invite you to:
What is Recovery?
What Services are Available?
Friday, March 8th, 2013
Presenting Speaker: Phil Valentine, Executive Director
Connecticut Communities for Addiction Recovery (CCAR)
3rd Floor/Watson Pavilion
12 noon to 1:00 pm
Light Lunch Provided
Space is limited:
RSVP To: Ingrid Gillespie, Director
Lower Fairfield County Regional Action Council
A certificate for one (1) CONTACT HOUR will be provided to participants
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Wakeman Hall, First Church Congregational
148 Beach Road, Fairfield
NAMI Fairfield, the Southwest Regional Mental Health Board, NAMI Stamford/Greenwich, and NAMI Connecticut will be sponsoring their 4th Annual Legislative Social. This event will provide information to legislators about some of the serious issues that face the future of Mental Health care in Connecticut.
Connecticut’s mental health services are being severely impacted by state budget cuts at the same time that the demand for such services is on the rise. While legislators and officials talk of recognizing the need for a comprehensive safety net for the children and families of our state, the budgets of community-based service providers and school-based services are being cut. Connecticut’s system of mental health care is fragile. Current and future cuts threaten to destroy it thereby denying access to care to many residents.
Insurance issues will also be on the agenda. The refusal of insurance companies, both private and state-funded, to adequately cover effective mental health services in this state must be addressed. Mental health parity laws must be defined and enforced.
Adequate Insurance Coverage
More Funding for Community-based Services
Stronger School-based Mental Health Programs
It is open to the public, is free of charge, and light refreshments will be served. For more information please call Judy at 203-650-3463.
A Presentation by Randye Kaye
Author of Ben behind his Voices: One Family’s Journey from the Chaos of Schizophrenia to Hope
With remarkable eloquence, Randye Kaye shares what she has learned as a single parent raising a schizophrenic son and the anguishing years she spent searching for a solution. She seeks to educate, inspire, and help people and families who might have someone suffering from schizophrenia and other mental illness. Her stories are complemented with tips on recognizing warning signs, what to do, what to avoid, how to cope, and where to seek help.
Thursday, January 24, 2013, 7:30 p.m.
Tully Health Center, Conference room B, 32 Strawberry Hill Court, Stamford, CT
The presentation is free and open to the public. Call 203 -388-1603 for information.
After the tragic event in Newtown, organizations continue to offer supports and services to community members, families and children. Below are additional resources available:
On the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) website, Coping with Violence and Traumatic Events, is a collection of resources from SAMHSA and other organizations geared toward coping after a traumatic event. On the site, you will find a collection of helpful information on how to discuss the recent shooting with a variety of audiences. Please note the widget available for sharing on the page.
Disaster Distress Hotline: 1-800-985-5990
The Disaster Distress Helpline is the nation’s first hotline dedicated to providing disaster crisis counseling. This free, confidential and multilingual, crisis support service is available via telephone (1-800-985-5990) and SMS (Text ‘TalkWithUs’ to 66746) to U.S. residents who are experiencing psychological distress as a result of a natural or man-made disaster, incidents of mass violence or any other disasters. Callers are connected to trained and caring professionals from the closest crisis counseling center in the network. The helpline staff provides confidential counseling, referrals and other needed support services.
10 Free Counseling Sessions in Greenwich and Surrounding Communities
Family Centers, in conjunction with a grant from the Office of Victims Services, is offering up to ten free counseling sessions to anyone in the Greenwich community, or the surrounding communities, emotionally impacted by the events in Newton, CT.
For an appointment please contact Family Centers intake department at 203-629-2822.
FREE WORKSHOP – RELATED TO SANDY HOOK SCHOOL: HANDLING STRESS, TALKING TO CHILDREN & TAKING CARE OF YOURSELF
Catholic Charities Family Service Center in Ansonia is offering a workshop for adults in the community who would like to talk about the tragic events that occurred at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. Some common symptoms of stress may include changes in sleep pattern, heightened anxiety or panic symptoms, tearfulness and being easily startled.
