montclair SEPACMontclair SEPAC is the Montclair Special Education Parent Advisory Council, which is a volunteer group of parents and guardians that provides support and information to parents and caregivers of children with special needs. Each district board of education is charged under the New Jersey Special Education Code to ensure that a special education parent advisory group is in place to provide input to the district on issues concerning students with disabilities.

Montclair SEPAC meets monthly to share information and ideas, raise and resolve concerns, and ensure that issues affecting children with special needs are given the attention they deserve.

This month SEPAC invites the Montclair community to join in on an educational discussion of kids and anxiety. A panel of 5 experts will present an overview of:

  • How to recognize anxiety in children of all ages
  • Explanations of a variety of treatments
  • How social, emotional, cultural, and family stressors may contribute to anxiety
  • Panelists and attendees will then break into smaller groups for Q and A.

Panelists include:

  1. Carrie Spindel Bashoff, PsyD: a clinical psychologist at the NYU Child Study Center who specializes in cognitive behavioral therapy and the treatment of anxiety and mood disorders.
  2. Peter Della Bella, MD: a Clinical Assistant Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the NYU School of Medicine with private practice offices in Montclair and Manhattan. He has worked with children, adolescents, and adults cross- culturally, internationally, and within special populations. He has served as the Chief of Psychiatry and Medical Director for the YAI National Institute for People with Disabilities and has lectured widely within the medical community and the general public.
  3. Ilyse Dobrow DiMarco, Ph.D.: specializes in cognitive-behavioral therapy for adults. She is the Assistant Director of the Rutgers Anxiety Disorders Clinic and has a private practice inMillburn.
  4. Kevin Fried, Ph.D.: a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst who works with children, teens and adults. He has a private practice in Montclair. He is a supervisor for students in the Rutgers Clinical Psychology program and the William Alanson White Institute of Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis and Psychology. He is also a consultant for Children’s Aid and Family Services and other agencies who provide services to children in the foster care system.
  5. David P. Steinke, Phda State and Nationally Certified School Psychologist who utilizes cognitive behavioral techniques in both his school and private work. He has worked at Montclair High School for the past nine years.

Montclair SEPAC Discussion of Kids and Anxiety
Who: Parents and caregivers.
What: An educational discussion of kids and anxiety. A panel of 5 experts
Where: George Inness Annex, 141 Park Street, Montclair, NJ, 07042
When: Wednesday, March 19 from 7 pm until 9 pm.
Cost: Free.