From the President...
As we settle in to fall and the routines of school and activities, work and leisure, let’s take a moment to enjoy outdoors. The Washington Post recently featured an article about the benefits of ecotherapy, whether through time outside, with animals or gardening, or through a certified ecotherapist. As I sat outside reading the article, I realized that just a few minutes of sun, daylight, birds chirping (lawn mowers, trucks backing up, helicopters overhead) is a good escape from intentional focusing, mental list-making, and other structured thoughts. It can take as little time as you have, and it’s free! So go on outside, look at some leaves, pull a few weeds, then sit in the sun and read our latest news.

What can we do for you, your family, and your students? As always, we want to hear from you! Let us know how we can help!

Elizabeth Hale, President
SCC in the Community
Back to School Anxiety Panel

Our 2021-2022 kicked off with panel discussion on Back to School Anxiety on Tuesday, September 21. Local mental health professionals Jennifer Weaver, Mimi Weisberg, Robyne Davis, and Melissa Sporn discussed Back to School Anxiety and offered concrete ways you can help get the school year off to a great start. Watch the recorded webinar and review panelists handouts on our website.
SCCs New Alcohol Awareness Program

Ask your high school students if they saw our banners!
School Liaisons Connections

PTA leaders in the Dranesville District met with FCPS School Board Representative Elaine Tholen and members of the SCC in the first of four meetings of the school year in order to build collaboration and support among local PTAs. FCPS Region 1 Assistant Superintendent Douglas Tyson offered news from the school system while PTAs shared ways they are working to build community with fun outdoor programs and events. Thanks for Elaine Tholen for her support of the SCC’s School Liaison program and for the logistical support of Elaine’s assistant and SCC Board Member Wendy Biliter!

Dates for future connections are November 10, February 9, and May 11. Mark them down today!
Upcoming Events
Power Panel On Parenting: Being the Best Parent We Can Be Amidst the Turmoil

The StudyPro is holding a special 75-min “Power Panel” where local experts Dr. McCarthyDr. Dalton, and Dr. Zimmitti will share their guidance for what parents can do to be the best they can be during these challenging times.

The panel will share:
  • The “State of the State – what the data say about the effect of the pandemic on children
  • What parents can do (and how) to take a “gentler” approach
  • How parents can best support their child with anxiety
  • How parents can be their best selves by “putting on their oxygen masks first”

Mental Health Networking and CEU Workshop

The SCC is hosting another CEU workshop for practitioners on Monday, December 6, 2021, 9am - 4pm (1/2 day optional) with Lisa Ferentz, LCSW-C DAPA.

Lisa will spend the morning with us providing a presentation on the pandemic and tele-therapy and how both have impacted clinicians and traumatized clients. In the afternoon she will offer an ethics program centering around trauma-informed assessments in clinical practice. Both presentations will be virtual, and CEUs will be provided following attending a session virtually and upon completion and submission of an evaluation within 24 hours of the end of program.
  • 9 am - 12 pm – The Impact of Covid and Tele-therapy on Clinicians and Traumatized Clients (3 CEUs)
  • 12 pm - 1pm – Break for lunch 
  • 1pm - 4pm – Trauma-Informed Assessments: Ethical Considerations in Clinical Practice (3 Ethics CEUs)
One Session (3 CEUs or 3 Ethics CEUs) = $75
Morning & Afternoon Program (3 CEUs + 3 Ethics CEUs) = $125

For more information about the program, CEUs, and Lisa Ferentz, click HERE.
Reading List
Fairfax County is Promoting Positive Mental Health in Our Community

It's always time to raise awareness, strengthen the dialogue and remind individuals, friends and families about resources that are available to help prevent suicide. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide rates increased 33 percent between 1999 and 2019, with a small decline in 2019. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States and is the second leading cause of death for individuals ages 10-34. Read more...
IndieFlix Back to School Roadmap

IndieFlix brought us the documentaries Angst and LIKE, and now brings us tips for creating healthy habits for your child’s physical and mental well-being. Click the graphic for more!
What parents need to know about social media for kids
Washington Post, September 30, 2021
By Heather Kelly

Children are already online and tech companies are trying to build more spaces specifically for them. Read more...
The SCC thrives in its 26th year as an all-volunteer organization with funding from community grants and individual donors including the New Dominion Women’s Club, Rotary Club of McLean, McLean Community Foundation, the Zavela Foundation, and through the SCC Mental Health Committee. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and welcome all donations.