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Mental Health & Wellness
December 9, 2019
December 9, 2019
8:30 AM - 2:30 PM
8:30 AM - 9:00 AM ~ Check-in
& Continental Breakfast
9:00 AM - 10:45 AM ~ Keynote
10:45 AM - 11:00 AM ~ Break
11:00 AM - 12:15 PM ~ Workshops
12:15 PM - 1:15 PM ~ Lunch
1:15 PM - 2:30 PM ~ Workshops
December 2, 2019
ADVIS Members pay $90 per person; Non Members pay $210 per person, includes continental breakfast and lunch.
Late registrations will be charged an additional $10 per person.
The Inn at Villanova
601 County Line Rd
Wayne, PA 19087
For folks traveling from a distance, we have reserved a block of rooms at The Inn at Villanova University for ADVIS program attendees. The room rate is $179 plus tax. The block of rooms will be held until November 11, 2019 after which time we cannot guarantee a room. To make reservations online go to
and click on Reservations. Enter the arrival and departure dates for this program (12/8-12/9), c
lick on Special Codes and enter code #5427776 in the Group Code Box,
and it will take you to the room block where you can make a reservation. For additional help or if you wish to reserve a room outside of the program arrival/departure period, call The Inn directly at
610-519-8000 and mention the “ADVIS Mental Health & Wellness Room Block.”
Director of Professional Development ~ ADVIS
ADVIS SOCIAL MEDIA
This program is supported by funding
from ADVIS Event Underwriters
Armstrong Doyle & Carroll, Inc.
Beau Biden Foundation
Saul Ewing Arnstein and Lehr, LLP
Safe at School: The Mental Health & Wellbeing of our Students
For Trustees, Heads, Division Heads and Deans, Department Chairs, Enrollment Management Directors, Counselors, Nurses, and All Educators.
Resilience-Based Strength Focused Communication in Working with Youth
Kenneth R. Ginsburg, MD, MSEd, Division of Adolescent Medicine, Co-Director of the Center for Parent and Teen Communication, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
This keynote will first summarize the three foundational frameworks that prepare us to develop children capable of thriving through good and difficult times – positive youth development, resilience, and trauma-sensitive practices. It will present an accurate, strengths-based model of adolescent brain development and cover the proven effects of childhood trauma and adverse childhood experiences on the brain, body, and behavior throughout a lifetime and how they affect classroom behavior and readiness to learn. Dr Ginsburg will then introduce the essentials of delivering trauma-sensitive, resilience building practice and offer a few strategies to APPLY these principles in our work with children and youth.
Participants will be familiar with the Seven C’s model of positive youth development and resilience
Participants will have a grasp on the behavioral change process and how a strength-based approach combats the demoralization that can paralyze behavioral change progress.
Participants will be better prepared to eliminate shame from interactions by focusing on building confidence in youth. They will understand that confidence has to be rooted in existing competencies.
Participants will understand how to communicate with youth in a way that builds on their existing strengths rather than undermines their forward movement. This objective focuses on shifting away from approaching youth with lectures and giving control back to people from whom it has been taken away.
Participants will be better prepared to communicate with youth in a way that restores control to their decision making processes.
Participants will be familiar with a stress management strategy that is designed to move youth away from self-destructive quick fixes and towards positive behaviors.
Please note: You will have the opportunity to attend TWO of the following workshops. To aid in the scheduling of these you will be asked to select your TOP TWO CHOICES when you register.
rom Struggle to Hope: Student Initiated Wellness & Suicide Prevention ~
Francesca Pileggi '06, School Counselor, Archmere Academy
Suicide is the second leading cause of death among teens and young adults. In this session, participants will learn about suicide, its warning signs and risk factors, protective factors against suicide, and the role educators and school communities can play in preventing suicide. Participants will be introduced to Aevidum, a free student-initiated wellness initiative, and its four characteristics of a healthy community while discovering how these relate to overall school culture and wellness. Participants will learn examples of different campaigns students and school communities have run to bolster these characteristics and strengthen protective factors. During this session participants will:
learn about Aevidum and receive information about implementing its healthy school culture initiative
gain an understanding of protective factors that contribute to student wellness and healthy school culture
be introduced to concrete ways they can promote these protective factors in their own schools
understand how to empower and engage students in order to authentically incorporate student voice into their initiatives
Goal of this Session - Each school implements at least one healthy community program in the 2019-2020 school year.
