Parenting the Anxious Child

April 29, 2020
7:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Presented by Marla Deibler, Psy.D.

Anxiety Disorders are among the most common childhood mental health struggles. Learning to effectively cope with distressing thoughts and anxious emotions can be challenging. When feelings of anxiety are excessive and become overwhelming, children instinctively rely on their parents to help them cope and rid them of these unwanted feelings. And, many well-meaning, caring parents do just that; however, this can become unintentionally problematic, impairing the ability of the child to function independently and preventing them from developing the ability to cope on their own. Understanding the context of anxiety in the family system provides a unique opportunity for parents to effectively help their children through their own behavioral changes.

Marla W. Deibler, PsyD is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and the Founder and Executive Director of The Center for Emotional Health of Greater Philadelphia. Dr. Deibler holds a doctorate in clinical psychology (Psy.D.) with a concentration in health/neuropsychology and a post-doctoral master of science in clinical psychopharmacology (MSCP). Dr. Deibler gained her formative clinical and research experiences at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Children’s National Medical Center, and the Kennedy Krieger Institute at Johns Hopkins University Medical Center. She gained specialized behavior therapy experience in the treatment of obsessive compulsive and related disorders at the Behavior Therapy Center of Greater Washington. Dr. Deibler served as a clinician at the National Center for Phobias, Anxiety, and Depression as well as on the clinical faculty at Temple University Children’s Medical Center and Temple University Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, and Allied Health.

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Ask the Advocate

May 13, 2020
7:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Presented by Staci Greenwald, Esq.

Staci J. Greenwald is a partner in Sussan, Greenwald & Wesler, Esquires, in Cranbury, New Jersey, where she handles special education matters and offers advocacy in cases involving the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD), guardianship, and estate planning for families of special needs students. Ms. Greenwald is admitted to practice in New Jersey, the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey and the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. She is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s School Law Committee and has been a long time volunteer for Volunteer Lawyers for Justice where she represents families in special education matters and serves as a mentor for other attorneys. She presents annually at the Rutgers Law School Special Education Clinic and is also a frequent lecturer for The Institute for Continuing Legal Education and other professional and parent organizations regarding special education and children’s rights under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA).

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