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Loudoun County Public Schools Department of Student Services is pleased to host the 4th Annual Mental Health and Wellness Conference.  

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Saturday, January 29
 

8:40am EST

Welcoming Remarks
Welcome Session
Event number: 2318 807 2376
Event password: VdVvJgJk286 (83885455 from phones)
Join by phone+1-415-655-0001 US Toll
Access code: 2318 807 2376

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Asia Jones

Dr. Asia Jones

Assistant Superintendent of Student Services, Loudoun County Public Schools


Saturday January 29, 2022 8:40am - 8:50am EST

9:00am EST

Panel Discussion - Culture, Identity, and Mental Health: What Families Need To Know
School-based clinicians who are members of racially and ethnically (REM) minoritized groups will discuss being culturally responsive to students and families. Implications for how mental health is explained, including overcoming resistance to treatment, and how to develop collaborative relationships to understand cultural norms and improve student outcomes will be discussed.
Session Link
Meeting number (access code): 2317 633 4141
Meeting password: rSRhJsbe474
Join by phone
+1-415-655-0001 US Toll

Speakers
avatar for Charles Barrett, PhD

Charles Barrett, PhD

Coordinator, Diagnostic and Psychological Services, Loudoun County Public Schools
Charles A. Barrett, PhD, NCSP is a Coordinator for Diagnostic and Psychological Services with Loudoun County Public Schools. Additionally, he is an adjunct lecturer at Northern Virginia Community College, the Graduate School of Education at Howard University, the College of Education... Read More →
avatar for Maral Abooali. M.A

Maral Abooali. M.A

School Psychologist, Loudoun County Public Schools
Maral Abooali is pleased to work in Loudoun County Public Schools as a school psychologist and serve Lightridge High School. Prior to working at Lightridge High School, Maral was the school psychologist at Potomac Falls High School – her alma mater! After graduating from LCPS (PFHS... Read More →
avatar for Zara Ahmad

Zara Ahmad

School Psychologist, Loudoun County Public Schools
Born in Afghanistan and came to USA as a refugee in 1980. Currently involved in a mental health consultant role with various organizations aiding the Afghan refugees coming to America. In addition, I have facilitated sessions on disabilities in the Afghan community at the annual Afghan... Read More →
avatar for Wei Lo

Wei Lo

School Psychologist, Loudoun County Public Schools
Wei Lo (she/her) is a first-year school psychologist at Loudoun County Public Schools. She is from Taiwan and obtained her Ed.S. degree from Radford University. Her special interest is to improve equity in education at a systemic level, particularly for students who are trans, queer... Read More →
avatar for Laetitia Sakponou

Laetitia Sakponou

School Psychologist, Loudoun County Public Schools
Laëtitia Sakponou is a school psychologist with LCPS at the secondary level. She is from Benin, born in France, and grew up in Virginia. She identifies as Black with She/Her/Hers pronouns. She is dedicated to working with students of diverse backgrounds and being mindful of cultural... Read More →



Saturday January 29, 2022 9:00am - 9:50am EST

9:00am EST

Partnering with Parents to Reduce Anxiety in Elementary Age Students
This presentation will focus on the use of the Cool Kids program as an intervention to reduce feelings of anxiety in elementary age students. The school psychologist works with the student to change how they think about anxiety provoking events, and then develops a plan with the parents to change the behaviors.

Session Link
Meeting number (access code): 2304 302 3113
Meeting password: jvVw4vJ24AT

Join by phone+1-415-655-0001 US Toll

Speakers
avatar for Joel Esslinger, MA

Joel Esslinger, MA

School Psychologist, Loudoun County Public Schools
I have worked as a school psychologist for 28 years, with 22 of those years in LCPS. I have served as the psychologist for several LCPS schools, including elementary/middle/high, and currently am assigned to three elementary schools. Unique job responsibilities/special interests include... Read More →



Saturday January 29, 2022 9:00am - 9:50am EST

9:00am EST

School Connectedness and Social Media: the good, the bad, and the useful
School connectedness is a protective factor for student mental health. Students who feel connected to their school are less likely to engage in risk behaviors, including early sexual initiation, alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use, and violence. School connectedness is positively associated with attendance and academics as well. Social media influences school connectedness. This influence can be both positive and negative.

