Tuesday, November 1, 2016
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Mountain Brook High School
ALL IN MOUNTAIN BROOK is excited to bring you All In Parenting: The 2016 Conference. This is our second annual parenting conference, featuring topics related to parenting adolescents and teenagers. PLEASE NOTE: In February (date TBA), ALL IN MOUNTAIN BROOK will host a similar conference with workshop sessions designed primarily for parents of elementary school children.
There is no cost to attend the conference. Please join us at 5:00 pm for fellowship and food. You will go directly to your first session at 5:30. Each of the 3 sessions is 45 minutes with 5 minutes to transition.
Gathering 5:00-5:30: PLEASE COME EARLY FOR FOOD!
Session I 5:30-6:20
Session II 6:25-7:10
Session III 7:15-8:00
Read below about the talks we are offering. For each time slot (Session I, II, III) pick the talk you plan to attend. Each talk will be repeated and offered during all 3 time slots.
When you have read about the talks and decided which ones you want to attend, click here to register.
You may revisit this link later to change your choices. You should receive a confirmation email after you register. You will be able to print your schedule and bring it with you to remind yourself of the talks you have chosen.
Parenting and Social Media
Suzan Brandt & Donna Williamson, Mountain Brook Schools Technology
The explosion of ownership and use of personal digital devices in recent years has left many parents concerned and bewildered. What dangers do these technologies pose to our children? How can parents encourage safety and good citizenship among their teenagers, while acknowledging the potential for positive use of social media and digital technology?
This session is lead by two experienced experts on education and technology, Mountain Brook Junior High Technology Coordinator Suzan Brandt and Mountain Brook Schools Director of Technology Donna Williamson.
Teen Depression and Anxiety: Recognizing When It’s Time to Get Help
Michelle Pruett, Licensed Professional Counselor, Mountain Brook
Teenage moodiness is normal. So how do you know when your teen is experiencing more than just the usual ups and downs? In this session, learn how to know – and what to do – if your teen needs help.
Michelle Pruett is engaged in family therapy and youth counseling at Pruett Counseling and Consulting in Mountain Brook.
Marijuana: Weeding Out the Facts
Shannon Murphy, M.D., Pediatrician
Adolescents’ attitudes regarding marijuana have changed rapidly over the last several years. In fact, teens’ perception of harm regarding pot use has decreased, and as a result, marijuana use now surpasses tobacco use for many young people. Now more than ever, it is critical for parents to start a dialogue about marijuana. This session will give a brief overview of what is known about today’s more potent marijuana providing facts for families as they work with their kids on making healthy, drug-free choices.
Dr. Shannon Murphy is a Pediatrician who currently volunteers her time in drug education. Her primary work focuses on substance use education and prevention for teens and young adults. She currently serves on a Pediatric Practice Advisory Committee on Adolescent Substance Use for the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Building a Lasting Legacy with Your Children
Dr. Dicky Barlow
Legacies are built through relationships. What is it that children need from their parents? How can we help our children grow into adults who offer depth and beauty to our world?
Richard “Dicky” Barlow is superintendentof Mountain Brook Schools . Dr. Barlow received his B.S. and Certification in Science Education and Masters of Education in Administration and Supervision at Georgia State University. He earned his Ed.S. in Educational Administration at the University of Montevallo and his doctorate at Samford University.
Joy & Misery: How Parents Can Help Teens Navigate the Complex World of Friendships and Romantic Relationships
Heather Austin, Ph.D.
The teen years are marked by a shifting focus to peer relationships. Friendships become more intense. Romantic relationships are explored. All can be the source of excitement and suffering for teenagers. In this session, Dr. Heather Austin will share ideas about how parents of teens can respond to the drama that sometimes accompanies peer relationships among teens.
Dr. Heather Austin practices psychological evaluation, therapy services and school consulting. She is able to treat a variety of concerns for children and families, but her primary interests are in evaluation and treatment of ADHD, parent-child interaction therapy for oppositional behaviors in children, improving coping and adjustment for children with chronic medical conditions and their families, and issues related to weight management.
