2017 Spring Conference

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Taking Care of Yourself and Others

A one-day conference for Early Learning professionals, social workers and mental health professionals, and parents
April 29, 2017

Gain insight into the minds of young children and learn new strategies for working with them.

This affordable one-day conference is for anyone who works with children and families on a day-to-day basis.

Social work CEUs (3 credits) are provided for Social Workers and Counselors. Ohio Approved hours (3 hours) are provided for Early Learning Professionals.

Parents interested in a better understanding of a young child’s social-emotional development will find this conference helpful and practical with the addition of a dedicated “parent track.” Through generous support of The Huron Foundation, parents attend for free and transportation is available to/from the Stokes/Windermere Rapid Station. (Registration is still required for free admission.)

Keynote address:

Caring for the Caregiver: Practical Tools, Quick Tips and Tricks of the Mind-Body Trade
Belleruth Naparstek, ACSW, BCD

Naparstek

Naparstek

Naparstek is a clinical social worker, guided imagery pioneer, author and teacher, who maintained a psychotherapy practice for over 30 years.  In 1991, she founded Health Journeys, a leading producer and distributor of audio materials that deliver direct healing and wellness experiences at the screen and on listening devices. She also serves on the faculty of the University of Arizona’s Center for Integrative Medicine Physician Fellows Program.

Her guided imagery has been found effective in over 20 clinical trials, and is in use at Johns Hopkins, Mayo, UHHS Cleveland, Dana Farber, the NIH, Duke University, Kaiser Permanente, UCSF Medical Center, the U.S. Army and the Veterans Administration.

Staying Well with Guided Imagery is a widely used primer on guided imagery and healing. Her most recent book on imagery and post-traumatic stress, Invisible Heroes, won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award and has been called “the most useful book for trauma survivors to be published in the last decade”.


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When:

8 am to 3:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 29, 2017

Where:

Hanna Perkins Center for Child Development
19910 Malvern Road, Shaker Heights, OH 44122

Cost:

$45 through April 14   |   $50 after April 14   |   $55 at the door
Free for parents (no CEUs)

  • Registration fee includes cost of professional CEUs / Ohio Approved Hours.
  • Free registration is offered to parents only, through a grant from The Huron Foundation, and applies only to “Parent Track” sessions.  
  • Parents should not plan to bring children to this conference.  

Program Schedule

Morning

  • 8 a.m. – Breakfast and Registration
  • 9 a.m. – Opening Remarks – Karen Baer, CEO
  • 9:15 a.m. – Keynote Address – Belleruth Naparstek, BCD
  • 10:15 a.m. – Break – Chair Massage and Yoga Self-Care Centers
  • 10:30 a.m.-Noon – Concurrent Sessions

Parent track
My Mad Feelings: Early guidance to prevent bullying
Presenter: Victoria Todd, LISW-S, Child and Adolescent Psychoanalyst

Educator track 
Parents as Partners: The high value of family engagement

Participants will learn the benefits to children, families and the school of working with parents as active educational partners, and discuss methods to foster this partnership. 

Presenter: Carol Paull, MA, MSSA, LISW
1.5 Ohio Approved Hours

Mental Health Professional track 

Encouraging Healthy Attachment in the Face of Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders

Participants will explore the signs and symptoms of perinatal depression, anxiety and psychosis. Also, working with mothers and their infants to develop healthy attachment, and helping mothers engage in the self-care needed to move through perinatal symptoms and enjoy their role as a new mom.

Presenters: Kimberly Bell, Ph.D.; and Anita Eddie, MA, ATR, MSSA, LISW-S
1.5 Clock Hours, CSWMFTB

Afternoon

  • Noon–1: 30 p.m. – Working Lunch (meal is included): Healthy Eating on a Budget
    Presenter: Susan Meisel, MS RD LD CDE
    Chair Massage and Yoga Self-Care Centers
  • 1:30-3 p.m. – Concurrent Sessions:    

Parent track
Panel Discussion: Parents Have the Best Intentions: The great impact of respect when relating to young children
Moderator: Victoria Todd. Panelists: Ruth Hall, Carol Paull, Judy Pitlick

Educator track 
Helping Children Express Their Mad Feelings: Early childhood intervention to prevent bullying

This session will identify the tools children need to express anger and other strong feelings in age-appropriate ways, and explore techniques to support their development. Participants will also learn to identify atypical social-emotional behaviors in preschool children, and how to assess and find resources for families.

Presenters: Kenna Mycek, MSW; and Rique Sollisch
1.5 Ohio Approved Hours

Mental Health Professional track 

Helping Yourself While Helping Others Process Trauma

Participants will explore the symptoms patients present that are related to trauma. Focus includes managing the most difficult issues faced by therapists such as boundary violations, counter transference and maintaining neutrality.  Methods for managing these issues will be explored and discussed in depth.

