Upcoming Community Speakers Address Bullying, Ticks

Charles River School is pleased to host speakers Dr. Michael Thompson and Larry Dapsis this spring. These events are open to the public and free of charge. Please register via the links included in the descriptions below. 

Best Friends, Worst Enemies: Community, Friendship, Social Power and Bullying in Childhood
Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at 7:00 pm
Dr. Michael Thompson
In this talk, Dr. Thompson will distinguish between the normal social pain of childhood (from which all children learn), and the traumatic effects of bullying. The discussion will include ways in which communities can make children safer. Media attention on bullying in schools has many parents seeing childhood social relationships only through the lens of bullying. That focus is simplistic and unfortunate because most school communities are places of tolerance and inclusion, as well as occasional bullying. For children, the relationship with friends is one of the most important things in their lives, a source of learning and growth. However, all children discover social power and experiment with teasing and exclusion.    
Michael G. Thompson, Ph.D. is a consultant, author and psychologist specializing in children and families, and has worked in more than 700 schools across the United States, as well as in international schools in Central America, Europe, Africa and Asia. Thompson's books include the New York Times bestselling book Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys (with Dan Kidlon), Best Friends/Worst Enemies: Understanding the Social Lives of Children (with Catherine O'Neill Grace and Larry Cohen, Ph.D.), and The Pressured Child: Helping Your Child Achieve Success in School and in Life. Click here to register.

Deer Ticks: “One Bite Can Change Your Life…"
Thursday, May 9, 7:00 PM
Larry Dapsis, Entomologist, Cape Cod Cooperative Extension
Tick-Borne Diseases are preventable. This program will present a three-point protection plan: Protect Yourself, Protect Your Yard, and Protect Your Pet. 
Lyme Disease is the most prevalent infectious disease in Massachusetts and is now considered to be a public health crisis. In addition to Lyme, deer ticks can carry the pathogens which cause Babesiosis, Anaplasmosis, Relapsing Fever and Powassan virus, all of which can be very serious. With 36 years of pest management experience, Dapsis joined the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension as Deer Tick Project Coordinator and Entomologist in 2011, and is also a member of the Barnstable County Task Force on Lyme and other tick-borne diseases. This program is sponsored by Beth Israel Deaconess Needham. Click here to register.