Family Education Webinar Series
The School Mental Health Resource & Training Center will provide monthly educational webinars for families and caregivers. Join us live to ask questions, or watch from our complete list of recorded webinars down below.
More coming soon!
Culture, Family & Mental Health: A Family Strengthening Workshop for Immigrant/POC Parents & Caregivers
Mental health challenges are a rising concern among youth of color and immigrant children/children of immigrants. The unique stresses and pressures that they face prevent them from being in the best mindset to fully thrive in school, enjoy time with family/friends, and meet the daily challenges of life. For parents & caregivers, supporting youth with such challenges can be incredibly daunting, especially when so much stigma and silence surrounds mental health in cultural communities.
This workshop demystifies conversations about mental health for immigrant families & families of color, and addresses common cultural misconceptions about mental health. The workshop explores common stresses experienced by youth of color and immigrant children/children of immigrants including immigration stress, acculturation stress, race-based traumatic stress, intergenerational trauma, familial conflict, pressures to succeed, bullying, etc. Parents and caregivers are guided through practical intercultural and intergenerational communication strategies to help you talk to your child about mental health. Attendees will reflect on how their culture & community can serve as a source of strength to support the family’s collective mental health; and be challenged to lead by example through role modeling mentally healthy habits for the whole family.
The workshop facilitator, Michelle Garcia, shares lived experiences as a child of Asian American immigrants, a trauma survivor, and mental health educator for AAPI/BIPOC communities.
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Let’s Talk: a conversation with school mental health staff
View the recorded session of a panel discussion where we got to know various school support personnel from across NYS, discussed the differences in their roles and talked about how they can best support you and your student.
Pandemic Parenting: Helping Kids Manage Anxiety During COVID
Learn parenting strategies to support anxious children during the pandemic. With frequently updated restrictions and guidelines, children’s needs are ever-changing and parenting challenges are common. In this workshop, you will learn concrete skills for communicating with your children, helping them manage strong emotions, supporting them in remote learning, and taking care of yourself.
To learn more, visit “Helping Kids Manage Anxiety During Covid”, written by Dr. Mazza and Dr. Hoffman.
Uplifting Black Joy: Strategies to Center Wellness, Resilience and Self-Care for Black Youth and Families
The Role of Family Support Specialists in Schools and Communities
Parent Network of Western NY has 1:1 parent support lines in English & Spanish as well as advocacy resources in 10 languages! They serve Alleghany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagra, Orleans & Wyoming counties.
View the Parents & Caregivers Panel: Reflecting, Rethinking and Responding to Support Student Mental Health.
Achieving Whole Person Wellness
Grief and Loss: Helping Youth Heal
Como manejar una crisis estrategias para familias y cuidadores
Coping with a Crisis
Using Positive Psychology to Manage Stress in Children
Child Development 101
Reflecting, Rethinking and Responding to Support Student Mental Health & Wellness: a Panel of Parents and Caregivers
Following up on our panel discussion with teachers, MHANYS School Mental Health Resource and Training Center is excited to host a virtual panel discussion from a family perspective. A change in the school environment this fall to socially distanced In-person, remote, or a hybrid model for classroom instruction will pose challenges to families, caregivers, and students, including having an impact on mental health and wellness. Hear from parents and caregivers representing a range of community demographics as they reflect on their experiences and how they are planning to support the mental health and wellness of themselves and their families this coming school year. Recorded September 3, 2020
Supporting Family Mental Wellness: Strategies for Back to School
This video uses person-centered and strengths based strategies to help families identify ways to support mental wellness for their children and themselves as they prepare to go back to school during these uncertain times. Recorded August 25, 2020
Mindfulness in the Home
This video highlights the physical and emotional benefits of mindfulness, such as enhanced whole body wellness, improved sleep, increased focus and attention, and stress reduction. Learn the basics of Mindfulness practice; simple strategies to utilize mindfulness techniques and activities in the home and as part of your family’s daily routine. Please note, the intended audience for this specific video is family and caregivers, professional development credit is not available at this time. Recorded on July 31, 2020.
Trauma 101 for Families and Caregivers
According to the American Psychological Association, two-thirds of children will report experiencing a traumatic event before the age of 16. As families and caregivers, it is important for us to understand the basics about trauma – what is trauma, how does it impact youth and how can we lessen the negative effects of a traumatic event. Not everyone who experiences or witnesses trauma will be impacted in the same way. This should give us hope! Help is available with a better understanding of the trauma and treatment options, and the development of coping strategies and a strong supportive network.
Below is a list of resources for further learning:
Center for Parent Information and Resources (including Spanish language materials)
Child Mind Institute Resources (including multi-lingual materials)
American Psychological Association – Resilience Guide for Parents & Teachers
Video explaining brain development – “Hand Brain Model”
Becoming a Resilient Family
Mental Health and Wellness 101 for Families
This recorded session presents mental health as a continuum of wellness and an integral part of our overall health, and encourages treatment seeking behavior and self-care to manage stress. FIND HERE
These following hand-outs were referenced in the webinar:
Coping With a Crisis
Most families will experience a crisis (illness, loss, natural disaster, etc.) at some point. Whether it is a situation that impacts just your family or something impacting the entire community, families are affected in many ways. This recorded session will provide the knowledge and tools to promote whole family wellness during a time of crisis: recognition of stress indicators, the development of coping strategies and positive communication.
Managing Stress With a Wellness Mindset
Most families experience stress as we try to juggle daily responsibilities, social activities, and work. Some stress can even be healthy. How can we better manage stress? With a “Wellness Mindset”! And, how do we develop a “Wellness Mindset”? By developing and practicing five core competencies: self-compassion and positive inner dialogue, realistic expectations and healthy boundaries, and choosing to support self-care.
The MHANYS Family Education Project webinar series is funded by: