Educational Workshops on Mental Health Topics

Select Wednesdays at 6:00 pm
Main Library

Educational Workshops on Mental Health Topics with Quinn Austin-Small, Ph.D

  • August 28thBipolar Disorder: What it is, what it isn’t, and current management strategies.  Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder often misunderstood to be simply frequent mood changes. During this informational session, discover the following: The difference between affective reactivity and moods, what causes bipolar disorder, other disorders that mimic bipolar disorder and what we know about the best forms of treatment.  Register online. 
  • September 4th – PTSD & Trauma Disorders: Understanding the trauma spectrum, trauma in popular culture, and how to support loved ones who may be struggling. PTSD is a frequent topic in the news and media. But what is “trauma?” How does it affect our brains, relationships, and behavior? Come learn about the myths and realities of trauma disorders, including the history of PTSD, treatment, and how you can help yourself or loved ones move past major events. A Q&A session follows.  Register online. 
  • September 11th – Depression: Different forms of depression, symptoms beyond feeling sad, new treatments. Did you know that there are multiple types of depression, and that each form tends to respond better to different treatment? How about new treatments outside of medication or psychotherapy? Come deepen your understanding of depression, beyond simply feeling sad. A Q&A session follows. Register online.

  • September 18th – Social Media: Managing FOMO, pressure to perform, and sticky situations Social media is everywhere these days. Why do we experience a fear of missing out (FOMO)? What drives the pressure to look perfect on social media, and how can we keep it from getting out of control? What is the best way to manage friend requests from your boss, co-workers, or extended family members? This presentation examines the role of social media and how we can navigate it safely, without it taking over our lives. A Q&A session follows.  Register online. 
  • September 25th – Herbs, Oils, and Supplements: What works, what doesn’t, and what science says. Advertisements for seemingly “natural cures” are everywhere. From essential oils to St. Johns Wort to “ionized water,” it seems like something new is being touted as a cheap cure for every problem one can face. But what does the science say? Are popular supplements safe or effective? How can you evaluate evidence? This presentation discusses popular supplements, the science surrounding them, and resources to help you choose wisely. A Q&A session follows.  Register online.

About the presenter: Quinn Austin-Small, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist with over 20 years’ experience in mental health and education. Prior to founding Austin-Small Consulting, he managed community mental health programs in California, Massachusetts, and New York. Dr. Austin-Small has a passion for community education and engaging the public in understanding psychology.