The workshop will focus on ways to handle these symptoms of stress, how to talk to your children about what happened, relaxation skills and how to take care of yourself.
The group which is free of charge will be held on Thursday, December 27, 2012 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm.
Advance registration is requested but not required. The office can be reached at (203) 735-7481. The address is 205 Wakelee Avenue, Ansonia, CT 06401. Please share this with anyone who may be interested.
In light of the recent tragedy in Newtown, several agencies will be offering open forums for parents, caregivers and educators on how to help children and their families.
Resources for Parents
(The National Child Traumatic Stress Network)
More resources below
The Child Guidance Center will hold a forum for parents/community to consult with child mental health experts on helping children (and families) deal with their reactions.
Norwalk: Open Forums at the Child Guidance Center: 100 East Avenue
Family Centers will be offering forums in Greenwich and Darien to will allow adults an opportunity to talk about the events, the impact on their children, ask for advice on how to talk to their children about trauma and receive feedback from professionals.
Darien: in collaboration with the Darien Library and other community providers
In addition, the Family Centers’ clinical services and Trauma Response Team are available to those impacted by this devastating event. Our team of specialists provide on-site counseling and Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM)/Psychological First Aid services to schools, organizations or businesses to assist in traumatic or crisis situations.
Stratford Community Services
Community Services Counselors are available:
Stratford Community Services has been providing children and their families counseling services for more than thirty years. In the wake of the Newtown tragedy, counselors will be on hand this week to address questions like “How do I respond to my child’s questions? Or “I’m feeling out of sorts and I didn’t even know anyone involved”. Counselors are also available by appointment weekdays through 8:00 p.m. For more information, call 203.385.4095.
EFFECTIVE TECHNIQUES AND STRATEGIES
FOR PARENTS TO USE WITH THEIR CHILDREN
In the face of the SANDY HOOK TRAGEDY
Led by mental health professionals, who are also moms
How to talk with your child about traumatic events
How trauma affects our bodies
How we can help the natural process of healing
Handouts, Resources and Refreshments will be available
We will present some practical strategies and techniques to help you and your children to process the trauma more effectively.
This is FREE, and we have no agenda, other than trying to do what we can to help.
No children please.
If you have any questions please contact the EMDR HAP office at (203) 288-4450.
Wednesday, December 19 at 7:00 pm
Christ the King Church, entrance is in the back
4700 Madison Avenue
Valerie Gillies is a Licensed Family Therapist and EMDR clinician. Her practice is solely focused on children who have attachment and trauma challenges. She takes a holistic, systemic approach, and involves parents, school, sensory processing, play, exercise and nutrition in treatment. She is the mother of 5 children, aged 14-28, and writes for the syndicated blog: Mothering In the Middle.
Dawn Roy, Linda Rost, Karen Alter-Reid, Cheryl Kenn and Susan Marcus are among the other licensed trauma specialists who will be on hand for this presentation, and will be available to engage in discussion with parents.
Sponsored by EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Programs (HAP)
2911 Dixwell Ave Suite 201 Hamden, CT 06518
HAP is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to build the capacity of underserved communities to meet their needs for effective trauma therapy throughout the world. HAP has been a part of healing communities in all 50 states and 33 countries around the world. We remain committed to families and communities through support and education of the effects of trauma and how it can be dealt with successfully.
CT Department of Children and Families
From Connecticut Clearinghouse: The following is a list of Connecticut Clearinghouse resources directly related to traumatic events. The Clearinghouse also has materials on grief and loss, depression, stress, substance use, and other related topics. Please call the Clearinghouse at 800-232-4424 or visit us at www.ctclearinghouse.org for additional information.
Young People and Trauma” factsheet can be accessed at www.ctclearinghouse.org/files/customer-files/423-Young-People-And-Trauma-121712.doc
Helping Your Children Manage Distress in the Aftermath of a Shooting
Coping with Violence and Traumatic Events
Coping with Crisis—Helping Children With Special Needs
Managing Strong Emotional Reactions to Traumatic Events: Tips for Parents and Teachers
Identifying Seriously Traumatized Children: Tips for Parents and Educators
Talking with Kids About News
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