Washington state informational and networking events for families with children with special health needs

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Sep
29
Wed
Olympic Peninsula Financial Aid Navigator Workshop @ online
Sep 29 – Sep 30 all-day
Olympic Peninsula Financial Aid Navigator Workshop @ online

Event Date & Time: September 29 & 30 of 2021 from 4:00pm – 6:00pm each day (Participants should plan to attend both sessions).

Event Location: Zoom platform (calendar invite with zoom link will be sent to you prior to the first session)

Presenters: Alyson (Graduate Strong) & Anna (Washington College Access Network-WCAN)

Learn how to help students pay for their career & college education.

Sep
30
Thu
Stabilizing Housing for Families of Children who Experience Mental Health and/or Substance Use Challenges @ online
Sep 30 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Stabilizing Housing for Families of Children who Experience Mental Health and/or Substance Use Challenges @ online

Childhood is a crucial time for brain development and disruptions during these key stages can have a lasting negative impact. According to the National Center on Family Homelessness, approximately 1 in 45 children experiences homelessness every year. Contributing factors include traumatic stress, mental health challenges (especially depression) and substance use. To further complicate matters, the experience of homelessness itself is considered a traumatic experience and is likely to exacerbate symptoms of mental illness and addiction in both children and adults.

Families who have children of any age living with them who experience mental health and/or substance use challenges are more likely than others to experience homelessness. Additionally, during times of stress or crisis, children are less likely to be engaged in mental health and substance use support services – times when they and their families need help the most. Often, these children may act out by being loud or engaging in destructive behavior while symptomatic on the property. These behaviors may result in families facing eviction and homelessness.

In this 2-part series presented by the Homeless and Housing Resource Center (HHRC) and National Family Support Technical Assistance Center (NFSTAC), we will share important information about family homelessness and the supports available to help families regain housing stability. Our goal is to equip parents/caregivers, the family peer support workforce and mental health and substance use professionals with the knowledge and skills they need to assist families who experiencing homelessness and/or to protect them from this traumatic experience before it occurs.

Wheelie Awesome Parent and Family Group @ online
Sep 30 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Wheelie Awesome Parent and Family Group @ online
Please Register/get a ticket to receive the Zoom link and password. https://www.tfaforms.com/4892974
This helps keep our meetings secure.
No meetings on holidays or in June or December
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We are a group of parents and caregivers of children with disabilities, or special health care or learning needs who use mobility devices like wheelchairs, walkers, strollers, standers, canes, etc. We meet at Noon on the last Thursday of the month. No meetings on holidays or in June and December.
Parenting is stressful for everyone and parenting a child with special needs is unique and can be isolating.
Come to join us for some virtual conversation and learning with parents who get it.
This group is about community, support, laughter, sharing resources, and just having a safe place to talk about whatever is on your mind.
Questions for Pierce county Parent to Parent?
Call 253-439-8001 or email P2P@wapave.org
Oct
5
Tue
Special Education: 10 Tips for Advocating for Your Child @ online
Oct 5 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Special Education: 10 Tips for Advocating for Your Child @ online

WA STATE FATHERS NETWORK MONTHLY WEBINARS
Cost: Free
Time: 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Location: Virtual – A confirmation with a Zoom link will be sent to you after registering
Men, Women and All Couples Are Welcome
All Sessions Will Be Recorded
SESSION SCHEDULE
• June 8 Introduction to Housing Options
• July 6 An Introduction to the Office of the Education Ombuds and Resources for Parental Advocacy
• August 3 Helping Our Children Develop Meaningful Relationships
• September 7 Financial Strategies
• October 5 Special Education: 10 Tips for Advocating for Your Child
• November 2 Maintaining Relationship Resilience While Parenting a Child with
Special Needs
• December 7 Guardianships and Trusts
Register for one or more sessions. The Registration page contains links to the session descriptions and information about the presenters.

