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Parent Peer Leadership Institute

The Institute was developed and formatted by families for families with consultation and shared materials from the National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health, their state organizations and chapters.

We believe that meaningful and effective parent/family participation as partners in the support of our children require specific skills that harness and enhance the valuable contribution of the parent/family perspective.

These skills are embodied in the following:

 

  • Effective parent/family involvement requires a working knowledge of children’s mental health, the needs and experiences of parents and family members, and the issues affecting the system of
  • The presentation of the individuals and organizations expressing the parent/family voice must enhance the credibility, value, and opportunities for meaningful inclusion.
  • To provide effective parent‐to‐parent support in a variety of settings.
  • To develop and sustain an effective local and statewide network of parents and champions of children’s behavioral health needs.
  • To effectively participate in micro and macro level of system ch
  • To provide consistency across the state with regard to parent-peer support providers hiring practices, qualifications, necessary skill sets, job duties, and supervision.

Scheduled for September 4th, 7th, and 11th of 2020.

Location:  Crisis & Counseling Centers, 10 Caldwell Road, Augusta, ME 04330 

Time:  8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with a 30 minute lunch break

Cost: $375

Questions: Call 207-441-7216  or email cseekins@crisisandcounseling.org

 

Online Trainings

Parenting with Dignity: Picking Up this Ball is a Victory for All! – Discipline- Deciding What You Want, Part 1 and Part 2

Tuesday, June 2 | 9 :00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Presented by Rebecca Williamson, CFPS, Regional Parent Support Coordinator in collaboration with Ronnie Lowell-Sirois, Parent Peer Supervisor, Community Partnerships for Protecting Children

G.E.A.R. Parent Network invites you to pick up the ball and run with it through a nine hour parenting education course developed by Mac Bledsoe, father of celebrated New England Patriots’ former quarterback Drew Bledsoe. “Parenting with Dignity” helps parents learn effective techniques for raising responsible, independent children.

"The Motivation Breakthrough: Six Secrets to Turning on the Tuned Out Child” by Author Rick Lavoie, M.A., M.Ed.

Wednesday, June 3 | 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Facilitated by Jess Hall, Regional Parent Support Coordinator

This workshop explores proven techniques, strategies and scripts based on six possible motivational styles that will revolutionize the way teachers and parents inspire children to succeed and achieve. Rick Lavoie explodes common myths and gives specific advice for motivating children.

Support Group

Wednesday, June 3 | 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Join us for a webinar based video chat support group for parents and caregivers of children’s with emotional and behavioral health concerns. Pre-registration is required to preserve participant confidentiality.

“How Difficult Can This Be? The F.A.T. City Workshop” Video Presentation by Author Rick Lavoie, M.A., M.Ed.

Thursday, June 4 | 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Facilitated by Rebecca Williamson, CFPS, Regional Parent Support Coordinator

This unique program allows participants to experience the same Frustration, Anxiety, and Tension that children with learning disabilities face in their daily lives. See how parents, teachers, social workers, psychologists, youth and friends who have participated in Richard Lavoie’s workshop reflect upon their experience and the way it changed their approach to children who have a learning disability.

Parenting with Dignity: Picking Up this Ball is a Victory for All! - Sending Constant Messages of Love, Part 1 and Part 2

Tuesday, June 9 | 9 :00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Presented by Rebecca Williamson, CFPS, Regional Parent Support Coordinator in collaboration with Ronnie Lowell-Sirois, Parent Peer Supervisor, Community Partnerships for Protecting Children

G.E.A.R. Parent Network invites you to pick up the ball and run with it through a nine hour parenting education course developed by Mac Bledsoe, father of celebrated New England Patriots’ former quarterback Drew Bledsoe. “Parenting with Dignity” helps parents learn effective techniques for raising responsible, independent children.

School Work and COVID-19: What You Can Do to Help Your Kids to Not Fall Behind

Wednesday, June 10 | 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Presented by Elisa Sousa, MEd, LSW, Children’s Case Manager, Crisis & Counseling Centers

Join us in a discussion around your child’s school work, how to advocate, maintaining balance during this stressful time and creating structure for your family. In addition to learning about the importance of role modeling and listening to your children.

Support Group

Wednesday, June 10 | 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Join us for a webinar based video chat support group for parents and caregivers of children’s with emotional and behavioral health concerns. Pre-registration is required to preserve participant confidentiality.

Positive Behavioral Supports & Tantrum Management: Self-Preservation & Success in Parenting Children with Behavioral Health Needs

Thursday, June 11 | 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Presented by Jess Hall, Regional Parent Support Coordinator

Do you sometimes feel like you don’t know how to help your child? Children with behavioral health needs do not come with a manual! This workshop will offer a framework to understand the nature of your child’s behavior and methods to flexibly respond to the needs your child presents. Positive behavioral supports emphasize practical ideas about how to meet your child where they are and utilize their motivation to increase success. Understanding and using Stage of Change concepts, maximizing provider involvement, and enhancing natural supports will be emphasized to provide usable tools that can be applied in a variety of real-life situations. Temper tantrums are disruptive behavior or emotional outbursts displayed in response to unmet needs or desires. Come and learn how to manage your child’s tantrums by using positive behavioral supports!

