Christian Health Care Center Professionals to Present at Lecture Series

Christian Health Care Center Professionals to Present at Lecture Series

“Helping Your Teens Cope in a Changing World”

These days, life is more stressful for teens than it was for their parents. Parents need to help their teenagers develop coping skills to manage the many stressors they face on a daily basis. Christian Health Care Center (CHCC), Elderful Family Solutions, The Wyckoff Family YMCA, and the Wyckoff Board of Health are hosting the second in a another lecture series, “Helping Your Teens Cope in a Changing World.” The lecture is being held from 7 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, March 10 (Inclement weather date is Thursday, March 12) at the Wyckoff YMCA, Lower Level, 691 Wyckoff Ave., in Wyckoff. Panelists are Jessica Shea, LCSW, Director of Children’s Mobile Response, CarePlus NJ; Beverly MacKay, LCADC, Superintendent of Schools, Ramapo/Indian Hills High School District; and a clinician from West Bergen Mental Health. The moderator is Bart Mongiello, LSCW, Christian Health Care Counseling Center/Ramapo Ridge Partial- hospitalization Program Director/Bergen Aging and Disability Resource Connection (ADRC) Director.

The panel of experts will address escalating teen pressures around grades, social status, social media,  family disconnection, college-prep pressures, and drug and alcohol use.

“The lecture series has all been very well attended and we received wonderful feedback from participants,” said Douglas A. Struyk, CPA, LNHA, CHCC President and CEO. “We always seek ways to fulfill a community need, and I think this new series of community speaker presentations will also be very well received and provide relief to those in need.”

Ms. Shea, LCSW, has had extensive trauma training post MSW which covered a wide array of trauma services in various behavioral health, community, and medical settings. She has worked in the field for 14 years, many of which were spent with children and adolescents.

Ms. MacKay has served 10 years in the Ramapo Indian Hills High School District  and has served as Director of Curriculum, Director of Student Personnel, and Assistant Principal of Indian Hills. Previously, she was a teacher and an administrator in the Wyckoff elementary school district.

Mr. Mongiello is a licensed clinical social worker with more than 25 years in the field of mental health, providing direct care to a variety of different age groups and diagnosis. Mr. Mongiello has been employed as a director at CHCC for 15 years, supervising staff, developing programming, and overseeing treatment.

Pre-registration is required. Register at or call Cindy at (201) 891-7000, ext. 304. Please provide specific questions or topics at the time of registration to assure that the panel addresses the topics most pertinent to our audience. Our format will devote most of our time together to question and answer sessions.

Another lecture is going to be held in May. “From Toddlers to ‘Tweens: Helping Your Child Cope in a Changing World” will be held on Tuesday, May 12 (Inclement weather date: Thursday, May 14).

CHCC provides a broad continuum of high-quality, compassionate care, offering superior senior-life, short-term rehab, and mental-health services. As a non-profit organization, we deliver care to our community based upon the Christian principles on which we were founded more than a century ago.

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