Oct
7
Thu
Kitsap Strong’s Fourth Annual Resiliency Summit @ Kitsap Conference Center at Bremerton Harborside
Oct 7 – Oct 8 all-day
Kitsap Strong's Fourth Annual Resiliency Summit @ Kitsap Conference Center at Bremerton Harborside
Kitsap Strong is excited to announce our Fourth Annual Resiliency Summit!
The Resiliency Summit is a hope-filled experience in connecting, learning, and growing together to strengthen our community! Resiliency isn’t about rugged independence, it is about interdependence, inclusion, empathy, and the vulnerability necessary to form healing relationships. We hope you will join us for two fun-filled days of learning and connection!
We want to hear from you! What would you like to see at the Summit this year?! Reach out to Marlaina with suggestions at marlaina.simmons@kitsapstrong.org
Oct
8
Fri
Sharing Down Syndrome in Pierce County: Parents Night In @ online
Oct 8 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Sharing Down Syndrome in Pierce County: Parents Night In @ online

Monthly on the 2nd Friday of each month at 7 PM.
A group for parents and caregivers of individuals with Down Syndrome.

Grab your dinner, a tasty beverage, and your phone, tablet, or computer – and join us online for social time together!
This group is about social connection, building community, emotional support, laughter, sharing resources, and just having a safe place to talk with other people who get it.
What to Expect:

  • Good conversation
  • Building community
  • Connecting to other parents
  • Sharing community resources

Questions:
Doreen VanderVort : (253)565-2266 ext 107
PAVE Pierce County Programs: P2P@wapave.org
Sharing Down Syndrome in Pierce County – SDSPC@wapave.org

Oct
10
Sun
Creating Connections @ online
Oct 10 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Creating Connections @ online

A virtual series for parents and caregivers of loved ones with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
The second Sunday of each month, 10-11:30 am via Zoom
Sept. 12th – Special Education and Recovery Services
Oct. 10th – Supported Decision Making
Nov. 14th – How to Renew Guardianship
Dec. 12th – Overview of Housing Models
To join: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86135234550

No RSVP is required to attend. Contact RNemhauser@arcofkingcounty.org or 206-829-7046 for questions, language interpretation, or to request accommodations.

Oct
14
Thu
Pediatric Complex Care Seminar Session 2: Irritability and Pain @ online
Oct 14 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Pediatric Complex Care Seminar Session 2: Irritability and Pain @ online

Collaborative Conversations with Families to Advance the Clinical Care of Children with Medical Complexities and Disabilities (C6) is a 10-part seminar series that builds on an international study, completed in 2020, designed to highlight key clinical research questions for the care of children with neurodisability and medical complexity.

The series is led by complex care pediatricians Dr. Eyal Cohen and Dr. Catherine Diskin from the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto, Canada, and Dr. Rishi Agrawal from Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, as well as Family Voices representatives Nora Wells, Cara Coleman, and Kate Robinson.

Each one-hour seminar will be hosted on Zoom and will include a panel of national experts, both clinical and caregiver. Seminars will begin with an overview of the topic and a conversation on shared decision making in pediatric complex care. The goal is to build a community of practice. Attendees are encouraged to ask questions, share insights, and engage with the panel.

Family caregivers, youth, and friends of children with medical complexity (CMC) are welcome to join along with health care professionals, researchers, policy makers, and anyone invested in advancing clinical care in CMC.

The C6 seminar series is funded through a grant from the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health.

Learning Objectives:
– Identify differences between acute and chronic pain management
– Demonstrate language strategies with parents when introducing and managing chronic pain
– Develop care plans for breakthrough symptoms

P2P Awesome Autism Family and Parent Group @ online
Oct 14 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
P2P Awesome Autism Family and Parent Group @ online

Once you complete this registration form, you will receive an email with the Zoom meeting link and password to join the event.

When: 2nd Thursday of the month (except holidays and summer months) 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM

What: Join us to talk with other individuals, parents, caregivers, and allies in the Pierce County Autism Community.

This group is about social connection, building community, emotional support, laughter, sharing resources, and just having a safe place to talk with other people who get it.

What to Expect:
Sharing community resources                                                                                                                            Good conversation
Building community
Connecting to other parents

Find great resources for DDA, Learning in Schoolparent and family videos, and more at wapave.org.

Follow us on Facebook PAVE Pierce County Support Programs 

Questions? / Preguntas? for Pierce County Parent to Parent

Call 253-565-2266 ext 115  or email P2P@wapave.org

Oct
16
Sat
NAMI Washington 2021 Virtual State Conference: You Are Not Alone @ online
Oct 16 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
NAMI Washington 2021 Virtual State Conference: You Are Not Alone @ online
NAMI Washington is excited to bring our community back together for our 2021 Annual State Conference: YOU ARE NOT ALONE!

