Aug. 30 free workshop – Emotionally Preparing for School

Free workshop for TAL students!

Thursday Aug 30th, 6:30 pm, Emotionally Preparing for School

This topic is of particular value to our high achieving kids that may feel a great deal of anxiety at the start of the year. Come by to get ideas and support from professionals! No charge! See below.

You’ve got the pencils, the markers, backpacks and shoes. But have your prepped your kids for the back to school blues? With high aspirations, hopes and some fears; let’s help our kids go back to school with some cheers!

Thursday August 30th

6:30-7:30 pm 

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints 

33900 W 13 Mile Rd, Farmington Hills

Parents are welcome too! RSVP at

The 5-12 grade workshops will address

  • What kinds of fears and worries teenagers and pre-teens have in starting school.
  • How to identify and work through those fears.
  • How to use their personal strengths and previous successes to find confidence in themselves in new situations.

The k-4 interactive workshop will talk with the children about:

  • Feelings and anxieties associated with the start of school 
  • Ideas how to make the beginning of school a little easier.
  • Making friends and role play situations. 

Guest Speakers are social worker Melissa Aldrich, and marriage family therapist Stephanie Carbajal.
Stephanie Carbajal is a licensed marriage and family therapist who specializes in working with children and adolescents. She received her bachelor’s degree from Utah State University in family and human development and her master’s degree from The University of Connecticut in marriage and family therapy. While being in practice for the past 5 years, she has done extensive specialized training in play therapy and expressive therapies for children and adolescents. She feels very passionately that children and adolescents can be empowered to find creative and meaningful solutions to life’s particular challenges through self discovery and expression. She is currently in practice at Northville Counseling Center and LDS Family Services.
Melissa Aldrich is a social worker and has been the “feelings teacher” at Hillside Elementary for two years. She loves working with children and helping them succeed.  She is currently on family leave to take care of her new baby.  

Also: Keep an eye out for info on the upcoming  7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens Workshop Grades 5-8, 9-12 and a special family workshop,  Nov 30th-Dec 2, 2012.

Questions may be addressed to Tina Yoder,


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