Counseling Services Announces Community Health and Well-Being Seminars

Round Rock ISD counseling services have prepared a seminar series designed to inform the community about timely health and well-being topics affecting today’s high school students.

“The topics selected for the F.Y.I. Seminar Series were identified in a survey by parents of high school students as subject matters they wanted to know more about,” Dr. Christina Wiswell, director of counseling services, said. “The sessions are open to everyone in the community, but are most appropriate for high school students and parents of high school students.”

Sessions will be at the Round Rock ISD Lillie Delgado Administration Building located at 1311 Round Rock Ave. Round Rock, TX from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

September 10 – Healthy Teen Relationships
SPEAKER: Randy Randolph with Safe Place’s Expect Respect Program

This interactive session will explore how to make romantic relationships work by looking at the types of power dynamics that create hurtful versus loving relationships; the problematic behaviors to pay attention to when you are getting to know someone and
how to end a relationship respectfully and move on safely.

October 22, 2018 – Drugs and Teens: A Respectful Request for Discussion
SPEAKERS: Laurie Born, advanced certified prevention specialist and LifeSteps executive director, and Armando T., Special agent for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their smart devices to this interactive discussion about drug use and youth to anonymously respond to questions. The intent is to plant seeds for clear thinking about drugs.

November 12, 2018 – Human Trafficking Awareness
SPEAKER: Toni McKinley, M.A., L.P.C., the director of survivor services with The Refuge for DMST and author of What Happened to Me? A Guide for Survivors of Trafficking.

McKinley’s passion for helping victims comes from her own childhood experience of child sex trafficking. She is now a survivor leader in her community, state and nation. She provides training and speaks at multiple government agencies and organizations that serve survivors of trafficking, and she also serves on the Round Rock ISD School Health Advisory Committee (SHAC). She will present the red flags of trafficking, which will empower students to protect themselves and their friends.

January 28, 2019 – Social Media
SPEAKER: Justin Burke, author of More Than Liked: Staying True to Yourself in a Social Media-Obsessed Generation, singer-songwriter, social media personality, and university student.

This session tackles 30 of the biggest issues bombarding this social media-saturated generation around self-worth, confidence, relationships, insecurities, and purpose in life. Justin will share lessons he has learned from his own life and offer practical solutions.

February 25, 2019 – Stress, Anxiety, and Depression
SPEAKER: Renee Cameron, M.A., LPC, LMFT, STARRY training coordinator

An informative session that offers tips and strategies for helping with stress and anxiety as they develop. Cameron will discuss self-care, active listening, stress management and coping skills for processing anxiety effectively.

March 11, 2019 – LGBTQIA: The Basics
SPEAKER: Shane Whalley of Daring Dialogues

Attendees will be informed about the related vocabulary and how to navigate language used in the LGBTQIA communities. Participants will learn how to debunk myths about bisexuality, gender identity and expression, and the issues facing the transgender and gender non-binary communities.