Lori Stauffer, Ph.D., founder of Hope for Families, Inc., will discuss child sexual abuse prevention at a Foundations workshop.

As mental health issues continue to grip children and teens, the Foundations Community Partnership is hosting three educational sessions to help parents, educators, and mental health professionals alike.

Held on the first Wednesday of each month starting in March, these three programs will feature experts in their fields. Each workshop will last from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., meaning these are in depth looks into the subject matter.

All three classes will be held at the Doylestown Health & Wellness Center Auditorium, located at 847 Easton Rd./Rt. 611 in Warrington. The cost is $65 per day and breakfast is included.

Anyone looking for more information or to register can call Foundations Community Partnership at 267-247-5584 or visit www.fcpartnership.org.

“Depression, Suicide, and Related Mood Disorders in Adolescents”

Wednesday, March 6 – Risk for suicide comes in many forms. Depression, bipolar disorder, and outside factors all play a role.

Presenter Matthew Wintersteen, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Director of Research in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia will lead the workshop. He will focus especially on up-to-date evidence and working with youth in outpatient settings.

 “Improving Clinical Outcomes for Children and Adolescents with Neurodevelopmental Disorders.”

Wednesday, April 3 – Whether ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, or even Nonverbal Learning Disorder, learning disabilities can make life difficult even for the brightest of children.

Anthony L. Rostain, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania will lead the discussion. Rostain will address several steps including medication, behavior management, social skills, family support, and school-based interventions.

“The Role of Psychoeducation in Treatment and Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse”

Wednesday, May 1 – Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) is a complicated process of recovery for abused children. This class will focus on the role psychoeducation can play in helping a child victim.

Presenter Lori Stauffer, Ph.D., is the founder of Hope for Families, Inc. and author of two educational books on child abuse. As she will tell attendees, psychoeducation can also empower children who have no known history of abuse and reduce their risk of future victimization.