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Posted on Apr 19, 2013

Pro-Social Behaviors Require Proaction: What’s Happening at Gillispie!

Dr. Adria O’Donnell, a licensed clinical psychologist practicing in Carmel Valley, will be working with Gillispie students, teachers, and parents on pro-social behaviors. For the past 10 years, she has specialized in working predominantly with children and adolescents and is a highly-regarded speaker with the Girl Scouts and other non-profit organizations, as well as at local public and private schools.

During student assemblies (Grades K-2 and 3-6 on 4/25), Dr. O’Donnell will help students understand some of the subtle forms of aggression that cause them social stress and confusion. She will answer questions often asked by students, such as, “Why do ‘good’ friends sometimes treat each other badly?” and “How can you stand up for yourself?” Children will learn the difference between mean verses bullying behaviors, effective conflict resolution skills such as “BRAVE Talk,” and how not to give their power away to others. Dr. O’Donnell will speak to faculty on 4/29 and will offer a free parent workshop from 8:45-10 a.m. on Monday, May 13.

During the parent workshop (offered to all Gillispie parents), Dr. O’Donnell’s remarks will center around: “Friend and Foe: Helping Your Child Navigate their Social World.” Recognizing that peer relationships are an important component of a child’s school experience, join Dr. O’Donnell in a lively presentation as she discusses how to help children navigate their social worlds. Learn about “frienemies,” relational aggression, and how technology is changing peer interactions. Topics will also include advice on “BRAVE Talk,” conflict resolution skills for kids, and parent protocols for managing your child’s peer conflicts—how and when to get involved.

Alison Fleming
Head of School

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