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Community Forum for Parents and Caregivers of Trans*/Gender Non-Conforming Youth & Adolescents

(I am not affiliated with this training but am excited to make you all aware of it! I met Erin at another workshop/networking event and she told me about her work. I asked her to let me know when she next offers this forum and she was gracious enough to do so. Please contact Erin — her email is below — if you are interested in learning more about the panel or about her work with transgender youth. Erin also offers a free support group for transgender kids 5 to 12 and you can contact her about that, too.)

Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Stonewall Columbus
1160 N. High St
Cols, 43201

A panel conversation and community dialogue focused on supporting parents and caregivers

Topics will include:

  • Supportive & Therapeutic Resources
  • Working with Schools
  • Conversations with Family & Friends
  • Finding Community
  • Medical Resources/Options
  • Identity Development
  • Siblings
  • …and more!

**Thank you in advance for respecting this as an ADULTS ONLY space for those currently parenting or providing care for trans*/gender non-conforming children**

Facilitated by Erin Upchurch, LISW-S

From Erin’s counseling web site: Erin Upchurch is an Independent Social Worker who joined CCBT as an Independent Practicing Affiliate. She is an advanced, generalist practitioner who specializes in working with women, youth and families, LGBTQ, and minority communities. Her practice areas of interest include empowerment, mindfulness, health and wellness education, women’s issues, organization and education of communities, creativity, and social change.

Please contact eupchurchlisw@gmail.com for more information

Anxious Kids (and Anxious Parents)

anxious childThis Saturday I’m hosting the free talk on Kids & Anxiety. It looks like there’s going to be a full house (fortunately I have enough chairs now and we’ll just squeeze in if everyone shows). Because of the interest, I’m hoping to schedule another time to offer it early in the new year. I’m also doing out reach to professionals in other areas who are interested in sharing their wisdom with us so to keep up to date on future free events, please subscribe to my newsletter. (You can do this by scrolling down and filling out either the bright yellow box that will magically appear or by filling out the form in the black area at the bottom of the page.)

Because of the interest in the workshop and requests I’ve had from people calling my practice, I’m going to offer a group to help anxious kids in a few weeks. This is an 8-week program using research-informed practice to give kids tools that will help them understand and deal with anxiety. The workshop is called Coping Kids and you can learn more about it here.

I wanted to offer the group for several reasons:

  1. Research shows that group psychotherapy can be as effective as individual psychotherapy (and is also less expensive);
  2. It’s been my experience that many of my anxious kid clients feel isolated by their worry. Meeting other children who are learning to manage their anxiety can be a huge, huge relief;
  3. Creating community is incredibly healing; this goes for kids as well as adults;
  4. Finally, many of us learn best helping each other learn. Groups give us the chance to do that.

I do require a (free) 20-minute meeting beforehand just to make sure that the group is a good fit for that child. If it’s not, I’ll be happy to share other resources or give some direction if the parents are interested. Also I want potential members of the group to have a chance to meet me, see the space and ask questions.

I am going to keep the group small with a maximum of six kids so that everyone has the chance to participate.

Curious to learn more? Let me know.

A workshop for adopted children this October

allsmiles-insideI will be facilitating a workshop in partnership with the Central Ohio Families with Children from China. There are three tracks available and I encourage you to contact COFCC if you are interested in learning which one might be appropriate for your child. (Note: This workshop is open to children who have been adopted from other countries or domestically.)

POWER OF “ME” is a workshop for children with the goal of empowering its participants with the skills necessary to enhance their development in a fun and friendly environment.

Track A – W.I.S.E. Up! (9:30 – 11:30)

For children, in Kindergarten and up, who have not taken WISE UP before, or would benefit from a refresher course.  W.I.S.E. Up! provides a simple, but powerful way,  for adopted children and their siblings, to handle comments and personal questions about their adoption journey and their family.

Presenter/Facilitator – Vickie Hobensack, CPNP-PC

Track B – “MY” Life Book (9:30-11:30)

For those who already took W.I.S.E. Up! Children will have the opportunity to work on their own adoption story, their own life book!  Their adoption stories in their own words.

Presenter/Facilitator – Dawn Friedman, MSEd, LPCC-S-CR

NOTE:  Make sure your child knows his/her adoption story. Once you sign up, a list of photos  suggested for the session will be emailed to you.

