Welcome to Heads Up, a blogging experiment that aims to:
- connect the people, parts, and principles of Durham Academy;
- share ideas about learning and human development;
- spotlight a few of the many wondrous things I get to see every day at Durham Academy.
Thanks for reading the posts below — and sending news, links and ideas worth sharing.
Michael Ulku-Steiner, Head of School
Our friend stress
Upper School Counselor Lindy Frasher hosted a pair of meetings to share information, tools and resources to address stress, anxiety and depression.
Two dozen US parents discussed these issues with Lindy and two clinicians from Duke, Dr. Jennifer Holton and Liz McInerney (see below to learn a bit more about them).
Our US students also heard from those two clinicians and from Duke Senior Josh Hairston, who used a variety of strategies to leverage stress productively and ward off anxiety during his career as a college basketball player. As usual, our students were engaged and active in stretching the conversations beyond the assembly period.
Upon return to my office I found a well-timed email from my wife, suggesting that I share this compelling TED Talk on my blog. It's a great one: "How to Make Stress Your Friend," by psychologist Kelly McGonigal.
Dr. Jennifer E. Holton is an Adult and Pediatric Psychiatrist in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences whose primary clinical focus is on the mental health needs of individuals across the life span and the complexities of family interactions. Dr. Holton provides consultation and treatment for mental health issues for children, adolescents, and adults. Her interests include work in anxiety, depression, and ADHD. She also plays a key role within the Integrated Pediatric Mental Health Initiative. Alongside Dr. Desiree Murray, Dr. Holton co-leads efforts to establish better relationships within Durham Public Schools and assists with triage-related protocols/procedures connected with the Duke Children’s Evaluation Clinic (DCEC). Before medical school, Dr. Holton worked in non-profits. She enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, biking, cooking, and photography.
Liz McInerney serves as the Clinical & Community Coordinator for the Integrated Pediatric Mental Health Initiative at the Duke Child and Family Study Center. Liz studied Psychology at UNC Chapel Hill and has a strong interest in trauma work and community mental health. Her past work has focused upon developing coping skills groups for children living in homes with domestic violence. Liz loves to travel and spent a year living and working in Buenos Aires, Argentina post college.
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