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Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health and Marist College co-sponsor Resilience Conference to support families and caregivers with special needs on June 15

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Event will feature discussions with internationally-recognized motivational speaker Lou Radja and Dr. Robert Naseef, psychologist, author and father of a child on the autism spectrum

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Villanova, PA – April 8, 2019 – On Saturday, June 15, Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health, one of the largest and most advanced behavioral healthcare organizations in the U.S., and Marist College, will sponsor “Resilience Conference 2019: Inclusive Communities – Supporting Families with Special Needs.”  

The event, which is open to the public, will be held from 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. at Marist College’s Hancock Center, located at 3399 North Road, Poughkeepsie, N.Y. 

The conference will feature a keynote address by internationally-recognized motivational speaker Lou Radja, who will discuss “I Am Because WE Are,” the importance of collective effort or, as he states, collective genius, to unlock the human potential of individuals living with emotional, behavioral and cognitive differences. Dr. Robert Naseef, psychologist, author and father of a child on the autism spectrum, will focus on “Neurodiversity in the Workplace” – how businesses and organizations are realizing the benefits of a diverse workforce and seeing previously-diagnosed challenges as strengths and advantages.  

“As Marist strives to play an active role in the Hudson Valley by working closely with area nonprofit agencies, this conference specifically confirms our commitment to those professionals who support individuals with disabilities and their families,” said Katherine Trela, associate professor of special education at Marist College. “Our partnership with Devereux actively supports programs that prepare future service professionals in the college’s School of Social and Behavioral Sciences; this provides a bridge from classroom work to hands-on community service.” 

Conference attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a Town Hall and Advocacy Panel, visit with exhibitors and join interactive workshops that will address the following areas:

  • Keeping a positive outlook
  • Coping with stress
  • Transition – moving to increased independence
  • Community resources and initiatives
  • The sibling experience 

“Devereux New York is excited to partner with Marist College on our second co-sponsored Resilience Conference,” said Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health New York Executive Director John Lopez. “This event aims to inform and inspire families and caregivers of individuals with special needs. While it is important to remember that resilience is something that is developed over time, we hope this conference provides participants with the tools they need to better cope with, and respond to, the daily challenges and rewarding moments they will experience in their lives.” 

The registration fee is a $20 and includes all workshops and meals, or $10 for a half-day. See the full event details and registration information.  

The event is supported by the “Think Differently” initiative of Dutchess County, New York, which seeks to change the way individuals, businesses, organizations and communities relate to those with special needs.  

About Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health

Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health is one of the nation’s largest nonprofit organizations providing services, insight and leadership in the evolving field of behavioral healthcare. Founded in 1912 by Helena Devereux, the non-profit operates a comprehensive national network of clinical, therapeutic, educational, and employment programs and services that positively impact the lives of tens of thousands of children, adults and their families every year. Focused on clinical advances emerging from a new understanding of the brain, its unique approach combines evidence-based interventions with compassionate family engagement. With nearly 7,000 employees working in programs across the nation, it is a recognized partner for families, schools and communities, serving many of our countries most vulnerable populations in the areas of autism, intellectual and developmental disabilities, specialty mental health, and child welfare.  

Programs are offered in hospital, residential, community and school-based settings. They include: Assessments; Interventions and Support; Transition and Independent Life Services: Family and Professional Training; Research and Innovation; and Advocacy and Public Education. For more than a century, Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health has been guided by a simple and enduring mission: To change lives by unlocking and nurturing human potential for people with emotional, behavioral or cognitive differences. www.devereux.org

About Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health – New York

Devereux New York provides a wide range of educational, clinical, residential and community-based programs and services to children and adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, autism spectrum disorder, emotional and behavioral differences, and dual diagnoses. www.devereuxny.org

 

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