TELL’s Exceptional Parenting Program (EPP) provides up to seven workshops per academic year for parents, teachers, and professionals on a wide range of issues that affect children with diverse needs and learning differences. Workshops have been available to the public free of charge, thanks to generous co-sponsorships by the Wesley Foundation, Give2Asia, The Mitsubishi Foundation, and Ms. Marcia Ishizuka.
A new series of workshops for the 2013–2014 academic year will start in October. All of the workshops will be available on site at the Wesley Center Seminar Room, near the TELL Counseling Center Offices, and streamed live off site in selected locations outside the Kanto region and/or archived for a limited time online if possible.
Rachel G. Klein, Ph.D., the Fascitelli Family Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the NYU School of Medicine and Director of the Anita Saltz Institute for Anxiety and Mood Disorders at the NYU Child Study Center will hold the first EPP workshop from 10am to midday on Tuesday, October 15. Dr. Klein is an internationally recognized clinician and researcher who has tracked the longitudinal course of mental health disorders in children. She will speak on the challenges of helping children with a variety of difficulties.
During this 2013–2014 academic year, the program will cover new topics including bullying and cyber-bullying, substance abuse among teens, and independent living for young adults with exceptional needs in the Japanese system. Due to high demand from the community to repeat past workshops, topics such as ADHD and speech and language issues will also be provided.
If you would like to know more about the program or be added to the mailing list, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. More information about workshop formats and the schedule can be found at http://www.telljp.com/index.php?/en/outreach_program/exceptional_parenting_
program. The program currently seeks a few volunteers who can help with IT settings. — CHIE SAWA