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January 2019
From the Presidents...
Happy and Healthy New Year! There is so much going on in the coming weeks that we're sending out a note earlier than usual. We are co-sponsoring a program on Teen Trafficking with the Woman's Club of McLean and the New Dominion Women's Club, and we are holding a CEU and networking event for mental health providers. School Liaisons meet later this week. We hope to see many of you at these events!

Looking ahead, our annual Sixth Grade Ethics Days are coming up in March. The Safe Community Coalition is very appreciative of the generous financial support from our local donors, which helps underwrite the program for all 6th graders in the McLean and Langley school pyramids. These are volunteer-intensive events, and we count on the community for help! Sign up is below.

As alw ays,   let us know  how the SCC can help in your community, school, and home!

Brad Kuebler, President, and Elizabeth Hale, President Elect 
SCC in the Community
Not Just Someone Else's Problem: Teen Trafficking

Trafficking and exploitation of teens is appallingly prevalent and underreported in Fairfax County. Help us eradicate teen trafficking locally by learning what makes children vulnerable, how to identify the signs of a possible victim, and what to do if you suspect a teen is being exploited. Knowledge is the most powerful weapon against a predator. Together we can protect our families and our community.  

To learn how you can help, please join us Tuesday, January 29, 7-8:30 pm at the McLean Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall for a 90-minute panel presentation by the Just Ask Prevention Project with Audience Q&A addressing our teens’ vulnerability to the imminent danger of human trafficking.

This is a free event, but please RSVP HERE . For additional information, contact

Just Ask is a 501(c)(3) based in McLean with a team of multidisciplinary experts who bring an unmatched level of knowledge to fight human trafficking and exploitation.
Woman’s Club of McLean, New Dominion Women’s Club, and Safe Community Coalition are honored to commemorate National Human Trafficking Prevention Month with a panel presentation featuring Just Ask Prevention Project.
Mental Health Networking Event and Ethics Workshop with Dr. Mary Alice Fisher

3 CEUs
February 8th, 8am-12pm
  • 8-8:30 am Networking
  • 9 am-12 pm CEU Program
Location: Temple Rodef Shalom, 2100 Westmoreland St, Falls Church
Fee: $100

Ethical challenges arise in every clinical setting. They can arise because of the physical setting itself, or they can be created by the behaviors of others (including clients, non-clinical staff, or clinical colleagues). Ethical challenges can also originate in our clinical work (including diffcult issues about informed consent, boundaries, multiple relationships, confidentiality, and ethical-legal conflicts). Business practices can create ethical challenges (including those related to forms, record keeping, billing, electronic communications, social media, etc.). Finally, ethical challenges can be created by our own personal and professional issues (including those caused by overwork or burnout). Sometimes such challenges can be avoided with forethought and planning. Even the unavoidable ones can sometimes be lessened with forethought and planning. But sometimes we need the support of others to confront the challenges or to create the necessary changes in the setting or in ourselves. This workshop deals with the first step in the change process: Recognizing the ethical challenges in your own practice and setting.

Learning objectives:
  1. Name three ethical challenges that arise in my own practice setting.
  2. Describe some ways those might be avoided or resolved.
  3. Describe the support I might need for avoiding or resolving those challenges

To register and pay for the workshop, please click here .
Upcoming Events
Note to School Liaisons

We look forward to seeing you on January 17th! There is a lot going on this time of year so please try to send a representative if you aren’t able to make it. Topics include:

  • Spring speaker coming on April 1
  • Organizing book talks on our speaker’s book on anxiety
  • Ethics Days to be held in March
  • A spring showing of Angst at Langley High School

Contact Elizabeth Hale for details.
Sixth Grade Ethics Days

This program serves all 6th graders in the McLean and Langley school pyramids, with the goal of helping students navigate difficult ethical situations that may arise as they progress through middle school, high school and beyond. During the program, students are provided with an ethical decision-making model called “Could, Should, Would” in a group setting with adult leaders. New this year is a small group program on anti-bullying called “One Person Many Roles” presented by the Anti Defamation League and also featuring their adult leaders. Ethics Days are half-day events and lunch is provided.

Volunteers are needed to serve as table leaders for small groups of students from 9am-1pm on the following dates: March 1, 8, 15 & 29. No prior experience is needed, and training is provided. Click  HERE   to volunteer. For more information, contact  Maria Barnett .
Book Talk with Katherine Reynolds Lewis

As heard on NPR's Morning Edition and seen on The Doctors, Katherine Reynolds Lewis will speak about her book,  The Good News About Bad Behavior: Why Kids Are Less Disciplined Than Ever-And What to Do About It . She will be in-conversation with Kristy Rodriguez, certified health coach, childbirth educator, and founder of Pure Nurture, an in-person and online community that helps give new and aspiring moms information and the inspiration they need on their personal journeys into motherhood. At the end of the talk, Katherine will sign copies of her book.

