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Past Seminars

The Youth Vaping Epidemic: Impacting Health and the Community

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

A 2017 study released by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) showed Colorado as the highest-ranked for youth vaping over 37 other states. That’s one in four teens who are vaping right now. Teens may think e-cigarettes are safer than traditional tobacco products, but research links vaping to health and behavioral risks that can affect a young person for years to come. ***

Would you recognize if your child began vaping? Would you know how to prevent e-cigarette use? How would you intervene if your child is already vaping?

Learn how to answer these questions in a special seminar with Taylor Roberts, Chronic Disease Prevention Coordinator for the Tri-County Health Department. He’ll guide you on how vaping impacts a young person’s health, how it affects the broader community, and what you can do to make a difference today.

Learn more about the CDPHE study at
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How to Recognize the Signs and Talk to Your Teen About Suicide

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 -- Canceled due to inclement weather

Colorado’s teenage suicide rate is near twice the national average, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), with a 400 percent increase in reports 2014-2018. It’s a crisis as widespread as it is terrifying, but parents can be part of the solution. Join Dr. Cecilia Vigil, a psychiatry Resident at Sky Ridge Medical Center, and Jennifer Marnowski, Business Development Director for HealthONE Behavioral Health, for a seminar on how parents can recognize signs and talk to their teen about suicide.

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How to Have Hard Conversations: Creating Trust to Talk with Young People about Vaping, Bullying, and Other Challenging Topics

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

In this seminar, you will gain skills to support having the "hard conversations" to support your relationship that helps keeps your young person safe. Raising a young person nowadays can seem more challenging than in the past.

Cyberbullying, vaping, kratom -- these were not issues our parents had to deal with in raising us. The level of risk seems to be higher while the pace of changes that we and our youth deal with seems to be faster. All we want is to be connected to our youth to support them. Yet, many times, when we ask, "How was your day?", they say, "fine", and the conversation doesn't go further, so how do we know what "fine" means?

Join Jamie Montoya-De Smidt, MA, LPCC, NLC, NCC, Prevention Coordinator with DCSD Prevention and School Culture to learn how to become a trusted adult when having those difficult conversations.

Responsible Young Drivers Parent University Seminar
Responsible Young Drivers: A Class for Parents and Their New Drivers

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

It's time for your teen to get his or her restricted license. Grab your teen and attend our free class to find out just what that means.Learn the rules of the road from deputies with the South Metro Safety Foundation before you hand over the keys!

In this seminar you will learn about:
  • The risks of young adult driving
  • Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) and how it impacts you and your teen
  • Adding a youth to your insurance policy
  • Tips on how to teach your teen safe driving

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Jekyll and Hyde: Teen Mood Swings and How to Handle Them

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Has your formerly easy-going kid turned into Jekyll and Hyde? From highs to lows in no seconds flat, your pre-teen or teen's mood swings can make it seem like you're talking to a different person from one minute to the next.

While you may understand the moodiness is partly hormonal, do you wonder if something more is going on? When is your child’s mood swings a normal part of growing up and when should you seek help?

Join Dr. Ron Morley of the Colorado Psychiatry Center to learn strategies on how to deal with a moody child and how to recognize the red flags that may signal something more serious.

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safeTALK: Identifying and Responding to Signs of Suicide

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 (CANCELED)

safeTalk is NOT designed for those that have experienced a recent suicide loss. This class is for adults 21-years-old and over.

Suicide is a public health issue and is preventable! Learn how to talk about it and help create a safer community! safeTalk is a training that prepares adults to identify persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them to suicide resources. Most people with thoughts of suicide invite help to stay safe. Alert helpers know how to use these opportunities to support that desire for safety.

After attending this training you will be able to:
  • Move beyond common tendencies to miss, dismiss or avoid suicide
  • Identify people who have thoughts of suicide
  • Apply the TALK steps (Tell, Ask, Listen, and KeepSafe) to connect a person with suicidal thoughts to suicide first aid, and intervention caregivers
Powerful video clips illustrate both on-alert and alert responses. Discussion and practice help stimulate learning. Learn steps that contribute to saving lives.

College or Career? How DCSD Gets Your Student There! 

Wednesday, April 15, 2020 (CANCELED)

Join Joy Griffin, DCSD's District Coordinator for Career and Technical Education (CTE), Concurrent Enrollment (CE), and Work-Based Learning (WBL), to learn how your student can begin preparing for life after graduation.

You will learn about the knowledge, skills, and behaviors necessary for high school graduates to be prepared to enter college or the workforce after graduation. CTE educators and alum will also be there to share their experience on the programs that help prepare students for tomorrow's careers. Whether your student wants to enter a trade or is college-bound, you will learn how DCSD postsecondary programs can set them up for success.

Gifted Education 101

Gifted Education 101: Identify, Plan, Serve

Wednesday, May 6, 2020 (CANCELED)

Join us for an educational opportunity to learn about gifted education in Douglas County School District. Members of the DCSD Gifted Education Team will provide an overview of Gifted Education in DCSD and share information and resources about Identification, Advanced Learning Plans, and programming for high potential/advanced/gifted learners.

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