How Innovative Schools Address Social-Emotional Health and Social Media
Josh Lutkus, Partner Success Manager, The Social Institute
At a time when students spend nine hours each day on digital devices and, simultaneously, cyber-bullying and reputation-damaging posts are running rampant, independent schools are seeking feasible, sustainable solutions. Josh Lutkus, a former Dean of Students with over 10 years of experience working with independent schools and now Partner Success Manager at The Social Institute, will share how their organization has partnered with over 60 independent schools over three years to teach positive, productive use of social media and technology in ways that support social-emotional learning. Learn best practices to develop a systemic, sustainable, and growth-minded approach to social media education at your school — in a way that your students respect and embrace. Attendees will:
Review the latest surprising data and trends around teens, social media use, and social-emotional learning.
Identify best practices to structure a systemic, sustainable social media education program.
Examine relevant grade-level topics and ways to best engage students in learning.
Create an action plan to implement this education at your own school.
Just Talk About It ~
Sheila Gillin, LCSW, Clinical Director,
and Andrew Onimus, Director of Corporate Programs and School Engagement,
Minding Your Mind
"Just Talk About It" is an introduction to mental health, which is designed to train both adults and youth on how to recognize the warning signs of stress, anxiety, depression, and crisis. "Just Talk About It" will educate adolescents and the adults who support them to look beyond stigma and notice warning signs in themselves and their peers. "Just Talk About It" covers the role of negative coping as it relates to crisis and leaves participants with an understanding and suggestions of positive coping. Participants will discuss ways to assist others to cultivate positive coping skills and the ability to ask for help. Crisis intervention is emphasized by learning the signs of suicidal ideation and risk, and how to encourage those at risk to seek immediate help. The primary goal of the awareness process is to increase the knowledge about anxiety, depression, and suicide while increasing the number of times a student self reports and engages in help-seeking behavior. The presentation examines the warning signs and risk factors of various mental health issues and how negative coping can exacerbate symptoms associated with general mental health issues. Subsequently, "Just Talk About It" will review activities and ways to engage youth in healthy coping strategies to effectively managing stress and/or other negative emotions and thoughts. Just Talk About It will give participants the tools needed to teach youth how to build adaptive coping strategies, leading to the consistent practice of emotional wellness. Learning Objectives:
Develop an understanding of adolescent brain development and the impact of prolonged elevated stress levels on brain chemistry
Identify signs and symptoms of common mental health disorders among adolescents including depression and anxiety
Identify signs and symptoms of social thoughts and behaviors
Making the Mental Health and Wellbeing of Students of Color A Priority ~
Dr. Stephanie Akoumany, Founder and CEO, Bloom
Dr. Stephanie Akoumany will engage participants in thought provoking conversations about the stress that their students of color may be facing due to experiences with racism, bias, microaggressions, ageism, sexism, classism, homophobia, and xenophobia. She will help participants create an anti-bias community action plan that uses practical and heart-centered strategies to create inclusive school climates, curriculum, programming, partnerships, and systems that can support students of color and the entire campus community. These invigorating discussions and activities will help participants:
Deeply Explore Their Own Notions of Identity and Culture
Understand the Diverse Experiences and Needs of Students of Color
Define, Recognize, and Combat Implicit Bias, Racial Tokenism, and Microaggressions
Foster Emotional Intelligence, Mindfulness, Play, Movement, Community Conversations, and Healing Strategies for HOSs, Faculty, Students, Parents, and Alumni
Support Students of Color’s Personal, Academic, & Career Development
Identify & Let Go of Limiting Beliefs and Fears Around Student of Color’s Needs
Mandatory Reporting Workshop ~
Claudine Malone, Director of Programming,
Beau Biden Foundation for the Protection of Children
In this 75 minute workshop, the instructor will facilitate scenario-based discussions around statutory definitions and requirements for reporting child abuse and neglect. Participants will learn how to effectively handle a direct disclosure from the child while procuring the integrity of any potential investigation. Time is reserved for questions specific to educators who are uniquely positioned to develop long-term relationships with students.
