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Seminar offered on dealing with bullying

Published April 29. 2011 05:00PM

In the wake of a number suicides in the United States by teenagers who have been bullied by classmates, Behavioral Health Associates is offering a free seminar to Carbon County residents.

The seminar, "In & Beyond the Schoolyard Addressing Bullying as a Community Issue," will be presented Wednesday, June 1, from 6-9 p.m. at BHA's Packer Ridge Academy, just off Route 209 between Lehighton and Jim Thorpe. The academy is the site of the former Packerton High School.

The panel of experts includes Summit Hill Police Chief Joseph Fittos Jr., Jim Thorpe Area High School Principal Thomas Lesisko, Weatherly Area School District Nurse Rebekah McFadden, Carbon County Deputy Chief Juvenile Probation Officer Kimmy Mulik, and Lehighton Area High School Safe School Ambassadors Advisor and Math Teacher Cody Schuler.

The panelists will identify warning signs that indicate that a child may be a victim of bullying. They will also discuss how to access help from a child's school as well as what to do if a child is being bullied in the community. One of the speakers will share what his school is doing to stop children from targeting each other.

The seminar is meant to complement efforts already undertaken by local school districts. Attendance also qualifies for Act 48 credits. Seminar organizer Dr. Helene Katz, a BHA licensed staff psychologist, encourages parents, teachers, caregivers, skilled workers and professionals who work with school age children to attend. There will be a question-and-answer session for attendees.

To reserve a seat call Behavioral Health Associates at (610) 379-0067 weekdays between 8:30- 4:30 p.m. Seating is limited. Reservation deadline is May 18.

Behavioral Health Associates is a nonprofit health care foundation based in the greater Lehighton area.

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