2020 PASSPORT Provider Fair

The 2020 PASSPORT Provider Fair and educational sessions return to Edison Community College on Wednesday, April 8.

Mark your calendar now for this all-day event; details will be posted here as soon as they are available.

Prenatal Drug & Alcohol Exposure and Child Development

This event is presented by Catholic Social Services’ Adoption Support Services team and is intended for adoptive parents, foster parents, kinship caregivers, professionals and staff.

To register, please call (937) 296-1007 ext. 2120. There is no cost to attend.

Come learn how prenatal drug and alcohol exposure in-utero can affect a child’s brain and overall development. We’ll be discussing how this is relevant for staff and families working with children in foster care and children who’ve been adopted or are in kinship placements. You’ll receive information on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) and Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS).

Our speaker: Gokce Ergun, Ph.D. is an associate professor and a licensed clinical psychologist at the School of Professional Psychology at Wright State University. She has a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and a doctoral degree in School Psychology. Her clinical interests include pediatric neuropsychological assessment, psycho-educational assessment, school psychology, assessment and treatment of developmental disabilities (Autism Spectrum Disorder, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder), and prenatal drug and alcohol exposure. Dr. Ergun is an active member of the Ohio FASD Steering Committee and conducts trainings/workshops and presentations in Ohio regarding prevention, diagnosis, treatment and advocacy of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. She is a member of the American Psychological Association and the National Association of School Psychologists.

One (1) social work CEU is pending approval.

Refreshments will be provided.

Questions? Contact Elizabeth at (937) 296-1007 ext. 2120.

2019 Community Training Collaborative Workshops

Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley, Family Service Association, Inc., Graceworks Lutheran Services, and Jewish Family Services of Greater Dayton have teamed up again this year to present this workshop series that offers a total of 30 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for Social Work and Counseling. Registrants can select individual workshops or attend all 10 in the series for added savings.

2019 workshops:

  • May 10
    • Eating Disorders: Intro & Medical Review
    • Interactive Training for Supervisors
  • June 14
    • Culturally Competent Care for LGBTQ Clients
    • LGBTQ Minority Stress/Health Disparities
  • July 12
    • Pharmacologic Management of Mental Health Conditions
    • Understanding & Treating Infidelity
  • August 9
    • Successful Strategies with ADHD Kids
    • Ethics & End of Life Care
  • September 13
    • Supervision & Engagement of Supervisees
    • The Arts & Aging: Creating Connections

For more information and to register, go to https://cssmv.ejoinme.org/Summer.

Public School Enrollment 101

This “Lunch & Learn” session is designed for those preparing to enroll a child in public schools. Learn what terms including ODE, DPS, IEP, 504, Disability, ELL, GT, and McKinney Vento mean and how they can help give your child the tools to succeed in school. Then participate in an open question and answer session with an education attorney about any and all issues related to education and the legal rights of parents and students.

There is NO COST to attend, and we invite you to bring a lunch to enjoy during the session.

RSVP to murphym@cssmv.org.

Presented by Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, providing free legal services for those who qualify. If interested in legal services, apply online at www.ablelaw.org or by phone at 1-888-534-1432.

Workshop: Cultural Aspects of Refugee Mental Health

This half-day workshop is brought to you through the efforts of Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley’s Refugee Resettlement Program.

Three (3) Social Work CEUs are available for those who attend the entire workshop. Admission is FREE; register at https://cssmv.ejoinme.org/refugee.

Our presenters, Theresa Mata and Mead Wilkins, work in Migration and Refugee Services for Catholic Charities of Cleveland. They have extensive experience working with refugee populations with severe medical and mental health needs.

This workshop will introduce practitioners of social services, health, mental health, and educators to existing evidence-based practices for trauma informed care. We will explore the cultural aspects of refugee mental health that have been garnered in the first three years of work at the Ohio Center for Survivors of Torture. We will define the levels of trauma experienced by refugees within a cultural context as well as explore mental health interventions. And we will look at an increased understanding of the prevalence and nature of trauma, as well as evidence-based means to address these issues that are important for improving the lives of refugee individuals and their families.

