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Anxiety in Students – a two-part presentation
Part I: A Presentation and Conversation with Jessica Kaplan, LICSW
Tuesday, February 27
Flynn Lecture Hall
Does your child appear stressed, overwhelmed or anxious? Are you unsure how best to support them? Join licensed social worker, Jessica Kaplan, in an evening dedicated to getting your questions answered. Ms. Kaplan will teach participants about anxiety and how it affects our children’s minds, bodies and behaviors. Participants will also learn to identify common triggers, and ways to help both in and outside of the home.
A native of East Greenwich, Jessica Kaplan, M.S.W., L.I.C.S.W, opened her private practice here in 2011 after cementing her desire to support local children and adolescents. Ms. Kaplan earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 2005. She pursued her graduate degree from Simmons College in 2006 and graduated with a masters in social work two years later. Her prior experience includes working in Rhode Island schools, hospitals, courts, and group home settings.
Over the years, Ms. Kaplan has narrowed her focus to helping anxious youth overcome their worries utilizing a strong Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) approach. This is an evidenced-based treatment that is shown to successfully help people cope with their worries. Teaching CBT skills to her clients helps them to walk away with specific coping methods to employ when experiencing distress.
Part II: Viewing and Discussion of the film, Race to Nowhere
Tuesday, March 6
Flynn Lecture Hall
Race to Nowhere: The Dark Side of America’s Achievement Culture is a film that challenges current thinking about how we prepare our children for success. Called one of the “10 Education Documentaries You Don’t Want to Miss,” Race to Nowhere features the heartbreaking stories of students across the country who have been pushed to the brink by over-scheduling, over-testing, and the relentless pressure to achieve. Through the testimony of educators, parents, and education experts, it reveals an education system in which students are often disengaged; stress-related illness, depression, and burnout are rampant; and young people arrive at college and the workplace unprepared and uninspired. Shown nationwide and internationally in more than 7,000 schools, universities, cinemas, hospitals, corporations, and community centers, Race to Nowhere has become the centerpiece of a nationwide, grassroots movement for the transformation of education.