BERNARDS TWP., NJ - Psychologist Michael J. Bradley, Ed.D., who has counseled adolescents and their parents for 30 years and is author of "Crazy-Stressed: Saving Today’s Overwhelmed Kids With Love, Laughter, and the Science of Resilience," will return to speak to parents of high school and middle school students at free presentations at Ridge High School and at Bernards High School.

Bradley's appearance is being arranged by a partnership of several local community and educational groups, including Community in Crisis (CIC), in partnership with the Bernards Township Municipal Alliance Against Substance Abuse, and the Parent-Teacher Organizations (PTOs) and the Home-School Associations (HSAs) of Ridge High School and the William Annin Middle School in Bernards Township, Bernards High School and Bernards Middle School in the Somerset Hills School district, and the Bedminster School in Bedminster Township.

Presentations on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1

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Bradley will offer presentations geared to parents of both middle school and high school students. The first presentation is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 31, in the Ridge High School Performing Arts Center (PAC) at 268 S. Finley Ave. in Basking Ridge. While everyone is welcome to attend either night, the first presentation is specifically earmarked for parents of high school students and rising freshmen.

On the following evening, Thursday, Feb. 1, a second presentation will be offered at 7 p.m. at the Bernards High School PAC, 25 Olcott Ave. in Bernardsville, with a message geared to middle school parents and rising sixth graders.

Both events are offered free of charge and all are welcome.

Bradley currently has a private practice in suburban Philadelphia. Already a recognized specialist in adolescent behavior and grief counseling, Bradley is in demand as a speaker and facilitator at PTA conventions and other parenting groups. 

Bradley has written several books and received three literary awards. His bestselling book, "Yes, Your Teen Is Crazy! - Loving Your Kid Without Losing Your Mind," received kudos from notable parenting organizations. Bradley uses an innovative approach to help parents navigate the sometimes stormy waters of adolescence and emerge with the family intact.   

In his most recent book, "Crazy-Stressed," Bradley quotes such statistics as depression and anxiety for teens as having risen by as much as 500 percent from 50 years ago, and says that one in six have thought about or tried suicide. The book also looks at the problems of growing up in a technology-saturated world, including the problem of cyber-bullying.

Bradley previously spoke in Bernards Township

Heather Athanasiou, leader of CIC’s School Working Group, observed, “Dr. Bradley enjoyed immense support when appearing in Bernards Township a few years ago, so we were anxious to bring him back.

"His message resonates with everyone and reinforces the commitment to our kids to keep up to date with their ever-changing environments," she said. "Parenting can challenge us all and we urge every middle and high school parent to attend as it can only enhance a family’s relationship."

Andi Williams, Executive Director of Community in Crisis, added, “To see so many organizations come together for the common good and rally behind our work is so heartening. We are grateful to all our community partners who have helped us make this happen. We understand it can be hard to make the time to attend events like these, but we do hope families make the most of this opportunity as Dr. Bradley’s message is outstanding.” 

Community in Crisis was started in 2013 following the overdose deaths of two young adults in the Somerset Hills community. The organization, a coalition of community agencies, organizations, schools, churches and concerned citizens, offers bi-weekly support groups for families struggling with addiction, innovative educational opportunities in the school environment, medicine take-back days, town hall meetings, and more. Additionally, the Rutgers Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy and the Horizon Foundation have partnered with Community in Crisis to produce and scale out an evidence-based community toolkit for implementation by communities across New Jersey. 

For more information or to get involved, please contact Community in Crisis at info@communityincrisis.org or online at www.communityincrisis.org.