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Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Current Trends in Social Media Event

Pine-Richland School District continues to strive to foster growth by empowering our students to build resiliency, strengthen protective factors and adopt positive health and wellness practices. Our district has emphasized a commitment to health and wellness for our students by partnering with families, staff and the community.  

Students continue to be faced with a variety of stressors that can lead to mental health challenges and behaviors. As a result, Pine-Richland is collaborating with community-based partners to broaden understanding and invite parents, staff and community members to a free community awareness presentation.

Mental Health Trends and Resources
Drug, Alcohol and Vaping Prevention and Intervention
Current Trends in Social Media

Wednesday, March 29
6:00-8:00 pm
Pine-Richland High School Auditorium

Please consider attending to learn more about these invaluable topics to help support our students so we can continue to focus on learning for every student every day. Additionally, we will have resource booths set up in the foyer for you to gather additional information on a variety of important health and safety topics.

The event will start with a large group panel discussion for one hour to review all three topics. Participants will then choose one 45-minute breakout session covering:

  • Mental Health Trends and Resources
  • Drug, Alcohol and Vaping Prevention and Intervention
  • Current Trends in Social Media

Register Here

Featured Speakers

Maggie Caesar, LCSW, BCBA, Vice President of Clinical Services, Glade Run Lutheran Services
Mental Health Trends and Resources  

Pine-Richland currently utilizes Glade Run Lutheran Services as a provider for our school-based mental Health Services.

This workshop will review trends in child and adolescent mental health and the continuum of resources available to families. Maggie has over 20 years of experience providing clinical service delivery and supervision and coordination of clinical treatment programs mainly focused on child/adolescent and family populations. Maggie is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) as well as a board- certified behavior analyst (BCBA).

Dr. C. Thomas Brophy, Medical Director, Ellen O’Brien Gaiser Center
Drug, Alcohol and Vaping Prevention and Intervention

Dr. C. Thomas Brophy is a physician with board certification in addiction medicine and emergency medicine. Dr. Brophy is the medical director at the Ellen O’Brien Gaiser Center in Butler. He will share important information regarding drug and alcohol abuse and addiction in our community and across Western Pennsylvania and beyond. Dr. Brophy studied neuroscience at the University of Pittsburgh and did his medical residency at Allegheny General Hospital. He shares his experiences of having a brother who struggled with addiction, having witnessed first-hand what addiction does to a family, and has always had a passion for fighting the stigma and helping struggling addicts. Dr. Brophy will also speak with our high school students on March 30. Please contact your child’s administrator or school counselor if you would like to opt your child out of this experience.  

Ryan Klingensmith, MA, LPC, NCC, Shape the Sky 
Current Trends in Social Media

Ryan Klingensmith is the founder of Shape The Sky, a network of concerned parents, educators, clinicians and media who have come together to enrich the online experience for children through better education and more effective communication. The goal of this workshop is to help adults educate and provide guidance for children, with the goal of creating a digitally responsible culture among today’s youth through awareness and communication.