RTSC's 6th Annual Making a Difference Conference for SESPs, Foster/Adoptive and Kinship Caregivers and their Professional Partners
- 14 November
| Full Circle ARTS is a social enterprise of JRI's Developing Abilities adult employment program. We have three locations of studio workshops and two retail stores where our individuals make arts and crafts to sell for income and they are also trained to work in the stores so that they have skills that they can use to get community based jobs. |
| The mission of NAMI Massachusetts is to improve the quality of life for people affected by mental illness including their families. NAMI Massachusetts reaches out to consumers and their families; strives to improve the public’s awareness and understanding of mental illnesses; and advocates at all levels to ensure that all persons can determine their own treatment choices and receive, in a timely manner the supports that they feel they need. |
Central to NAMI Massachusetts is a commitment to programs that are both peer and family driven; to the key concepts of recovery, resiliency, and support that are essential to wellness and quality of life; and to full and meaningful lives for all persons. Our free educational programs offer resources, insights, coping skills, and genuine support for families and those in recovery. Our volunteers who run our educational offerings strive to better equip the class participants with the knowledge and skills.
All of our programs are taught by peers; people who have lived the journey and can relate on a personal level to those seeking knowledge and comfort. These volunteers are trained by NAMI Mass according to the best practices instituted by NAMI National.
The lack of knowledge about the challenge of living with a mental health issue in the medical profession and the public is immense. Through peer courses, frequent electronic newsletters, NAMI web sites across the Commonwealth, and a close working relationship with many collaborative coalitions, we are able to educate our members and the public.
08:00 AM 08:30 AM Foyer and Ballroom
08:30 AM 08:45 AM Ballroom
08:45 AM 09:00 AM Ballroom
09:00 AM 10:00 AM Ballroom
10:00 AM 10:15 AM
10:15 AM 11:15 AM Salon A
10:15 AM 11:15 AM Princess Room
10:15 AM 11:15 AM Salon E
11:15 AM 11:30 AM
11:30 AM 12:30 PM Salon E
| Obtaining an effective developmental evaluation is critical for navigating the special education and mental health systems. Too often, communication between evaluators, parents/caregivers, clinicians, and schools is hindered by differences in language and perspective, and these issues are frequently exacerbated by the complications of childhood trauma. This presentation will provide an overview of the evaluation process with an emphasis on understanding the role of trauma and post-traumatic symptoms, as well as discussing ways in which parents and caregivers may maximize the effectiveness of an evaluation in developing educational and clinical plans. |
11:30 AM 12:30 PM Princess Room
11:30 AM 12:30 PM Salon A
12:30 PM 01:45 PM Ballroom
01:45 PM 02:00 PM Ballroom
02:00 PM 02:15 PM
02:15 PM 03:15 PM Salon E
02:15 PM 03:15 PM Princess Room
| What is it like for an adult, abused as a child, to become a parent? What is it like for someone to balance parenting with post-traumatic stress? Repeatedly, the author asks, "How can I teach what I never learned, what I'm still learning while also parenting?" |
Cissy shares how and why it is so hard to stay present, attached, available and attuned, and why it's crucial to both healing and parenting to do so. She'll share her journey to parenting, after trauma, and how learning about adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) shifted her healing perspective and informed her parenting. She'll discuss the varied approaches that have (and do) support her healing and how to make concepts such as the brain's neuroplasticity a little less clinical and a lot more conversational.
The author speaks from a combination of personal and professional experiences as writer, mother, reporter, parent via adoption and trauma survivor. She cares about the daily ways in which developmental trauma impacts parents and how we work, love, parent and play day to day. Cissy will also read a few short excerpts from her published writing during her talk.
02:15 PM 03:15 PM Salon A
03:15 PM 03:30 PM Foyer