• ASPIRE 2021 Post Conference Virtual Workshop - Stressed, Depressed, and Distressed: Supporting Gen-Z through TRIO
    October 14, 2021
    9:30 am - 1:00 pm
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ASPIRE 2021 Post Conference Virtual Workshop – Stressed, Depressed, and Distressed: Supporting Gen-Z through TRIO

Post Conference will be held Thursday, Oct. 14th – 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Central Standard Time

Via Zoom

National surveys show that today’s students starting in K-12 and then continuing into college and post-college years are the most anxious and distressed of any generation. Anecdotal reports from parents, K-12 teachers, and other adults working with Gen Zers report this same finding. Why are today’s children, youth and young adults so distressed?

This half day training will help you better understand the reasons for Gen Z’s distress, re-shape your beliefs about their level of resiliency, and position yourself to better support their mental health and wellness by learning practical tips and strategies.

We will review data from national surveys and other research-based studies illuminating the many stressors and challenges this generation is struggling to cope with, and in particular students of color, low income families, and first generation students.

In addition, we will look at evidence of the Pandemic’s impact on Gen Z and its exacerbating effects.

Katharine (Kate) C. Staley, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist and the Founder/Principal of River Rocks Consulting. RRC offers numerous prevention and early intervention services in the mental health and wellness arena including professional development workshops and other trainings; consultation to K-12 schools, Higher Ed, and businesses; and individual and parent coaching. River Rocks is dedicated to helping individuals, parents, and organizations learn how to proactively support children, teens, and young adults so they can better manage adversities and reach their full potential. Dr. Staley most recently served as the Assistant Director of Community Education and Outreach at Penn State’s large student counseling center (CAPS). She developed new outreaches and created new partnerships across the university so that in her final year, CAPS staff reached over 11,000 students, faculty, and staff with a variety of wellness-focused trainings. Prior to that, Dr. Staley served as the Associate Director of the Justice Center for Research at Penn State University where she was the co-chair and lead developer of program content for the 2012 Child Sexual Abuse Conference: Traumatic Impact, Prevention, and Intervention. Dr. Staley also served as a consultant to the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), the nationally-known nonprofit whose mission is to support educators and policy-makers in helping children in preschool through high school learn evidence-based social emotional skills. Dr. Staley was a Research Scientist for Penn State’s Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness working with the Department of Defense to better support military families across the cycle of deployment. And at the start of her career, she served as the Penn State Project Director for a two-site multimillion dollar NICHD-funded program grant studying the effects of rural poverty on the development of young children. Dr. Staley received her Masters and Ph.D. in Child Clinical Psychology from Penn State University, and her A.B. in Psychology from Brown University.



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