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Northeast Times | October 18, 2021

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CEDAR HILL ISD VIRTUAL PARENT UNIVERSITY TO FEATURE RENOWNED PSYCHOLOGIST DR. KILYNDA RAY

CEDAR HILL ISD VIRTUAL PARENT UNIVERSITY TO FEATURE RENOWNED PSYCHOLOGIST DR. KILYNDA RAY

Cedar Hill ISD has a very timely guest and topic for the district’s second Virtual Parent University workshop.  Dr. Kilynda Ray will deliver a two-part presentation, titled “Managing Stress During Crisis: A Guide for Parents of School-Aged Children.” Ray, of Healthy Families Counseling Center, PLLC, in Waxahachie, will provide the information on the official CHISD Facebook Page. The first part will premiere at 6:30 p.m. this Thursday on Facebook Live. The second part will premiere on Facebook Live at 6:30 p.m. next Thursday (April 16). This will be Ray’s Cedar Hill Parent University debut.

“This is a very opportune time for an expert presentation, regarding key strategies with regard to stress management and communication during times of crisis,” Cedar Hill ISD Superintendent Dr. Gerald Hudson said. “We are grateful to have Dr. Ray share her time and knowledge with our CHISD community.”

Ray’s presentation will address the effects of crisis and symptoms of stress, information on how parents can improve their interactions with their children and effectively communicate during a crisis or disaster. 

It will also cover effective coping and stress management strategies for parents and their children, as well as methods of maintaining optimal psychological health and wellness during a crisis/disaster.

“It’s important for parents to maintain a routine and try to be creative with their children at home and to come up with exciting ways for them to learn,” Ray said. “Parents should also engage in their own self-care to stay in a healthy emotional and physical state.”

Ray is a licensed psychologist in both Texas and California and has 17 years of experience in the mental health field. She holds a PhD in Counseling Psychology from Howard University in Washington D.C. and a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. She is currently a full time psychologist with the Dallas Police Department and a founding Board member and Treasurer of the Dallas-Fort Worth Association of Black Psychologists.