The Union Memorial Church, 58 Church Street, Stamford will host two experts who
will offer guidance on addressing the question of violence in our schools and
coping with mental illness in our families and community.
Dr. Vance Austin, Ph.D., will offer a presentation on “Preventing School Violence”
on Sunday, February 3rd in the
church’s hall. Dr. Austin is the Chairperson of the Graduate School of
Education at Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY. He has lectured and
written extensively on this concern. He will provide a research-based profile
of the typical perpetrator and the warning signs of an imminent threat. A light
lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall, then Dr. Austin will
offer his insights from 1:00 until 2:00.
Dr. Jeffrey Koffler, M.D., will provide a presentation on “Concerns of Mental
Illness” on Sunday February 17th in the
church hall. Dr. Koffler is a Board Certified Psychiatrist who specializes in
adolescent psychiatry. He has conducted a private psychiatric practice in
Stamford for some decades. He will offer guidance on resources in our community
for aiding the mentally ill, disarming stigmas associated with mental illness,
and ways families cope with the stresses of loving mentally ill family members.
He will dispel some of the misleading information circulating about
schizophrenia and Asperger’s Syndrome. A light lunch will be served at 12:30
p.m. in the Fellowship Hall, then Dr. Koffler will offer his insights from 1:00
The lunch will cost $5/person. Reservations are required at least two days prior. You may register by calling the church office (203-324-6715) or via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.