Parent Workshop Online Brochure 17 – 18

Health Initiative LogoYou are cordially invited to attend the Butler School District

Parent Workshop Series

Please join us for any or all of our workshops!

Save these Dates:

  • October 11th 2017 Raising Resilient Children
  • October 19th 2017 Remembering TJ
  • January 10th 2018 Mindful Parenting
  • February 7th 2018 Cultivating Calm
  • March 14th 2018 QPR Gatekeeper Course

Our Parent Workshop Series is designed to provide parents/guardians and community members with the latest researched based information on topics relative to parenting during these complex times.

The Butler School District has incorporated a multi-faceted approach toward its ongoing mental health and mindfulness initiative. Through collaboration and engagement with top professionals in the region, our program is providing valuable resources for faculty & staff, community leaders and caregivers, students, and families.

In addition to our Parent Workshop Series, our professional development and community outreach initiative includes:

Professional development for our administration, faculty & staff members in:

  • Awareness Training and Case Studies in Anxiety and Depression
  • Mindfulness Training
  • Youth Mental Health First Aid
  • Everyday Mindfulness in the Classroom
  • Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR)
  • Intervention, Postvention, and Prevention Training through the Lifelines Curriculum

Training for community leaders, youth coaches and advisors in:

  • Youth Mental Heath First Aid
  • Question Persuade Refer Gatekeeping
  • Lifelines Health Curriculum

Through our curriculum and special events, the following are being provided for our students through grants and private donations:

  • Footprints (Grade 2)
  • Refuse, Remove, Reasons (grades 8&9)
  • Resiliency & Coping Skills Training ( grades 2-12)
  • Small Group Support (all grades)

We are very thankful for the resources and opportunities made available to us through community resources, grant opportunities and private donations. For more information and complete descriptions of our faculty, student, parent, and community programs, please visit our district web page at:

Raising Resilient Children
A  Survival Guide to Raising a Millennial

Date:                  Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Time:                  7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Location:           Butler High School Auditorium, 38 Bartholdi Avenue, Butler

Program Description:

This workshop will provide the  tools and parenting strategies for helping your child and how to take an active role in your child’s success. The session will provide a discussion and Q&A session for parents focused toward uncovering the signs and symptoms of stress and/or mental health issues in children. Parents will learn ways to engage their children in honest conversations early to establish a pattern of effective communication to promote contentment and uncover issues that may be affecting children’s emotional well-being.

Presented by Mary Vineis/NewBridge Services

Mary is the Director of Community Response and Education for NewBridge Services and is a Certified Instructor for Mental Health First Aid along with Question, Persuade, Refer. Mary has facilitated many education workshops in the county for youth, educators and adults on wellness and intervention services.  As the Morris County Traumatic Loss Coalition(TLC), Mary is a key player in assisting schools and communities in this area.

Joint Butler and Bloomingdale  School Districts Presentation

Remembering TJ by Raising Awareness for Mental Health

Date:                  Thursday, October 19, 2017

Time:                  7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Location:            Butler High School Auditorium, 38 Bartholdi Avenue, Butler

Program Description:

This program involves storytelling, fact sharing, slides and videos that weave the Sefciks’ experience into a program that leaves attendees better equipped to identify and deal with mental health situations for themselves and others. The goal is to leave attendees feeling informed, empowered and HOPEFUL.

Presented by the Sefcik Family
Steve and Wendy Sefcik are the parents of 3 boys—John, T.J. and Matt. On December 1, 2010, Wendy and Steve’s 16 year old son T.J. died by suicide. He was extremely sensitive, yet also outgoing, funny, an honor student and varsity athlete.  He was the life of the party, but with inner pain that he kept well hidden. He suffered from depression and lost his battle with the disease on December 1, 2010. Through the overwhelming pain of losing their precious son, Steve and Wendy work each day to count their blessings and to give thanks for all they have been given instead of all they have lost. They have worked to educate themselves on teen depression, and other mental health disorders in teens in the hopes of preventing others from suffering the same fate. They strive to raise awareness of depression and mood disorders and to provide support to those dealing with these issues and to those who have suffered a traumatic loss.

Tools for Cultivating Calm & Focus at Home and School:
For Enhanced Social Emotional and Academic Learning

Date:              Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Time:             7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Location: Aaron Decker School Library, 98 Decker Road, Butler

Program Description:

This interactive and informative workshop will provide a deeper understanding on the impact of daily stress and anxiety on relationships, the brain, engagement at home and school, and our children’s academic and social success. Participants will be provided with supportive research, as well as many tips, tools, and techniques (what it looks like, and sounds like) for enhanced communications and interactions with others while cultivating calm and connectedness within self, our children, home and school.

Presented by Teresa LaSala
Teresa is an author and Certified Positive Discipline Lead Trainer providing professional development workshops and training’s both nationally and internationally for teachers, school administrators, parents, parent educators, and Positive Discipline Associates in training. Teresa is a consultant for the School Culture and Climate Initiative and has been a key part of the initiative since its inception.

QPR Gatekeeper Course
Question, Persuade, Refer

Date:              Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Time:             7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Location:      Richard Butler School Multi-purpose room, 3 Pearl Place, Butler

Program Description:

QPR is an acronym for Question, Persuade, and Refer — the 3 simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. Each year thousands of Americans, like you, are saying “Yes” to saving the life of a friend, colleague, sibling, or neighbor. Much of the world is familiar with CPR — short for cardiopulmonary resuscitation — an emergency medical intervention created in 1957 by Peter Safar. The process is designed to stabilize people who aren’t breathing or breathing intermittently and who may be in cardiac arrest until the person can reach a hospital or other care.

Similarly, QPR is an emergency mental health intervention for suicidal persons created in 1995 by Paul Quinnett. An abbreviation for Question, Persuade and Refer, the intent is also to identify and interrupt the crisis and direct that person to the proper care.

Presented by Mary Vineis/NewBridge Services

Mindful Parenting

creating connection without technology

Date:              Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Time:             7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Location:       Richard Butler School Multi-purpose room, 3 Pearl Place, Butler

How we connect, listen, and respond to our children influences their learning, behavior and attention. Yet, the stress we encounter often interferes with our ability to communicate and our children’s ability to listen. We have all become overly dependent on technology. It keeps us informed about the world outside our home, however it distracts us from the relationships within our home.   Come explore how mindful practices can develop your own sense of inner peace and calm. Learn tools to build family connection and mutual understanding. Come and experience easy to implement, mindful techniques you can use anywhere and anytime. Simultaneously, we will be offering mindful yoga classes for your children. Come together, or come on your own.

Presented by Allison Morgan MA, OTR, RYT 

Allison MA, OTR, E-RYT is a pediatric occupational therapist, and registered Yoga Alliance teacher-trainer who has been working with youth for over 25 years. As founder of Zensational Kids, she collaborates with schools to help them cultivate resilience and compassion within the entire educational community. She has developed numerous programs to facilitate the integration of yoga and mindful practices district-wide. Her programs empower administrators, faculty, students and families to activate their unlimited potential through the development of inner resources.  She is an active international presenter, researcher, author, and ambassador of well-being.