Katie Hurley, renowned expert in Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Development, will speak at Lincoln Theater on June 5 at 6:30 pm. Thanks to sponsorship by Lincoln Academy, Lincoln Health, Great Salt Bay Community School PTO, Hearty Roots, and the Central Lincoln County YMCA, the event is free and open to the public.

While attendance is free, pre-registration is encouraged, since the event is expected to fill up. Registration is available through the Lincoln Theater website under ‘Talks.’

Dr. Hurley’s June 5 talk will focus on Adolescents and Technology, and how parents, social workers, and teachers can help mediate the impact of technology and social media use on adolescent mental health. She will address topics including cyberbullying and self-esteem issues that can be triggered or intensified by frequent social media use as well as depression and anxiety. The talk will address some of the pros and cons of technology use among teens, including proactive strategies to curb usage, and offer strategies to help teens learn to use social media for good.

“Teen mental health is a concern that impacts us every day at Lincoln Academy,” said LA Head of School Jeff Burroughs. “We are all looking for ways to support students. We hope to use this opportunity to share some common resources and language of support among the adults in the community that connect with our youth. Parents, teachers, social workers, coaches, are all welcome and encouraged to attend.”

Katie Hurley, DSW, LCSW, is a child and adolescent psychotherapist, parenting educator, public speaker, and writer. She is the founder of “Girls Can!” empowerment groups for girls between ages 5-11. Hurley is also the author of the award-winning book No More Mean Girls: The Secret to Raising Strong, Confident, and Compassionate Girls and The Depression Workbook for Teens.

Dr. Hurley will be available for book signing after the event. Books will not be available for purchase at the event, but there will be limited copies of her books on sale at Sherman’s Maine Coast Book Shop.

A reception with Dr. Hurley for local adolescent and teen mental health professionals will take place at King Eider’s Pub from 4:30-6pm. Tickets for this event are $25 each and include appetizers. Space is limited. To reserve your seat, please email Heather D’Ippolito at dippolito@lincolnacademy.org.