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WSP 323 — How to Foster the Essential Skills Adolescents Need to Thrive in College and Life

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Sunday
Course Format: On-campus course
Duration: 1 day
Date(s): Oct 29
Time: 10:00 am—4:00 pm
Drop Deadline: Oct 22
Unit: 0
Tuition: $245
Instructor(s): Sujata Patel, Bina Patel
Limit: 25
Status: Open
Fall
On-campus course
Sunday
10:00 am—4:00 pm
Date(s)
Oct 29
1 day
Drop By
Oct 22
0 Unit
Fees
$245
Instructor(s):
Sujata Patel, Bina Patel
Limit
25
Open
Bay Area parents are investing an incredible array of resources in our youth. As a result, many of these children demonstrate impressive academic and extracurricular skills. But are we neglecting key aspects of their development? Data show that today’s young people are expressing higher levels of emotional distress than ever before. Why do so many successful, confident, and talented high school students lose their bearings when they enter college? What can parents do to prepare children for the emotional challenges that they will face when they leave home?

Drawing on current research and our own work with adolescents, this workshop focuses on the essential skills that caring adults must foster in middle school and high school students if we want them to thrive in college and in life. These skills include coping with failure, tolerating distress, finding ways to be useful, connecting with peers and supportive adults, and developing a sense of self that is separate from their achievements. Through interactive discussions using real-world scenarios, parents will learn how to turn moments of distress into opportunities for growth. They will leave the workshop feeling empowered to support their adolescent children’s emotional development.

Grade restriction: NGR only; no credit/letter grade

Sujata Patel, Clinical Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Psychiatrist, Counseling and Psychological Services, Vaden Health Center, Stanford

Sujata Patel has provided care to Stanford students since 2005. She has also provided psychiatric consultation to students at Santa Clara University. She completed a child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at the Stanford School of Medicine, and is board certified in child and adolescent psychiatry.

Bina Patel, Clinical Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Assistant Director of Clinical Services (Interim), Counseling and Psychological Services, Vaden Health Center, Stanford

Bina Patel has been working with students, their parents, and campus community members—first at MIT and then at Stanford—since 1999. She completed a child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School. She is board certified in child and adolescent psychiatry.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.
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