There is Nothing Wrong with the Teenage Brain: Truth & Myths about Teenagers
Dale Wisely, Ph.D.
Teenagers, like all of us, are imperfect and flawed and, as we all know, still developing their judgment and impulse control. But teenagers have long been the subject of myths, generalizations, and even prejudice. In this talk, clinical psychologist Dale Wisely will help us sort out the truths and myths about teenage behavior and brain development.
Dale Wisely Ph.D. is Director of Student Services and Community Education at Mountain Brook Schools and has been a child and adolescent clinical psychologist for 33 years.
Sleep Deprivation in Teens: Burning More Than Midnight Oil
Mary Halsey Maddox, M.D
Health care researchers have established that, in order to function at their best, teenagers require an average of more than 9 hours sleep per night. Very few teenagers get that amount of sleep. As a result, almost all teenagers exist in a state of sleep deprivation, which impairs academic performance, athletic performance, and their ability to avoid accidents, including automobile accidents, the leading cause of death among teenagers. In this presentation, parents will learn about the problem of teen sleep deprivation and some of the steps parents may take to address the problem.
Mary Halsey Maddox, M.D. is an attending physician at Children’s Hospital of Alabama and the Department of Pediatrics at UAB. She is board certified in both pediatrics and sleep medicine after receiving her degree at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She is an assistant professor of sleep medicine at her alma mater.
Parent-Teen Communication: How to Listening and Thoughtful Responding Makes All the Difference.
Judith Schulman-Miller and Rabbi Jonathan Miller
It is a common complaint that parents and teenagers have trouble communicating. Parents can often overcome this by learning to listen carefully and respond in ways that will encourage their teenager to open up, and to be empowered to problem-solve. In this session, therapist Judith Shulman-Miller and Rabbi Jonathan Miller will share their professional and personal insights. Leave with new skills!
Judith Schulman Miller, LCSW, LMFT has been in private practice in Mountain Brook for the last 25 years, specializing in relationship issues. She has taught in the Department of Psychiatry at UAB Medical School and has conducted communication and parenting workshops both locally and nationally. Rabbi Jonathan Miller has provided leadership for Temple Emanu-El since 1991. Rabbi Miller graduated from Brandeis University with a degree in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies. Rabbi Miller is a member of the Board of Directors of All In Mountain Brook. The Millers have three children: Rabbi Aaron and his wife Lauren, Alana, and Benjamin.
Setting Healthy Limits with Your Teenagers
Bert Pitts, Psy.D.
Parents of teenagers have the task of trying to give their kids enough freedom to be active and to interact with friends, and setting limits to reduce the risks related to that freedom. In this session, Dr. Bert Pitts, a clinical psychologist with extensive experience as a family therapist, will provide parents with a framework for setting healthy limits with teenagers.
Dr. Robert (Bert) Pitts founded Pitts & Associates in Homewood where he practices individual therapy with adolescents and adults, family therapy, couple therapy, parent consultation, and other services. He grew up in Homewood, attended Birmingham-Southern College, did his doctoral work at Baylor, and his internship at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. He received additional training at the renowned Family Therapy Institute.
E-cigs & Tobacco: What Parents Should Know
Kevin Alexander, DMD
Surprising numbers of Mountain Brook teenagers tell us on anonymous surveys that they smoke cigarettes, use e-cigarettes, and use smokeless tobacco. In this program, presented by Mountain Brook dentist Dr. Kevin Alexander, you will learn about health implications of all these products, prevalence of use among our teenagers, and measures which may help address this problem.
Dr. Kevin Alexander received a Bachelor of Science degree from Birmingham-Southern College in 1985, and graduated from the University of Alabama Birmingham School of Dentistry in 1989. He practices in Mountain Brook in Crestline and enjoys charitable activities such as coaching youth sports, serving meals at a downtown men’s shelter and doing dental mission work.
Thank you! See you there.