Shield of Protection Workshop ~
Dr. Patricia Scott, Director of Strategic Partnerships and Grants, Beau Biden Foundation
The Shield of Protection Workshop is designed to guide schools in understanding the facts about child sexual abuse and grooming in schools. During this 75 minute workshop, school leadership will identify the areas of strength and weakness in their child protection efforts across three areas:
organizational policies and processes related to background checks, child pick-up, and staffing;
staff, volunteer, and parent training and resources; and
youth programming and education.
By the end of this workshop, each school will discuss essential components of a child protection policy, update a component of the policy, and create an action plan for moving forward to improve the safety of the students that they serve.
Please be sure to bring your school’s policy or handbook for review and discussion at this workshop.
Student Mental Health: Practical and Legal Concerns ~
James A. Keller, Chair, Higher Education Practice Group, Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP
Independent schools are facing a noticeable uptick in students with mental health issues. Treating these issues in a compassionate and consistent way, while also being mindful of risks to the students themselves and others, is a delicate balance. This session will lay out the legal framework that guides compliance in this area, identify emerging trends, and provide best practice strategies and practical takeaways.
About our Keynote Presenter:
Kenneth R. Ginsburg MD, MSEd, Division of Adolescent Medicine, Co-Director of the Center for Parent and Teen Communication, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Kenneth R. Ginsburg MD, MSEd
, is a Professor of Pediatrics at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He practices social adolescent medicine — medicine with special attention to prevention and the recognition that social context and stressors impact upon both physical and emotional health. The theme that ties together his clinical practice, teaching, research and advocacy efforts is that of building on the strength of teenagers by fostering their internal resilience.
Dr. Ginsburg is the Co-Director of the Center for Parent and Teen Communication, which promotes the health, character and well-being of adolescents through education, research and advocacy. He is also the Medical Director for Covenant House, Pennsylvania, a care system that serves homeless, street and marginalized youth in Philadelphia.
He developed the teen-centered method, which is a mixed qualitative/quantitative methodology that helps youth to generate, prioritize and explain their own proposed solutions to social problems and to teach clinicians how to better serve them. In addition to his research publications, he also has five parenting books including, Raising Kids to Thrive: Balancing Love with Expectations and Protection with Trust, Building Resilience in Children and Teens: Giving Kids Roots and Wings, and Letting Go with Love and Confidence, all published by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). He is also the author of Reaching Teens: Strength-Based Communication Strategies to Build Resilience and Support Healthy Adolescent Development, a comprehensive multimedia toolkit published by the AAP.
Dr. Ginsburg lectures widely to national and international parent and professional audiences. He has also worked closely with The US Military, The Boys and Girls Club of America and The National Congress of American Indians to deepen the role of resilience-building strategies in their programming.
Dr. Stephanie Akoumany, Founder and CEO, Bloom
Dr. Stephanie Akoumany is the Founder and CEO of Bloom (
), a leadership, wellness, and community building company, where she uses the latest insights from public health, psychology, and neuroscience to create engaging media, tech, curriculum, workshops, conferences, and events that help humans bloom into their best selves. Dr. Akoumany has over 9 years of experience helping students, educators, and parents gain life, leadership, mindfulness, wellness, diversity, equity, inclusion, and conflict resolution skills in the Baltimore and Washington, D.C. area. She created the
2019 Bloom Wellness Summit
, which was sponsored by the Johns Hopkins Center for Adolescent Health, to help middle school girls and their teachers brainstorm and learn how to make wellness a priority at their schools, and she also presented at the 2018 NAIS POCC Conference on
Self Care & Mindfulness Strategies for Faculty of Color
Dr. Akoumany earned her Ph.D. in American Studies at University of Maryland College Park in May 2018 and is a proud Baltimore City Public Schools, B.E.S.T., and Bryn Mawr School alumna. Her dissertation research highlights how black early adolescent girls utilize resilience strategies, particularly, self-assertion, storytelling, creativity, play, and community building to cope with daily stressors.
Sheila Gillin, LCSW, Clinical Director, Minding Your Mind
Sheila is a licensed social worker and a certified child and adolescent psychotherapist with over fifteen years of experience in the mental health field. In addition to her work with Minding Your Mind, she has a clinical counseling practice where she provides individual, family and group counseling to a broad range of clients including adults, adolescents and children. She also serves as the Director of Graduate Admissions at Bryn Mawr College.
