Teen Self-harm: Upcoming Community Presentations

We have received a wonderful response to our posting about teen self-harm.  It was our hope that sharing this information would be a help and a comfort to anyone wanting to learn more.

I will be sharing similar information in person at two upcoming dates for teachers in Sherwood Park and social workers from across Alberta:

1. Elk Island Public School’s Professional Development Day – Fri 2 March 2012

2. The Alberta College of Social Workers’ annual Conference – 22 through 24 March 2012.  My all-day session (#34 in the conference programme) is on Saturday the 24th.  More info: http://www.acsw.ab.ca/social_workers/members_services_activities/acsw_annual_conference/2012_annual_conference

If you are an EIPS teacher or Alberta social worker, I look forward to the chance to meet you.  Bring lots of questions & case examples!  Feel free to call with anything more pressing.

About tanya.spencer

Dr. Spencer has worked with families, schools, and residential treatment settings using an evidence-based framework and cognitive-behavioural perspective. She specializes in learning problems, attachment, mood disorders, teen self-harm and the autism and fetal alcohol spectra.
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2 Responses to Teen Self-harm: Upcoming Community Presentations

  1. Rama says:

    I just read an interesting piece in the Late Fall 2010 issue of Administrator. According to the ariltce despite the fact that cyberbullying has been all over the headlines of late, only 2% of the parents saw it as a primary concern. On the other hand, 72% indicated they were worried about online sexual predators even though such instances are relatively rare. Unfortunately, parents don’t know what they don’t know, and it appears most totally underestimate and don’t understand the extent of cyberbullying. I do think we (schools) have a responsibility to prepare kids to successfully operate in a 21st century world. To that end, we do have a responsibility to educate them about the appropriate use(s) of social networking as a communication tool, as well as the long term implications of their actions in cyberspace. While I also believe parents need to step up and be responsible for parenting’ outside the school day, I now fear they don’t know what they need to know to monitor and address cyberbullying. Because the impact of cyberbullying can spill into our hallways and classrooms, we may have no choice except to educate parents too.

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