Talking With Teens: A User’s Guide for Parents

The community forum Talking With Teens: A User’s Guide for Parents will be held Wednesday, February 8th, at 6:30 p.m. the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 14 Castle Street, Great Barrington. This forum will offer guidance to parents on how to communicate with the teens as they navigate adolescence.
The forum will feature four panelists with extensive experience working with teenagers and their families. The South Berkshire Community Health Coalition is sponsoring the event with the Railroad Street Youth Project.
“This is an example of matching a profound community need with some of the fabulous resources that we have in southern Berkshire County,” said coalition chairman Erik Bruun. “Communication is the foundation for a healthy relationship with your teens from which all else flows. Talking with teens can be tough. With all the challenges that teens face, having a few basic skills can make all the difference.”
Participating panelists will include:
● Dr. Jeff Foote, a nationally recognized clinical research scientist on substance abuse treatment, author of the award-winning Beyond Addiction: How Science and Kindness Help People Change, and co-founder of the Center for Motivation and Change: Berkshires—an inpatient substance abuse treatment center located in New Marlboro.
● Dr. Andrew Gerber, medical director and CEO of Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge and psychiatrist who works with young people and their families;
● Dr. Claudia Gold, local pediatrician, a consultant on human development and author of several books including Keeping Your Child in Mind and The Silenced Child;
● Lyn Yonack, a Great Barrington psychoanalyst and psychotherapist who has contributed to The American Academy of Child and Psychiatry’s books Your Child and Your Adolescent.
Railroad Street Youth Project Executive Director Ananda Timpane will moderate the panel.
There will be a question-and-answer period with audience members.
The event is free and child care services will be provided. Questions or RSVPs for childcare should be directed to the Railroad Street Youth Project’s drop-in center at 413-528-2475 or More information can be found on Mahaiwe Community Art Center’s website 413 528 0100.