Cancelled – The Secret Lives of Teens & Tweens – April 13 & 14 (Updated)

by beth on April 6, 2021

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Updated (4/7/21 4:23 pm): The SYFS speaker series, including this webinar, was cancelled due to low attendance.


Southborough Youth and Family Services is inviting community members who care for teens and tweens to a special two-part webinar next week. The topic: The Secret Lives of Teens and Tweens.

The webinar is part of SYFS’ free speaker series this spring. (Scroll down for other upcoming events in the series.)

On Wednesday, April 13th and Thursday April 14th at 7:00 pm, the public is invited to:

Join Counselor Jon Mattleman for a fun and dynamic virtual program about what teens and tweens are really thinking, what they fear, why they do not share more, and how adults can effectively support them, especially during COVID-19. This presentation covers depression and anxiety, social media and technology, suicide, “acting out” behaviors, drug and alcohol use, and more. Participants will learn strategies they can implement now (Who has time to wait?!), including new ways of understanding teen/tween behavior, innovative techniques for engaging them, and specific language to better elicit productive conversations.

This 2-part series is for parents, caregivers, and community members caring for teens and tweens. Each session will be 60 minutes and a replay will be available to all registrants.

Provided with funding support from KyleCares.

To register, click here.

In addition to details in the above description, Mattelman’s website says that participants in the “high-energy” workshop will walk away with ‘Confidence, courage, and new language to use with teens”.

So, who is Mattleman? His bio lists his BA from Clark University, and an MS in Counseling from the University of Hartford. He served as Director of the Stoughton, MA Youth Commission from 1983 to 1993, and as Director of Needham, MA Youth Services from 1993 to 2017. Since 1993, alongside his full-time work, he has operated my private practice to offer presentations, consultations, and consulting services. He writes: 

John Mattleman (cropped from website)I am energized by working with parents, youth, and professionals who seek meaningful change but require outside tools and resources to bring their vision to life. Whether learning how to be a better parent for your teen or navigating complex organizational and programmatic challenges, change requires an investment of time and energy that can be daunting. Change takes courage but is much easier to approach, understand, and implement when you have a trusted professional to guide the way. It is my great joy to play this part in the lives of my clients. And, I am continually amazed at the incredible results my clients experience as they embark on the path to change.

Across all of my work, I bring warmth, understanding, and patience…plus a healthy dose of humor! In over 35 years as a therapist and presenter, clients report they are comforted when I affirm that the challenges they face are complex, and often downright exhausting! In acknowledgement of this, my work is grounded in delivering tools and techniques that can be implemented in real time.

SYFS’ speaker series will also include two more events this spring:

Tweens, Teens and the OTHER Talk: Brain Changes and How to Get Through It
Monday, May 3, 7:00 pm

How to Be a Sensitive and Informed LGBTQ+ Ally
Monday, June 21, 7:00 pm

For more details including registration links, click here.

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