Session Link
Meeting number (access code): 2317 896 4825
Meeting password: SwCar424ZpF
Join by phone
+1-415-655-0001 US Toll


Speakers
avatar for Tracy Wood, M.Ed

Tracy Wood, M.Ed

School Counselor - Riverside High School, Loudoun County Public Schools
Tracy Wood has been a counselor with Loudoun County Public Schools since 2015. This is her 4rd year serving as one of the sponsors of Sources of Strength, a strengths-based, peer-led, suicide prevention program. She completed her Masters of Education with a concentration in School... Read More →



Saturday January 29, 2022 9:00am - 9:50am EST

9:00am EST

Schools Building Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Skills to Help Young People Thrive in Learning and Life
Social-emotional learning (SEL) is how young people acquire the knowledge and skills to develop healthy identities and confidence, set and achieve goals, manage feelings, work with others, make responsible decisions, and solve problems. Learn how LCPS creates opportunities to learn and apply these skills to support academic and social-emotional growth.


Session Link
Meeting number:
2318 315 2516
Password:
yP8uETeg4x7
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Access code: 2318 315 2516


Speakers
avatar for Dr. Lindsay Orme

Dr. Lindsay Orme

LCPS Social-Emotional Learning Specialist, Loudoun County Public Schools
Dr. Lindsay Orme is a Social-Emotional Learning Specialist with Loudoun County Public Schools. She works directly with schools throughout the division to support implementation of curriculum and practices that build SEL skills across settings and in partnership with families and the... Read More →



Saturday January 29, 2022 9:00am - 9:50am EST

9:00am EST

Supporting Resilience in Students with Disabilities Through Collaborative Problem-Solving
Students with disabilities are more likely to be impacted by pandemic-related stressors that limit academic, behavioral and social emotional outcomes. Home-school collaborative problem-solving can proactively address risk factors that create barriers to success. In this session, caregivers will gain strategies for promoting resilience in children by working collaboratively with schools.
Session Link
Meeting number (access code): 2315 212 1044
Meeting password: umSPGHRM744
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+1-415-655-0001 US Toll

Speakers
avatar for Kelly Henderson, PhD

Kelly Henderson, PhD

Executive Director, Formed Families Forward
A special educator by profession, Kelly is a former public school teacher of students with emotional and behavioral disorders, and has worked in national and federal special education policy and research settings. Kelly’s family is formed in part through public foster care and adoption... Read More →
avatar for Beth Spivack, MSW

Beth Spivack, MSW

Family and Support Outreach Director, Formed Families Forward
Beth worked in marketing communications at both for-profit and nonprofit organizations for a number of years, but was inspired to change careers and become a social worker after adopting a child internationally.  She earned a Master of Social Work from VCU in 2014.  In school she... Read More →



Saturday January 29, 2022 9:00am - 9:50am EST

9:00am EST

Supporting Students with School Anxiety and Avoidance Behaviors: An LCPS Intervention Program
This presentation educates parents on the causes and manifestations of school anxiety, avoidance, and refusal; reviews evidence-based practices to increase school attendance for anxious students; and introduces LCPS’s tiered intervention program for collaborating with families to support school-avoiding students. Parents will receive resources for further education and guidance.

Session Link

Meeting number: 2310 874 9220
Meeting password: ADpyWDAs922

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+1-415-655-0001 US Toll

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Lynsey Riley

Dr. Lynsey Riley

School Psychologist, Loudoun County Public Schools
Dr. Riley earned her Ph.D. in School Psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park. She received specialized training in school anxiety, avoidance and refusal through LCPS’s partnership with Dr. Jonathan Dalton, founder and director of the Center for Anxiety and Behavioral... Read More →



Saturday January 29, 2022 9:00am - 9:50am EST

9:00am EST

Teen Substance Use Trends
The landscape of teen substance use is ever-changing, which presents a challenge for parents and other adults in students’ lives. Session participants will learn about current trends in teen substance use and how to identify and respond to substance use early on.

