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April 10, 2018
Contact: Erin Bryan
[email protected] | 952-838-9000

PACER Center workshop will explore depression and school planning

Minneapolis: PACER Center will present “Depression and School Planning: The Importance of an Accurate Diagnosis,” a free workshop for parents of children with mental health, emotional, or behavioral needs. It will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, April 30 at PACER, 8161 Normandale Blvd., Bloomington.

If negative thoughts and feelings persist and start to limit a child’s ability to function normally, it could be depression. In school, depression can impact successful academic, social, and emotional growth.

Dr. Barry Garfinkel, a child and adolescent psychiatrist, will discuss the different types of depression, the risk factors associated with depression, and how to effectively use counseling and medication for support.

Renelle Nelson, coordinator of PACER’s Children’s Mental Health and Emotional or Behavioral Disorders Project, will offer information and tips to assist the child who is depressed in school and help promote successful outcomes.

Special education, 504 plans, and other educational supports will be discussed.

To register to attend this free workshop, contact PACER Center at (952) 838-9000 or (800) 537-2237 (toll free), or visit