Lunch Break with The Village

Lunch Break With The Village is a monthly Facebook Live event series that features Village staff and community guests who provide expert tips and advice on navigating challenging life situations and other relevant topics.

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Special Two-Part Edition – Parenting During COVID and Integrated Care for Your Family

Tuesday, May 6, 11:30am-12:30pm

Part one: Parenting During COVID: Tips to Keep Calm at Home with guests Lesa Lovelace, Village Child First Clinician and Mackenzie Christopherson, Village Child First Care Coordinator.

Part two: The Benefits of Integrated Care for Your Family with guests are Amy Signore, Village/CCMC Psychologist and Dr. Robert Keder, M.D.

Please share about this Facebook Live event with anyone who would benefit from joining the conversation. These online events are free.

Lunch Break With The Village is hosted by Yvette Young, LPC, The Village’s AVP of Programs and Advocacy.

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Dr. Signore is a pediatric health psychologist from The Village for Families & Children who is currently embedded in primary care at Connecticut Children’s. She works as part of a multidisciplinary team that includes physicians, nurses, and staff to provide brief evidence-based interventions to patients. Common presenting problems include ADHD management, toileting, anxiety, feeding, and behavioral aspects of managing chronic illness. Dr. Signore received specialized training as an intern and post-doctoral fellow in the development and delivery of integrated care at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, PA. She earned a doctorate of Psychology from the University of Rhode Island, a Master of Public Health Degree from Brown University and Bachelor of Science in Psychology, with honors, from Tufts University.

Rob Keder grew up in Connecticut, attended the Loyola University of Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, and then completed his residency in pediatrics through the University of Connecticut. He completed a three year fellowship in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics at Boston Medical Center / Boston University and a one year LEND (Leadership Education for Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities) fellowship through the University of Massachusetts Shriver Center. He returned home to Connecticut Children’s in 2016 where he is involved in several aspects of medical education working with students, residents, and colleagues. His clinical interests relate to autism, ADHD, learning disabilities, developmental delays, and bullying. He is currently a co-chair of the Advocacy Committee for the Society for Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics and services on the UConn Pediatric Residency Program’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee as well as the UConn GME Diversity Oversight Committee.

Topic: Foster Care Through The Village

Tuesday, April 20, 12-12:30pm

Hear from a Village foster parent, a former foster child and Village foster care program leaders. They’ll answer all your questions you have and more:

  • What’s it like to be a foster parent?
  • If someone is interested in becoming a foster parent what’s the process?
  • How big is the need for foster parents?

Please share about this Facebook Live event with anyone who would benefit from joining the conversation. These online events are free.

Lunch Break With The Village is hosted by Yvette Young, LPC, The Village’s AVP of Programs and Advocacy.

Topic: Essential Equity: Women, Covid-19 and Rebuilding Connecticut

Thursday, March 18, 12-12:30pm

Our guest Jennifer Steadman, Ph.D., Executive Director of Aurora Women and Girls Foundation, Inc. will join host Yvette Young to discuss Aurora’s newly released called Essential Equity: Women, Covid-19 and Rebuilding Connecticut, indicates that the pandemic has only made challenges more acute. The report “documents the disproportionate impact of Covid-19 on women and girls, and particularly on women and girls of color, across areas of health, economic security, child care, housing, mental health, safety and hunger.”

  • Why did Aurora and the other partners think it was important to gather data on the impact of Covid-19 on women?
  • What were some of the key findings of the report?
  • How has Aurora as a foundation responded to offer help to the community during Covid-19?
  • And more…

Topic: Youth Suicide Prevention and Support

Tuesday, February 23, 12-12:30pm

Our guests Faith Vos Winkel, MSW and Caytlin Woodtke, LCSW joined host Yvette Young to discuss youth suicide prevention and support.

  • Is saying the word suicide going to give my child ideas about suicide?
  • Are there only certain kids at risk of suicide? 
  • Why are we so afraid to talk about suicide and mental health? Or conversely, why is it important for everyone to talk about mental health?

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Faith Vos Winkel began her work with the Office of the Child Advocate July 2001 and assists the Child Advocate to fulfill her statutory mandates including overseeing the systems of care and protection for children in Connecticut and advocating for their well-being.

 Ms. Vos Winkel’s primary responsibilities focus on the review of all unexpected and unexplained child deaths in Connecticut. She is responsible for preparing child fatality cases and conducting comprehensive investigations.

Ms. Vos Winkel represents the Child Advocate on a variety of committees including the Suicide Advisory Board, CT Coalition Against Domestic Violence Fatality Review Committee, Maternal Morbidity Review Panel, and the Governor’s Task Force on Justice for Abused Children.