Session Link
Meeting number: 2306 589 4198
Password: Q8BhRNcUM37

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+1-415-655-0001 US Toll
Access code: 230 658 94198





Speakers
avatar for Fiona Brown, LPC

Fiona Brown, LPC

Student Assistance Specialist, Loudoun County Public Schools
I have enjoyed serving the LCPS community as a Student Assistance Specialist since 2017. I am passionate about reducing the culture of stigma and silence around substance use by helping students, parents and staff approach this issue from a health perspective. For 10 years prior to... Read More →
avatar for Jashan Grewal, LPC, LSATP

Jashan Grewal, LPC, LSATP

Student Assistance Specialist, Loudoun County Public Schools
Jashan Grewal is a Licensed Professional counselor and a Licensed Substance Use Treatment Professional. She has a Masters degree in Counseling and is proficient in providing behavioral therapy modalities. Jashan has extensive experience working with people who have Co-Occurring Disorders... Read More →
avatar for Darren Madison, LCSW

Darren Madison, LCSW

Student Assistance Specialist, Loudoun County Public Schools
Darren Madison has worked for Loudoun County Public Schools as a Student Assistance Specialist (SAS) since 2008 providing prevention services in the fields of substance abuse and mental health. Mr. Madison is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Certified International Institute... Read More →



Saturday January 29, 2022 9:00am - 9:50am EST

9:00am EST

Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences & Building Self-Healing Communities
Understanding the impact of adversity on a child’s brain is imperative to an effective educator – particularly in the current climate of a global pandemic. ACE Interface was selected to be used throughout the state of Virginia to help educate the public about the ACE study and the impact of trauma on the developing child’s brain. In partnership with SCAN of Northern Virginia, the Loudoun County Trauma Informed Community Network and Loudoun County Public Schools provides this training throughout the county through trained providers.

Session Link
Meeting number: 2307 817 8590
Password: KRrGtdHH224
Join by phone
+1-415-655-0001 US Toll
Access code: 230 781 78590

Speakers
avatar for Shoko Brown, MA

Shoko Brown, MA

School Psychologist, Loudoun County Public Schools
Shoko Brown is a school psychologist at Ball’s Bluff Elementary, Leesburg Elementary and Lucketts Elementary school. She received a specialist level master’s degree in School Psychology from Saint Mary’s College of California. On weekends, she enjoys taking walks, eating spicy... Read More →



Saturday January 29, 2022 9:00am - 9:50am EST

9:00am EST

Using Movement, Mindfulness, and Breath to Cultivate Self-regulation and Resilience
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, concerns about emotional and behavioral health of children were already rising pre-pandemic and are of even greater concern now (AAP, 2021). Research shows movement, mindfulness, and breathwork are beneficial tools to cultivate self-regulation, resilience, and interoception, all which help develop long-term coping skills.

Session Link
Meeting number: 2301 709 2996
Password: EwuAgXc92D2

Join by phone
+1-415-655-0001 US Toll
Access code: 2301 70

Slides​​​

Speakers
avatar for Nancy McGovern, MS Candidate

Nancy McGovern, MS Candidate

Mindfulness and Yoga Instructor, Owner, Corner of the Sky
Nancy McGovern received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from Florida State University after completing high school at Florida School of the Arts. She was affiliated with several dance companies in Florida including the FSU Dance Touring Theatre.  Nancy moved to the Greater Washington... Read More →



Saturday January 29, 2022 9:00am - 9:50am EST

9:00am EST

Utilizing Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Skills for Adolescents with Anxiety
Adolescents with anxiety disorders have significant worry about themselves and their interactions with daily life. Due to their intense distress, adolescents can experience behavioral urges that can decrease their discomfort however can cause long term negative consequences. Some of these behaviors can be avoidance, withdrawal, irritability, interpersonal conflict, among others. Evidence based treatment is the most efficacious treatment to date. Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is an evidence based treatment that has proven to help with anxious clients who identify with distressing emotions, especially fear and need to learn skills applicable to everyday life situations. The goal of this presentation is to understand the emotion of anxiety and provide healthy life skills that Adolescents can infuse into their everyday lives.

Session Link
Meeting number: 2309 509 1719
Password: 53XZmGfbTm2
Join by phone+1-415-655-0001 US Toll
Access code: 2309 509 1719



Speakers
avatar for Mariely Gonzalez, PhD

Mariely Gonzalez, PhD

Clinical Provider, Potomac Behavioral Solutions
Mariely González is a Clinical Psychology Postdoctoral Fellow that has achieved her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Albizu University in Puerto Rico. She also received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Albizu University.Mariely has training in Dialectical Behavior... Read More →
avatar for Rodolfo Gonzalez, LCSW

Rodolfo Gonzalez, LCSW

Clinical Provider, Potomac Behavioral Solutions
Rodolfo is a licensed clinical social worker with over 20 years of experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families. His areas of expertise include child welfare, chronic severe mental illness, and case management. He has worked in many different settings including... Read More →



Saturday January 29, 2022 9:00am - 9:50am EST

10:00am EST

Internet Safety- How to Keep Your Kids Safe Online
The first part of this presentation will provide an overview of topics and trends that students are dealing with including responsible social media use, online predators, and sexting. The second part of the presentation provides statistics and resources for parents and teachers.

