Join us for the Penn-Delco Speaker Series

Speaker series dates
  • Penn-Delco is proud to present a speaker series that offers parents insight into some of the most difficult challenges facing them today. Join us as we feature professionals in behavioral sciences who will share trends affecting the mental and physical health of our children. Presentations are FREE and some may correspond with scheduled PTL meetings. All events will be held in the Northley Middle School Auditorium.  No sign-up necessary.  Simply show up!  Refreshments will be served.   To get flyers to download and share, click on our flyer section for the speaker series

Speaker Series Vape

  • Our first in the Penn-Delco Community Speaker series will address the threats of vaping.  What are Vapes and JUUL’s? Why are our children trying them?  Learn about how the tobacco industry currently targets children and how legislators, schools, and families are combating the newest threat to health.  

    Monday, October 28, 2019

    6:30pm - 8:00pm

    Northley Middle School Auditorium

    Presented by Holcomb Behavioral Health, Bridget Marley, Prevention Specialist II

Speaker Series isolation

  • The effects of social isolation on mental health are overwhelmingly negative. Research shows that chronic loneliness has the following effects:

    • Less restful and less restorative sleep
    • More alcohol and drug use
    • Increased stress response and cortisol levels
    • Greater risk of suicide
    • Decrease in positive outlook

    Dr. Caroline Fenkel, LCSW will talk with parents about how we can encourage young people to stop isolation.  This presentation will address the causes of chronic isolation and will guide parents in ways they can help their teens to break the isolation cycle.

    Tuesday, January 14, 2020

    6:30pm - 8:00pm

    Northley Middle School Auditorium

    Presented by Dr. Caroline Fenkel, LCSW

    Be A Part of the Conversation, a nonprofit organization established in 2011 in an effort to address substance use, misuse and addiction.

speaker series anxiety

  • Dr. Michael Nakkula’s teaching and research focus on the development of resilience and the promotion of possibility development among children and youth. His research has long been organized under the umbrella of Project IF (Inventing the Future), a strength-based youth development initiative.

    Through Project IF, Dr. Nakkula works with colleagues and organizations that share the mission of promoting and studying healthy or optimal youth development. 
    He is particularly interested in the integration of counseling, mentoring, and educational processes in urban schools to create contexts that allow students to thrive in school and during their transition to higher education and career opportunities.

    Dr. Nakkula works with many national and international organizations to develop applied research strategies that promote the study of developmental and educational initiatives in support of enhanced mental health and optimal youth development.


    Tuesday, March 10, 2020

    6:30pm - 8:00pm

    Northley Middle School Auditorium

    Presented by Dr. Michael NakkulaGraduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania