Programs offered for parents of teens with mental health issues


Akron Children’s Hospital’s Pediatric Psychiatry and Psychology Division offers a series of programs for the parents of children and teens dealing with mental and behavioral health issues.

The one-hour programs will be on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. at the hospital, One Perkins Square in Akron, as part of the PINES (Parents in Need of Education Services) Project. The programs are free, but a reservation is required. Following the presentations, questions and comments are encouraged.

Here are the programs:

May 4 – Melissa McClain and Heather May, coordinators of Akron Children’s RESPECT Program, will discuss teen dating violence and the signs of an unhealthy relationship.

June 1 – This workshop will feature case manager Andrea Nelson, who will discuss community resources for mental health services.

July 6 – Pediatric psychiatrist Sumru Bilge-Johnson will offer tips on raising healthy children and the importance of developing resiliency in children with psychiatric disorders.

August 3 – This workshop will focus on children who have experienced trauma, its aftermath, and how to move beyond it.

September 7– Social worker Nancy Thomas will discuss substance abuse in children and teens.

October 5 – Clinical nurse specialist Holly Berchin will discuss body image and eating disorders.

November 2 – Art therapist Diane Papas will discuss the importance of setting limits and the role of self-care when dealing with children with mental health issues.

December 7 – Pediatric psychologist Georgette Constantinou and professional clinical counselor Doug Straight will discuss bullying and its effects.

To make a reservation, contact Sarah Goellnitz at 330-543-7463 (PINE) or email her at

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