Upcoming FCPS Parent Resources Center Workshops

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 January Workshops

Parenting Children with Challenging Behaviors

Parenting can be difficult, but it is even more stressful when children refuse to follow directions, throw tantrums, and are continuously disruptive. Sometimes parents find themselves at a loss for successful strategies.

Join us in this important session that will focus on:

  • Reasons for challenging behaviors
  • Recognizing and preventing power struggles
  • Recognizing and encouraging appropriate behaviors
  • Communicating effectively with your child

Presented by Laurie Andrews and Kurt Soderstrom, FCPS Special Education Teachers.

Friday, January 10, 2020, 10 a.m.-noon.

Register for Parenting Children with Challenging Behaviors

Mind in the Making Series

At this workshop you will learn the research behind the Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs. Learn strategies for improving these skills, the importance of them in children’s lives, and activities to promote these evidence-based executive functioning skills.

*Registration includes attendance at all sessions 6:30-8:30 p.m.

  • Session 1: Introduction 1/16/20
  • Session 2: Focus and Self-Control 1/23/20
  • Session 3: Perspective Taking 1/30/20
  • Session 4: Communicating 2/6/20
  • Session 5: Making Connections 2/13/20
  • Session 6: Critical Thinking 2/20/20
  • Session 7: Taking on Challenges 2/27/20
  • Session 8: Self-Directed, Engaged Learning 3/5/20

Register for the Mind in the Making Series

Bipolar Disorder in Children and Adolescents: Assessment, Treatment and Research Update

Join Dr. Lisa M. Cullins, attending physician in the Emotion and Development Branch at the National Institute of Mental Health for this highly informative workshop.  She will provide current research on:

  • Diagnostic Criteria
  • Signs and Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder as manifested in children and adolescents
  • Treatment Options, Resources, and Collaborations

Tuesday, January 21, 2020, 10 a.m.-noon

Register here for Bipolar Disorder in Children and Adolescents: Assessment, Treatment and Research Update 

Calm Conversations with Your Adolescent

As parents of adolescents, we can often find ourselves in the throes of emotion and reactivity; we can say or do things that escalate the situation.

Join Corinne Coppola, M.A., and Well-Being Professional in this important workshop to learn tools to take yourself off of the emotional roller coaster and engage in ways that are helpful and supportive.

  • Explore ways to set boundaries that foster loving and safe communication.
  • Learn strategies to feel connected and calm rather than frazzled and overwhelmed.

Friday, January 24, 2020, 10 a.m.-noon.

Register for Calm Conversations with Your Adolescent

Sibshops

An exciting workshop for brothers and sisters of children with special needs!

*Registration must be completed separately for each session.

Register for Sibshops

Portrait of an ADHD Graduate: Overcoming Obstacles While Optimizing Strengths

This session focuses on ways parents can prepare students diagnosed with ADHD to be successful in the 21st Century workforce.

Topics will include:

  • Identifying and building on existing strengths
  • Strategies for developing executive functioning skills
  • Ways to cultivate emotional intelligence

Presented by: Patricia M. Hudak, PCC, BCC, Certified ADHD/Executive Function Coach at PathFinder Coaching & Tutoring LLC, President-Elect, CHADD Board of Directors.

Friday, January 31, 2020, 10 a.m.-noon.

Register for Portrait of an ADHD Graduate: Overcoming Obstacles While Optimizing Strengths

Fostering Protective Factors in Children and Adolescents to Promote Social-Emotional Wellness

Every adult can foster protective factors and build resiliency in children and adolescents.

Presented by Ryan Dickerson, FCPS School Psychologist and Jenn Spears, FCPS Mental Wellness Specialist

Topics include:

  • What does the Fairfax County Youth Survey data show us?
  • Identifying Protective Factors and Assets (Three to Succeed)
  • Strategies for building protective factors and assets
  • Understanding resilience and how to increase your child’s ability to respond to challenges

Thursday, February 13, 2020, 10 a.m.-noon

Register for Fostering Protective Factors in Children and Adolescents to Promote Social-Emotional Wellness

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Children and Adolescents

Join Dr. Lisa M. Cullins, attending physician in the Emotion and Development Branch at the National Institute of Mental Health for this highly informative workshop.  She will provide current research on:

  • Diagnostic Criteria
  • Signs and Symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder as manifested in children and adolescents
  • Treatment Options, Resources and Collaborations

Tuesday, February 18, 2020, 10 a.m.-noon

Register for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Children and Adolescents

Parenting Your Teen While Keeping Your Sanity

Learn important strategies to help form a positive relationship with your teen.

Topics include:

  • Understanding the development of the teen brain
  • Recognizing ways to create a positive climate in the home
  • Identifying constructive discipline approaches
  • Increasing more productive and effective communication strategies

Presented by Michele Tureaud, FCPS Behavior Intervention Teacher.

Friday, February 21, 2020, 10 a.m.-noon.

Register for Parenting Your Teen While Keeping Your Sanity

Career and Transition Services Super Transition Saturday

It is never too early or too late to start planning for a successful transition from school life to life as a young adult. Join us to learn about Career and Transition Services (CTS) programming and course options for students with disabilities.

Breakout sessions will cover:

  • In-school as well as postsecondary support services.
  • Employment and postsecondary education considerations.
  • Student self-determination as an evidence-based predictor of post-school success.

This event will also include a student/parent panel where members describe their personal experiences as they navigated Fairfax County Public Schools and the transition process. New this year will be the opportunity to sit with professionals well versed in transition planning to answer your questions during the “Ask an Expert” Q & A.

Saturday, February 22, 2020, 8:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. at Luther Jackson Middle School

Register for Career and Transition Services Super Transition Saturday

Adversity and Trauma in Childhood: Building Resilient Communities

In the past couple of decades, there has been an explosion of new understanding about how and why adversity and trauma can reliably predict risks for mental, physical, behavioral health and productivity in the population.

This is great news! What’s predictable is preventable! We can understand how protection, prevention and resilience promotion can profoundly improve health, safety and productivity, as well as reduce public and private costs now and for generations to come.

The presentation includes in-depth information about:

  • The neurobiological effects of adversity on development.
  • The impacts of childhood adversity and trauma on population health.
  • Resilience – what we can all do to improve health and well-being across the lifespan.

Presented by Karen Brown, FCPS  Psychologist, Sarah Ince, FCPS School Social Worker and Jenna White from the Fairfax County Council of PTA's.

Friday, February 28, 2020, 10 a.m.-noon.

Register for Adversity and Trauma in Childhood: Building Resilient Communities