The Independent Day School

Proactive Parenting - A Four-Part Series

Funded by a grant from the Coginchaug Valley Education Foundation and sponsored by Regional School District 13, The Independent Day School, and Durham Middlefield Local Wellness Coalition, this four-part parenting series is offered free of charge and is open to the public.
Please click on the link below to register for one or more sessions. Child care and light refreshments will be provided.

About the Series:

Tuesday - October 9th - Dr. Alicia Farrell

Depression/Anxiety/Mental Health: Learn practical tools to tackle the monster among us.

More children than ever seem to be struggling with anxiety.

You will learn:

  • How to recognize anxiety in your children.
  • Specific skills and techniques to help your children manage their anxiety.
  • Who to have on your team and how to collaborate with them if your child struggles with anxiety.
  • How to manage your own stress/anxiety and why. 
Dr. Alicia Farrell is an accomplished cognitive psychologist, former university professor, national keynote speaker and founder of Clearview Consulting. Dr. Farrell’s mission is to help individuals, couples, families and organizations to find their strength and courage to make healthy decisions and changes in their lives and businesses. She is an expert at translating cutting-edge scientific research into practical everyday life.



Wednesday - December 5th - Scott Driscoll

Digital Safety: From apps to cyberbullying to your digital footprint - empowering Safe Online Choices

In today’s ever growing technological world, new trends and programs are developed to improve our lives. With this constant surge of new information and programs available, communication and the world is a click or text away. But with all these new advances, come new dangers and concerns. Parents need to be aware of the technology their children are using and the trouble that can follow if safety rules are not in place. 

Topics covered will be: 

  • Today’s current apps and programs 
  • Cyber bullying Sexting/Texting 
  •  Social Networking, positives and negatives 
  • How to protect kids from becoming victims 
  • How their families create “digital footprints” 
  • Tips for parents to keep their families safe 

My style is to not lecture but present the facts. Based on what I’ve seen firsthand as a police officer, during my undercover investigations as a child online, as a parent, as a resource for schools and as someone who works with college scholarship committees and employers on background checks, I have seen both the positive and negative results of being online and that is what I relay. What students do online right now can have an impact on their future.

Scott Driscoll started his law enforcement career in 1989 and served as a youth officer for most of his tenure. As a youth officer, Scott was able to build rapport and relationships with the youth in his community and the school system. He has taught drug education in the local school system, served as a member of the FBI Innocent Images Task Force, investigating computer crimes against children, and served as a computer forensic examiner which allowed him to assist law enforcement agencies all over the state of Connecticut with computer related investigations.

Since 2007, Scott has presented to thousands of students, parents, religious groups, education administrators, teachers and the law enforcement community through his consulting/education business called Internet Safety Concepts. His message is clear: if you don’t think about safety while you are on the internet and using other technology, you can put yourself and your family in danger. 



Thursday - May 2nd - Dr. Michael Kalinowski

Wellness: A Vision for Comprehensive Health

Dr. Michael Kalinowski is a Family Physician who has lived and worked in Connecticut for most of his life.  He graduated from UCONN Medical School and attended residency at Middlesex Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program.  He has practiced primary care medicine in Portland, Middletown, and most recently Higganum, CT.  He has a strong interest in preventative medicine and community strategies to improve long term health and wellness.  

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