitating conversations on difficult topics with teens. Participants will have the opportunity for Q&A following the session.
How To Help Your Teen Transition To High School
Thursday, February 4th 6:30 – 7:30pm
The transition from middle school to high school can be exciting and invigorating, but it can also come with anxiety and stress for teens. On Thursday, February 4, join Inspire School of Arts & Sciences for a digital presentation designed for parents with students who are preparing to enter high school. Parents will learn about the challenges that may come from this transitional period, how to help prepare their teen for a positive high school experience, and resources available for teens who may be struggling to adapt to a new chapter.
This webinar is part of the Parenting Teens Educational Series. It will be facilitated by Melisa Plants, an academic counselor with over 11 years of counseling experience. Participants will have the opportunity for Q&A following the session.
How To Help Your Teen Improve Their Mental Health
Tuesday, February 9th 6:30-7:30pm
For teens who are dealing with the transition to high school, the challenges of building and maintaining social connections, and the everyday stressors of school and home life, prioritizing mental health is critical to overall well-being and success. On Tuesday, February 9, join Inspire School of Arts & Sciences for a digital webinar designed to support parents in fostering wellness in their teens, so that they can effectively cope with the challenges they’re facing.
This webinar is part of the Parenting Teens Educational Series. It will be facilitated by Deana Ward, RN and Former Program Manager for Butte County Behavioral Health. The workshop will cover research on teen mental health and the outdoors, tools for teaching teens flexibility, and why now is a critical time to teach these skills. Participants will have the opportunity for Q&A following the session.
How To Help Your Transgender Teen Thrive
Thursday, February 11th 6:30-7:30pm
The presence of supportive adults in LGBTQ+ teens’ lives can make an incredible difference in their mental health and well-being. That’s why it is important for all of us to create safe and affirming spaces for the teens in our lives to be who they are. On Thursday February 11th, join Inspire School of Arts & Sciences for a panel webinar designed to support you in being an identity-affirming parent to a transgender teen. Attendees will learn skills and tools from experts in the field for offering support and acceptance to teens who identify as transgender or are questioning their gender identity, including some of the risks facing transgender teens who do not have affirming adults in their lives. You will also hear firsthand experiences and advice from parents of transgender teens.
This webinar is part of the Parenting Teens Educational Series. The panel will include Julie Nilsson, retired teacher, LGBTQ+ advocate; Dr. Erin Whitney, Assistant Professor in the School of Education at Chico State; and Cindy and Andy Pickett, loving parents of an LGBTQ+ child who is now in their twenties. Participants will have the opportunity for Q&A following the session.
ABOUT INSPIRE SCHOOL OF ARTS & SCIENCES
Inspire School of Arts & Sciences is a tuition-free, public charter high school for students and families who think and learn outside of the box. We offer twelve majors for students wishing to hone skills in fields such as theatre, dance, engineering, humanities, and digital arts, as well as a range of electives that allow students to explore their passions and interests.
Our approach to learning challenges young people to aim for excellence. Our small-school environment, focus on student and family well-being, and expert staff provide the support and encouragement to find success. This is learning, Inspired.