Workshops

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2017
WEST PHILADELPHIA HIGH SCHOOL
PHILADELPHIA, PA

Trauma-Informed Educational Advocacy

Presentation by
Alexandra Dolan, MSS, LSW
Colleen Swim, Esq.

This workshop will review how trauma impacts cognitive development, academic ability, behavior at school and peer relationships and how all of these can impact a child’s behavior in the classroom. Presenters will discuss advocacy strategies to help kids stay on track at school, how to access special education services, what to do about suspensions and other disciplinary actions, and maintaining school stability.

Custody and the Law: Legal Issues For Kinship Caregivers

Presentation by
Barry Kassel, Esq. SCCA
Cateria R. McCabe, Esq. SeniorLAWCenter

The focus of this workshop will be on helping relative and other caregivers navigate the Philadelphia Family Court as it relates to custody issues. Topics will include, What is Kinship?; Filing for Custody; Who can file for custody; The terms and definitions used in custody court to describe and grant the various types of custody and visitation; What the court looks at and evaluates in making its decision(s) regarding custody; and representation for caregivers and children.

Panel Discussion on Opioid Epidemic

Presentation by
Robert Ximines, Moderator and Kevin Howard, Community Behavioral Health

Andre Reid, Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbilities Services
Carl Pray, Behavioral Health Special Initiatives

During this session, participants will be able to gain a better understanding of the Opioid Epidemic as it relates to grandparents, caregivers, and loved ones of those affected. The panel will discuss and explain the following:

  • What are Opioids, i.e. Prescription Medication
  • Drug use in general, How it affects Grandma & Pop-Pop
  • Signs of trauma due to the use of Opioids
  • School issues and problems
  • Pregnancy and its effects
  • Treatment options; where to go, who to contact

What is Vicarious Trauma

Presentation by Institute for Family Professionals Cathleen Stith Watkins

The emotional and physical cost of being an engaged and empathetic caregiver can be an occupational hazard. In this keynote introduction participants will view a portion of the documentary Portraits of Professional Caregivers and learn the definitions of vicarious, secondary and transgenerational trauma. Considering the needs and potential impact of interacting with a person impacted by trauma is a critical first step in approaching self-care.

Children of Incarcerated Parents: Trauma and Resilience

Presentation by
Kathleen Creamer, Community Legal Services
Pamela Superville, Mayor’s Office of Reintegration Services (RISE)

This workshop will review how trauma impacts cognitive development, academic ability, behavior at school and peer relationships and how all of these can impact a child’s behavior in the classroom. Presenters will discuss advocacy strategies to help kids stay on track at school, how to access special education services, what to do about suspensions and other disciplinary actions, and maintaining school stability.

Caregivers’ Guide to Self-Care

Presentation by Jane Hamilton, RN, MSN

Does taking care of yourself feel like an impossible dream; just one more thing on a very long “to-do” list? You know self-care is important…but, HOW?!! During this program, you will learn doable ways to practice self-care, especially when you are overextended, exhausted or alone.