2nd Annual Community Conversation on Teen Stress:
Fostering Wellness and Resiliency






The conference was held on Saturday, May 9, 2015 at Hayfield Secondary School. We thank all who participated in this event!

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Teens, parents, coaches, educators, mental health providers, and community and faith-based organizations that work with teens were invited to participate at the 2nd Annual Community Conversation on Teen Stress.

BrackettThe morning session featured Marc Brackett, Ph.D., psychologist and author, as the keynote speaker. Dr. Brackett, is director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. He is also a senior research scientist in psychology and faculty fellow in the Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy at Yale University. His grant-funded research focuses on (1) the role of emotional intelligence in learning, decision making, relationship quality, and mental health, (2) the measurement of emotional intelligence, and (3) the influences of emotional intelligence training on student and educator effectiveness, bullying prevention, and school climate. He is the author of 100 scholarly publications. Read more>

CrossTracy Cross, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development at The College of William and Mary, kicked-off the afternoon session.  He spoke about academic success and performance perfection among students and the often resulting feelings of inadequacy and/or performance anxiety.   Dr. Cross also addressed suicide among children and adolescents, offering understanding and paths for healing.  He is the author of multiple articles and book chapters and an informative presenter. Read more>



Thank you to our sponsors!






Concessions sales were provided by the Hayfield cheerleaders and boys soccer team.

Breakout sessions were offered for students, community members and parents, and educators to discuss the many facets of stress that affect today’s youth and how wellness and resiliency resources can provide support.

This event was a collaboration between FCPS, Fairfax County government, and the community and will include exhibits on local resources and services available for teens and their families.


Additional Information about:

Bullying Prevention and Intervention

Emergency Contact Information

Fairfax Partnership for Youth: A Handbook for Teens


Youth Depression and Positive Mental Health

Download the Free FCPS Emergency Information App

Featured Videos:

Teen Stress

2015 Teen Stress Community Conversation Play Video

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Teen Stress: 2015 Panel Discussion
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3 Words

Teens tell us what’s stressing you out - In Three Words Play Video


Interview: Dr. Garza, Community Conversation on Teen Stress Play Video

2014 Summit:

Photos of the 2014 Event

Download 2014 conference materials.


Dede Bailer, Ph.D.
Coordinator, School Psychological Services
Fairfax County Public Schools

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Robin Sheare
Web Development Specialist

Last Updated

May 11, 2015