9NOVUnderstanding & Managing Stress Seminar Day
On Friday, November 9, we will have a special guest speaking for students, teachers, and parents on Resilience and ways of coping with stress. Dr. Kerrihard is an M.D. and Regional Medical Officer/Psychiatrist who works for the U.S. Department of State. We are excited for Dr. Kerrihard's visit and know that he will give some wonderful insight on dealing with stress.
Parents & staff are also invited to join Dr. Kerrihard from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. for his exclusive seminar; Understanding and Managing Stress in our Children and in Ourselves (See below for more information)
Bio: Thomas Kerrihard, MD
Dr. Thomas Kerrihard is a medical doctor with a specialty in psychiatrist for the U.S. Department of State. He is currently based at Embassy Athens where he works with embassy families and employees with mental health issues and with stress associated with the foreign service lifestyle. He also provides services for 10 other countries in the region around Greece. Dr. Kerrihard grew up in Arizona and received his bachelor’s degree at the University of California at Berkeley. He studied Medicine at a joint program with Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has worked for 12 years with cancer patients in New York City and Los Angeles, for whom he offered psychiatry services, pain management, and hospice care. He has worked with the Dept. of State for 7 years and has served previously in Kenya, Peru and Washington DC.
Understanding and Managing Stress: ways to cope with difficult challenges and become more resilient
For students, held throughout the day
Stress is often a healthy and appropriate psychological and physiological response to challenging events. However, chronic exposure or severe amounts of stress can have deleterious effects on our health. Resilience is the ability to bounce back after a stressful event, hardship, challenge, trauma, or any adversity. All of us are constantly adapting to stress. It is important to recognize when we are stressed and know ways to counteract it. This presentation will help kids examine situations that are particularly stressful in life and will aim to help teach them how to better cope with stress and become more resilient over time. We can learn to become more resilient when our lives are stressful and when traumatic events challenge us.
Understanding and Managing Stress in our Children and in Ourselves.
For parents and teachers 3.00 p.m. in the Library
We all experience stress. It is often a healthy and appropriate psychological and physiological response to challenging events. However, to often chronic exposure or severe amounts of stress can have deleterious effects on our health. Children are constantly faced with a variety of difficult challenges and life transitions; and this can be accentuated by living abroad or in unfamiliar environments. Hardships and stress can also impact the family unit and how parents and children function together. This presentation will explore how children, families, adults, and school staff all have the ability to learn and grow in times of difficulty. Stress management and resiliency techniques can be taught to our children. Adults also need to know ways to manage stress in order to help themselves and to model healthy coping strategies for their children.
Thomas N. Kerrihard, MD • Regional Medical Officer/Psychiatry • Athens Region
American Embassy 91 Vasilissis Sophias Ave., 10160 Athens, Greece