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Connecting with Children and Ourselves During Critical Times
February 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Connecting with Children and Ourselves During Critical Times: A Workshop for Foster Parents
Date: February 25, 2021
Time: 7pm -8:30pm EST
Making and maintaining connections with children during this period of COVID-19 is very important to all, but especially for those working with young people experiencing significant emotional challenges like those entering a new foster home. These times of increased stress and uncertainty also present great challenges for those providing care for the caregivers, such as foster parent mentors who coach and support others while managing their own work, family, and personal lives as well. Drawing from social, emotional, and mindful learning, trauma-informed care, and other self-care and compassion approaches, this workshop will help us to meet the needs of children and’ ourselves during this and other critical times. Come learn some new strategies, share your experience, and participate in activities to help us both connect with children and support each other.
QUALIFICATIONS OF TRAINER(S): Rick Alleva, Ed.D. is the Co-author of The Courage To Care program. Dr. Alleva serves on the Youth & Family Team in the Youth & Family Resiliency Area of Expertise at the UNH Extension, assisting with positive youth development and family support efforts. He helps identify and address youth needs, targeting outreach to those with limited resources and facing significant personal and social challenges. Rick supports a variety of efforts through demonstration programming, training, technical assistance, coalition building, and other partnerships. He is certified as a Master Professional through N.H. Afterschool Professional Development System and provides training in academic enrichment and social, emotional, and mindful learning (SEML) topics. Rick is a certified Youth Mental Health First Aid instructor and is trained to implement the Mindful Schools curriculum with school-aged youth.
Rick has a long history of direct work experience with youth, families, and communities, including leadership positions in public schools and mental health agencies, as well as community-based programs for at-risk and vulnerable children and youth, such as child/youth emergency shelters, pregnant/parenting teen services, transitional housing, substance abuse prevention, youth employment/training, and psychiatric residential treatment services. Many positions included support from major public and private grants, some receiving significant national recognition.
(bio source: https://extension.unh.edu/staff/person/rickalleva)