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Stanford psychiatry department to host interactive parent-ed event

Imagine you're the parent of a high school student. You find out your child didn't complete a homework assignment or study for a test the next day, and you get into an argument. Your child storms out. Was there a better way to handle it?

Staff from the Stanford University Department of Psychiatry will be leading an interactive, theatrical event in Palo Alto next week to offer practical ways to address these very real scenarios for parents of teenagers. The event is free and open to all Palo Alto Unified School District parents, though it is in part targeted at Asian-American parents, said Rona Hu, a psychiatrist and clinical associate professor in psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford.

The idea for this style of parent education was born from feedback district parents gave after a panel on youth mental health the Department of Psychiatry put on in 2015 that focused on Asian-American families. On questionnaires handed out after the panel, many parents wrote, "Can you please do something practical?" Hu said.

(Photo credit: David Carreon)

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