Returning this school year is the F.Y.I. Community Health & Well-Being Seminar Series. The series was developed by Round Rock ISD counseling services to inform the community about timely health and well-being topics affecting today’s high school students.

A survey, taken by high school students and their parents, identified the selected topics as important subject-matters.

“We received incredibly positive feedback from those in attendance last year, so we are thrilled to bring back the series,” Dr. Christina Wiswell, director of counseling services, said. “The seminars are open to everyone in the community, but are most appropriate for parents and high school students.”

Sessions will be held at the Old Hopewell Meeting Room, immediately adjacent to the Round Rock ISD Lillie Delgado Administration Building located at 1311 Round Rock Ave. Round Rock, TX from 6 to 7 p.m.

September 9 – Personal Financial Literacy
SPEAKER: Dean Somerville is the author of Make Me Rich: The Path to Financial Freedom for your High School / College Student.

The seminar is an interactive presentation that shows high school students how to succeed financially, keep them from living paycheck to paycheck, and be able to comfortably retire someday. It will include the advantages of starting to save early in life, living below your means, saving for retirement, and investing in the stock market.

October 21 – Vaping and Other Drugs
SPEAKER: Joe Dias, M.Ed., LPC-S, has had a 15-year career in adolescent and family mental health as a former Crisis Counselor for Austin ISD, Program Specialist for Memorial Hermann PaRC IOP, and Director of Recovery and Wellness Services at University High School.

Dias facilitates an interactive discussion about drug use and youth; provides information on drug-using cues and indicators with teens; and reviews the acute and chronic symptoms of substance use with education on multiple substances and the risks of vaping.

November 18 – Body Image and Disordered Eating
SPEAKER: Dr. Allison Chase, CEDS-S, with over 20 years of experience in the treatment of eating disorders, is the Regional Managing Clinical Director of the Eating Recovery Center and Insight Behavioral Health in Austin and San Antonio.

Body image concerns are universal among both males and females and only increasing in our current social climate. Managing these concerns with a better understanding of the sense of self is a vital tool. Disordered eating and unhealthy weight management strategies will also be discussed.

January 13 – Stress, Anxiety, and Depression
SPEAKER: R. Renee Cameron-Hernandez M.A., LPC, LMFT, NCC, TBRIR Educator, is the Director of Program Training with STARRY.

Cameron-Hernandez discusses self-care, active listening, stress management, and coping skills for processing anxiety effectively. She will also briefly discuss suicide prevention, as these topics often overlap.

February 24 – Healthy Teen Relationships
SPEAKER: Randy Randolph is with Safe Place’s Expect Respect Program.

This interactive session explores how to make romantic relationships work by looking at:

  • The types of power dynamics that create hurtful versus loving relationships;
  • The problematic behaviors to pay attention to when you are getting to know someone;
  • How to establish, enforce, recognize, and honor boundaries.

March 9 – Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE)
SPEAKER: Jeffrey Yarbrough, Round Rock ISD Director of Safety and Security, is a 24-year police veteran and former Chief of Police.

Yarbrough is a certified Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) instructor and teaches active shooter strategies built on the Avoid, Deny, Defend principles of personal safety. Yarbrough provides strategies, guidance, and a proven plan for surviving an active shooter event.