OVMC Sponsors Free Seminar to Students and Parents

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Local high school teens and parents can to attend a free conference in Wheeling led by one of America's leading authorities on juvenile crimes.
Phil Chalmers, nationally known speaker, author and TV personality, will conduct two presentations for high school students and one for parents at WesBanco arena on Tuesday, Sept. 9. All three presentations are sponsored by the Robert C. Byrd Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Center. Chalmers will address issues that face youth culture today. These issues include school violence, drug and alcohol abuse, bullying, and negative youth influences.
“We are eager for Mr. Chalmers to share his powerful and thought-provoking message with Ohio Valley teenagers and their parents,” said John Antal, director of clinical services at the Robert C. Byrd Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Center. “Mr. Chalmers is a youth advocate with a positive voice for today's youth. My hope is that his positive message will inspire and motivate our area's youth which will in turn strengthen our community.”
Chalmers has been studying youth culture for 25 years which has lead him to author several books and documentaries regarding juvenile homicide. His school assemblies and teen violence training programs are famous for captivating audiences.
The Sept. 9 presentations for students will be held at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. All local high school students are invited to attend, and proof of attendance forms will be available to students. A separate presentation for parents and concerned citizens will be at 6 p.m.
The Robert C. Byrd Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Center is part of Hillcrest Behavioral Health Services – a division of Ohio Valley Medical Center. The center is the Ohio Valley’s only area hospital-based inpatient child and adolescent psychiatry and behavioral health facility. Hillcrest hosts a 24/7 inquiry line at (304) 234-8887 for anyone concerned for your child’s mental health.