Mental Health Education

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Parent & Community Education Workshops

17 again • community conversations about teen mental health today with workshops providing tools and resources to support youth

We provide parent and community education workshops on a variety of topics that have been requested by parents. See below for details and how to register.

QUESTIONS for Dave Mochel?

If you attended the workshop & working on your listening skills and have questions or feel stuck, feel free to click here and ask your question... we will get back to you with a response and it will inform us for our next workshop.

Connection that makes a difference

mindful and compassionate listening workshop series




DATE: APRIL 26, 2020 RSVP >>  

TIME: 3:00PM - 5:00PM

LOCATION: THIS IS A VIRTUAL CLASS USING ZOOM [we will send out a link and post it on this page for the call 1 day prior to the workshop on Apr 25th]

RSVP:   Please RSVP so we can send you a link.  

VIRTUAL FORMAT:  If there is more than 1 person in a family attending the workshop (and spouses and teens are welcome), we encourage you to all be on your own computer, iPad or phone because this is an interactive workshop and you will get more out of it.

DESCRIPTION: Parents, Educators, Providers, and Teens...

  • This series will be an opportunity to practice building empathic listening skills to better interact with youth, family, friends, and co-workers. You can attend all of them or just pick one.
  • This series of free workshops is for adults and teens who want to learn tools to improve their communication skills in their personal and professional lives.
  • Learn how to...
    -build skills of deep, empathic listening
    -speak from your heart
    -help others by doing less
    -ask the right questions
    -reflect on your own judgment & biases
  • **Parents of youth ages 5-25, teens, educators, teens, and youth providers are invited to this FREE workshop.**

SPEAKER: For over thirty years, Dave Mochel has been focused on the foundations of wellbeing, healthy communities, and leadership. After a twenty-year career teaching human development and neuroscience in independent schools, he founded Applied Attention to help individuals, teams, and organizations focus their attention and energy where it will make the greatest positive difference. Using principles drawn from modern scientific research and enduring wisdom, he has had the opportunity to work with leaders, educators, executives, parents, students, and athletes all over the world. He draws upon his degrees in biology from Williams College, a Master’s in Humanistic and Multicultural Education from SUNY New Paltz, and a clinical internship in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. The principles and practices he teaches have been distilled and synthesized from thousands of years of enduring wisdom, thousands of scientific studies, and thousands of conversations with colleagues, students, friends, and clients. Learn more about Dave >


Thank you!

Through a SAMHSA grant, Family Service Agency (FSA), Mental Wellness Center (MWC), and the YouthWell Coalition are able to provide more community education around mental health as a way to support youth in our community.