This event will be held at  Bards Alley Bookstore , 110 Church St NW, Vienna, VA on Sunday, January 27 at 2 pm, and it is sponsored by the Fairfax County Public Schools Parent Resource Center (PRC). This event is free to attend with no registration required. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis. Please contact the FCPS Parent Resource Center with questions.
Resilience: The Biology of Stress & The Science of Hope

Join Early Childhood Identification & Services for a free screening of this award-winning documentary followed by a panel interview of early childhood experts on February 12 (and again April 9) at the Gatehouse Administration Center, 8115 Gatehouse Road, Falls Church, VA 22042.

Resilience: The Biology of Stress & The Science of Hope chronicles the birth a a new movement among pediatricians, therapists, educators, and communities, who are using cutting-edge brain science to disrupt cycles of violence, addition, and disease. "The child may not remember, but the body remembers."

The event is free but advance registration is required. Call 571-423-4121 to register.
Coming This Spring
Coming this Spring! Reducing Anxiety: Strategies to Interrupt the Worry Cycle

April 1, 7 P.M.
McLean Community Center Alden Theater

Anxiety is a very persistent master; when it moves into families, it takes over daily routines, schoolwork, bedtime, and recreation. Join us to learn strategies for breaking the worry cycle so we can raise courageous and independent children and improve the emotional functioning of our families.

Licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist Lynn Lyons will discuss concrete strategies parents and educators can use with children and teens to handle current anxiety and also to prevent the development of anxiety and depression later in life.

Lynn is the co-author with Reid Wilson of  Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents: 7 Ways to Stop the Worry Cycle and Raise Courageous and Independent Children  and the companion book  Playing with Anxiety: Casey’s Guide for Teens and Kids . She presents internationally to mental health and medical providers, educators, school nurses, and parents. She is regularly featured on television and public radio, including Katie Couric and Morning Edition. Books and DVDs will be available for purchase.
Reading List
Community Discussion
"Talk. They Hear You" is an education campaign by the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board's Wellness, Health Promotion & Prevention team for parents of 9 to 15-year-olds and adults who work with them. According to Fairfax County Youth Survey data, about 16.1 percent of eighth grade students say they have tried alcohol; by grade 12, that number jumps to 54.3 percent. Small, ongoing conversations can do a lot to prevent underage drinking.

This presentation is for parents of 9 to 15-year-olds and adults who work with them. Learn:
  • How to tell if your child is drinking alcohol.
  • Consequences of underage drinking.
  • What you can do to prevent your child from drinking.
  • Why small conversations make a big impression.
  • Why you should talk with your child about alcohol.
  • Why your child might start drinking.

The discussion will be held Thursday, January 31, 6-7:30 pm. Admission is free, but preregistration is required through the McLean Community Center (Activity No. 1001.319) .
Community Read
The McLean HS PTSA is partnering with MHS Student Services to offer a Pyramid-Wide book talk series and author event on  The Self-Driven Child, The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives  by William Stixrud, PhD, and Ned Johnson. The Self-Driven Child  empowers parents with practical tools to help their children reduce stress and anxiety, while building capacity for resilience, success, and optimal development. The strategies shared in the book are relevant for parents of children of ALL ages.

Kathleen Otal, counselor at McLean High School, will lead three book talks in the pyramid throughout the year. Two have already taken place, but on March 9, 7-8:30 pm, we'll hear from William Stixrud and Ned Johnson in McLean's auditorium . Even if you don't have time to read the entire book or didn't come to the previous book talks, you will learn valuable parenting strategies that will help your child develop the skills to succeed!
Angst Weekly Tip from Angst Weekly

Let's be honest, we all know the drill. Our New Year's resolutions are lucky to last through the first few months of the new year. Here are few alternative resolutions to start off your year right, especially if you struggle with a mental illness. 

  1. Try setting New Year’s self-care goals. Keep your mental health in mind when setting your resolutions. Your self-care should be a priority. 
  2. Set smaller, more attainable goals. A step-by-step goal guide can be more satisfactory than one, unattainable resolution. 
  3. Put yourself first. Your mental and physical health is most important. 
  4. Start small. Once those small goals are met, you can set even more!
  5. Spread them out. Check in with your goals throughout the year to set new ones or readjust. 
  6. Do nothing! You don't have to make resolutions, especially if you set goals just fine throughout the year. 
  7. Accept where you are. Don't compare your goals and resolutions with others. If you don't meet them, don't blame yourself. We're all human. 
  8. Celebrate who you are. Your goals should reflect and respect who you are.

Goals by  The Mighty . Read the article  here