CHS and CPD Offer Three-Part Series to Support Colchester Adolescents

What should parents know and do in order to support and raise healthy and productive teenagers?


Colchester High School and Colchester Police Department are collaborating to offer a three-part series to help support adolescents in our community.

Join us on Monday, November 18 at 7:00 p.m. in the CHS library for Part I of the series—aimed at helping parents to identify when teenagers are struggling and at risk of self-harm or suicide—entitled “Teenagers: Risk and Resilience.”

This panel presentation of experts—including Dr. Lewis First; Dr. Eliot Nelson; Charlotte McCorkel MSW, LICSW; and Tina Bleau, MA, licensed psychologist—will share current research, best practices, and resources in our community and will provide the audience with a brief presentation followed by a question-and-answer session.

This event is open to all Colchester community members. It speaks to Colchester School District Vision and Strategic Plan 2012–2017’s Pathway D: Commitment to Effective Communication; Pathway E: Parent, Community, and School Partnerships Among Lifelong Learners; Pathway F: Wellness-Oriented, Balanced, and Healthy Learners; and Pathway G: Town + School = One Vision.

About the panel

Dr. Lewis First of WPTZ’s First With Kids is a professor and the chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Vermont College of Medicine, the chief of pediatrics at Vermont Children’s Hospital at Fletcher Allen Health Care, and the editor-in-chief of the American Academy of Pediatrics journal Pediatrics.

Dr. Eliot Nelson’s clinical focus is family-centered primary care, preventive pediatrics, and injury prevention. His care philosophy is to promote health, childhood development, mental well-being, and safety for all patients. He was recognized in 1990 by the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles with a Philip E. Rothman Memorial Award for excellence in pediatric resident education, guidance, and inspiration. He was also recognized in 2001 by Voices for Vermont’s Children (formerly the Vermont Children’s Forum) with a David Goldberg Child and Youth Advocacy Award; in 2002 by the American Academy of Pediatrics with a Special Achievement Award for work on firearm injury prevention through legislative efforts; and in 2010 by the American Academy of Pediatrics Vermont Chapter with the Green Mountain Pediatrician Award. Dr. Nelson also serves as a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Injury, Violence, and Poison Prevention, currently working as the council’s membership coordinator.

Charlotte McCorkel MSW, LICSW is the director of First Call for Children and Families at HowardCenter. First Call is a hotline service available to families and students who are experiencing a crisis.

Tina Bleau, MA, licensed psychologist works at the Northeastern Family Institute (NFI) Vermont (part of the North American Family Institute (NAFI) outpatient family center, which offers an array of services, including family-based therapy, evaluation, and training.

Stay tuned for information about later events in this series, which will focus upon current issues facing our youth today.

For more information, please call CHS at (802) 264-5700.

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