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Building Resiliency and Managing Anxiety Speaker Series

Join Mount Alvernia Academy (in the Dorothy McCormickGymnasium) for our Building Resiliency and Managing Anxiety Speaker Series. Made possible by a grant from the Catholic Health Foundation, we will feature two presentations on October 15th, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm and December 4th, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm. Please register for each session that you plan on attending below. 


On October 15th, Dr. Julie Edmunds and Ms. Jennifer Dirga will lead a panel discussion on how to develop skills to manage anxiety and the different aspects of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), providing education for and practical tips for parents. Dr. Edmunds is an assistant in Psychology at MGH and an Instructor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, specializing in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for children, adolescents, and young adults with anxiety, mood, and behavioral disorders. Ms. Jennifer Dirga MSW, LICSW. was the Director of Social-Emotional and Learning at Project Adventure and a former MAA School Counselor. 


On December 4th, Jessica Minahan will speak about how parents can help children reduce and manage anxiety. Ms. Minahan is a licensed and board-certified behavior analyst (BCBA), author, special educator, and consultant to schools. Since 2000 she has worked with students who struggle with mental health issues and challenging behavior in school systems. 


Mount Alvernia Academy

20 Manet Road

Chestnut Hill, MA


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