Session Link

Meeting number:2308 582 4254
Password:mGgGkBXn397
Join by phone+1-415-655-0001 US Toll
Access code: 2308 582 4254

Resources:
www.internetsafety101.org
https://protectyoungeyes.com/









Speakers
avatar for Sgt. Gregory Johnson

Sgt. Gregory Johnson

Sergeant, Loudoun County Sheriff's Office
Sergeant Greg Johnson is a 29 year law enforcement veteran and is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. He has been a resident of Loudoun County for 25 years. He is married and he has two children .



Saturday January 29, 2022 10:00am - 10:50am EST

10:00am EST

It Takes a Village: Helping Stressed Students
Cassandra Asekhauno and 5 Riverside HS Senior Peer Leaders: Zoya Faruqui, Nick McDonald Emily Mitchell, Anya Passino, and Neha Yannam will facilitate this important conversation.

91% of Generation Z reports at least one physical or emotional symptom of stress. Because of that, stress management, mindfulness, and coping have grown increasingly important in schools. By sharing the students’ perspective, teachers and parents will learn how to help their own students via stress relief and coping mechanisms.

Session Link
Meeting number: 2310 735 9682
Password: m32RnK7dSJh
Join by phone
+1-415-655-0001 US Toll
Access code: 2310 735 9682


Speakers
avatar for Cassandra Asekhauno, M.Ed.

Cassandra Asekhauno, M.Ed.

School Counselor, Loudoun County Public Schools
Cassandra Asekhauno has been a School Counselor at Riverside High School for 4 years. She is one of the PEER sponsors as well as the school counseling liaison to NHS. Prior to joining the Ramily, Cassandra was a Counselor for the Pathway to the Baccalaureate Program at NOVA for 9... Read More →



Saturday January 29, 2022 10:00am - 10:50am EST

10:00am EST

LCPS Unified Mental Health Teams and Prevention Programs
Mrs. McLemore and Ms. Belton will review the LCPS PEER and Sources of Strength programs as well as how to access other supports provided through the Unified Mental Health Team.


Session Link
Meeting number (access code): 2319 099 0301
Meeting password: m9MURmAkv42

Join by phone
+1-415-655-0001 US Toll


Speakers
avatar for Monica Belton, LMSW

Monica Belton, LMSW

School Social Worker, Loudoun County Public Schools
Monica Belton received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Arizona State University. Monica is a Licensed Masters Degree Social Worker and has been working with children and families for twenty-one years. She has been a social worker with several organizations in North Carolina... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer McLemore, LCSW

Jennifer McLemore, LCSW

School Social Worker, Loudoun County Public Schools
Hi! My name is Jennifer McLemore (she/her) and I am a school social worker as well as a member of the Lightridge Unified Mental Health Team.  I love helping students and supporting the Lightridge community.  School social workers provide a number of services to include individual/group... Read More →



Saturday January 29, 2022 10:00am - 10:50am EST

10:00am EST

Making Sense of Executive Functioning: Not Just Planning, Organizing, and Prioritizing
Executive Functioning can be broadly defined as brain-based skills that are required to execute tasks. Positive mental health is tied to a student’s ability to successfully use this skillset throughout their lifetime. This session will review practices that can be used at home to promote the development of executive functioning.

Session Link
Meeting number (access code): 2313 566 5684
Meeting password: fQDXDYQP327
Join by phone
1-415-655-0001 US Toll

RESOURCES FOR PARENTS

Speakers
avatar for Kelsey Jackson, Ed.S.

Kelsey Jackson, Ed.S.

School Psychologist, Loudoun County Public Schools
Kelsey is in her 4th year as a School Psychologist with Loudoun County Public Schools. She has presented on a variety of topics throughout her professional career including executive functioning, mental health awareness for teachers and students, bullying prevention, and suicide prevention... Read More →
avatar for Catherine Tannuzzo, M.S., NCSP

Catherine Tannuzzo, M.S., NCSP

School Psychologist, Loudoun County Public Schools
Kate Tannuzzo works for Loudoun County Public Schools as a School Psychologist primarily at three elementary schools in Sterling. She’s been employed with LCPS since 2018 and has worked in multiple school districts in Arizona as well as in New York since 2011. Her experiences include... Read More →



Saturday January 29, 2022 10:00am - 10:50am EST

10:00am EST

Partnering with Parents to Reduce Anxiety in Elementary Age Students
This presentation will focus on the use of the Cool Kids program as an intervention to reduce feelings of anxiety in elementary age students. The school psychologist works with the student to change how they think about anxiety provoking events, and then develops a plan with the parents to change the behaviors.

