The MySandyHookFamily website is intended to serve as a singular place of sharing, communication, and contact with the families of those who lost their lives that day. MySandyHookFamily.org allows us, … Read more >
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NEWTOWN, Conn. (May 9, 2017) — The Newtown-Sandy Hook Community Foundation, Inc. (Foundation), in partnership with Walnut Hill Community Church and Regional Hospice and Palliative Care, recently sponsored a training by Columbia University in the Complicated Grief Treatment Model. Twenty area clinicians were trained over two days in the model which is a time-limited, targeted psychotherapy that has been tested and proven efficacious in three National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) funded randomized controlled trials. In November the Foundation sponsored a one-day workshop for over 50 local clinicians, clergy, and others working with grieving individuals. That workshop provided a conceptual framework for understanding grief and adaptation to loss generally and in relation to complicated grief. If focused on strategies and procedures for screening, diagnosis and assessment of individuals with complicated grief and discuss how to differentiate this condition from major depression and post-traumatic stress. The follow up two-day workshop, held April 27 & 28, was for clinicians interested in more advanced training in the treatment model. The Foundation decided to sponsor the training after learning that there were no clinicians in Connecticut who were trained in the CGT model. “Individuals suffering with complicated grief should have access to treatment locally that has been proven to reduce distress in a large percentage of those who complete the 16 week protocol. We are excited to have been able to provide this training and build the treatment capacity in our community,” said Jennifer Barahona, Executive Director of the Foundation.
We are excited to share that we will be offering the Youth Brain Health First Aid Course on Saturday, 6/3!
Have you taken the Adult Brain Health Course but want to learn additional skills to apply your knowledge to assist youth?
Youth Brain Health First Aid is a course in which you will be certified to recognize potential signs and symptoms of youth in a brain health crisis and learn ways to appropriately respond. You can learn more about the National BHFA courses here.The course includes 8 hours of instruction, a course manual, snacks, a completion certificate, and a fun environment. Courses typically cost around $250 – The Avielle Foundation and the Resiliency Center of Newtown are offering it to you for free. We are also grateful to our hosts, Parent Connection.
We require a minimum of 10 participants for the course to take place and participants must attend the full 8 hours of class time to receive each certification. There will be plenty of breaks with snacks and drinks, however lunch will not be provided.
Brain Health courses are intended to support the brain health of our Newtown community and those who live and work here, and are therefore offered for no cost. We also invite all others who are interested from neighboring communities- students (15 years and up), parents, teachers, school staff, family, friends, health care providers, law enforcement, and anybody interested. We suggest a $50 donation from non-Newtown residents.
Youth Brain Health First Aid will be offered on Saturday, June 3rd. The course will be held at Parent Connection, 2 Washington Square, Fairfield Hills Campus, Newtown (Enter Fairfield Hills, right onto Keatings Farm, right onto Washington)
If this date doesn’t work for you, we will also be offering the following courses in 2017- click your preferred date to pre-register:
Published: May 1, 2017
Newtown Bee, Eliza Hallaback
Newtown High School students involved in Unified Sports and Best Buddies recently teamed up to run the school’s annual campaign to “Ban the ‘R’ Word.”
The NHS Best Buddies chapter fosters friendships between high school students and students with special needs, and the Unified Sports program offers competitive sports opportunities for special needs students and assistance by partners, some of whom are traditional high school athletes.
The NHS Best Buddies and Unified Sports program first teamed up to “Spread the word to end the word” last school year, but the campaign has been an annual one at the school for the Best Buddies group. Read More Here