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AGE OF ANXIETY: A program for adoptive parents of tweens & teens

  • 11/11/2017
  • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Sanctuary, 315 West 22nd Street, NYC


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AGE OF ANXIETY: A program for adoptive parents of tweens & teens

Date: Saturday, November 11, 2017

Time: 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Place: St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Chelsea, NYC
The Church Sanctuary* at: 315 West 22nd Street
*note room change:

SPEAKERS: Dr. Amanda Baden, Dr. Elizabeth Fegelson, and Mark Kiang, MEd, LAC

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This event is for parents only, and there will not be any child care available.

Come and learn how to support your daughter or son’s mental health as they transition into new ages and encounter new situations and stresses at school and in their communities. Bring your questions and concerns and hear from mental health professionals.

The turbulent middle school and high school years pose challenges for all kids as they negotiate identity, body issues, new social lives, and more. Adoption and a transracial upbringing add layers of complication to the picture. What are normal bumps in the road and what do parents need to pay attention to?

 We will be discussing the below and more:

*How can we help our children develop coping mechanisms to deal with the stress and anxiety of being an adolescent/teenager?

*What resources are available to parents & teens?  

*What questions do we need to ask our kids and ourselves?

*How can we open up conversations with our kids about race, identity and the stresses of being a teen?

*How can we deal with our child’s school when they are dealing with issues related to stress, anxiety or bullying?

*Are adopted children more likely to experience anxiety/depression than their non-adopted peers?

*What are the signs of anxiety and depression in children?

*How do you know when it’s time to seek treatment?

*What are the early signs of an at-risk child?

*What are the signs of a suicidal adolescent?

Questions? contact Maureen, or Deborah,

Amanda L. Baden, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Department of Counseling and Educational Leadership at Montclair State University in New Jersey. She was the recipient of the John D. Black Award in 2014 from the American Psychological Association and Division 17 (Counseling Psychology) for the Outstanding Practice of Counseling Psychology and was named the Outstanding Graduate Advisor for Montclair State University in 2017. She is a member of State the Board of Psychology for New York State, on the Advisory Board for the Rudd Adoption Research Program at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, a former Senior Research Fellow at the Donaldson Adoption Institute. Baden serves on the editorial board for Adoption Quarterly and the Journal of Social Distress and the Homeless and she co-chaired the nine Biennial Adoption Initiative Conferences in New York City held at St. John’s University and Montclair State University. She is the co-editor of the book, The Handbook of Adoption: Implications for Researchers, Practitioners, and Families. Baden has presented nationally and internationally on her areas of research and practice, and she has written extensively on issues related to clinical practice with adoption triad members, transracial/international adoption issues, racial and cultural identity, and multicultural counseling competence. Her recent publications have presented frameworks for understanding adoption microaggressions and reculturation (the process of reclaiming birth culture). She has a clinical practice as licensed psychologist in New York City.

Elizabeth Feigelson, M.D. is a child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist who works as both a private practitioner and school consultant in both New York City and Westchester. She completed both her adult and child psychiatry training at the Payne Whitney Clinic in New York City. She has participated in panels exploring issues related to adoption, diversity, resiliency, education and integration of social, emotional and mental health in children and adolescents. She is also an FCC parent who has both personal and professional interest in understanding mental health issues in adoptees and families formed through adoption.

Mark Kiang, MEd, LAC, has worked as a school counselor at Piscataway High School for the past 7 years. He works with general education students and specializes in working with English Language Learners (ELL), the majority of whom immigrated to the United States in recent years. As a counselor for ELL students, he has devised a transition program that helps integrate students into the high school and celebrate their cultural identities. Mark is also an advisor for "50 Strong", a Title 1 peer mentoring program for boys of color that promotes character development and college readiness. Mark is currently a doctoral candidate in Counselor Education at Montclair State University and is working on his dissertation proposal, which seeks to implement an intervention for immigrant adolescent students with the goal of improving mental health and ethnic identity. Outside of work and academia, Mark is active in working with youth, many of whom are first generation Chinese immigrants, at his church in Manhattan's Chinatown.

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"C double A", formerly FCCNY.

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