Session Link
Meeting number (access code): 2303 645 9149
Meeting password: 5JeCvTrBB32
Join by phone
+1-415-655-0001 US Toll

Speakers
avatar for Joel Esslinger, MA

Joel Esslinger, MA

School Psychologist, Loudoun County Public Schools
I have worked as a school psychologist for 28 years, with 22 of those years in LCPS. I have served as the psychologist for several LCPS schools, including elementary/middle/high, and currently am assigned to three elementary schools. Unique job responsibilities/special interests include... Read More →



Saturday January 29, 2022 10:00am - 10:50am EST

10:00am EST

School Connectedness and Social Media: the good, the bad, and the useful
School connectedness is a protective factor for student mental health. Students who feel connected to their school are less likely to engage in risk behaviors, including early sexual initiation, alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use, and violence. School connectedness is positively associated with attendance and academics as well. Social media influences school connectedness. This influence can be both positive and negative.

Session Link
Meeting number (access code): 2317 299 3845
Meeting password: tyBh7G43gv3
Join by phone
+1-415-655-0001 US Toll

Speakers
avatar for Tracy Wood, M.Ed

Tracy Wood, M.Ed

School Counselor - Riverside High School, Loudoun County Public Schools
Tracy Wood has been a counselor with Loudoun County Public Schools since 2015. This is her 4rd year serving as one of the sponsors of Sources of Strength, a strengths-based, peer-led, suicide prevention program. She completed her Masters of Education with a concentration in School... Read More →



Saturday January 29, 2022 10:00am - 10:50am EST

10:00am EST

Supporting Students with School Anxiety and Avoidance Behaviors: An LCPS Intervention Program
This presentation educates parents on the causes and manifestations of school anxiety, avoidance, and refusal; reviews evidence-based practices to increase school attendance for anxious students; and introduces LCPS’s tiered intervention program for collaborating with families to support school-avoiding students. Parents will receive resources for further education and guidance.

Session Link

Meeting number (access code): 2303 071 2865
Meeting password: muFRTZPV374
Join by phone
+1-415-655-0001 US Toll

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Lynsey Riley

Dr. Lynsey Riley

School Psychologist, Loudoun County Public Schools
Dr. Riley earned her Ph.D. in School Psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park. She received specialized training in school anxiety, avoidance and refusal through LCPS’s partnership with Dr. Jonathan Dalton, founder and director of the Center for Anxiety and Behavioral... Read More →



Saturday January 29, 2022 10:00am - 10:50am EST

10:00am EST

Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences & Building Self-Healing Communities
Understanding the impact of adversity on a child’s brain is imperative to an effective educator – particularly in the current climate of a global pandemic. ACE Interface was selected to be used throughout the state of Virginia to help educate the public about the ACE study and the impact of trauma on the developing child’s brain. In partnership with SCAN of Northern Virginia, the Loudoun County Trauma Informed Community Network and Loudoun County Public Schools provides this training throughout the county through trained providers.

Session Link

Meeting number: 2307 817 8590
Password: KRrGtdHH224
Join by phone
+1-415-655-0001 US Toll
Access code: 230 781 78590



Speakers
avatar for Shoko Brown, MA

Shoko Brown, MA

School Psychologist, Loudoun County Public Schools
Shoko Brown is a school psychologist at Ball’s Bluff Elementary, Leesburg Elementary and Lucketts Elementary school. She received a specialist level master’s degree in School Psychology from Saint Mary’s College of California. On weekends, she enjoys taking walks, eating spicy... Read More →



Saturday January 29, 2022 10:00am - 10:50am EST

10:00am EST

Utilizing Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Skills for Adolescents with Anxiety
Adolescents with anxiety disorders have significant worry about themselves and their interactions with daily life. Due to their intense distress, adolescents can experience behavioral urges that can decrease their discomfort however can cause long term negative consequences. Some of these behaviors can be avoidance, withdrawal, irritability, interpersonal conflict, among others. Evidence based treatment is the most efficacious treatment to date. Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is an evidence based treatment that has proven to help with anxious clients who identify with distressing emotions, especially fear and need to learn skills applicable to everyday life situations. The goal of this presentation is to understand the emotion of anxiety and provide healthy life skills that Adolescents can infuse into their everyday lives.

