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William Paterson University and St. Joseph’s Healthcare System Present Children’s Health Issues Workshops

St. Joseph’s Healthcare System and William Paterson University’s Center For Continuing and Professional Education will host a series of five spring workshops that focus on a range of children’s health issues. Held at the University’s Valley Road campus,  The Children’s Health Series,  It’s All About The Kids, will include discussions of children and internet safety,  diabetes, attention deficit disorder and  school safety. A panel of pediatricians from St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital will participate in an open discussion with seminar attendees on children’s health and enabling children from other countries and cultures to adapt to America. The workshops are open to teachers, school nurses, guidance counselors and other school staff.

The workshops will be held from 4:00 to 5:30 PM on March 4, March 18, March 25, April 22 and April 29 at 1600 Valley Road in Wayne. Cost per workshop is $20 and pre-registration is required. For further information or to receive a flyer, call 973-720-3709 or visit the University’s website at

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

“Raising Kids in Our 24/7 Connected Culture.”  According to the Pew Institute, 86 percent of girls claimed to be able to conduct online chats without their parents’ knowledge, 65 percent of 8-14-year-olds have been involved in cyber-bullying and 97 percent of teens use social networking applications, such as Facebook, My Space and chat rooms. Tali Horowitz, MS, education program manager from Common Sense Media, will provide an overview of the ever-changing digital media landscape and its influence on the way children and adolescents learn, socialize and play. She will discuss social networking sites, sexting, cyberbullying and offer suggestions for how parents and educators can guide youngsters to make responsible, respectful and safe choices in the digital world and beyond. 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

 “Keeping Our Children Safe,” and protecting the lives and well-being of students, teachers and all members of the school community are critical, ever-present challenges.  James Pruden, M.D., Chairman of Emergency Preparedness and Tina Miles, LCSW, Manager of Psychiatric Emergency Services at St. Joseph’s, will offer practical, effective strategies to facilitate classroom and school safety in all circumstances. They will also discuss approaches to creating a culture of safety and caring, responding to the concerns of children and parents and collaborating with colleagues.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

“Ask the Doctors!” A panel of pediatricians will answer questions and concerns related to youngsters’ healthy development and well-being.  They will share experiences and suggest strategies for welcoming and engaging children and families from other countries and cultures who have recently moved to New Jersey. This presentation offers an opportunity to enjoy a lively and enlightening discussion with young doctors from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures who are also parents of young children. Dennis Kuo, MD, director of medical education, director of residency program, is the panel moderator and will be joined by three physicians in training in St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital. 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

“Children and Diabetes.” According to the American Diabetes Association, one in three of today’s 10-year-olds will develop diabetes at some point in their lifetime; one in two African American and Hispanic youngsters will develop the disease.  The presentation will include guidelines for nurses and school personnel to assist students to self-manage their disease, and participate in trips, sports and other school activities.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

“Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in Children.” According to the Centers for Disease Control, 6.4 million children, ages 4 to 17, have been diagnosed with ADHD. Children with ADHD have difficulties with school performance, struggle with low self-esteem, and may experience problems developing positive relationships with peers. Aparna Mallik, MD, developmental pediatrician at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital Child Development Center, will describe ADHD, outline current research on the uses and risk factors, and discuss the symptoms, diagnosis and evaluation. She will summarize the range of treatment options, including medication and behavior therapy.

For additional information or to register, please call William Paterson’s Office of Continuing and Professional Education at 973-720-3709 or visit the University’s website at 

William Paterson University, one of the nine state colleges and universities in New Jersey, offers more than 250 undergraduate and graduate academic programs through five colleges: Arts and Communication, Cotsakos College of Business, Education, Humanities and Social Sciences, and Science and Health. Located on 370 hilltop acres in Wayne, the university enrolls more than 11,400 students and provides housing for nearly 2,700 students. The institution’s 400 full-time faculty are highly distinguished and diverse scholars and teachers, many of whom are recipients of prestigious awards and grants from the Fulbright Program, the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Institutes of Health, and the National Science Foundation.

Nationally recognized St. Joseph’s Healthcare System, sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth since 1867, is a leading not-for-profit tertiary medical center and major academic institution located in Northern New Jersey. An integrated comprehensive healthcare organization, St. Joseph’s prides itself on providing sophisticated healthcare with a ‘patients first’ approach to service excellence. To learn more, visit or call 877.757.SJHS (7547).