Family University Comes to Brewster High School

On Thursday October 26th from 6 to 9pm at Brewster High School,  Putnam CTC will be presenting Family University to all middle school students, high school students and their parents. It is an evening of interactive workshops, a light dinner and a community keynote, designed to help young people & their parents navigate through the teen years.  Below are the list of workshops. The cost, which includes the light dinner, is $3 a person. Registration is from 5:30 to 6pm. Pre-registration is strongly suggested. Below are the workshop being offered.




  1. What’s Trending: Vaping & e-cigs

Presenter: Doreen Lockwood

This workshop will take an in-depth look at the world of vaping, a new phenomenon that many young people are engaging in.


Doreen Lockwood is a prevention and treatment specialist in Westchester & Putnam County for the past 30  


  1. Hidden Mischief

Presenter: Mid-Hudson Prevention Resource Center

This interactive workshop will take you into the bedroom of a teenager which is filled with various things associated with substance abuse. The participants will be given an opportunity to examine the “room” and find the hidden mischief.


The Mid-Hudson Prevention Resource Center – a program of the Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Council of Orange County.  The MHPRC is funded to provide prevention support to communities, coalitions and prevention providers in the 7 counties of the Mid-Hudson Region.  This support includes trainings and technical assistance on the most current prevention science.  The funding for the MHPRC is made possible through the Office of Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Services of New York State.



  1. Not MY Child

Presenter: Linda Dahl

A gently informative and interactive workshop to help parents understand and identify the stressors that can lead teens to drug dependency. We’ll pinpoint the most effective tools to both discourage unhealthy behavior and empower their children who are at risk.


Linda Dahl is a parent, author and advocate for alternatives to drug use and recovery. Her daughter is in long-term recovery from opiate addiction and she is the author of eight books, including The Bad Dream Notebook, a novel inspired by her family’s experience, and Loving Our Addicted Daughters Back to Life: a guidebook for parents.


  1. Parenting Teens and Keeping Stress In Check!

Presenter: Anna Corbi

In this workshop, we will review common stress factors that develop as the parent-child relationship shifts during the teen years, as well as tips on how to manage them.


Anna Corbi is a Parent Partner at CoveCare Center and mother of two. She has over 13 years of experience working with youth and their families. Anna received her BSA in Behavioral Science and is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Mental Health Counseling.


  1. Padres (workshop for parents in Spanish)

Presenter: Yanire Wickers

A workshop designed to address the various needs and concerns of Spanish Speaking families


High School Students


  1. #InJeopardy

Presenters: Bruce Kelly & Judy Mezey

Team up to test your knowledge of healthy decision making, substance use risks, and brain health.  In this game show style workshop, participants “buzz in” to answer questions, score points, win prizes, and learn facts to help stay out of jeopardy.


Bruce Kelly, the coalition coordinator for Putnam and Judy Mezey the Assistant Director for Community Based Programs for Student Assistance Services, a substance abuse prevention agency, have over 30 years in substance abuse prevention


  1. Keeping Cool – Learning How to Manage and Cope with Anxiety & Stress

Presenter: Lorraine M. Anderson

Learn how to recognize stress and discover healthy ways for teens to cope so they can prioritize working towards their goals.


Lorraine M. Anderson is currently serving as the Student Support Counselor at Putnam Valley High School through Cove Care Center. Lorraine has a Master’s Degree in Counseling and has experience as a crisis counselor with the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline as well as NJ Mental Health Cares Helpline.


  1. ‘Got Consent’?

Presenter: Claire Volain

What does consent mean? What does it look like? What do pizza and baseball have in common? Through the activities in this workshop we will come up with strategies for communication, healthy relationships and consent.

Claire Volain has been working in the field of sexual and reproductive health for over 6 years. Now a health educator in Putnam County and Chair of the Putnam County Reproductive Health Coalition, she enjoys engaging people of all ages in important discussions on healthy relationships and staying healthy


  1. Teens ‘N Transition

Presenters:  Peace Outside the Campus –Kristin Bonistall-Link

College is not high school! Students will learn about the different safety issues they will encounter in college and specific strategies for protecting themselves.


The Lindsay Marie Bonistall Foundation promotes peaceful and safe living environments in off campus college communities by empowering students and families to be proactive.



Middle School Students


  1. How Social Media Can Mess You Up

Presenters:  Brewster HS Students

This interactive workshop will help you navigate through the different social media sites and provide you with helpful hints to stay safe on line.


Seniors in Brewster High School (TBA)


  1. Self Defense

Presenter: United Martial Arts Center of Carmel

This hands-on workshop will provide students with the tools they need to protect themselves in their everyday life.


Community Keynote

Presenter: Master Paul Mellela

Understanding & Appreciating Their World


This interactive keynote will help provide parents and students with a better understanding and appreciation for one another. Master Mellela will explore the intricacies of parent/child relationships, focusing on the personal values and characteristics and how we must put ourselves in the other person’s shoes to truly understand them.  He will also discuss the benefits of rules in a relationship and help provide a blueprint for success.


 Master Paul Melella is a 6th degree black belt in Taekwondo and a former National Level Competitor, coach and an avid practitioner. His school, UMAC Carmel has won numerous national awards including, “School of the Year” and “Top Ten Martial Arts School”, by industry

organizations. In 2013 he was nominated for Putnam County’s “40 Under 40 Trailblazers Award”, a prestigious award honoring young professionals in Putnam County who demonstrate exemplary leadership and who pave the way for others to follow.

  He is also a trainer and personal development coach helping people improve their personal and professional lives. He is also one of the founders of Empowered Mastery Consultants which is a company made up of four entrepreneurs that bring their own unique talents, abilities and business experiences together for the common vision to inspire and impact professionals and entrepreneurs to achieve ULTIMATE success personally, professionally, spiritually and physically so they can live a life of passion and purpose. Master Melella’s  investment in the youth of our County, makes him the perfect person to address parents and students at our Community Keynote.

Master Melella is the co-author of the bestselling book “YOU Have Infinite Power”, the creator of Master Melella’s Bully Proof Program and the author of the children’s book, “Qualities of a Black Belt Leader”.


For more information call 845 279-8000 ext 6123