Session Link
Meeting number: 2310 334 1270Password: fuESNHP6M77Join by phone+1-415-655-0001 US TollAccess code: 2310 334 1270



Speakers
avatar for Cheryl Coney, LPC

Cheryl Coney, LPC

Clinical Provider, Potomac Behavioral Solutions
Cheryl has achieved credentialing as a Licensed Professional Counselor.  She seeks to help her clients develop their definition of success and begin working toward it.  Cheryl brings enthusiasm, professionalism, and unconditional positive regard to the treatment setting so she can... Read More →
avatar for Craig Gordon, LPC, NCC

Craig Gordon, LPC, NCC

Clinical Provider, Potomac Behavioral Solutions
Craig is a Licensed Professional Counselor and specializes in evidence-based treatment for trauma and stress-related disorders, anxiety and mood disorders, self-injury, and personality disorders. His training includes Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy... Read More →



Saturday January 29, 2022 10:00am - 10:50am EST

11:00am EST

It Takes a Village: Helping Stressed Students
Cassandra Asekhauno and 5 Riverside HS Senior Peer Leaders: Zoya Faruqui, Nick McDonald Emily Mitchell, Anya Passino, and Neha Yannam will facilitate this important conversation.

91% of Generation Z reports at least one physical or emotional symptom of stress. Because of that, stress management, mindfulness, and coping have grown increasingly important in schools. By sharing the students’ perspective, teachers and parents will learn how to help their own students via stress relief and coping mechanisms.

Session Link
Meeting number: 2304 033 0496
Password: 8nARhCxhm32

Join by phone
+1-415-655-0001 US Toll
Access code: 2304 033 0496


Speakers
avatar for Cassandra Asekhauno, M.Ed.

Cassandra Asekhauno, M.Ed.

School Counselor, Loudoun County Public Schools
Cassandra Asekhauno has been a School Counselor at Riverside High School for 4 years. She is one of the PEER sponsors as well as the school counseling liaison to NHS. Prior to joining the Ramily, Cassandra was a Counselor for the Pathway to the Baccalaureate Program at NOVA for 9... Read More →



Saturday January 29, 2022 11:00am - 11:50am EST

11:00am EST

LCPS Unified Mental Health Teams and Prevention Programs
Mrs. McLemore and Ms. Belton will review the LCPS PEER and Sources of Strength programs as well as how to access other supports provided through the Unified Mental Health Team.

Session Link
Meeting number (access code): 2319 797 3693
Meeting password: BSi3a39BJRH

Join by phone
+1-415-655-0001 US Toll

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer McLemore, LCSW

Jennifer McLemore, LCSW

School Social Worker, Loudoun County Public Schools
Hi! My name is Jennifer McLemore (she/her) and I am a school social worker as well as a member of the Lightridge Unified Mental Health Team.  I love helping students and supporting the Lightridge community.  School social workers provide a number of services to include individual/group... Read More →
avatar for Monica Belton, LMSW

Monica Belton, LMSW

School Social Worker, Loudoun County Public Schools
Monica Belton received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Arizona State University. Monica is a Licensed Masters Degree Social Worker and has been working with children and families for twenty-one years. She has been a social worker with several organizations in North Carolina... Read More →



Saturday January 29, 2022 11:00am - 11:50am EST

11:00am EST

Making Sense of Executive Functioning: Not Just Planning, Organizing, and Prioritizing
Executive Functioning can be broadly defined as brain-based skills that are required to execute tasks. Positive mental health is tied to a student’s ability to successfully use this skillset throughout their lifetime. This session will review practices that can be used at home to promote the development of executive functioning.
Session Link
Meeting number (access code): 2314 931 0120
Meeting password: NJwCQZec789
Join by phone
+1-415-655-0001 US Toll

RESOURCES FOR PARENTS


Speakers
avatar for Kelsey Jackson, Ed.S.

Kelsey Jackson, Ed.S.

