Third Annual Parent Conference: Virtual Edition

Upcoming Workshops

The Father’s Love

When: Wednesday, June 23, 2021 | 6:00-7:30pm

Location: Virtual Zoom event

Speaker: Patterson Crocker

Join us for a FREE parenting workshop to learn about how Fathers play a special role in their child’s development.

We will explore the many complexities that arise in the development of children and their relationship with their fathers. This session will look at the important roles that fathers play in the lives of their children and why it’s important for fathers to stay involved in every aspect of their child’s life. Topics will include: emotional support, financial support and educational support. Whether a father is absent or present (emotionally or physically) in the child’s life, it will have a significant impact in future developmental and behavioral issues of the child.

Randomly chosen attendees will win two $50 Amazon Gift Cards and one gift card for $235 for the Connecticut Science Center.

Patterson Crocker is a supervisor for the Fatherhood Engagement Services at The Village for Families and Children where he and his team assist fathers in enhancing their parent-child bonds and parenting skills. Patterson served as a domestic violence facilitator at Families in Crisis, a fatherhood specialist for incarcerated fathers, People Empowering People (PE) facilitators and an equity facilitator for The Alliance for Bloomfield’s Children. Patterson spent many years coaching youth in the Greater Hartford area. Patterson also is a retired Air Force Veteran. Patterson earned his Bachelor of Arts in Human Services from Post University.

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Past Workshops

Keep Calm and Create: Self-Care through Artistic Expression

When: Saturday, May 22, 2021 | 10:00am-12:00pm

Location: Virtual Zoom event

Instructor: Candace Donaldson, Posh Paint

Maximum attendees: 30
Registration deadline: May 14, 2021 (due to having to pick up supplies)

Join us for a FREE parenting workshop to learn about self-care through a guided painting experience.

Guided painting art project

On an airplane you are told that in case of an emergency, put on your oxygen mask and then help your child put on their mask. You don’t need an emergency though to learn that taking care of your needs means being better able to take care of your child’s needs. Not only will you be helping yourself, but practicing self-care will also help you be a better parent and model for your child that you are important as well. In this workshop, you will be encouraged to explore your creativity through a guided painting experience. All materials will be provided prior to the workshop.

Randomly chosen attendees will win a $100 Michael’s Gift Card and a $50 Spa Finder Gift Card.

Strategies for Shifting Power During COVID-19 and in Continued Times of Civil Unrest

When: Tuesday, April 20, 2021 | 6:00-7:30pm

Location: Virtual Zoom event

Speaker: Dr. Alice Farrell, President and CEO of Olive Branch Clinical and Consulting Services

The value of ENGAGED parents, guardians, and family members in their children’s education, behavioral, physical, and spiritual development, and overall well-being is well established. So is the reality that many organizations and institutions struggle with developing and practicing effective parent engagement strategies due to institutional racism and systemic oppression resulting in a disparity in equity. Dr. Alice Farrell will share three models to EMPOWER families, the community and the provider network. Using multiple scenarios, she will share strategies parents can use to shift power and relationship dynamics, help them shape their future roles and positions in policy and decision-making spaces, support their efforts to establish their parent leadership goals and become TRUE DRIVERS of system changes.

Dr. Alice Farrell is the President and CEO of Olive Branch Clinical and Consulting Services and has almost three decades of human service experience. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, an International Trainer, is a Doctor of Jurisprudence and a Licensed Minister with the Church of God of Prophecy. She is a published author of four books on spiritual growth and development and is currently working on her fifth book, The Intersection of Equity, Disparities and the Multi-Dimensions of Youth, Family and Community Engagement. She has worked with many community leaders, traditional and grassroots organizations, and systems’ representatives on system reforms, community organizing and mobilization initiatives. Dr. Farrell has extensive experience facilitating training workshops, seminars and small and large group discussions with parents. Her focus has been on recognizing children, parental and community strength and resilience. She has also hosted, facilitated, and participated in many courageous conversations on race relations, social justice, institutional racism, systemic and structural oppression, disparities across systems, social determinants of health, promotion of and demand for equity, and the impact of the pandemics of COVID-19, civil unrest, shadow pandemic (domestic violence increase) and opioid epidemic on the mental health of people in general and specifically on people of color. She has been married for 30 years and is the proud mother of eight children and grandmother of five grandsons.

Social Media and Internet Safety for Youth 12-years and older

When: Tuesday, March 9, 2021 | 6:00-7:00pm

Location: Virtual Zoom event

Speaker: Scott Driscoll, Internet Safety Concepts

Join us for a FREE student workshop, Social Media and Internet Safety to learn about the consequences of using today’s ever-changing technology.

