[image-1]Any parent of teens can understand the challenges that go along with the job. On the cusp of adulthood, they may pull away as they begin to forge their own identities — leaving parents looking for answers. On Fri. Oct. 27, one local group of practitioners plans to offer families an opportunity to learn more about the comprehensive field of services aimed at teens in the area.

Mt. Pleasant-based licensed professional counselor Beth Matenaer has organized an adolescent resource fair scheduled later this month that will bring together more than a dozen organizations specializing in academics, fitness, and mental health.

Working together with Practice Place founder Caroline Ilderton and her fellow therapists, the list of organizations set to appear includes event sponsors College Planners of South Carolina, wilderness therapy program SUWS of the Carolinas, Palmetto Behavioral Health and Medical University of South Carolina Outpatient Services. Also scheduled to appear are the 7 Nightingales Center, Charleston Counseling Center, art therapist Dianne Tennyson, Windwood Farm, BodyWorks, equine therapy program LEAP, Bonnie Compton of Parenting Partners, eating disorder specialist Mary Sheahan Krainin, LISW-CP, registered dietician Courtney Armstrong of Simply Nutrition, Alateen, and Al-Anon.

The Oct. 27 fair is free for the public and will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Practice Place, 207 Simmons St. in Mt. Pleasant. Lunchtime refreshments will be provided.

“We are bringing together the best programs and providers in Charleston,” said Matenaer of the event that looks to bring a collaborative approach to addressing the full range of issues faced by teens. “We want this to be a one-stop shop for parents and caregivers looking for ways to help their teens through those challenging adolescent years.”

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