Who should attend this workshop?

  • Social workers
  • Psychologists
  • Care coordinators
  • Educators/teachers
  • Licensed professional counselors
  • Professionals working with those with a history of trauma
  • Other mental health and healthcare professionals

If you have questions about this workshop, please contact Michael at (937) 223-7217 ext.2160.

There is limited seating available for this event. If you register and then realize that you will not be able to attend, please notify Lindsay at (937) 223-7217 ext.1106.

DOROTHY DAY: a personal portrait of a saint for our time

Our annual Distinguished Speaker Series returns with stops in our Northern Counties region on Tuesday the 17th and in the Dayton area on Wednesday the 18th.

The Wednesday night event in Dayton is hosted by Pastoral Region VII, and the speaker will begin at 7:00 p.m. with a dessert reception to follow.

OUR DISTINGUISHED SPEAKER: Robert Ellsberg has served for over thirty years as editor-in-chief and publisher of Orbis Books. From 1975 to 1980, he was part of the Catholic Worker community in New York City, and was the managing editor of The Catholic Worker from 1976 to 1978, a job that would introduce him to Dorothy Day and consequently would allow him to work with Day for the last five years of her life. This life-changing experience prompted him to convert to Catholicism.

Robert returned to Harvard and earned a degree in religion and literature, and later a Master’s in Theology from Harvard Divinity School.

Robert has edited Dorothy’s Selected Writings as well as The Duty of Delight: The Diaries of Dorothy Day and All the Way to Heaven: Selected Letters of Dorothy Day. He has served from its inception on the board of the Dorothy Day Guild, and was appointed to serve on the Historical Commission preparing her cause for canonization. He is the author of many award-winning books, including All Saints and Blessed Among Us. His most recent book is A Living Gospel: Reading God’s Story in Holy Lives.

This annual event is sponsored by Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley and the Catholic Social Action Office of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, with support from the Weavers of Justice and Fields of Justice.

One (1) Vocare credit is available to participants. Those wanting credit must complete an Event Submission Form in Vocare after this event.

A $5 contribution per attendee is requested. Students are invited to attend the event at no charge.

Advance tickets are available online, at cssmv.ejoinme.org/Speaker. For more information, call Mike Hoendorf at (937) 223-7217 ext. 1141.

DOROTHY DAY: a personal portrait of a saint for our time

Our annual Distinguished Speaker Series returns with stops in our Northern Counties region on Tuesday the 17th and in the Dayton area on Wednesday the 18th. The Tuesday night event will begin with an optional Mass at 6:30 p.m., followed by the presentation at 7:15 p.m. There will be a dessert reception after the presentation.

OUR DISTINGUISHED SPEAKER: Robert Ellsberg has served for over thirty years as editor-in-chief and publisher of Orbis Books. From 1975 to 1980, he was part of the Catholic Worker community in New York City, and was the managing editor of The Catholic Worker from 1976 to 1978, a job that would introduce him to Dorothy Day and consequently would allow him to work with Day for the last five years of her life. This life-changing experience prompted him to convert to Catholicism.

Robert returned to Harvard and earned a degree in religion and literature, and later a Master’s in Theology from Harvard Divinity School.

Robert has edited Dorothy’s Selected Writings as well as The Duty of Delight: The Diaries of Dorothy Day and All the Way to Heaven: Selected Letters of Dorothy Day. He has served from its inception on the board of the Dorothy Day Guild, and was appointed to serve on the Historical Commission preparing her cause for canonization. He is the author of many award-winning books, including All Saints and Blessed Among Us. His most recent book is A Living Gospel: Reading God’s Story in Holy Lives.

This annual event is sponsored by Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley and the Catholic Social Action Office of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, with support from the Weavers of Justice and Fields of Justice.

