Princeton Common Ground is a volunteer-led consortium of the parent associations of 16 local independent schools, including Princeton Montessori School. Working collaboratively, the group presents several innovative speakers each year intended to inspire, invigorate and inform. The speakers host lectures, panel discussions, and interactive experiences designed to promote open discussion of relevant topics and foster community among participants.
Recent additions to the library include:
The Worried Child, Recognizing Anxiety in Children and Helping Them Heal – Paul Foxman, PhD
Building Resilience in Children and Teens, Giving Kids Roots and Wings – Kenneth R. Ginsburg, MD, MS Ed, FAAP
Smart Parenting for Smart Kids, Nurturing Your Child’s True Potential – Eileen Kennedy-Moore, PhD
The Parents we Mean to Be – Richard Weissbourd
Best Friends, Worst Enemies, Understanding the Social Lives of Children – Michael Thompson, PhD
Don’t miss the next CommonGround lecture:
Suicide Can Touch Anyone:
A Real Conversation About Suicide Prevention
Tuesday, May 14, 2019 – 7:00 – 9:30 PM
The Pennington School, Pennington
Suicide knows no social, racial or economic barriers. Why do some children consider dying is the only way to stop their pain? “Suicide is a topic which can be filled with shame and embarrassment and because it is, we don’t talk about it,” Scott said. “Failing to talk about suicide makes matters worse”, he said, adding, “we need to talk about it.”
In this open, direct conversation George Scott will:
- examine the causes that can sabotage adolescent success
- show what families can do to help recognize risk factors and warning signs of suicidal behavior
- discuss practical options to help mitigate the increased problems that we are seeing today, and
- address the stigma of suicide and discuss how a community can offer support and help to families that have suffered tragic loss.
GEORGE SCOTT is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist known throughout New Jersey as an energetic
and engaging speaker. Mr. Scott is certified in Post-Traumatic Stress Management and is a state wide
Co-Ordinator for the Traumatic Loss Coalition, New Jersey’s primary youth suicide prevention program.
In addition, he was previously a training and consultation specialist for the New Jersey Youth Suicide
Prevention Project (which was managed by Rutgers University Behavior Health Care), and a former adjunct
faculty member at The College of New Jersey.
Princeton Common Ground and Mr. Scott will be joined by community resources including: Good Grief, NAMI, Mind Your Mind Project, Attachment Trauma Network, and school counselors who will be available to answer additional questions throughout the evening.