OCL presents 6 “Tools for Teens & Adults” workshop

CONTACT: Larry Meegan, 732-349-6200, ext. 5906


Library to host 6 “Tools for Teens & Adults” workshops

TOMS RIVER – The Ocean County Library will present six unique workshops designed to equip teens as they deal with issues that trouble them while they mature into adults.

The “Bullying and Girl Cliques” workshops, led by Fran Miceli, will be held at the Lacey branch, 10 E. Lacey Road, Thursday Jan. 21; and at the Jackson branch, 2 Jackson Dr., Thursday Jan. 28.

Sign-in for each session begins at 5:30 p.m. A “teens only” program begins at 6 p.m., and an “adults only” program begins at 7 p.m.

Miceli, with over 30 years experience counseling teens and teaching college students, will focus on defining the three roles of bullying: the bully, the victim and the witness. She will discuss the strategies adults can take in working with people in those roles. She will also discuss the seven roles in a girl’s clique and how girls can cope with those situations.

Miceli will also present “Triple A: Adolescents, Anger and Addiction,” a workshop that explores the link between the three and focusing on the risk factors that trigger an anger response and addiction as a solution in teens.

“Triple A” will be held Thursday Feb. 11 at the Little Egg Harbor branch, 290 Mathistown Road.

Sign-in begins at 5:30 p.m. Separate programs for teens and adults will begin at 6 p.m.

“The Real Deal on Dating Violence-What Teens and Parents Should Know” workshop, led by Karen Gillespie, will be held at three branches. Sign-in for each session begins at 5:30 p.m. The “teens only” program begins at 6 p.m., and an “adults only” program begins at 7 p.m.

Gillespie, a licensed clinical alcohol and drug counselor, coordinates a teen dating abuse program.

Her workshop will address the seriousness of dating abuse and the myths that are associated with it. Teens and parents will learn about the warning signs of dating abuse and the resources available for help.

The workshop will be held at the Berkeley branch, 30 Station Road, Monday Jan. 11; the Toms River branch, 101 Washington Av. Wednesday Feb. 17; and the Stafford branch, 129 N. Main St., Wednesday Mar. 24.

Paula Rodriguez Rust, sociologist and member of the N.J. Special Task Force on Bullying, Cyberbullying Awareness and Prevention, will discuss the legal and personal consequences that result from posting personal information and photographs on social media networks.

In her “Cyber-Consequences: Protect Yourself and Your Future” workshop, she will also discuss inappropriate cell phone photo text messaging.

Many people have found that their plans for college and employment have been dashed because of inappropriate personal messages that were placed on the Internet.

The sessions will be held at the Lakewood branch, 301 Lexington Av., Monday Feb. 1; at the Point Pleasant Borough branch, 834 Beaver Dam Rd., Thursday Feb. 18; at the Toms River branch Wednesday Feb. 24; and at the Barnegat branch, 112 Burr St., Tuesday Mar. 23.

Sign-in for each session begins at 5:30 p.m. and the two-hour workshop begins for teens and adults at 6 p.m.

Joseph Califano, past Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare, will present “How to Raise a Drug Free Kid: the Straight Dope for Parents” at the Toms River branch Monday, Mar. 8. Sign-in begins at 5:30 p.m. and the “adults only” session with Califano begins at 6 p.m. in Mancini Hall. A teen session will be held 6 p.m. in the Hometown Dairy Room.

Dr. Jerome Bubrick, a clinical director at the Child Study Unit of Hackensack University Medical Center and leading cognitive behavioral specialist with the NYU Medical Center School of Medicine, will discuss treatment of anxiety and depression in teens. He will also discuss teen obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders and how adults can help with those issues.

The “Teen Depression/Anxiety/OCD” workshop will be held at the Toms River branch Wednesday, Mar. 24. Sign-in for each session begins at 5:30 p.m. An “adults only” program begins at 6 p.m. A “teens only” program, with a film provided by the National Alliance on Mental Illness of New Jersey, will also begin at 6 p.m.

Professional Development Certificates will be provided.

The workshops are free and open to the public. Registration for each of the workshops is required.

The “Tools for Teens and Adults” workshops are presented in partnership with the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders; the O.C. Youth Service Commission; the O.C. Department of Health; the Superior Court of New Jersey, Ocean County Probation and Juvenile Supervision division; O.C. Library; the Municipal Alliance Project; and the N.J. Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse.


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