Westport Day School
Therapeutic Education Cultivating Mindfulness, Ethics, and Wisdom

Announcements

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    November 16, 2016

    Dr. Beitel, and co-authors from Yale, just had an article accepted for publication in Pain Medicine, a peer-reviewed medical journal. The study investigated the ways in which therapists reacted to their patients' chronic physical pain narratives in counseling sessions. Patients' pain stories had a significant impact on treatment. Barriers to helping patients with pain included a lack of pain-treatment expertise and a lack of pain medicine referrals. Empathy and self-reflection (which also happen to be core values at WDS) were seen as facilitating treatment.

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    October 6, 2016

    The Westport Day school welcomes parents of anxious teens to attend the second fall panel discussion focused on adolescent anxiety.

    This month's local mental health experts who have volunteered to serve as panelists are: Kristi Sacco, Ph.D., Gerri Fleming- Child Advocate, and Elaine Morales-Thomason, Educational Therapist and Consultant.

    Panelists will share their perspectives and insights across educational settings.

    Call or email Sara Evans at 203-557-0939 / sevans@westportdayschool.org

    Date: Wednesday, October 19, 2016
    Time: 7:00PM

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    September 13, 2016

    WDS will host a panel discussion for parents on The Teenage Anxiety Crisis in America: Coping with Pressure in and out of School. Panelists will be Katie Liebenberg, Psy.D., Saasha Sutera, Ph.D., and Vince Benevento, M.A. The panel discussion will be moderated by Mark Beitel, Ph.D.

    Date: Wednesday, September 21, 2016
    Time: 7:00-9:00PM:

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    September 13, 2016

    The Connecticut Psychological Association will hold a meeting for psychologists in the Westport Day School library

    Date: Thursday, September 22, 2016

Trends in Therapeutic Education

  • The Westport Day School: A Safe Place for Anxious Students - Mark Beitel, Ph.D.

    Anxiety is one of the most vexing of all human problems, causing an incalculable amount of suffering for millions of people. Anxiety is an internal experience marked variously by tension, fear, and worry. Fear and anxiety can manifest similarly; however the former is a reaction to an identifiable external danger, whereas the latter may be an inappropriate or outmoded internal experience. Anxiety has cognitive (fears, worries, obsessions, compulsions), affective (tension, distress), and physiological symptoms (increased sweating, heart rate, etc.).