James Keller, Chair, Higher Education Practice Group, Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr
Jim defends K-12 institutions and advises them on critical issues of compliance, policy, and liability. Jim has led teams in both proactive and reactive internal investigations across a wide swath of education compliance and risk management issues, including student discipline, hazing, immediate and historic allegations of sexual assault, study abroad, student mental health issues and accommodations, board governance, and crisis management. Additionally, Jim has advised K-12 institutions on matters involving labor and employment, real estate and zoning, and guidance on their internal policies.
Josh Lutkus, Partner Success Manager, The Social Institute
As Partner Success Manager at The Social Institute, Josh works closely with our partner schools to develop, guide, and successfully implement the #WinAtSocial Program with their students, parents, and educators. He shares best practices and coordinates strategies to ensure each partner receives the most effective and engaging social media education customized to their needs.
Prior to The Social Institute, Josh spent his career helping schools design, successfully launch, and nurture programs that support the needs and values of its students. After starting his career in Charlotte with Gaston Day School then Charlotte Prep School, Josh returned to his alma mater Gaston Day as Dean of Students where he wore many hats – from planning events and booking speakers to managing social media issues and DJ’ing the school dance.
Claudine Malone, Director of Programming, Beau Biden Foundation f
or the Protection of Children
Claudine Malone develops and conducts presentations and training for adults and children on how to recognize, intervene, and most of all, prevent child sexual abuse. Claudine is a retired police sergeant after twenty years of service with New Castle County Police, during which she was assigned as a family services unit detective, crime prevention supervisor, media coordinator, and also served as a mediator and crisis negotiator. Claudine earned her M.S. in Administration of Justice and ultimately graduated from Delaware Law School in 2017 and is awaiting results from the Delaware Bar Exam in hopes of becoming a child attorney.
Andrew Onimus, Director of Corporate Programs and School Engagement, Minding Your Mind
Andrew is a 2014 graduate of Muhlenberg College with degrees in Accounting and Finance. He worked in audit at KPMG LLP Philadelphia and then held a position as a senior analyst in finance at DLL, a financial services company in Wayne, PA. As Director of Corporate Programs and School Engagement, Andrew assists in implementing and marketing Minding Your Minds’ Corporate Education Program, with goals to provide education and resources for mental health issues and how to create an environment of advocacy and understanding within organizations. He also assists with the development of peer leadership school club activities and engagement. Andrew is an MBA candidate at West Chester University with expected completion in 2019.
Francesca Pileggi '06, School Counselor, Archmere Academy
Francesca Pileggi has been active in suicide prevention efforts since losing two family members to suicide and dealing with her own mental health issues as a teenager and young adult. Francesca earned her Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology in 2014 and began working as a high school counselor at Archmere Academy in Delaware. Since then, Francesca has collaborated on many mental health and suicide prevention projects including writing the Aevidum Mental Health & Suicide Prevention curricula for students in grades K-12, providing mental health and suicide prevention programming for Aevidum's nearly 250 schools, assisting with the passing of Pennsylvania's Act 71 for Youth Suicide Prevention & Awareness, creating Pennsylvania's Drive Out Suicide awareness campaign, and more. She is a public speaker, certified peer specialist, certified QPR Master Trainer, Prevent Suicide PA Board Member, and Chester County Suicide Prevention Task Force member.
Dr. Patricia Scott, Director of Strategic Partnerships and Grants,
Beau Biden Foundation f
or the Protection of Children
Dr. Patricia Scott joined the Beau Biden Foundation from the education sector, where she served as a school principal for the last eleven years. With over 29 years in education and as Principal of an all-boys school, Dr. Scott led her team to be one of the first partners with the Foundation to implement the Stewards of Children training for faculty, staff, coaches, and volunteers and complete the Shield of Protection assessment. Currently, as Director of Strategic Partnerships and Grants, she works directly with schools and youth-serving organizations to complete the Shield of Protection, an innovative collaboration between the Foundation and youth-serving organizations and schools to implement best practices in child protection policies, procedures, and trainings. Dr. Scott serves on the Board for Salesianum and Padua Academy High Schools and the Delaware Charter Schools Network.
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