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Cultivating Resilience During Complex Times with Dr. Kristen Lee

Thursday, April 8 (2021) from 6 – 8 PM 
This is an online event. Click here to register today!

The global pandemic and escalating mental health crises can take their toll. Resilience is a process of positive adaptation in the face of hardship. As humans, we are wired for it – capable of navigating complexity, remaining agile, and demonstrating optimism. Modern brain science offers a host of strategies for cultivating resilience by leveraging “protective factors” –adopting and practicing mindsets, behaviors, and activities that serve as buffers and help bolster our well-being. Learn ways to engage in self-care that helps nourish and sustain us during intensive times.

We hope you’ll join us for the spring installment of the Conroy Speakers Series (online), featuring internationally recognized, award-winning behavioral science professor, clinician, author, and activist, Dr. Kristen Lee! An email with the event link will be emailed to you prior to the event.

About Dr. Kristen Lee Dr. Kristen Lee, Ed.D., LICSW (she/her), known as “Dr. Kris”, is an internationally recognized, award-winning behavioral science professor, clinician, author, and activist from Boston, Massachusetts. As the Lead Faculty for Behavioral Science and Faculty-in-Residence at Northeastern University, Dr. Kris’s research and teaching interests include individual and organizational well-being and resilience, particularly for marginalized and underserved populations. She operates a consulting practice devoted to preventing and treating burnout and is the author of RESET: Make the Most of Your Stress, Winner of the Next Generation Indie Book Awards Motivational Book of 2015, and best-selling Mentalligence: A New Psychology of Thinking: Learn What it Takes to Be More Agile, Mindful and Connected in Today’s World. She is a regular contributor for Thrive Global and Psychology Today. She is the host of Crackin’ Up: Where Therapy Meets Comedy. Dr. Kris’s work has been featured on NPR, Ted, and CBS radio. Her TedX talk, The Risk You Must Take has over 310k views. To learn more, visit or connect on social media via @TheRealDrKris.

Thank you to UMass Memorial HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital for support, and to our Supporting Sponsor, Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare.

A Community Conversation: Discussing Race and Racism, presented in partnership with The First Church of Christ, Unitarian (Lancaster)
Tuesday, January 26 (2021) from 6 – 8 PM 

Join us online for a moderated discussion between local leaders.

This forum is meant to create a safe and welcoming environment for conversation, to elevate voices of Black and Brown people, to understand White privilege, to share insights and language for engaging in productive conversations about structural racism, and to open a local dialogue.

We recognize that this conversation is difficult for people in various ways. We invite anybody from anywhere or any background to attend. We hope this conversation will attract people interested in exploring these topics further, no matter what perspective they may have

The panelists
Sedruola Maruska – Lancaster resident and First Church parishioner
Wil Darcangelo – Minister, First Church of Christ Unitarian and First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church of Fitchburg
Juliette M. Willoughby Esq., MSW. – International Speaker and Author, Lancaster Resident
Lieutenant Everett Moody – Lancaster Police
Joe Howell – Residential Program Director, Perkins
Laura Friend – Principal, Luther Burbank Middle School

Michael W. Ames – President and CEO, Perkins and RFK Children’s Action Corps

Thank you to our Presenting Sponsor, UMass Memorial HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital, and our Supporting Sponsor, Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare.

Marjatta Moimas “Mindful Living During a Pandemic”

Join us for an updated version of our rescheduled event. In “Mindful Living During a Pandemic” (a trauma-sensitive approach) we’ll practice introductory techniques and learn about the importance of mindfulness during this challenging time with Marjatta Moimas, Qualified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher.

Marjatta is trained in making meditation safe and inclusive for trauma survivors as well as in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT).

Thank you to our 2019-2020 Presenting Sponsors: Shine Initiative and UMassMemorial HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital, and our Supporting Sponsor: Harvard Pilgrim Health Care.

SCREENAGERS “Next Chapter: Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience” Film Screening & Discussion
Thursday, February 6 (2020) from 6:30-8:00 PM *Inclement Weather Date of Thursday, February 13
Perkins – Janeway Education Center, 975 Main Street, Lancaster, MA
FREE and Open to the Public

Filmmaker and physician Dr. Delaney Ruston takes the conversation around screens and teens to the next level with “Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER: Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience” — a film that examines the science behind teen’s emotional challenges, the interplay of social media, and most importantly, what can be done in our schools and homes to help them build crucial skills to navigate stress, anxiety, and depression in our digital age.

Why the sequel to “Screenagers”? Adolescence is an emotionally turbulent time, and yet there are many ways that schools and parents can give teens proven skills to handle the turbulence better. In “Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER,” we follow Delaney as she finds herself at a loss on how to help her own teens as they struggle with their emotional wellbeing. She sets out to understand these challenges in our current screen-filled society, and how we, as parents and educators, can empower teens to overcome mental health challenges and build emotional agility, communication savvy, and stress resilience.

Following the film, a discussion will be facilitated by Sharon Lowry, MSW, Perkins Assistant Director of Education and Bridget Matte, M.Ed, Clinical Coordinator of Perkins’ Day School program.

Important note: You do not have to have seen the first film to learn from this film.

The Conroy Speakers Series presents Dan Habib: “Intelligent Lives” Film Screening & Discussion with the Director
Thursday, November 7 from 6:30-8:30 PM
Perkins – Janeway Education Center, 975 Main Street, Lancaster, MA
FREE and Open to the Public

From award-winning filmmaker Dan Habib comes “Intelligent Lives,” a catalyst to transform the label of intellectual disability from a life sentence of isolation into a life of possibility for the most systematically segregated people in America. Join us for a screening of the film, followed by a discussion with Dan.

Dan Habib is the creator of the award-winning documentary films “Including Samuel,” “Who Cares About Kelsey?,” and many other short films on disability-related topics. Habib is a six-time New Hampshire photographer of the year and his freelance work has appeared in Time, Newsweek, and the New York Times. In November 2013, Habib delivered a TEDx talk titled “Disabling Segregation” on the benefits of inclusion to students without disabilities. From 2014-2017, he served on President Barack Obama’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities. Habib is currently a filmmaker at the University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability. Habib is currently a filmmaker at the University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability. For more information about Dan or the film, visit


Craig Miller: Live, Learn, Grow…A suicide attempt survivor’s story
SCREENAGERS: Growing Up in the Digital Age – Film Screening and Discussion
J. Stuart Ablon, Ph.D., The Collaborative Problem Solving Approach
Dr. Ruth Potee, The Physiology of Addiction

The Dr. Charles P. Conroy Speakers Series

The Dr. Charles P. Conroy Speakers Series focuses on bringing members of our community together for lectures and discussions on a wide range of topics related to the various programs and services we provide at Perkins. We invite you to attend these free, open to the public, informative sessions. We rely on the generosity of donations to ensure the continuation of these free events. If you’re interested in donating to the Conroy Speakers Series, click here.

In recognition of his dedicated service and numerous accomplishments as Executive Director and CEO of Perkins (1987-2015), the Perkins Board of Trustees named its speakers series in honor of Dr. Charles P. Conroy. During the course of his twenty-eight years at Perkins, Dr. Conroy advanced the quality of services, as well as the number of individuals served. In addition to his impact on Perkins’ growth and services, Dr. Conroy was an involved community member and thought-leader in the fields of education and human services. He was an active member of not-for-profit boards, as well as civic and community agencies