How to Connect with Your Teen in the Face of Uncertainty

A Father’s Story of Loss, Hope, and the Importance of Tough Conversations

Date + Time: LIVE WEBINAR – October 20th, 12:30 PM EST / 9:30 AM PST

With former MLB player John Trautwein and leading adolescent psychologist, Dr. Anne Marie Albano

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Parenting a teenager today can be overwhelming. Headlines shout, “Teen mental health crisis!” without guidance on what to do. As a parent, it can feel impossible to know the difference between “typical” and concerning teen behaviors. The good news is you don’t need all the answers to parent your teen with understanding, awareness, and compassion. Join Dr. Anne Marie Albano, Lumate Health Co-Founder and a leading child and adolescent psychologist at Columbia University, as she talks with John Trautwein, founder of the Will to Live Foundation and a former Red Sox player who’s now in the major leagues of fatherhood. John will share his story about why communication is critical, even when you think your teen is not listening. Dr. Albano will describe how parents can listen to and connect with their teens.

We promise you’ll leave this webinar with a full heart and a new set of tools to:

  1. learn why it’s so essential to have open and honest communication with your teen,
  2. recognize signs that your teen’s stress might have developed into problematic anxiety, and 
  3. learn concrete tips for beginning difficult conversations.

Anne Marie Albano, PhD – Moderator
Anne Marie Albano, Ph.D., ABPP, is Co-Founder of Lumate Health and is the Director of Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CUCARD) Professor of Medical Psychology in Psychiatry. She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA), the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), and a Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. She is board-certified in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. Anne Marie has published over 200 articles and chapters with her colleagues and is the co-author of several cognitive behavioral treatment manuals. Anne Marie is committed to empowering parents, and her approach is summarized in her 2020 TEDMED talk, “How to Raise Kids Who Can Overcome Anxiety.” Her work is also encapsulated in the book she co-authored with Leslie Pepper, You and Your Anxious Child: Free Your Child from Fears and Worries and Create a Joyful Family Life.

John Trautwein – Special Guest
John Trautwein is a former relief pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the Boston Red Sox. John founded the Will to Live Foundation in 2010 after the suicide death of his 15-year-old son, Will, to provide motivation and hope for teens. Will to Live helps teens and families know that it’s “Okay not to be okay” by raising awareness of and building resources for the fight against teen suicide, depression, and the stigma surrounding mental illness.

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