The Friends Select Wellness Program is a year-long campaign to engage the school’s community and the general public about mental health and other wellness issues. Spearheaded by Dr. Molly Patterson, the middle and upper school learning specialist, and Dr. Natan Gottesman, the school’s psychologist, this exciting program is now in its third year. The program provides information, strategies, and support, and makes resources available for students, faculty, and families in the Friends Select community and beyond. Through speakers, events, and activities, the program increases awareness of circumstances that can impact a student’s learning and well-being, including mental health, learning styles, peer relationships, and Internet and social media use, to name a few.
In the 2017-18 school year year, the Wellness Program brought Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg to speak to the public and meet with FSS parents about his book, Raising Kids to Thrive: Balancing Love with Expectations and Protection with Trust. This year the program continues to expand, with a series of events intended to increase conversation about the connections between stress, overall mental health and well-being, and academic engagement.
Angst Screening and Panel Discussion
Tuesday, October 2, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Friends Select is hosting a free screening of Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety, an IndieFlix documentary that explores the multilayered effects of anxiety on our society. Following the screening there will be a panel discussion with Dr. Manely Ghaffari, a child and adolescent psychiatrist who practices in Old City Philadelphia (and a Friends Select parent), and Dr. Deborah Ledley, a psychologist who practices in Narberth, PA, and specializes in the treatment of children and adolescents struggling with anxiety. The panel will be moderated by Friends Select’s psychologist, Dr. Natan Gottesman.
Light refreshments will be served.
This event is free, but RSVP is required.
Dr. Sharon Saline
Tuesday, October 9, 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Dr. Sharon Saline, a psychologist and author of What Your ADHD Child Wishes You Knew, will discuss her book with Friends Select parents on October 9.
Wednesday, December 12, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Jesse Weinberger, an Internet and social media safety specialist and the author of The Boogeyman Exists: And He's In Your Child's Back Pocket, will visit the school to discuss online safety with parents on Wednesday, December 12. She will also meet intensively with students on December 10 and 11.
Throughout the year, Dr. Patterson and Dr. Gottesman will hold a series of Wellness Lunches for upper school students, helping them learn to identify stress and minimize its impact. They will also hold a series of coffees for parents to discuss wellness issues, and additional programming is under ongoing development.
The Wellness Program is made possible by an anonymous Friends Select family.