During the first week of June 2020, Safe Harbor Cohasset Coalition presented Cohasset Learns Together-A Free Virtual Speaker Series to Support Ourselves & Our Families. Each event took place at 6:30pm and were followed by a Q&A session.

June 1, 2020


About Virtual Event: In these unprecedented times, balancing all aspects of everyday life can be a challenge. In many situations, we can draw from past experiences in order to manage current circumstances. Join us and learn specific techniques you can use to help support your elementary school children during Covid-19. Topics include managing remote learning, working around a parent work schedule, supporting family mental wellness, and incorporating fun activities along the way.

About Julie Cullen, LICSW, Ed.M: Julie graduated from The University of Vermont in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, before enrolling in a graduate program at Boston University. She graduated in 2002 with a Master’s in Social Work and received a Masters in Special Education in 2003. Her professional career began in residential treatment, where she received intensive training in both Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and the treatment of Developmental Trauma. After spending several years as a clinician and Clinical Director in this setting, Julie spent time in a therapeutic public school environment before opening her private practice in 2012. Working with children, adolescents, and families has always been at the heart of Julie’s professional life. She hopes to bring humor, knowledge, and empathy into each experience, to bring out clients’ resiliency, and to provide families with a sense of hope for the future.

June 3, 2020


About Virtual Event: This presentation will focus on the impact of COVID-19 on youth mental health and what parents and caregivers can do to provide support. He’ll discuss practical approaches to parenting, signs of stress, anxiety and depression, and how we can help our kids navigate home, family, friends and school – during this time of quarantine and when we begin to emerge back into the world.

About Jon Mattleman: Across all of his work, Jon brings warmth, understanding, and patience…plus a healthy dose of humor! In his over 35 years of experience as a therapist and presenter, clients have felt comforted by his ability to acknowledge that the challenges they face are complex – and often downright exhausting! In acknowledgment of this, his work is grounded in delivering tools that can be implemented in real time. Jon holds a BA from Clark University, and an MS in Counseling from the University of Hartford. He served as Director of the Stoughton, MA Youth Commission from 1983 to 1993, and as Director of Needham, MA Youth Services from 1993 to June 2017. Since 1993, alongside his full-time work, Jon has operated his practice to offer presentations, consultations, and consulting services. To learn more about Jon, please visit http://www.jonmattleman.com

June 4, 2020


About Virtual Event: COVID-19 has been a challenging time for many of us, but we are not alone, and our mental health matters. Ivy Watts, MPH, will be sharing her own story as well as providing us with tips and tools for self-care and mental wellness of our children, families and friends during COVID-19 and afterwards. Attendees will learn warning signs of mental health problems, feel empowered to have effective conversations surrounding mental wellness, and understand how they can implement self-care techniques for their families into their already scheduled routines during COVID-19 and beyond.

About Ivy Watts, MPH: Ivy Watts, A Mental Health Empowerment Speaker and former student-athlete who appeared to have it all together, graduating Summa Cum Laude and a top 30 finalist for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award, on the inside struggled daily with anxiety, self-worth and depression. After finally seeking help, Ivy, who is Mental Health First Aid Certified, promotes mental wellness and reduces stigma around mental illness by sharing her story through public speaking and her blog, Beautifully Simply You. Ivy empowers others to speak their truths, know that they are not alone, learn the beauty of self-love and find strength to keep fighting for their tomorrows. Ivy has empowered over 8,000 students and over 3,000 administrators and parents to practice mental wellness for themselves and for others.To learn more about Ivy Watts, please visit her website, www.ivywattsspeaks.com.