Teen Stress: Expert Shares Strategies with HNA Students, Families

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.

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Dr. Laura Kastner, Ph.D. (center), with HNA school counselors Emily McKenzie '01 (left) and Jen Hawes '98 (right)

The HNA community is excited to continue the conversation Dr. Kastner started and practice the mindfulness required to pivot from stress to problem-solving. She previously spoke with HNA faculty during an in-service week in August, and will present to members of the HNA Board of Trustees at their October retreat.

STudent Body Officers kaili duane (left) and nia Kendall (right) help Dr. Kastner out by acting out a scenario

hna students respond to Dr. Kastner's questions

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