Track C – Tweens & Teens (9:30 – 11:30)

Annie was 8 when she started school in the USA.  She had to adjust, fit in and learn to navigate an all new world.  She, and others, will share how they made it thru the tween and teen years.

Presenter/Facilitator – Annie Chen

COFCC Children:  $20 per child

Non-COFCC Children:   $25 per child

To Register, please go to the COFFCC website here.

Still time to register

Parenting ClassesI’ve been working on revamping my hand-outs and adding a Powerpoint (well, Keynote — same diff as we used to say in the 80s!) for the visual learners. I keep getting asked about offering the class online but haven’t really figured out how to do this. I’m asking some of my colleagues who do webinars about the tech part but I’d also need to figure out how to turn a fairly long class (it’s usually 2-hours across 6 weeks but this time I’m trying 4 hours on 2 days) into something palatable online. Maybe stick with the six week format and hope people are willing to come to their computers that many times? Me, I’m not crazy about webinars so it’s hard for me to figure what others might like. If you have some thoughts, let me know.

Meanwhile if you’re in Central Ohio, come on by this Saturday or sign up for the newsletter (there in the sidebar) and get alerted when I teach the class in the fall (probably in October).

Upcoming Parenting Class

shutterstock_135618392I’ve retooled my parenting classes and given them a brand new title: Parenting for Attunement. The class has the same great focus on helping every parent become the best parent they can be in the context of their own unique values and their own unique families but it is more focused, clearer and easier to bring home.

I’m launching this year’s first round at the All Life Center in their gorgeous second floor community room. I’ll be able to serve a lot more people, which also brings the cost down.

The class will be held Saturday June 7th and Saturday June 14th from 2pm to 4pm (refreshments will be served). You can get two registrations for just $125. I’m selling registrations by the couple so that you can bring your partner or bring your friend (that way you have someone to talk about the class with later, which can be a great thing when it comes to implementing the tools in your real life). You can go here to register or contact me if you want to learn more about what the class offers.

Upcoming Workshops

brothersister-insideThis month I have the Talking Adoption workshop and then starting in April I’m going to be offering free 2-hour parenting workshops each month. These will be very small discussion groups on a specific topic with lots of great information and hand-outs (because I love hand-outs). They’ll be on the third Tuesday of each month at 7pm (with the adoption class being the exception) and I’ll hold them at my office. (If we outgrow the space I’ll look at holding them someplace with more seating room.)

You can see what’s coming up by clicking here to get a whole workshop list. You can also stay informed about upcoming events (because I’m always adding cool stuff) by subscribing to my email list. I send my list out once or twice a month (depending on what’s happening) so you don’t have to worry about me cluttering up your inbox. And of course I never ever ever share my email list with anyone else.

You can register for the following classes now and there’s more coming:

Talking to Kids About Adoption
February 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Tailored to the needs of both pre-adoptive parents and those who are already parenting, this 2-hour workshop on talking to kids about adoption will help parents create and nurture healthy conversations. We will discuss: How to begin the conversation; the ways your child’s development shapes their need to know; telling the truth: when, why and how; engaging the reluctant child; how to be prepared for unexpected questions. There are only a few seats left and you can register by clicking here.

Beyond Because I Said So: Better Communication for More Effective Parenting
April 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Tired of arguing with your kids? Sick of the power struggles? Discover ways to get your point across quicker, easier and with better results. This free 2-hour workshop will be fun, informative and will give you lots of tools to take home and start using right away. Space is limited so reserve your seat today by clicking here.

When Your Child Says “I Hate Myself”
June 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
This free 2-hour workshop will focus on understanding how self esteem changes as children grow and the ways that parents can help their children develop a positive self concept. We’ll talk about both typical child development and atypical challenges. Class size is limited so reserve your space today by clicking here.

Building Emotional Literacy in Your Child
July 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Emotional literacy — the ability to recognize and appropriately express our feelings — is at the center of healthy child development. Kids who are able to identify and express their feelings have fewer behavior problems and are easier to parent. This free 2-hour workshop will help you strengthen your own skills to help your child become fluent in the language of feelings. Class size is limited so reserve your spot today by clicking here.

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