"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

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Ozaukee Family Services Upcoming Events

Get Back on Financial Track 
Wednesday, October 15th, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Are you living paycheck to paycheck? Do you want to get your finances back in shape? Learn quick and simple skills that you can use right away for budgeting, tracking your money, and getting your finances in order. FREE and free childcare is available.

Tuesdays, Bi-monthly, 10/21/14 – 3/24/15, 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Rainbows is a peer support program for youth (Kindergarten through 12th grade) who have experienced divorce or death of a parent. The sessions will be held two times per month and allow participants to successfully deal with major family changes. A concurrent parent group is also offered.  FREE.

Spirited Child
Wednesdays, October 22nd – November 12th, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
For parents of children who are more intense, persistent, resistant to change, or just more spirited than most. Learn positive ways to work with your child’s spirit and personality. $25 fee for book and class materials. Free childcare is available.

All classes are held at the Family Enrichment Center, 885 Badger Circle in Grafton. Please call 262-376-7774 or visit www.OzaukeeFamilyServices.org to register or to get more information.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Ozaukee Family Services

Successfully Navigating through the Adolescent Years
Adolescence can be a challenging time for you and your child. It can also be a very exciting and rewarding experience as you help guide your child into becoming a young adult. This presentation will assist you in developing a better understanding of adolescent emotional and brain development and provide you with specific suggestions for helping you and your child enjoy the adolescent years.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 – 6:30-8:00 p.m.
(Free DVD on Building Optimism in Children)

To register, call Ozaukee Family Services at 262-376-7774 or register online at www.OzaukeeFamilyServices.org

About the Presenter:
Dr. Michael Weber is Superintendent of the Port Washington-Saukville School District, has over 30 years of leadership experience, and has published many journal articles and a book on positive attitude and optimism. Dr. Weber is a popular keynote speaker, a certified stress management consultant, and has advanced training in clinical psychology. He specializes in dealing with negativism; helping parents develop positive child development strategies; effective communication to resolve conflicts; and helping employers hire positive, energetic people. If you are interested in other programs, please contact 262-268-6005.

Ozaukee Family Services Training

Developing a Positive Study Relationship with Your Child

Monday, October 6, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Learn how to help your child develop good study skills and strategies, while at the same time not getting into battles with them. This class is for parents of kids school age up to middle school. Facilitators: Deborah Stone, Beverly Davis-Bangert, Nicole Heller, of Mequon-Thiensville School District

Saturday, September 27, 2014

A Place in My Heart Conference 2014

Conference Schedule

Saturday, November 8, 2014

8:30-9:00am: Registration

9:00am-12:00pm: Beyond Consequences In the Classroom: A Trauma-Focused Approach
Many children, who may be doing well early on, can suddenly demonstrate negative and out-of-control behaviors once they start their academic careers. School environments present a tremendous challenge to many of our children due to the increase in social interactions and the demands placed on their focus, concentration, and performance.
This is especially true for children with any type of traumatic background, as they tend to have a high sensitivity to stress with high states of anxiety. They become easily over-stimulated and overwhelmed. They communicate these unsettling feeling states through acting out behaviors or by defiant and resistant behaviors.
If we punish children to behave or to motivate them, as we have traditionally done in our schools by taking away privileges, taking points off point charts, or giving detentions or suspensions, we simply create more stress for these children. The result is a child who continues to decompensate without a chance to recover.
This full day training for parents and professionals will present a regulatory and relationship-based model for working with such children in the classroom (from kindergarten to 12th grade). This training will link together sound neurological research with negative acting out behaviors in order to give participants a new understanding as to “why children do the things they do.” Practical and easy to implement solutions will be given to help these students reach their full academic potential, while simultaneously improving their social and emotional intelligence in the classroom.
12:00pm - 1:00pm: Lunch (included in Registration Fee)

1:00-4:00pm: Morning Training Continues


Heather T. Forbes, LCSW is the owner of the Beyond Consequences Institute. Forbes has worked in the field of trauma and healing since 1999. She is an internationally published author on the topics of raising children with difficult and severe behaviors, the impact of trauma on the developing child, adoptive motherhood, and self-development. Coming from a family of educators, Forbes has a heart for children in the classroom and for finding ways to teach the child that seems “unteachable.” Her signature style is to bridge the gap between scientific research and real-life application to equip parents, educators, and therapists with practical and effective tools. Much of her experience and insight on understanding trauma, disruptive behaviors, and adoption-related issues comes from her direct mothering experience of her two adopted children.

  1. Help for Billy: A Beyond Consequences Approach to Helping Challenging Children in the Classroom.
  2. Dare to Love: The Art of Merging Science and Love Into Parenting Children with Difficult Behaviors.
  3. Beyond Consequences, Logic, and Control: A Love-Based Approach to Helping Children with Severe Behaviors, Volume 1.
  4. Beyond Consequences, Logic, and Control: A Love-Based Approach to Helping Children with Severe Behaviors, Volume 2.
  5. 100 Daily Parenting Reflections