About this event

You Are Not Alone!

The COVID19 pandemic put the world as we know it into Isolation. Isolation from family, friends and colleagues. For those who could, consigned to work at home, or in near-empty office buildings. For those who couldn’t work from home – the anxiety and stress of moving through a world that was shut down, and honestly, dangerous to one’s physical health. Constrained from gatherings, and confused about the level and intensity of our emotional reactions to this turbulent time.

People living with serious mental and behavioral health challenges have been deeply affected by the pandemic and others have experienced mental health issues for the first time. Uncertainty about the future continues to be very real, immediate, and distressing. It is essential to prioritize our mental health and stay connected with friends, family, and peers. No one should feel alone in their mental health journey; this is the theme of NAMI Washington’s 2021 Annual State Conference: YOU ARE NOT ALONE!

During our 2021 conference we will endeavor to turn the tragic and life-changing impact of COVID-19 into a spotlight on the growing need for systemic improvements in our behavioral health care system. We will focus on connection, and increased awareness through the presentation of innovative and intersectional behavioral health programs, topics and ideas. Collectively, we can help each other start to heal and find a path to recovery. Together we can realize our shared vision of a state – and nation – where anyone affected by a behavioral health condition can get the appropriate support and quality of care to live healthy, fulfilling lives –where no one feels alone in their struggle.

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FAQs

What is the cost of the Conference?

In 2020 our first virtual conference was free. We are not able to continue that as there are costs to putting on even a virtual conference. The ticket fees are $25 for NAMI members, $50 for non-members, and $5 for folx on a fixed income and there is an option to give an additional donation to NAMI WA.

Where can I find the Conference agenda?

The Conference agenda will listed on the NAMI Washington website, and the agenda will be emailed out to all registered Conference attendees prior to the start of the Conference. A physical agenda will not be mailed to participants. Once you register, you will be able to access the agenda on our virtual conference platform, Whova, as well.

What breakout session workshops are being offered in 2021?

There will be two 60-minute breakout workshops in the afternoon, offering 5 choices per workshop session:

Real Lives, Real Talk, Real Change: This presentation will illustrate how oppression and discrimination put some communities at much higher risk than others of experiencing harm from interactions with law enforcement officials.

Thrown Away in Our Prison System: This workshop will focus on the intersection of mental illness with involvement in the prison system, which itself is intertwined with issues of race, substance abuse, homelessness and poverty.

Mental Health in a Medical Health Crisis: Today, as people are striving to return to normalcy by returning to routine health examinations, they may discover physical health has been compromised by serious disease.

How to Navigate School for Youth with Mental Health Concerns: For youth, family caregivers, educators, and community partners, this workshop provides key information about how to get more help at school when behavioral health interferes with learning.

Relief for Acute Psychotic Experience: Stabilizing Homes – The Soteria Model: Soteria Models are driven by values of egalitarianism and respect for individual and cultural uniqueness. Soteria models will be compared with current US practises.

Employment & the Clubhouse Model: Hear from a Clubhouse member’s firsthand lived experience how their Clubhouse not only changed their life but saved their life through the employment program. Best practices in employment services and tangible next steps for getting individuals living with mental illness back into the workforce.

Challenging Dads to Become Involved in Mental Health Care: Dads MOVE will demonstrate how we are educating Fathers to be more involved in their children’s lives who struggle with behavioral health concerns and helping families have brighter futures.

Spectrums of Mental Health: Language, Neurodiversity and Access to Care: The ways we conceptualize diagnosis, accessibility and mental healthcare are deeply informed by the language and cultural norms we’re accustomed to.This solutions-focused presentation will look at three key areas of mental healthcare access through the lens of accessible language and applied neurodiversity

Talk Gender to Me: This workshop will focus on the gender identity and sexual orientation and the intersection with mental health care.

NAMI Homefront: A Program for Caregivers and Family Members of Veterans – An introduction and overview of NAMI’s signature program.

When do ticket sales end?

Tickets will be available until 5pm on Thursday, October 14, 2021. After that you will be unable to register for the Conference.