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Teen & Community Conference

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Virginia Beach Resort Hotel & Conference Center

I Need A Lighthouse is Proud to Present
“The Universe Between Our Ears”
A Conversation about Mental Health and Mental Wellness
Wednesday, May 30th, 2018
This is event is open to all high school students and community members interested in learning more about teen depression, teen suicide, and mental health.  If you would like information about attending the event, or bringing a group, please contact Kathleen Wakefield at 757-496-9775 or kwakefield@ineedalighthouse.org
5:30 – 6:00    Dinner Served
6:00 – 6:45    Dr. Paul Aravich, PhD. EVMS
                         Keynote Presentation: The Universe Between Our Ears
6:45 – 7:30     Q & A Panel
*There is no cost for students, teachers and community members to attend this event.


Dr. Paul Aravich

Position:Associate Professor

Company:Eastern Virginia Medical School


When Professor Paul Aravich was a kid taking a walk, he began to ponder how he was able to walk. The more he thought about it, the more he realized what a miracle the act of walking was. In neuroscience, he could explore the limitless possibilities of "the universe between our ears," as well as fulfill his desires to help people and to teach.

Aravich feels that the neuroscientist has three obligations: to do research, to perform service, and to teach. "A teacher's efforts are multiplied a hundred times over through the work of his students," says Dr. Aravich. But teaching is not limited to the classroom. Teaching also occurs in public service settings, such as churches, community centers, city councils, and state assemblies. These venues are important in educating the public so they can take a more active part in advocating for legislation to support neuroscience initiatives that effect public health, for example, chemical dependency policy or bike helmet laws.

To become a neuroscientist at the doctoral level usually requires 16 years of education beyond high school. The field is very demanding, and often low paying, so one has to have the fire in the belly -- passion -- to stick with it. Dr. Aravich feels that a broad educational background, including the arts and humanities, is invaluable because it helps develop creative thinking. "It's not enough to be smart in neuroscience," says Dr. Aravich. "Medicine and research require creativity. You have to be able to look at problems creatively in order to solve them."

All the long years of training and hard work are difficult, but Dr. Aravich finds it tremendously rewarding to be able to make "an authentic difference in the lives of others. Ameliorating suffering and pain is incredibly satisfying."


Valid before: May 30, 2018 at 5:30 PM

Community Member$0.00
Mental Health Professional$0.00
Educator (non-chaperone)$0.00
Educator (chaperone)$0.00


Event Contact

Name: Kathleen Wakefield
Phone Number: (757) 496-9775
Email Address: kwakefield@ineedalighthouse.org

Event Coordinator

Name: Kathleen Wakefield
Phone Number: (757) 496-9775
Email Address: kwakefield@ineedalighthouse.org

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