OCL presents 6 “Tools for Teens & Adults” workshop

December 21, 2009

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

lmeegan@theoceancountylibrary.org

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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Library to examine teen addiction and anger links

September 11, 2009

What: Tools for Teens program: addiction

When: Thursday Sept. 24, 6 p.m.

Where:  Toms River branch

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

                        lmeegan@theoceancountylibrary.org

 

Library to examine teen addiction and anger links

TOMS RIVER –   Frances Miceli will present a workshop that explores the links that tie adolescents, anger and addiction together at the Toms River library branch (101 Washington Street) Thursday Sept. 24.  Sign in for the program starts at 5:30 p.m. and the workshop begins promptly at 6 p.m.

The workshop will focus on the risk factors that trigger anger as a response to conflict and addiction as a response when teens lack the life skills to adequately deal with a problem.

In addition, teens from New Hope Foundation and in a recovery program will discuss their personal experiences with addiction.

Miceli is a retired counselor with more than 30 years experience with the state Department of Human Services in the Division of Addiction Services. She was also an adjunct professor at New Jersey City University for 14 years where she taught four graduate courses required for the Substance Awareness Coordinator Certificate.

She is currently on the faculty of the Summer School of Alcohol Studies at Rutgers University and teaches continuing education courses for the Rutgers School of Social Work and at Bookdale Community College.

She has a limited private practice where she focuses on life transitions and recovery coaching, facilitates drunk driving educational and support groups, and designs and implements training workshop to meet individual agencies and school district needs.

This program is free and open to the public.  For more information or to register go to the Web site www.theoceancountylibrary.org or call (732) 349-6200.


LA judge to demystify juvenile court system

September 11, 2009

Ocean County Library will give adults and teens a glimpse into the juvenile court system during programs at its Brick and Toms River branches.

Judge Leora Krygier will present an overview of the juvenile court justice system during her “Juvenile Court: A Judge’s Guide for Parents and Teens” seminar. 

The program will take one through the entire juvenile court process – from the moment a citation is written, to arraignment, to a possible trial and disposition of a case.  It will demystify the judicial process.

She has been a Referee with the Los Angeles Superior Court, Juvenile Division, for more than 15 years and was profiled in the “Los Angeles Times” for her innovative use of essay writing in sentencing pre-delinquent teens.  She has used essay writing as a way to engage and encourage teens in their own rehabilitation.

Krygier has written the recently released “Juvenile Court: A Guide for Young Adults and their Parents” and two novels.

The program will be held at the Brick branch, 301 Chambers Bridge Rd., Wednesday, Sept. 30 and the Toms River branch, 101 Washington St., Thursday Oct. 1.  Sign-in for both programs opens at 5:30 p.m. and the programs begin promptly at 6 p.m.

These programs are free and open to the public but registration is required.  For information about this and other “Tools for Teens” programs visit the library Web site www.theoceancountylibrary.org or telephone (732) 349-6200.