"You've developed the strength of a draft horse while holding onto the delicacy of a daffodil ... you are the mother, advocate and protector of a child with a disability." -Lori Borgman

Sunday, July 27, 2014

The 25th Annual Children Come First Conference

Fostering Resilience!
November 10th 11th
Glacier Canyon Lodge at Wilderness Resort, WI Dells
Top speakers and more than 30 workshops!

Nan Henderson!
President of Resiliency in Action, M.S.W
Nan’s publications on resiliency and wellness, positive youth development, and school and organizational change are used in more than 25 countries. Hear Nan speak on “Four Steps to Resiliency: Bouncing Back From Life’s Problems With More Power and More Smarts

Christian Moore!
Founder of WhyTry.org, L.C.S.W., M.S.W
Christian Moore is an internationally renowned speaker, licensed clinical social worker, and the founder of the WhyTry program. Growing up, Christian struggled as an inner-city kid with severe learning disabilities. After receiving his master’s in social work, he created WhyTry as a resource for kids who battle the same problems he did.
Tamra Oman!
Recovery Support Specialist, SAC
Tamra is a human services program coordinator at the Wisconsin Resource Center; a mental health treatment facility classified as a prison. Her focus over the last 9 years has been working with clients in the criminal justice system who have addiction and mental health challenges. Ms. Oman brings a unique perspective based on her own experiences as a youth with similar challenges.

For more information contact Wisconsin Family Ties at 608-267-6888 or email: info@wifamilyties.org
The Children Come First Conference is for those caring for, working with, or interested in the wellbeing of children and youth with social, emotional or behavioral challenges. 

PWSSD Parent University II—2014

August 20, 2014 6:309PM
Port Washington High School Auditorium
For more information contact Eric Burke, Principal, Port Washington High School

Phone: 262-268-5505 Eric. Burke@pwssd.k12.wi.us 427 W Jackson St
Port W ashington, WI 53704

No Registration Required & Free of Charge

Keynote Speaker 1: 6:307:25
• Strong Parenting Skills for the Teenage Years by Dr. Brian Fidlin

Breakout sessions: 30 Minutes each
Session 1: 7:308:00
Navigating the Teen Years Dr. Michael Weber

Parenting & Technology in your school
Lisa Floading and Megan Jacoby

Understanding & Supporting the Athletic Code
Carey Gremminger & Thad Gabrielse

Anxiety & Depression
Leah Bruce & Joann Kemnitz

Keynote Speaker 2: 8:059:00
Knowing your Parenting Style Mike McGowan


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

reThinking College 2014

Making Proud Choices!

Session 1August 13, 9:00 am -1:00 pm
Getting to know you & making your dreams come true The Consequences of Sex: Pregnancy
The Consequences of Sex: STDs
The Consequences of Sex: HIV Infection

Session 2August 14, 9:00 am -1:00 pm
Attitudes about sex, HIV & Condom Use
Strategies for preventing HIV Infection: Stop, think & act Developing Condom Use & Negotiation Skills
Enhancing Refusal & Negotiation Skills

Learn to be safe & healthy in your relationships
Protect yourself against consequences of unhealthy sexual decision-making
Increase your self-esteem & make goals for your future!
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FREE Summer Workshop 
August 13 & 14th 9:00 am-1:00 pm, LUNCH included
Environmental/Chemical Sensitivity Policy: IndependenceFirst requests that guests not use perfumes, scented soaps and perfumes etc. IndependenceFirst is a smoke-free environment.

Accommodations: Contact Alie 414-226-8112 V/Relay or akriofske@independencefirst.org with accommodations requests at least 1 week prior to meeting date, earlier preferred.

Bethesda College at Concordia University

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Children 's Mental Health Packet


Teen Getaway Weekend, Jr.

Image of two teensThe Teen Getaway Weekend, Jr. is designed for middle school students (Grade 6-8) who are hard of hearing, deaf, and deaf-blind, regardless of hearing loss or communication preference. This weekend is held every other year in the fall, usually in November. 
The next Teen Getaway Weekend, Jr. will be in the fall 2014.
Pre-teens from around the state of Wisconsin will have the opportunity to meet one another, participate in fun activities, meet and be inspired by adult role models (speaking and/or signing hard of hearing and deaf adults), and to explore their own identity. The goal of this event is to bring middle school students from around the state together to provide an opportunity to be connected with their peers and to build self-advocacy and communication skills. All middle school students regardless of hearing loss or communication preference are invited to attend this unique weekend.
The next Teen Getaway Weekend, Jr. is November 7th-9th, 2014!!  
Check back for more information!
Click here for the TGW, Jr. 2014 Save the Date flyer in English and here for the flyer in Spanish.