FORTitude for Parents is our series of online discussions and presentations with mental health professionals and experts in the field, to provide parents with resources and guidance on how to understand, manage, support and improve their relationship with their teens.  


Every month we select a different topic that is relevant to our current environment and invite guests with mental health expertise to join us for some insightful and great conversations where your questions can get answers. Parents are invited to either send questions in advance or ask their questions in real time.

January 21, 7.00pm

Mindfulness and Teens

Learn more about the definition and benefits of Mindfulness and meet the creators and partners of our new teen workshops to learn more about the content and format of our sessions. Created using best practices in mindfulness, positive psychology and neuroscience to help teens during times of anxiety, stress, loneliness and depression, these workshops are designed to build connections, help develop coping skills and provide a lifetime of positive mental health. 


Ofosu Jones-Quartey

Ofosu is a mindfulness teacher, father and musician from the Washington DC area. He has been teaching the Insight Meditation Community of Washington's (IMCW) Family Meditation Class since 2008. Ofosu has been working with Minds Inc, in bringing mindfulness practice to schools, working with students directly in the classroom since 2014 and as a volunteer teacher at the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) for their teen retreats. Ofosu is currently leading an eight week mindfulness program for high school students in Washington DC via City Kids. Ofosu also co-teaches adult classes and meditation retreats at various centers around the country and has led mindfulness workshops for formerly incarcerated persons of color through DC based nonprofits. 

An accomplished musician, Ofosu also performs both domestically and internationally as a Hip Hop and Electronic Music artist. He often incorporates music into his teachings, creating a unique and special atmosphere for fellow practitioners.  He recently wrote a book for families called “You Are Enough” with endorsements from Tara Brach, Gil Fronsdal and La Sarmiento. 

Ofosu is also a voice over talent, having lent his voice to programs on Sesame Studios as well as Sprout Network's cartoon "Ollie and Moon" and is the “male voice” on the new mindfulness app Balance. Ofosu's writings on how he teaches mindfulness in a simple, fun and effective way have been published by Lion’s Roar magazine, and he has been profiled by NBC News and the Washington Post

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Dr Cam Caswell

Dr Cam has been working with parents and teens as a family coach for over 15 years. She received her doctorate in Developmental Psychology from George Mason University, where she also worked as a Research Assistant for Dr. Susanne Denham and was recognized for her superb teaching as a professor of Adolescent Psychology. Additionally, Dr. Cam is a Certified Professional Success Coach (CPSC), has served as a high school youth leader for over 10 years, and is an active member of the Advance Your Reach Accelerator Program. She published her first book, Power Phrases for Parents: Teen Edition in 2015. Since then she has been speaking about adolescent development and parent education at local schools, national organizations, on television, podcasts, and most recently on NPR ( After her presentation at the Nysmith School, the coordinator wrote, “The best Parent Education event the school has ever had.”

Dr. Cam hosts a weekday podcast 'Parenting Teens with Dr. Cam' and has also created a series of online parenting courses including, “How to Have a Peaceful, Positive Relationship with Your Teen.”

Dr. Cam uses her fun, interactive style to unpack frustrating adolescent behavior and empowers her clients and audiences to work with their teen's wiring rather than against it—boosting the development of a positive, healthy sense of self rather than unwittingly eroding it. Parents leave her sessions feeling hopeful, supported, and motivated for change.


Dr Suzanne Nixon


Suzanne Nixon, EdD, LPC, LMFT, a licensed professional counselor and licensed marriage & therapist, has been in the field of mental health for over 35 years. Dr. Suzanne, as her clients refer to her, specializes in working with teens and adults experiencing depression, anxiety, stress disorders, trauma, chronic illness and those recovering from mental, emotional, physical and sexual abuse. As a marriage therapist, she helps couples in conflict, experiencing relationship disharmony, and those moving through divorce. As a family therapist, she helps parents with parenting challenges and families in conflict. 


Dr. Suzanne earned her Masters Degree in Education from Boston University (special education), 1977, and her Doctoral Degree from Virginia Tech, (counseling & human relations), 1992. Her professional career began as a special education teacher working in private and public schools with children having emotional challenges and learning disabilities.  With a passion in the healing arts, she began studying body therapy, energy medicine and wellness (1981). In 2006 she completed professional training in meditation with Jon Kabat-Zinn, the director of the University of Massachusetts School’s Center for Mindfulness and the pioneer in the Mindfulness Meditation movement in the United States. Rounding out her studies, she attended Duke University’s Integrative Medicine Center and earned a professional certification in Integrative Health Coaching. Currently, she is enrolled in Sounds True’s two-year Professional Teacher Training in Mindfulness Meditation. 


With her unique training in mental health, relationship therapy, somatic therapies and holistic health, Dr. Suzanne practices as an Integrative Mental Health Specialist, combining the best of conventional mental health theories with evidenced-based complementary and alternative therapies. Dr. Suzanne has presented at dozens of National and State Professional Conferences in Behavioral Health and Holistic Health, local and community organizations and has implemented programs in leadership and well-being with the Federal Government and business organizations. 


A Loudoun County resident for 31 years, she has been dedicated to helping people in the Northern Virginia area achieve mental well-being, relationship well-being and family well-being.  Dr. Suzanne is the proud mother of two adult children and the grandmother of three amazing granddaughters and is also a Board Member of the Ryan Bartel Foundation. 

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