Students will learn how a picture shared could impact their future, how comments on a social networking site can come back to haunt them and how cyberbullying – if not addressed appropriately – can have severe outcomes.

One randomly chosen attendee will win an HP Chromebook!

Scott Driscoll spent most of his 29-year career in law enforcement as a youth officer with a local Connecticut police department, building a rapport with youth in the community and in the school system. While serving on a federal task force combatting crimes against children. he conducted undercover investigations of crimes committed by people using computers and the internet. Scott’s work reinforced his desire to inform people how they can protect themselves from the potential dangers of technology in an ever-increasingly connected world. Scott founded Internet Safety Concepts in 2007 with the goal of educating people with a clear message: If we don’t consider safety while we are online and using other technology, we can put ourselves and others in danger.

Social Media and Internet Safety​ Parents

Social Media and Internet Safety for Parents

When: Monday, March 8, 2021 | 6:00-7:30pm
Location: Virtual Zoom event
Speaker: Scott Driscoll, Internet Safety Concepts

Join us for a FREE parenting workshop, Social Media and Internet Safety to learn about the technology children use.

With the constant surge of new information, programs, and apps, the world is a click or text away. But with new advances come new dangers and concerns. Parents need to be aware of the technology their children use and the trouble that can follow if safety rules are not in place.  Most apps can be used in fun, positive ways – but not all programs are appropriate for all ages.  This presentation will show parents the positives and potential pitfalls of today’s most popular programs.

One randomly chosen attendee will win an HP Chromebook!

Scott Driscoll spent most of his 29-year career in law enforcement as a youth officer with a local Connecticut police department, building a rapport with youth in the community and in the school system. While serving on a federal task force combatting crimes against children. he conducted undercover investigations of crimes committed by people using computers and the internet. Scott’s work reinforced his desire to inform people how they can protect themselves from the potential dangers of technology in an ever-increasingly connected world. Scott founded Internet Safety Concepts in 2007 with the goal of educating people with a clear message: If we don’t consider safety while we are online and using other technology, we can put ourselves and others in danger.

Parenting During the Pandemic

When: Wednesday, February 10, 2021 | 7:00-8:30pm
Location: Virtual Zoom event
Speaker: Dr. Laura Markham, Aha! Parenting

Join us for a FREE parenting workshop, Parenting During the Pandemic, to help you understand what children most need from you in this stressful time. Learn parenting strategies to encourage resilience, offer you tools to use today to calm yourself, teach you how to support your child’s learning whether remote or in person, and offer ways to handle discipline and emotion-coach in this unusual time.  Don’t worry, there will be plenty of time for questions and answers. Dr. Laura can help you apply these ideas to your own families.

The raffle prizes for this event are an iPad and copies of Dr. Laura’s books.

Dr. Laura Markham trained as a Clinical Psychologist at Columbia University, but she is also a mom, so she understands kids and parents! She uses her Ph.D. to translate proven science and child-development research into the practical solutions you need for the family life you want. Dr. Laura Markham is the author of three best-selling books: Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids: How to Stop Yelling and Start Connecting; Peaceful Parent, Happy Siblings: How to Stop the Fighting and Raise Friends for Life; The Peaceful Parent Happy Kids WORKBOOK. The founding editor of AhaParenting.com, Dr. Laura Markham makes frequent TV and radio appearances and has been interviewed for thousands of articles. 150,000 parents subscribe to her weekly Parenting Tips. Dr. Markham’s relationship-based parenting model, which she calls Peaceful Parenting, is research-based and parent-tested. She has helped thousands of families across the US and Canada find transformative solutions to everything from separation anxiety and sleep problems to sass talk and cell phones. She lives in Brooklyn, NY and is the proud parent of two happy, kind, responsible and accomplished young adults who were raised with Peaceful Parenting.

I’m Hungry, What’s for Dinner?

When: Saturday, January 23, 2021 | 10:00-11:30am
Location: Virtual Zoom event
Speaker: Kellie Gilbert, Nutrition Instructor, Cooking Matters CT

Join us for a FREE parenting workshop (I’m Hungry, What’s for Dinner?) to learn the skills you need to purchase and prepare nutritious, low-cost meals for your family. This workshop is interactive, fun and educational and will help build lifelong healthy eating habits for caregivers and their children.

Kellie Gilbert has been a Nutrition Instructor with Cooking Matters CT since 2013. She has a BS in Allied Health with a concentration in Health Promotion from UCONN. She teaches adults, kids and teens about various nutrition-related topics, as well as cooking and budgeting skills. She teaches these in classroom settings, grocery stores, and at health fairs. In addition to Cooking Matters CT, she works as a Community Health Educator for Community Health Network of CT, doing presentations on subject including heart disease, sugar and fat.

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