Team Up for Your Child

Saturday, June 13 | 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (with a short break for lunch)

Presented by Diane Bouffard, CFPS, and Rebecca Williamson, CFPS, Regional Parent Support Coordinators

A step-by-step guide designed to help families navigate confusing service systems and work smarter. When a child has serious behavioral health issues, you suddenly have a team of professionals in your life who provide a variety of services. This team could include doctors, therapists, health workers and teachers but remember that the coach of this team is you – the parent. You are the only one who takes care of the whole child. Learn how to identify your child’s strengths and needs, make sense of reports and evaluations, understand your child’s treatment plan, track your child’s progress and translate the Individualized Education Program.

Supporting Youth and Families: Managing Stress and Anxiety in the age of COVID-19

Monday, June 15 | 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Presented by: Chris McLaughlin, LCSW, Associate Vice President, Community & Pediatric Services, Northern Light Acadia Hospital

An overview of anxiety disorders signs, symptoms, and recommendations for parenting youth struggling with anxiety. Chris will share the impacts that the COVID-19 global pandemic has had on young people (and their families and providers!) and how to create a more successful home and community-based environment as well as what are the negative effects associated with “Pandemic Parenting”, the impacts this has on us all, and offer suggestions to help decrease “COVID Chaos” in the home. This workshop will also introduce concepts of grief and loss, healthy mourning, self-care, and how to foster resiliency in children, families, and ourselves.

Parenting with Dignity: Picking Up this Ball is a Victory for All! – Teaching Your Values to Your Kids and Goal Setting

Tuesday, June 16 | 9 :00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Presented by Rebecca Williamson, CFPS, Regional Parent Support Coordinator in collaboration with Ronnie Lowell-Sirois, Parent Peer Supervisor, Community Partnerships for Protecting Children

G.E.A.R. Parent Network invites you to pick up the ball and run with it through a nine hour parenting education course developed by Mac Bledsoe, father of celebrated New England Patriots’ former quarterback Drew Bledsoe. “Parenting with Dignity” helps parents learn effective techniques for raising responsible, independent children.

Support Group

Wednesday, June 17 | 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Join us for a webinar based video chat support group for parents and caregivers of children’s with emotional and behavioral health concerns. Pre-registration is required to preserve participant confidentiality.

What’s Your Parenting Style? Identifying Your Style and How it Affects Your Interaction with Your Children

Wednesday, June 17 | 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Presented by Rebecca Williamson, CFPS Regional Parent Support Coordinator

Learn and identify your current parenting style and recognize the large impact that it has on your child’s development. We will review each of the four parenting styles. Through sharing of information and discussion you will be given the tools to use to evaluate both positive and negative influences in your lives and how it relates to your parenting style. Parents and caregivers can improve their skills by having an understanding of parenting styles, discipline, cultural influences and environmental issues.

Addiction and Recovery: One Parent’s Success Story

Thursday, June 18 | 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Presented by Michael (Bills) Kennedy, a Maine resident and father.

He has traveled the state going to schools, educating on recovery and the dangers of addiction. He is in long term recovery from heroin, cocaine (among other drugs) and alcohol and has chosen his recovery with abstinence, but has tried all paths of MAT. He has dedicated his life to helping others struggling with addiction. He is a Recovery Advocate for the State of Maine, he is also a certified Recovery Ambassador and a SMART Recovery Coach. Please join us as he shares his story of addiction and recovery and the impact it’s had on being a parent.

Raising a Reader

Tuesday, June 23 | 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Presented by Diane Bouffard, CFPS, Team Leader/Regional Parent Support Coordinator

Why is raising a reader so important? On a basic level, reading is a fundamental part of existing. Think about your typical day. How often are you reading something, street signs, reports, emails, grocery labels, medication, newspapers, websites, and stories to our kids? This workshop offers an understanding of how to engage your child in reading. Reading to our children routinely in their early years increases their language development, helps your child develop an attention span and concentration skills. A child who reads well is more likely to develop positive self-esteem, independence and many other skills needed to last throughout their life.

Parenting with Dignity: Picking Up this Ball is a Victory for All! – The Reasons Punishment Does Not Work

Tuesday, June 23 | 9 :00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Presented by Rebecca Williamson, CFPS, Regional Parent Support Coordinator in collaboration with Ronnie Lowell-Sirois, Parent Peer Supervisor, Community Partnerships for Protecting Children

G.E.A.R. Parent Network invites you to pick up the ball and run with it through a nine hour parenting education course developed by Mac Bledsoe, father of celebrated New England Patriots’ former quarterback Drew Bledsoe. “Parenting with Dignity” helps parents learn effective techniques for raising responsible, independent children.

Support Group

Wednesday, June 24 | 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Join us for a webinar based video chat support group for parents and caregivers of children’s with emotional and behavioral health concerns. Pre-registration is required to preserve participant confidentiality.

ADHD 101 - What We Want to Know but Forgot to Ask!

Thursday, June 25 |1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Presented by: Rebecca Williamson, CFPS, Regional Parent Support Coordinator

This workshop will offer the framework to help us understand what Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder is, what causes it, how to diagnose and who can diagnose it; the symptoms, what helps, supports; and treatment and management. Come and join in the conversation as we journey together toward greater success.

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