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Journey to Resiliency - Elmbrook School District

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Brookfield East High School

3305 Lilly Road

Brookfield, WI 53005

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Journey To Resiliency
Tuesday, September 24th, 2019
Bypassing and Navigating Anxiety and Depression in Adolescence

ABOUT THE PRESENTATION:
The mental health of adolescents is crucial and increasingly a concern for many. We need to know more… for our kids and ourselves. Hear from experts in the field of diagnosing and treating adolescents through the last 20 years and learn how we are seeing the lack of prevention in the area of mental health and how it leads to the epidemic of substance use, severe anxiety disorders, suicide and violence. Gals on the Go Project in affiliation with Your Choice to Live bring prevention to the forefront of the mental health crisis in our community.

For questions about this event, please contact Ben Westphal at westphab@elmbrookschools.org or a Gals on the Go Project representative at galsonthegoproject@gmail.com


WHY ATTEND THIS PRESENTATION:
We are seeing an increase in anxiety kids and when early symptoms are not identified which can lead to a level that can affect kids in many ways in school and at home. Parents will learn about how anxiety manifests, what it looks like and how it can overlap with other mental health concerns. The presentation will share how the brain works and how the brain's neural pathways are similar between anxiety and substance abuse, self harm and eating disorders. The process of building resilience is the ability to utilize our fundamental skills taught in home, the development of personal competence, and the ability to confront adversity.

With our dependance on social media and technology as a society, kids have more access to information online than ever before. This presentation will address these issues as well as give practical advice on how to instill resilience building tools starting in the home. Resilience is something that can be taught and nurtured in young people. Most experts agree the building of a resilience starts at an early age. However there is a lot that can be done during later childhood, adolescence, and adulthood to promote resilience in an individual. Research shows that resilient kids come from resilient parents. This presentation will help empower parents to make changes and to build the foundation of emotional and social health in the home.

We will share a powerful personal testimony about recovery that will offer a message of hope. Sharing a journey of resiliency and the necessity of a healthy family unit, a stable support network and how to heal trauma to be able to share a story of courage, healing and hope.


ABOUT THE PRESENTERS:
Deanna Marincic MSW LCSW, Owner of Gals Institute LLC and founder of Gals on the Go Project.
Deanna is a Licensed Clinical Psychotherapist who has been working in the mental health field treating individuals, families and adolescents for over 20 years in all levels of care. She has worked extensively with teenage and adult clients with addictions, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, family and couples therapy, co-parenting and behavioral management skill building. Gals Institute, LLC along with Gals on the Go Project develop resilience building and prevention workshops and are developed by Deanna and her team as a personal passion project to help kids 6 and up develop confidence, self-esteem and much needed resiliency through using multi-dimensional interactive modalities. Deanna is an active parent in the Oconomowoc community, past president of the Oconomowoc Public Education Foundation, 2017 Oconomowoc Chamber Woman in Business award recipient. Deanna speaks in community forums on issues such as adolescent development, parenting and treatment of addictions and other topics related to prevention and resiliency.

Terri Alm , MSN PMHNP Terri is a board certified psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner. She has been a nurse for over 20 years, earning her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Alverno College, and her master’s degree from the University of St. Francis. Her role at Gals Institute LLC is to provide psychiatric evaluations, diagnosis, and treatment (medication and/or non-pharmacological interventions). Terri has worked in the mental health arena and is an advocate for education for physicians and providers on the opioid epidemic. Focusing on prevention and education of alternative ways to treat pain and mental illness, Terri is a leader in her field speaking on issues including mental health and substance abuse.

Matthew Ehn. Matthew is currently a Program and Project & Service Manager for a consulting firm out of Milwaukee. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology and Conservation from the University of Madison-Wisconsin. Matt will share his journey through mental health issues and substance use struggles with a story of hope, recovery and healing. Matthew is a true advocate for prevention and healing.


Gals on the Go Project is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that focuses on improving mental health with prevention and resiliency building workshops and programs for children and adolescents. Topics such as healthy relationships, effective coping, and resiliency skills are taught. Since its inception in 2018, Gals on the Go Project has impacted over 500 boys and girls in Wisconsin with socio-emotional support based, educational workshops.



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