What do you get when you combine a clinical psychologist and a stand-up comedian? Simple: Dr. Matt Bellace and an entertaining, educational evening for parents of teens!
Dr. Bellace, a neuropsychologist, motivational speaker and comedian, weaves all these areas of expertise, along with personal stories and comedy, into a presentation you won’t soon forget. He has enlightened and entertained thousands of parents and teens across the country by deftly combining humor, science and audience participation to share his very powerful message: we need to support young people in both words and actions if we want them to make healthy choices for themselves.
“Young people need to feel empowered in their schools and communities,” Dr. Bellace said. “It is not enough to ask them to stay away from drugs and alcohol, we need to show them there are positive things they can do for themselves and others. They must all be leaders in their lives.”
Dr. Bellace, who earned his Ph.D. at Drexel University in Pennsylvania, recognizes that one of the most challenging times for parents occurs while their children go through the adolescent years. His presentation on January 31 will focus on how parents can communicate with their teens -- without arguing! Based on the latest research in adolescent brain development, Dr. Bellace presents real-life examples, with a good dose of humor and audience interaction, that show how to engage teens in conversations about responsibility, healthy coping skills, alcohol and other drug use.
Since 1993, Dr. Bellace has presented keynotes and workshops to students, parents and educators on the topic of drug and alcohol prevention. He will address Tiverton Middle and High School students in assemblies during the day, and then speak to parents in the evening. His presentations have been received in over 40 states and Canada over the past decade. For more information about Dr. Bellace, visit his website: www.mattbellace.com.
Parents, mark your calendars: Jan. 31, 7 to 8:30 pm, Tiverton High School Auditorium. It’s free. It’s great entertainment. And it’s sure to deliver new insights into how to keep teens healthy and safe – and laughing.