James Rodriguez

Part 1: Connecting with Caregivers (Supporting Parents of Children with Serious Mental Health Concerns)

Many parents are being overwhelmed by the COVID-19 pandemic. They are being asked to be child care providers, teachers, mental health professionals, and crisis counselors, and many are left to their own devices to address the needs of their children. Parents of children with social, emotional, or behavioral challenges are especially in need of support. This two-part series focuses on giving providers the tools they need to address the serious mental health and behavioral challenges parents and caregivers may face in the era of social isolation. 

How Anti-Oppressive Practice Can Impact Our Work

In a time when anti-racism, equality, equity, and diversity are at the forefront of our minds, practitioners and organizations are seeking approaches that work to reduce systemic inequities, and promote positive outcomes. Anti-Oppressive Practice works to analyze and redistribute power within institutions, groups, and among individuals. This webinar will examine the principles of anti-oppressive practice, distinguish this framework from other approaches, and help practitioners implement the principles in their work. 

 

Helping Families with Children and Youth Build Resilience in the Era of COVID-19 - Part 2: Building Resilient Coping in Families

The current pandemic is a new and unprecedented event impacting everyone across the lifespan. However, children and youth are particularly at-risk for anxiety because this is a new experience for them and their parents. Although children and youth may have been exposed to other tragic events, COVID-19 is uncharted territory across the globe. It is crucially important to attend to the needs of our children in a healthy and supportive manner in order to help foster their resilience. 

Helping Families with Children and Youth Build Resilience in the Era of COVID-19 - Part 1: What We Say and How We Say It Matters

The current pandemic is a new and unprecedented event impacting everyone across the lifespan. However, children and youth are particularly at-risk for anxiety because this is a new experience for them and their parents. Although children and youth may have been exposed to other tragic events, COVID-19 is uncharted territory across the globe. It is crucially important to attend to the needs of our children in a healthy and supportive manner in order to help foster their resilience. 

Knowledge Empowers You (KEY) Learning Community Informational Webinar

Members of the learning community will be able to contribute to the development of an innovative approach focused on TAY. 

TAY are a particularly vulnerable population.  As they transition from child-serving to adult-serving systems, they face many difficult choices that they often have to make with limited information or support. KEY is designed to help young people, ages 16-24, gain information to make informed decisions about stress and coping, relationships, school and work, mental and physical health and substance use. 

The Trauma Informed Social Worker

There is an increasing understanding that trauma is pervasive and impacts many people across and within various communities. Social workers, in a variety of settings, often interact with clients who have a history of trauma. When aware of the complexity and the effects of trauma on presenting problems, social service providers are better equipped to provide services through a trauma-informed lens. As Trauma Informed Care (TIC) becomes the norm within organizations, social service providers also need to be trauma informed in their practices and clinical relationships.

Neurobiology & Resilience

Trauma informed care requires a thorough understanding of resilience.  Just as the trauma informed care movement has grown parallel to research on the human stress response, a third area of research is also beginning to increase: the neurobiology of resilience.  In this brief webinar we will provide a summary of the available neuroscience of resilience, focusing on the neurochemicals and neurocircuitry of resilience, and the role of epigenetics. We will also attempt to describe how psychosocial interventions can impact neurological resilience.

 

**From ACEs to Assets: Supporting the Growth of Resilience to Improve Education, Health, and Wellness Outcomes

This webinar provided an overview of core aspects of resilience development that fit seamlessly with trauma-responsive practices, social-emotional learning, and positive youth development. Examples were drawn from specific practices that have been used successfully within multi-tiered systems of support in educational settings as well as from an innovative cross-sector community resilience development initiative currently in progress in Monroe County.

Children's Mental Health Awareness: Creating Resilience Informed Service Environments

In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month and Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day on May 10th, the Community Technical Assistance Center of New York is offering this brief pre-recorded webinar.  Service sectors from behavioral health to child welfare to the juvenile justice system increasingly recognize that children and youth exposed to trauma, adverse childhood experiences and chronic stress require services that are trauma informed. This often means focusing on building service providers’ knowledge and awareness of the potential long-term impact of trauma and chronic stress.

Resilient Informed Service Environments Learning Community (RISE-LC): Informational Webinar

In this webinar, you learn about the Resilience Informed Service Environments (RISE) Learning Community that is designed to support organizations committed to addressing the needs of clients affected by adverse events and conditions. You will receive information about participation in the Learning Community, including the application process, goals and objectives, and what participation in the learning community will entail.

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