School Psychologist, Loudoun County Public Schools
Kelsey is in her 4th year as a School Psychologist with Loudoun County Public Schools. She has presented on a variety of topics throughout her professional career including executive functioning, mental health awareness for teachers and students, bullying prevention, and suicide prevention... Read More →
avatar for Catherine Tannuzzo, M.S., NCSP

Catherine Tannuzzo, M.S., NCSP

School Psychologist, Loudoun County Public Schools
Kate Tannuzzo works for Loudoun County Public Schools as a School Psychologist primarily at three elementary schools in Sterling. She’s been employed with LCPS since 2018 and has worked in multiple school districts in Arizona as well as in New York since 2011. Her experiences include... Read More →



Saturday January 29, 2022 11:00am - 11:50am EST

11:00am EST

Panel Discussion - Culture, Identity, and Mental Health: What Families Need To Know
School-based clinicians who are members of racially and ethnically (REM) minoritized groups will discuss being culturally responsive to students and families. Implications for how mental health is explained, including overcoming resistance to treatment, and how to develop collaborative relationships to understand cultural norms and improve student outcomes will be discussed.

Session Link
Meeting number (access code): 2316 506 0891
Meeting password: prKdxHH3M53
Join by phone
+1-415-655-0001 US Toll

Speakers
avatar for Maral Abooali. M.A

Maral Abooali. M.A

School Psychologist, Loudoun County Public Schools
Maral Abooali is pleased to work in Loudoun County Public Schools as a school psychologist and serve Lightridge High School. Prior to working at Lightridge High School, Maral was the school psychologist at Potomac Falls High School – her alma mater! After graduating from LCPS (PFHS... Read More →
avatar for Zara Ahmad

Zara Ahmad

School Psychologist, Loudoun County Public Schools
Born in Afghanistan and came to USA as a refugee in 1980. Currently involved in a mental health consultant role with various organizations aiding the Afghan refugees coming to America. In addition, I have facilitated sessions on disabilities in the Afghan community at the annual Afghan... Read More →
avatar for Wei Lo

Wei Lo

School Psychologist, Loudoun County Public Schools
Wei Lo (she/her) is a first-year school psychologist at Loudoun County Public Schools. She is from Taiwan and obtained her Ed.S. degree from Radford University. Her special interest is to improve equity in education at a systemic level, particularly for students who are trans, queer... Read More →
avatar for Laetitia Sakponou

Laetitia Sakponou

School Psychologist, Loudoun County Public Schools
Laëtitia Sakponou is a school psychologist with LCPS at the secondary level. She is from Benin, born in France, and grew up in Virginia. She identifies as Black with She/Her/Hers pronouns. She is dedicated to working with students of diverse backgrounds and being mindful of cultural... Read More →
avatar for Charles Barrett, PhD

Charles Barrett, PhD

Coordinator, Diagnostic and Psychological Services, Loudoun County Public Schools
Charles A. Barrett, PhD, NCSP is a Coordinator for Diagnostic and Psychological Services with Loudoun County Public Schools. Additionally, he is an adjunct lecturer at Northern Virginia Community College, the Graduate School of Education at Howard University, the College of Education... Read More →



Saturday January 29, 2022 11:00am - 11:50am EST

11:00am EST

Schools Building Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Skills to Help Young People Thrive in Learning and Life
Social-emotional learning (SEL) is how young people acquire the knowledge and skills to develop healthy identities and confidence, set and achieve goals, manage feelings, work with others, make responsible decisions, and solve problems. Learn how LCPS creates opportunities to learn and apply these skills to support academic and social-emotional growth.

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Meeting number:
2310 174 5690
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Speakers
avatar for Dr. Lindsay Orme

Dr. Lindsay Orme

LCPS Social-Emotional Learning Specialist, Loudoun County Public Schools
Dr. Lindsay Orme is a Social-Emotional Learning Specialist with Loudoun County Public Schools. She works directly with schools throughout the division to support implementation of curriculum and practices that build SEL skills across settings and in partnership with families and the... Read More →



Saturday January 29, 2022 11:00am - 11:50am EST

11:00am EST

Supporting Resilience in Students with Disabilities Through Collaborative Problem-Solving
Students with disabilities are more likely to be impacted by pandemic-related stressors that limit academic, behavioral and social emotional outcomes. Home-school collaborative problem-solving can proactively address risk factors that create barriers to success. In this session, caregivers will gain strategies for promoting resilience in children by working collaboratively with schools.