Presenters: Kimberly Bell, Ph.D.; and Anita Eddie, MA, ATR, MSSA, LISW-S
1.5 Clock Hours, CSWMFTB


CEU and Fee Information

  • Participants must attend the entire day to receive CEUs. Educators will receive 3 Ohio Approved Hours; licensed social workers and counselors will receive 3 social work CEUs through CSWMFTB.
  • Free registration is offered to support parent education through a grant from The Huron Foundation and is restricted to parents attending “Parent Track” concurrent sessions.
  • Hanna Perkins Center for Child Development is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

More information: Pam Millar, Community Engagement
pmillar@hannaperkins.org    |    216-991-4472

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Support Generously Provided by The Huron Foundation

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Hanna Perkins School open house: Tue., April 25

Version 2Hanna Perkins School will hold an open house from 4-6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25 for parents of prospective preschoolers and kindergarteners in 2017-18.

One-on-one tours will be offered throughout, and a group Q&A/Discussion will take place at 5 p.m.

Visitors will discover what makes Hanna Perkins unique – from the mindful approach to child development, to the important role of parents in the learning process, to the way meals and outdoor fun are integrated into the curriculum.

Hanna Perkins focuses on helping young children understand and manage the feelings that arise in everyday interactions – a foundational skill for success in school and life.

Our EPIC (Exploring Potentials in Children) Classroom, for children with Level 1 Autism Spectrum Disorders diagnoses, will also be open. It applies the same social-emotional focus in an environment modified specifically for the learning needs of children who are likely to join a mainstream classroom in the future.

Hanna Perkins classes feature a 6:1 student teacher ratio, and a unique team-based approach involving the parent, teacher and a Family Helper to provide an 65th logoexperience that sets each child on his or her best path for future success. The program  integrates best practices in early childhood education with an internationally-recognized relationship-based model that has been researched, developed, practiced and fine-tuned for more than 65 years.

The school offers an effective environment for a wide range for students, including:

  • Those whose parents value a proactive emphasis on social-emotional development;
  • Children who would benefit from extra personal attention;
  • Children who are struggling with specific emotional or behavioral issues.

It is not a therapeutic school in the narrow sense that many people understand, but is particularly attractive to families with a child or children who need help making sense of the world around them, and support in managing the their response to it.

Claass Blocks &windowsHanna Perkins School is located in a beautifully restored historic school building in a neighborhood setting in Shaker Heights. It offers two playgrounds; an indoor gym; and healthful meals prepared onsite daily, with an emphasis on organic and locally grown food.

For information about the open house, contact School Director Barbara Streeter.

We’re located at 19910 Malvern Road, Shaker Heights, OH. Click here for directions.

For more information why Hanna Perkins School may be right for your child, see these resources elsewhere on our website:

Save the Date: April 9, 2016

 

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We’re pleased to announce our semi-annual “Spotlight On Our Stars” benefit will honor Susan Y. Meisel, 2016 winner of the Hadden Award and immediate past president of the Hanna Perkins board. Please save the date and plan to join us for the celebration on April 9, 2015.

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Free Replay: Early intervention to prevent bullying

Mrs. Wilson's class 003Our live webcast, It’s Never Too Early: Intervention For Tomorrow’s Bullies Today, provided insights on:

  • Why  bullying occurs;
  • How ordinary behaviors in preschool-age children can evolve over time into bullying;
  • How to identify these behaviors and provide gentle, effective intervention.

It also discussed a unique early-learning curriculum to help children learn to express emotions in ways that build self-esteem without being hurtful to others.

You can view the recorded webcast anytime as often as you want. It’s free with registration. To begin viewing, click the webcast window. A registration form will appear shortly after the webcast begins to play.

The webcast was hosted by Hanna Perkins with support from GlobalCast MD. It was held on May 14, 2015.

 

Free holiday concert

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Please join us for a free holiday concert from 3:30 to 4:30 on Saturday, Dec. 13 at Hanna Perkins’ own Furman Hall.

Music will be provided by the Music Settlement Suzuki Strings. It’s family friendly, convenient and sure to put you in the holiday spirit.

Hope to see you there.

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Free Replay: 21st Century Parenting Webcast

Our 21st Century Parenting Webcast, on managing your child’s behavior, provided insights on a wide range of questions – from separation issues to sleep troubles to struggles with organization to setting limits on use of technology. Relevant questions for parents of children from toddler to adolescent make this a helpful program for anyone.
You can replay of this event any time you want, and as often as you want.

21st Century Parenting on Vimeo

The webcast was hosted by GlobalCast MD, and featured child development specialists from Hanna Perkins and The Lippman School. It was held at Hanna Perkins Center on Oct. 6, 2014.

21st Century Parenting: Free online webcast

Hanna Perkins is pleased to announce its participation in 21st Century Parenting: Ask the Experts, a free online interactive broadcast for parents, teachers and care-givers of preschool and elementary school children.

