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Common Ground Speaker Series- January 14, 2016

Mental Health Panel: Positive Responses to Our Children's Distress Signals

Denise Pope, Ph.D. leads a panel discussion about strategies for promoting positive emotional health during adolescence with Stanford physicians Shashank Joshi, M.D. and Neville Golden, M.D. The panel will discuss the negative impact of childhood stress on physical and mental health and how to distinguish between normal adolescent stress and symptoms of mental illness.

Shashank Joshi, M.D. is Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Stanford School of Medicine and a nationally recognized leader in suicide prevention and school mental health policy. Joshi serves as Director of School Mental Health Services, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. His many awards include Outstanding Seminar Series, Stanford School of Medicine and the Honorary Service Award for Suicide Prevention and Health Promotion, Palo Alto Unified School District and California State Assembly.

Neville Golden, M.D., Division Chief, Adolescent Medicine at Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital, received his medical degree from Cape Town Medical School and has been in practice for over 40 years. Golden is Director of the Adolescent Medicine Fellowship Training Program and was awarded the Marron and Mary Elizabeth Kendrick Professor in Pediatrics, Stanford University School of Medicine.

Dr. Denise Pope is the author of Doing School: How We Are Creating a Generation of Stressed-Out, Materialistic and Miseducated Students and the recently released Overloaded and Underprepared: Strategies for Stronger Schools and Healthy, Successful Kids which provides a concrete framework to reduce stress while engaging students in real learning. A Senior Lecturer at the Stanford University School of Education, Pope is a three-time recipient of the Outstanding Teacher and Mentor Award. She is co-founder of Challenge Success, a research and intervention project that aims to reduce pressure and champion a broader vision of success for children and adolescents.

Date: Thurs, Jan 14, 2016, 7pm

Location: Sacred Heart Prepatory, 150 Valparaiso Ave, Atherton

Phone: (650) 322-1866


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