Session Link
Meeting number: 2316 981 0230
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Access code: 231 698 10230

Speakers
avatar for Kelly Henderson, PhD

Kelly Henderson, PhD

Executive Director, Formed Families Forward
A special educator by profession, Kelly is a former public school teacher of students with emotional and behavioral disorders, and has worked in national and federal special education policy and research settings. Kelly’s family is formed in part through public foster care and adoption... Read More →
avatar for Beth Spivack, MSW

Beth Spivack, MSW

Family and Support Outreach Director, Formed Families Forward
Beth worked in marketing communications at both for-profit and nonprofit organizations for a number of years, but was inspired to change careers and become a social worker after adopting a child internationally.  She earned a Master of Social Work from VCU in 2014.  In school she... Read More →



Saturday January 29, 2022 11:00am - 11:50am EST

11:00am EST

Teen Substance Use Trends
The landscape of teen substance use is ever-changing, which presents a challenge for parents and other adults in students’ lives. Session participants will learn about current trends in teen substance use and how to identify and respond to substance use early on.

Session Link

Meeting number: 2316 312 0986
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Access code: 231 631 20986



Speakers
avatar for Fiona Brown, LPC

Fiona Brown, LPC

Student Assistance Specialist, Loudoun County Public Schools
I have enjoyed serving the LCPS community as a Student Assistance Specialist since 2017. I am passionate about reducing the culture of stigma and silence around substance use by helping students, parents and staff approach this issue from a health perspective. For 10 years prior to... Read More →
avatar for Jashan Grewal, LPC, LSATP

Jashan Grewal, LPC, LSATP

Student Assistance Specialist, Loudoun County Public Schools
Jashan Grewal is a Licensed Professional counselor and a Licensed Substance Use Treatment Professional. She has a Masters degree in Counseling and is proficient in providing behavioral therapy modalities. Jashan has extensive experience working with people who have Co-Occurring Disorders... Read More →
avatar for Darren Madison, LCSW

Darren Madison, LCSW

Student Assistance Specialist, Loudoun County Public Schools
Darren Madison has worked for Loudoun County Public Schools as a Student Assistance Specialist (SAS) since 2008 providing prevention services in the fields of substance abuse and mental health. Mr. Madison is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Certified International Institute... Read More →



Saturday January 29, 2022 11:00am - 11:50am EST

11:00am EST

Tools to Reduce Stress of Trauma and Minor Incidents
Daily we face incidents that trigger stress. Students, educators and parents can release trapped bio-energy coming from these incidents or traumas. We will review research and experience techniques for self-regulation. Participants will gain stress management tools they can incorporate into their day.

Session Link
Meeting number: 2317 846 1004
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Speakers
avatar for Dr. Emma Rubio

Dr. Emma Rubio

International Association For Human Values
Dr. Rubio has worked with the International Association of Human Values since 1997 teaching Stress Reduction Techniques both in person and virtually to youth and adults (educators and parents) in schools and in the community, locally as well as internationally. She has a Certificate... Read More →



Saturday January 29, 2022 11:00am - 11:50am EST

11:00am EST

Using Movement, Mindfulness, and Breath to Cultivate Self-regulation and Resilience
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, concerns about emotional and behavioral health of children were already rising pre-pandemic and are of even greater concern now (AAP, 2021). Research shows movement, mindfulness, and breathwork are beneficial tools to cultivate self-regulation, resilience, and interoception, all which help develop long-term coping skills.

Session Link
Meeting number: 2301 101 2294Password: K6ExKv6mVj8Join by phone+1-415-655-0001 US TollAccess code: 2301 101 2294

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Speakers
avatar for Nancy McGovern, MS Candidate

Nancy McGovern, MS Candidate

Mindfulness and Yoga Instructor, Owner, Corner of the Sky
Nancy McGovern received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from Florida State University after completing high school at Florida School of the Arts. She was affiliated with several dance companies in Florida including the FSU Dance Touring Theatre.  Nancy moved to the Greater Washington... Read More →



Saturday January 29, 2022 11:00am - 11:50am EST

12:00pm EST

LIKE - IndieFlix Original Documentary Screening - The Impact of Social Media on Our Lives
Limited Capacity seats available

LIKE is an IndieFlix Original documentary that explores the impact of social media on our lives. Technology is a tool that is here to stay. Online social platforms provide a place to connect, share and care, but what is really happening? Are we addicted? Where do we start? How do we stop? What do we need to know? By understanding the effects of technology and social media on the brain, on our lives and on society, we can learn how to navigate it more safely together.

We hope LIKE will inspire people of all ages, especially kids, to self regulate. It is not about blame. It is about looking in the mirror and empowering ourselves to create balance in our lives and to learn to support each other.
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Saturday January 29, 2022 12:00pm - 12:50pm EST