WHEN: 10-11:30 a.m. (Eastern time), Monday, Oct. 6
WHERE: Your home or office
COST: FREE
WHO: Parents, Teachers & Care-Givers of preschoolers and elementary aged children
HOW: Register here. You’ll receive detailed log-in information and reminders by e-mail 

Hosted by GlobalCast MD, child development specialists from Hanna Perkins and The Lippman School will address a wide range of behavioral concerns, such as:

  • Temper tantrums
  • Sleeping issues
  • Eating issues
  • Bossing
  • Whining
  • Being mean
  • Learning difficulties
  • Trouble making friends
  • Technology concerns and cyber-bullying

The webcast is free and open to anyone. It will be held 10-11:30 a.m. EDT on Monday, Oct. 6. All you need to attend is a computer with an internet connection.

There are tons of books written on parenting and child rearing which by their very nature have to be general. They are about children – not about your child.

But, child rearing is specific. Hanna Perkins has more than 60 years experience helping individual parents with their individual children.

This webcast seeks to extend that experience to as many parents as possible.

 You ask the questions. You choose the topics. 21st Century Parenting will help with real solutions for real-life issues. You may participate actively or just listen to the open discussion. Either way, you can do so at home or any convenient location where you use a computer.

Scheduling conflict? Don’t worry; the event will be recorded for later viewing. So register now. It’s free.

Parent Chat: Is your child ready for the next big step?

Children don’t come with an operating manual, and every parent has questions now and then about raising them. Hanna Perkins’ Parent Chats provide a helpful discussion, led by child development experts in a comfortable, informal atmosphere of mutual interest and support.

Is your child ready for the next big step?

Hanna Perkins Toddler Programs

Whether it’s kindergarten, sleep-away camp any other milestone, everyone worries whether their child is ready for the next step in the long path toward independence.

Each important step comes with its own stresses and challenges, and a child who is not yet developmentally ready for it step will struggle. Do you know the signs of readiness for kindergarten, or whatever other new experience your child is facing?

This series will help parents to answer that question over four 90-minute discussions on the following topics: 

  1. Learning
  2. Relationships
  3. Self Regulation
  4. Tying it all together

The sessions are led by child development professionals Judy Pitlick and  Carol Paull. Cost is $10 per session or $35 for all four.

Dates/Times

Choose to attend morning or evening sessions based on your schedule and availability of child care.

Morning Sessions with Judy Pitlick, MA, LPCC
Thursdays, 10–11:30 a.m.

  • Sept. 18, 2014
  • Oct. 23, 2014
  • Nov. 13, 2014
  • Dec. 4, 2014

Evening Sessions with Carol Paull, MA, MSSA, LISW
Wednesdays, 7-8:30 p.m.

  • Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014
  • Oct. 22, 2014
  • Nov. 12, 2014
  • Dec. 3, 2014 

$35 for the entire curriculum or $10 per session.  

Eventbrite - Parent Chat: Is It Too Early To Think About Kindergarten

Or contact Pam Millar by e-mail or phone: 216-991-4472.

 

HPC honors Zack and Debby Paris with first Hadden Award

Hadden Award Recipients Debby and Zack Paris

On April 5, HPC honored longtime friends and supporters Zachary and Deborah Paris at the Spotlight on Our Stars benefit. The Parises are the first recipients of the Hadden Award.

Zachary Paris is a partner at Jones Day specializing in real estate law and a longtime member of the Hanna Perkins board of directors. Deborah Paris is a social worker and therapist with a long affiliation at Hanna Perkins. They  live in Shaker Heights. They received the Hadden Award for their leadership and ardent commitment to Hanna Perkins, and for embodying the spirit of the organization.

The Hadden Award honors the passionate commitment of Lainie and Dr. John Hadden, whose inspired dedication has enhanced the mission of The Hanna Perkins Center for Child Development. Lainie Hadden herself herself was honored by the organization at its 60th anniversary in 2011.

Hanna Perkins thanks everyone who attended and all the others who were so generous in supporting this benefit.

Here are a few photos from the event.

Mayor Earl Leiken and Ellen Leiken

Board President Susi Meisel and husband Peter Meisel

Susie Ratner, Jackie Ponsky and Hadden Award Recipient Debby Paris

David Paris, Aaron Paris, Zack Paris and Jon Paris

Benefit Co-Chairs and Hanna Perkins Board Members Amy McGahan and Phyllis Brody

Zack Paris, Elaine Hadden and Debby Paris

Caring Cubs at HPC

Hanna Perkins Center was pleased to host Caring Cubs’ April event:

The children painted their hands for a welcome poster for Ronald McDonald House, wrote notes of encouragement for the families staying at the house, decorated the fronts of blank thank you cards, and made festive door hangers for each guest room.  Each of these projects is focused on creating a welcoming and supportive atmosphere within the Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland.

Caring Cubs organizes monthly events for young children, ages 2 to 7, designed to teach various lessons of social responsibility. Read more about the event here.