Beyond the Myths of Education: A Better Frame of Reference to Reduce Youth Stress

Submitted by Bedford Youth and Family Services

Christine Duvivier,
Christine Duvivier,

Middle Schools and High Schools have become pressure cookers for academic performance and our kids are feeling the stress.  Often parents are unsure about what might be detrimental to their child’s growth and well-being.  Schools are often in a quandary about how to help parents help their kids given all the educational demands.  Bedford parents will have two opportunities to hear Christine Duvivier present her groundbreaking research and tell us how and why we are missing the true gifts our children possess and how we can view them differently.

An MBA graduate from Cornell University, Christine Duvivier worked for 16 years with executives and senior management to improve performance before taking those skills to the Center for Quality of Management (CQM), a nonprofit organization that focused exclusively on guiding leaders in an ever-changing quest for effective approaches.  From there Christine went on to earn a Master in Applied Positive Psychology, where the focus is on healthy institutions, positive emotions, and strengths-based character.  Christine is now a public speaker, executive coach and mentor, and workshop facilitator. She works with business leaders and communities to unleash potential and increase well-being, build resilience and reduce stress.

Parents of high school students will be able to hear Christine Thursday, September 19, 2013, in Bedford High School Auditorium from 5:45 to 6:30 p.m.   A presentation geared to parents of middle school youth will be offered the following week, Thursday, September 26, 2013 at John Glenn Middle School in the Auditorium from 5:45 to 6:30 p.m.  The two presentations are scheduled to occur on the respective Back to School nights at both Bedford High School and John Glenn Middle School so parents have the opportunity to attend prior to participating in those already scheduled events.

Parents who attend  will learn to:

  • Identify Their Children’s Gifts that Conflict with School™
  • Explore Paths of Great Leaders
  • Re-think 3 Myths About Education that Hurt us All, especially Our Children
  • Discover Factors that Matter Most for Your Student’s Lifetime Happiness

This workshop on stress is being co-sponsored by Bedford High School, John Glenn Middle School, and Bedford Youth and Family Services.  For more information about the workshop, contact Bedford Youth and Family Services at 781-275-7727 or email

For information about either the high school or the middle school Back to School nights, contact the respective school directly.

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