On September 24, we welcomed guest speaker Dr. Laura Kastner, Ph.D., who discussed “Adaptive Responses to Stress in Teenagers: Enhancing Resilience, Coping, and Problem Solving.” Dr. Kastner presented to HNA students during an extended homeroom period, and to HNA parents/guardians/caregivers that same evening. Dr. Kastner is a nationally known clinical psychologist, speaker, and author, as well as a professor at the University of Washington.
Her talks helped students and parents alike to understand the causes of rising stress levels in teens and learn about strategies to help navigate them. The day following Dr. Kastner’s presentations, students reflected individually and in homeroom groups on takeaways, and brainstormed about their own techniques y to cope with stress.
Dr. Laura Kastner, Ph.D. (center), with HNA school counselors Emily McKenzie '01 (left) and Jen Hawes '98 (right)