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Conference Workshop Summaries

Caring for the Family: Laurie Flynn, Rand Coleman, Crissy Auger

A nurturing, inclusive environment is critical to the social and emotional wellbeing of the entire family. This interactive workshop will focus on fostering resilience within the family. Three experts will share their ideas and experiences for how to build a stronger family unit.

Navigating Roadblocks to Resilience: Michele Leahy, MS

Michele Leahy offers practical solutions to help participants negotiate life's twists and turns - providing the stepping stones for disability planning. If you’ve ever found yourself frustrated and asking, “Now what?” this workshop is for you.

Parenting with a Mental Health Challenge: Evan Kaplan

Raising children in today’s world is challenging. Parents raising children while dealing with their own struggles with mental illness, addiction, or other disabilities face a whole other set of obstacles. Evan Kaplan, father, recovering addict with bipolar disorder shares tips, techniques, and life lessons learned during his parenting journey.

Planning for Your Child’s Future: Ira Fingles, Esq.

Caring for a child with special needs can be overwhelming. Attorney Ira Fingles walks participants through the steps to create a plan to meet their child’s future needs from financial arrangements to government benefits.

Medication Management and the Brain: Marilyn B. Benoit, M.D.

Led by renowned child and adolescent psychiatrist Marilyn Benoit, this workshop is packed with valuable information about the many different psychotropic medications available and their uses, benefits, and side effects – particularly their impact on the brain. This workshop is interactive – bring your questions!