First Adult Forum of the Fall
Into the Household of God: The Emotional Lives of Children and Youth
Sundays, August 20 & 27 | 9:15 a.m.| Coleman Hall
When a young person is baptized, we formally welcome them into the household of God, promising to do all we can to nurture them in the knowledge and love of the Lord. To better attend to those under our care, this two-part series will explore the ever-changing emotional landscape of children and young people, reflecting on implications for their caregivers and the church.

Forum Leaders:

  • August 20: Dyslexia, ADHD, and Anxiety: Potholes on the Road to Academic Success Charlie Frey, PhD
  • August 27:  The Emotional Lives of Tweens & Teens Mary Pesses, LCSW, and Alaine Williamson, LPC

Part I:

Dyslexia, ADHD, and Anxiety: Potholes on the Road to Academic Success
When it comes to learning, all children have natural strengths and weaknesses. Some weaknesses get in the way more than others and can make school much more difficult than expected. This session will focus on understanding common challenges in learning in order to better support those who live with them.

Charles Frey IV, PhD (your fellow parishioner, Charlie) is board-certified in clinical psychology and has been in full-time clinical practice for the past 20 years. He specializes in the psychological and educational evaluation of children and adolescents and is experienced in diagnosing learning disabilities, attention deficits, and emotional disorders.

Part II:

The Emotional Lives of Tweens & Teens

  • What to expect with normal adolescent emotional development and when to worry?
  • Why mental health is not just about “feeling good” but about managing the feelings that fit the moment?
  • Strategies for when tweens, teens, and parents feel at the mercy of their emotions?
  • How to approach today’s common parenting challenges such as spiking anxiety and the pull of social media.
  • Ways to foster the kind of relationship tweens and teens need and ultimately want.

Mary Pesses, LCSW, and Alaine Williams, LPC, maintain private practices in Baton Rouge focusing primarily on the mental health of children, adolescents, and youth adults. They are committed to the use of sound research and evidence-based practices combined with years of clinical experience.