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The Focus on Family and Disability Seminar Series is offered through the Family Support Program at UNC School of Social Work.

2020-2021 | Tuesdays 12:30pm-1:30pm via Live-stream on Zoom


 

 

2020

September 8, 2020 – Navigating special education in light of COVID-19

Sherry H. Thomas, Director of the Exceptional Children Division

North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Learn everything parents with children who have disabilities need to know now about public education during COVID-19! The director of the Exceptional Children’s Division at the NC Dept. of Public Instruction will share guidance, tools, and resources to support special education students and to keep parents informed and updated. (full program info)

 

October 13, 2020 – Family Support Community of Practice — Charting the LifeCourse

Kate Barrow, Community Engagement Specialist

Division of Mental Health Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services

 

 

November 10, 2020 – Infant and Early Child Mental Health

Mary Wise, LCSW, Bilingual Clinician | Center for Child and Family Health, Duke University

This presentation will explore the impact of trauma and adversity on young children, from infancy through preschool age. (full program info)

 

December 8, 2020 – Finding the Supports You Need — Panel Presentation

Panelists: Abbie Szymanski, NCCARE 360 | Carol Cranford, Family Support Network of North Carolina | Ginger Wilder, Care Management for At Risk Children (CMARC)

 

2021

January 12, 2021 – Diversity in Neurodivergence: Girls and Women with Autism

Caroline Garrett, MSW, Clinical Social Worker, Autism Self-Advocate

This seminar provides participants with an overview of autism in girls and women, including an introduction to the neurodiversity paradigm and identity-first language. Together, participants will discuss successes and challenges in their fields and collaborate on methods to improve gender-competent care for individuals with autism. (full program info)

 

February 9, 2021 – Connections Matter: Building Caring Connections to Improve Resiliency

Taylor McDonald, Partnership Engagement Manager | Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina

This presentation will include the summary of the day-long training curriculum (linking early brain development, trauma, resilience and community, connections and resources) and will engage with you all to help you learn how to leverage this campaign in your local community. (full program info)

 

 

March 9, 2021 – Parenting a Child of Color on the Autism Spectrum

Danyale Sturdivant, MSSW, LCSW, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Parent Advocate

In this highly personal narrative, the presenter, a mother of a child with autism and a licensed clinical social worker, describes her own journey of adjustment to the reality of her child’s autism. (full program info)

 

April 13, 2021 – Supportive Care Needs of Parents and Caregivers of Children who have Rare Diseases

Sharon King, President, Taylor’s Tale Public Charity and Grassroots Organization

In this highly personal narrative, the presenter, a mother of a child with autism and a licensed clinical social worker, describes her own journey of adjustment to the reality of her child’s autism. (full program info)