I’m Dr. Ilana Luft, a staff psychologist and director of Child, Adolescent and Family Services at CBT/DBT Associates, and I am pleased to announce the fourth workshop in our new Community Nights Workshop series. Community Nights are free, open to the public and designed to offer resources, support, and psycho-education on a variety of topics that are relevant to New York metro area families. Our staff-led workshops address common challenges related to school, child development, stress management, parenting, family and peer relationships, and life transitions. Because the specific strategies and behaviorally-based interventions presented in each workshop may not be widely accessible to those who need them, we are pleased to be able to offer these resources free of charge to our community.
Our upcoming workshop on Thursday, May 4, is Helping a Student with Test Anxiety. In my experience treating students of all ages in the New York City area, the ever-growing demands of middle and high school entrance exams, Regents exams, SATs, ACTs, and even typical classroom tests have presented an array of challenges, beyond the academic, for students and their families. The goal of this workshop is to provide parents with strategies they can use to help their children manage stress and build coping skills for school and test-related anxiety. Participants will also learn how to assess whether their child may benefit from professional assistance, what kinds of assistance are available, and how to seek help both inside and outside of the school system. Finally, we’ll offer ways to shift the focus of students’ academic lives such that test preparation is effective but not over-emphasized. We hope that guests of this workshop will feel better prepared to navigate the demands of testing culture and equipped to help their child balance school stressors with more positive and enriching academic experiences.
More information about upcoming Community Nights Workshops can be found here. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me or our Director, Dr. Lisa Napolitano, at 212-546-9200. To register, simply fill out this form or call us. We hope to see you at our next Workshop!
– Dr. Ilana Luft