The Penobscot River Educational Partnership (PREP) and the Southern Penobscot Regional Program for Children with Exceptionalities (SPRPCE) are offering additional virtual information sessions for member school district parents and educators on Mondays in May from 5-6 p.m. with Acadia Hospital presenters.

1. Eating Disorders in Youth and Young Adults – Monday, May 3rd, from 5-6 p.m.
Sara Porter, LSCW, Clinical Supervisor, Pediatric Out Patient Services, Northern Light Acadia Hospital will review the more common type of eating disorders that can impact youth and young adults, understand the role the media can play for these individuals, and outlines types of treatment and how to best support youth with an eating disorder.
Sign Up Here:  https://forms.gle/NtvV4vY3gBxC9gkM7

2. Managing Stress and Enhancing Self-Care: The COVID Course Marathon Continues – Monday, May 10th, from 5-6 p.m.
Chris McLaughlin, LCSW, Acadia Hospital Associate Vice President of Community and Pediatric Services will review and validate the impact that COVID-19 has had on individuals of all ages, individuals will gain skills in order to develop self-care plans, and we will define resiliency and learn strategies to implement in the classroom
Sign Up Here: https://forms.gle/msRKfTTFPPK64yUk7

3. Suicide and Suicide Prevention: Stigma, Awareness, and Empathy – Monday, May 17th, from 5-6 p.m.
Chris McLaughlin, LCSW, Acadia Hospital Vice President of Pediatric and Community Services will bring awareness to the prevalence, risk factors, signs and symptoms of suicide, combat the myths of suicide, and prepare school professionals to respond to suicidal students with empathy, concern and appropriate resources.
Sign Up Here: https://forms.gle/irk7VjXETEcxTHhj7

4. Caring for LGBTQ+ Students and Families: Becoming an Ally – Monday, May 24th, from 5-6 p.m.
Chris McLaughlin, LCSW, Acadia Hospital Vice President of Pediatric and Community Services will bring awareness of the risk factors associated with LBGTQ+ individuals, educate school professionals of the basic terms and definitions associated with LBGTQ+ individuals, and prepare school professionals to respond to LBGTQ+ individuals with compassion and empathy to best meet their needs.
Sign Up Here: https://forms.gle/LdtoHm6ZzFGJiUh47

These informational sessions were presented to regional educators on March 19th and received excellent reviews.  Given the extremely positive feedback, PREP and SPRPCE wanted to share this opportunity with parents and other educators.