NJCTS - New Jersey Center for Tourette Syndrome and Associated Disorders, Inc. - Collaborations and Partnerships for the Tourette Syndrome Community

Wednesday is TS Day!
Wednesday Seminar Series

Wednesday Webinar Series

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October 8, 2014
7:30 - 8:30 PM EDT

Mental Health Issues in Today's Asian American Community

Presenter: Dr. Andrew J. Lee

Dr. Lee designed this webinar to provide participants information about the stigma surrounding mental health issues in Asian and Asian American communities, some cultural factors contributing to this stigma and some suggestions as to how to talk with Asians about mental health issues.  Dr. Lee will cover  Asian cultural values that may contribute to the stigma associated with seeking out mental health services, the model minority myth and the negative implications of this myth, the role of ethnic identity and acculturation, and what can be helpful to know in speaking with this ethnic population about mental health issues.

October 29, 2014
7:30 - 8:30 PM EDT

Understanding the Stigma Surrounding Mental Health for African Americans

Presenter: Dr. Christine Adkins-Hutchison

Asking for help of any kind can be difficult.  Seeking psychological services can be even more challenging.  For many in the African American community, acknowledging the need for help and pursuing assistance in many forms, especially in the form of counseling, can feel next to impossible. This webinar will discuss the stigma regarding help-seeking and mental health issues that persists in this ethnic community. How to recognize the need for support, and ways to encourage help-seeking in this population will also be considered.

November 12, 2014
7:30 - 8:30 PM EDT

Getting Kids Motivated for School!

Presenter: Graham Hartke, Psy.D..

*This was rescheduled from 09/17/14  if you signed up for this your are still signed up.

As our schools continue to increase curriculum, testing, and workload standards, many kids and teens are struggling to stay motivated in school. These are students who do not like school, struggle to complete homework, procrastinate often, have slipping grades, are bored, say they "don't care about school", avoid school work, get in trouble, are disorganized, and/or feel disconnected from classroom learning. This webinar focuses on strategies parents and educators can use to increase student motivation to succeed in school. Strategies will address the causes of low motivation, learning difficulties, improving the homework process, improving organization, and reducing procrastination.

November 19, 2014
7:30 - 8:30 PM EDT

Bullying & Vulnerable Populations

Presenter: Nadia Ansary, Ph.D..

The objective of this webinar is to provide parents, educators, and other interested parties with information about bullying and vulnerable populations--or groups at risk for bullying. The webinar will cover the following: 1) definition and prevalence rates of traditional bullying and cyberbullying; 2) psychological and social correlates of both forms; 3) identification of vulnerable groups and risk for being targeted; and 4) recommendations for parents and educators about what can be done to protect vulnerable groups and how to effectively address bullying once it has happened.

December 3, 2014
7:30 - 8:30 PM EDT

Monsters, Robbers and Nightmares, Oh My! Simple Steps to Improve Your Child's Sleep

Presenter: Courtney Weiner, Ph.D..

Sleep is critical to a child's physical health, development, and emotional well-being. However, many children do not get sufficient sleep due to anxiety and nighttime fears. Signs of sleep problems in children include bedtime avoidance or refusal, fear of sleeping alone, chaotic or irregular sleep schedule, daytime sleepiness, and physical symptoms at bedtime, such as stomachaches and headaches. Through this webinar, you will learn about the most common sleep problems and nighttime fears in youth, steps you can take to improve your child's sleep, and when to seek out professional support.

Things to DO
  • Share what it's like to have TS with your best friend
  • Create a cool story about what it's like to have TS and share it with your teachers and classmates... and us!
  • Come to our Camp Bernie weekend in June and make new friends
  • Join a TS support group (at hospitals throughout the state)
  • Become part of the online TS community for parents and friends
  • Learn more about TS, its symptoms and the TS Community
  • Educate your kid's teachers and school district about TS
  • Educate your friends about TS
  • Sign up for a Webinar
  • Volunteer your time
  • Sign up for a Workshop
  • Learn more about TS, its symptoms and the TS Community
  • Attend a hospital Grand Rounds session
  • Take a special interest in one special kid with TS
  • Become part of the online TS community for professionals
  • Tell your peers about NJCTS
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