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Talks at Twelve: Janis Whitlock, Thursday, November 12, 2015

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Helping Parents Help Their Teens: Lessons Learned about Parent Stress and Support from Research on Self-injury and Families
Janis Whitlock, Cornell Research Program on Self-Injury and Recovery, BCTR

Thursday, November 12, 2015
Beebe Hall, 2nd floor conference room

Contemporary parents face unparalleled challenges in helping teens (and themselves) navigate an increasingly complex world. This is particularly true for parents of teens struggling with complex mental health issues such as self-injury. The Cornell Research Program on Self-Injury and Recovery program has been increasingly devoted to exploring and understanding the parent experience of youth who self-injure or who struggle with similar emotion regulation challenges. In her talk, Dr. Whitlock will share and summarize findings to date and will highlight emerging lessons learned for helping parents help their youth.

Janis Whitlock is a Research Scientist in the BCTR. She is the founder and director of the Cornell Research Program on Self-Injury and Recovery. Janis received her doctorate in 2003 from the College of Human Ecology’s Department of Human Development at Cornell University, a master’s degree in public health from UNC Chapel Hill (1994), and her BA from UC Berkeley (1988). Prior to beginning her doctoral studies, she spent over a decade working in development and administration of front line services for adolescents and women related to sexuality, HIV/AIDS, and social and emotional development. She is dedicated to linking science with on-the-ground efforts to support and enhance the lives of youth and their families in the areas of adolescent and young adult social and emotional health and wellbeing.


This talk is open to all. Lunch will be served. Metered parking is available in the Plantations lot across the road from Beebe Hall. No registration or RSVP required except fo groups of 5 or more. We ask that larger groups email Patty at letting us know of your plans to attend so that we can order enough lunch.

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