Events & RSVP
Our goal is to hold speaker and small discussion groups several times a year. We are working with limited funds, so please consider donating. Past speaker events are listed at the bottom.
A Guided Nature Walk for Parent Self-Care
Tuesday, April 4 (rain date April 5)
11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Rolling Ridge Retreat
660 Great Pond Road, North Andover
Event is FREE • Must RSVP (to the right)
(event is limited to 10 people)
A CONNECTION with NATURE can help us live
a calmer and healthier life.
Join us as we are led by Christine Cohne of Nature’s Pace, for an hour of nature immersion on peaceful lakeside grounds. Learn simple practices that you can use at home and the many emotional, mental and physical benefits of spending mindful time outdoors.
As a Certified Forest Therapy Guide, Christine will lead the group through sensory engaging activities along the trails and waterfront. By intentionally slowing down and bringing attention to the present, we’ll give our overactive brains a chance to rest and recharge. The soft colors, sounds and scents will soothe our nervous systems, leaving us happier, less stressed and more alive. For more information on Nature’s Pace, please visit: www.natures-pace.com
Participants can expect slow-paced activities that include sitting, standing and walking. Trails may be uneven with rocks, roots and slight inclines/declines. Please wear appropriate footwear/attire.
RSVP required via the form to the right. This helps us communicate any event changes.
Past Speaker Events
Events listed in order of most recent. If a speaker event was recorded, you will find a viewing link below the title. Discussion Groups not listed, but typically held in months when we do not have a speaker.
Staying Calm with Self-Care for Parents
Tuesday, March 7
Local mom, Dr. Maureen Magauran, spoke with parents and offered the suggestions below:
• Pathways to feeling more calm: meditation (links below), deep breaths/breathing exercises, get physically active, or sit/walk/hike in nature.
• Know that you are not alone. Social media does NOT depict real life. Reach out to friends or groups to talk. BE REAL!
• Make time for yourself: read a book, dance to music, or sit outside and just listen.
• Give yourself permission and make it happen on a regular basis.
• Be silly with your kids: turn on the music and dance to YOUR music with them, cook with them, and open dialog by just chatting about silly stuff.
• Make YOURSELF a priority. Lead by example and your kids will learn to do the same.
North Andover mom, Dr. Magauran, has been working with clients for over 20 years, helping them overcome stress and anxiety to feel more calm, confident and clear. She takes a holistic approach in her work, incorporating meditation, energy and somatic work, talk therapy, and more. She views each client as a whole person, and wants them to see her in the same way: as a mom to two boys, an ice hockey goalie, a lover of nature and the ocean, and more, rather than “just a doctor.” Visit her website www.maureenmagauran.com to learn more about her.
This event was recorded. Click here to watch the video.
Internet Safety with Katie Greer
Tuesday, January 31
Katie Greer is a nationally recognized speaker, and former Intelligence Analyst for the MA State Police and Director of Internet Safety for the MA Attorney General’s Office. She explored tools and strategies for you to help your kids and teens navigate technology in a safe and productive way. Topics included:
• What does PRIVACY mean?
• How is mental health impacted?
• Tech permanency and its DANGERS
• How to be a responsible online consumer
We teamed up with the North Andover Middle School PTAC. They provided funding for Katie to speak with the students during the school day! Visit our Resources page for helpful information from this event.
ADHD: Top Ten Strategies to Help Your Kids
Wednesday, October 19, 2022
We celebrate ADHD Awareness Month with a virtual presentation by
Cindy Goldrich, Ed. M., ADHD-CCSP of PTS Coaching.
Cindy is an experienced speaker, ADHD coach and recognized expert on ADHD, Executive Function, and parenting. She’s been featured in ADDitudeMagazine, ADHD Essentials podcast, and many other arenas. Topics discussed include:
How to help children not just survive, but also thrive
The best supports for your child
Facts about ADHD beyond the diagnosis
The basics about what Executive Function is and how it impacts learning, motivation, and behavior
Visit www.ptscoaching.com for information about her coaching and other programs.
Teen and Tween Dating 101: A Parent's Guide
Click here to access the presentation
Wednesday, April 13, 2022
A 60-minute presentation by Arelis Huertas, Director of Community Based Domestic and Sexual Violence Program at the YWCA, and learn:
• Safe dating advise for your teen or tween
• How to spot a good or bad relationship
• Definition of dating violence and types of abuse
• Signs that an adolescent may be in an abusive relationship
• How to support an adolescent who may disclose
• How to address your own concerns about an unhealthy relationship
Watch this 72 sec. video to learn just how manipulation works: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4JYyHa03x-U
Eating Disorders: The Silent Epidemic
Wednesday, November 17, 2021Anxious Child • Picky Eater • Hyper-focused on Body or Food for Athletics or Looks
Eating disorders can affect anyone – any age, any gender, anyone, and may present very differently from person to person. What sometimes can appear as a "picky eater" or "healthy eater," a person hyper focused on food or their body for any number of reasons, such as anxiety, athletics, social acceptance, academic pressure, media ideals and social media, may actually be displaying the early signs of an eating disorder. Eating disorders are no longer rare, and recently have been referenced as an epidemic within the adolescent and young adult populations.
Thankfully, with the right knowledge and tools, families, coaches and educational personnel can spot the early signs, and be one of the most effective influences in recovery. With so many well-intended and also wrong messages about what is healthy in terms of food, weight, and an individuals level of physical activity, it is even more important that we become fully informed of the facts and fictions associated with this problem.
Join us for a virtual presentation by one of the leading experts in eating disorders, Michael Chiumiento, PsyD. Dr. Chiumiento will begin with a 60-minute presentation to explain:
- the facts and myths of eating disorders
- the subtle and not-so-subtle warning signs
- resources and how to get help
He will end with a live Q&A. Questions can be sent in advance to be anonymous, or you can ask live on the presentation.
Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety
Wednesday, September 8, 2021Angst, a 56-minute documentary, brings anxiety into the light with candid interviews of kids and teens, expert perspectives, and strategies to help reset thinking patterns, push back against anxiety and support others. This showing will be followed by a pre-filmed, panel discussion with experts.
“Everybody needs to know that anxiety disorders are real, common and treatable instead of viewing them as a personal choice or something to be ashamed of,” said Dr. Jerry Bubrick, Senior Director of Anxiety Disorders Center, Child Mind Institute. “Getting help early is crucial in giving people the tools they need to feel better. We just need to start the conversation."