Ms. Vos Winkel has an undergraduate degree from the University of Connecticut and a Masters of Social Work from the University Of Connecticut.

Caytlin Woodtke began her work with children and families in the Hartford community in 2012 and transitioned to her position as a clinical supervisor of the IICAPS program in 2016. The IICAPS program is an intensive in-home therapy model that services children ages 3-18 with severe psychiatric symptoms putting them at risk for hospitalization. The IICAPS program works towards stabilizing the child and their family in their own environment by incorporating individual therapy sessions, parent focused psychotherapy sessions, family therapy sessions, and case management on a weekly basis for a period of 6 months.  

Ms. Woodtke’s primary responsibilities are providing clinical supervision for IICAPS clinicians and mental health counselors, completing comprehensive biopsychosocial assessments, risk assessments, and trauma screening directly with clients, and reviewing clinical documentation such as treatment progress and safety planning on a regular basis. Ms. Woodtke is also trained in EMDR specific therapy and utilizes this trauma focused intervention with clients in the community. 

Ms. Woodtke has a Bachelor of Social Work from Our Lady of the Elms College and a Master of Social Work from the University of Connecticut. She is currently licensed as a clinical social worker in the State of Connecticut. 

Topic: Human Trafficking in Connecticut

Thursday, January 14, 12-12:30pm

Erin Williamson, Vice President of Global Programs and Annmarie Boulay, Founder and CEO of The Underground NE joined host Yvette Young to discuss human trafficking in Connecticut:

  • What does child trafficking look like in Connecticut?
  • Who is most impacted by trafficking?
  • What efforts has Connecticut taken to address the issue?
  • What services do these children need and who are the key service providers?

Topic: Effective Stress
Management

Thursday, November 19, 12-12:30pm

Lunch Break With The Village is hosted by Yvette Young, The Village’s AVP of Programs and Advocacy. Yvette was joined by Amy Romano, Village Clinical Supervisor for the Intensive In-Home Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Services (IICAPS) program and Nicole Cyr, Village Clinical Supervisor for the Enhanced Care Clinic (ECC).

Topic: Voter Registration

Thursday, October 15, 12-12:30pm

Lunch Break With The Village is hosted by Yvette Young, The Village’s AVP of Programs and Advocacy. Yvette was joined by Tanya Rhodes Smith and Angela Bellas from the University of Connecticut School of Social Work.

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Topic: Domestic Violence
Awareness

Thursday, September 17, 12-12:30pm

Lunch Break With The Village is hosted by Yvette Young, The Village’s AVP of Programs and Advocacy. Yvette will be joined by Mary-Jane Foster, President and CEO of Interval House CT!

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Topic: Navigating The Return to School During COVID

Thursday, August 13, 12-12:30pm

Lunch Break With The Village is hosted by Yvette Young, The Village’s AVP of Programs and Advocacy. Yvette will be joined by Aldwin Allen, The Village’s Senior Director of Community Programs.

  • What are the options available for educating children in the fall?
  • How can parents prepare their children to return to school?
  • How can parents support their children if they will be doing distance learning?
  • What services/supports are needed for students during COVID?

Topic: Allyship & Antiracism

Thursday, July 16, 12-12:30pm

The topic of this special episode is allyship and antiracism. Lunch Break With The Village is hosted by Yvette Young, The Village’s AVP of Programs and Advocacy. Yvette will be joined by Dr. Maysa Akbar.

Topic: Racial Trauma
Part Two

Thursday, July 2, 12-12:30pm

The topic of this special two-part series racial trauma. Lunch Break With The Village is hosted by Yvette Young, The Village’s AVP of Programs and Advocacy. Yvette will be joined by Yanique Grant, LCSW, Clinician for Adult Services at The Village.

  • Where does healing begin?
  • How can people heal from racial trauma?
  • What work needs to be done to begin healing? (BIPOC specifically)
  • How can an Ally “stand in the gap” to promote healing and not further impact their loved ones, colleagues, etc.?

Topic: Racial Trauma
Part One

Thursday, June 18, 12-12:30pm

The topic of this special two-part series racial trauma. Lunch Break With The Village is hosted by Yvette Young, The Village’s AVP of Programs and Advocacy. Yvette will be joined by Yanique Grant, LCSW, Clinician for Adult Services at The Village.

  • What is racial trauma?
  • Who is affected?
  • Why are they affected?

Topic: Anxiety & Depression

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Lunch Break With The Village is hosted by Yvette Young, LPC, The Village’s AVP of Programs and Advocacy.

On this episode, Yvette will be joined by Dr. Scott MacGregor, Psy D, Clinical Psychologist at The Village.

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