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Welcome to the Virtual Parent Summit

National Center for Youth Issues, in collaboration with Wake County Schools, is excited to welcome you to our free 2021 Virtual Parent Summit.  During this unique event, key experts will be joining through livestream to offer and discuss strategies, solutions, and encouragement to help students and families thrive during these unusual times.  

Connect with Experts

Get advice on how to manage the return to the new normal for school and family life now that the COVID-19 pandemic is subsiding.

  • Student Engagement – learn tips and tricks for helping your student stay engaged with their return to in-person learning.
  • Behavior Support – understand the “why” behind certain behaviors and develop a framework for managing expectations with clarity and compassion.
  • Self-Care – learn about the importance of self-care and how creating a family plan for self-care can help everyone in your family feel happier and more physically, mentally, and emotionally able to deal with stress and pressure.

Steve Bollar

Steve Bollar, a.k.a. Stand Tall Steve, is an educational thought leader, former Superintendent of Schools, principal, author and a school culture and motivation expert. He is known for his quick wit, creative thought, and humorous personality. Steve is the author of the school culture book Ideas, Ideas, Ideas! and is a contributing author in the book School Climate 2.0: Preventing Cyberbullying One Classroom at a Time. Steve openly shares his knowledge, experiences and creativity with others. He currently speaks to students, staff and communities throughout the country about how to think differently about schools, education, and life.

Thank you for attending Steve’s sessions. Please enjoy these informative vignettes where he speaks on various topics.

Help Your Child Reconnect with the World
Developing Healthy Adult & Child Relationship
Morals & Values Are Not Dirty Words

Natalie Spencer Gwyn

Dr. Natalie Spencer Gwyn is an Assistant Professor at North Carolina A&T State University. She was previously a high school counselor and student assistance counselor (SAP) for many years before moving into higher education. She received her undergraduate and master’s degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She later earned a doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision from North Carolina State University. Dr. Spencer is the author of Mindful Practices for Helping Troubled Teens. She is also a licensed professional counselor (LPC) in the state of North Carolina, and owns her own private practice, Natalie Spencer Counseling and Consulting. Dr. Spencer Gwyn has presented her research on the local, state, and national level.

Thank you for attending Natalie’s sessions. Please enjoy these informative vignettes where she speaks on various topics.

Strategies to Address Anxiety and Worry in Students
Mindful Practices to Help Students
Behavioral Interventions to Help Students

Raychelle Cassada Lohmann

Raychelle Cassada Lohmann, Ph.D., LCMHCS, ACS, GCDF, is a professional counselor and international author of numerous books, including The Anger Workbook for Teens, The Bullying Workbook for Teens and The Sexual Trauma Workbook for Teen Girls. Her works have been translated in over six different languages. Raychelle has expertise in a wide range of issues affecting adolescents, from anger and aggression to anxiety and depression to sexual abuse and bullying. She also writes the Teen Angst blog for Psychology Today.

Raychelle attended North Carolina State University, where she received her B.A. in psychology, her M.S. in counselor education and her Ph.D. in counseling and counselor education. With over 20 years in the counseling profession, Raychelle has devoted much of her time to working with children, adolescents,
parents and educators. She is passionate about what she does and strives to live out her personal mission statement of “helping others transform their lives from the inside out.”

Thank you for attending Raychelle’s sessions. Please enjoy these informative vignettes where she speaks on various topics.

Understanding Youth Stress and Anxiety
Meeting Your Childs Emotional Needs
Helping My Child Control Anger Without Conflict

Allison Edwards

Allison Edwards LPC, RPT is an affiliate professor in the Human Development Counseling department at Vanderbilt University. She is the author of Why Smart Kids Worry, Worry Says What?, Marcy Is Having All the Feels, and 15-Minute Counseling Techniques that Work. Allison received her graduate degree in Counseling from Vanderbilt University and is a National Certified Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor, and Registered Play Therapist. Allison has over 20 years experience working as a school teacher, school counselor, child/adolescent psychotherapist, and educational consultant to schools throughout the country. Allison travels both nationally and internationally training professionals in the areas of empowering anxious children in the classroom, managing the emotional needs of students, recognizing the social/emotional needs of gifted students, and sharing how educators can talk to parents about student anxiety.

Thank you for attending Allison’s sessions. Please enjoy these informative vignettes where she speaks on various topics.

Self Care for Families
Helping Children Manage Emotions
Anxiety and Worry: How Parents Can Help