One (1) Vocare credit is available to participants. Those wanting credit must complete an Event Submission Form in Vocare after this event.

A $5 contribution per attendee is requested. Students are invited to attend the event at no charge.

Advance tickets are available online, at cssmv.ejoinme.org/Speaker. For more information, call Mike Hoendorf at (937) 223-7217 ext. 1141.

*SOLD OUT* PASSPORT Provider Fair: Keeping Seniors Safe

The 2019 PASSPORT Provider Fair and educational sessions return to Edison Community College on Wednesday, March 27.

The $10 registration fee includes lunch and four (4) Social Work CEUs.

*EVENT IS SOLD OUT!*  Our registration deadline is March 15, or when the event is sold out.

7:45 a.m.
Registration and Visit Provider Exhibits

8:30 a.m.
Coping with Bed Bug Issues
Jay Moran – A-Abel Family of Services
Bed bugs have made a significant impact on the health of residents of southwestern Ohio.  It is important that caregivers recognize the evidence of bed bug activity so clients can take appropriate action to reduce pest populations.  It is also important that caregivers are aware of practices they should incorporate to minimize the chances of moving bed bugs to their own homes or homes of other clients. Objectives:  1) Participants will gain basic biology and behavior facts about bed bugs; 2) participants will learn to recognize the visual indications of bug activity; 3) participants will learn specific actions to be taken to minimize exposure; 4) participants will learn special protocols needed to avoid spread of bugs.

9:45 a.m.
Understanding Strengths, Identifying Vulnerabilities in Serving the Elder Victim Population
Elysia Bush, LSW, RAS – Director, Elders Victim Ministry and CVS Guardian Programs for Crime Victim Services
1.) Participants will understand senescence & biomedical and psychosocial factors that lead to elder frailty; 2.) Participants will learn the risk factors for elder neglect, self-neglect, physical, emotional/psychological, sexual and financial abuse; 3.) Participants will be familiarized with Ohio Revised Code on Elder Abuse and the new mandated reporting for Adult Protective Services; 4.) Participants will learn about the strengths-based Elder Victim Ministry program, including direct services, Adult Crime Education Workshops, Long-Term Follow Up and Are You OK? telephone reassurance program.

10:45 a.m.
Visit Exhibits, Network & Lunch

12:00 p.m.
Until My Ship Comes In: A Guide to Winning Over Chronic Stress
Kristy Matheson, LSW, CSP – Hospice of the Miami Valley
This interactive workshop will explore the meaning of chronic vs. situational stress, and how so many of us put off our own happiness waiting for something to change.  This seminar will address the power of negative emotions on our mind, body and spirit, and how to combat those emotions by being proactive and intentional in our emotional and physical health.

1:10 p.m.
Protecting Life Until Last Breath
Margie Christie – Executive Director, Dayton Right to Life
& Jonathan Faulkner, LPA – Elliot, Faulkner, and Webber LPA
End of life conversations and planning can be emotional and difficult.  How do we discuss this topic with our families?  When is the best time to have this conversation?  What do we need to know before starting?  This seminar will address all these questions and provide a framework for families and caregivers to use when discussing end of life decisions.  We will also discuss the many end of life documents and examine their pros and cons with a qualified estate specialist attorney.

2:15 p.m.
Concluding Remarks
Kathy Sell – Director, Catholic Social Services Northern Office

Nurturing Parenting 6-Week Class Series (Mar. 7-Apr. 11)

All moms, dads and caregivers are invited to attend this 6-week series*, which utilizes the Nurturing Parenting curriculum. The series is designed for those with children up to age 12.

Classes are every THURSDAY, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

Each session in the series focuses on a different aspect of being a parent:
• Introduction to Nurturing Parenting
• Understanding Feelings
• Developmental Stages of Children
• Communicating with Respect
• Building Self-Worth / Praising Your Child
• Alternatives to Spanking

The classes are FREE to attend, but you must call in advance to reserve your seat. Childcare is NOT provided.

To register or for more information, call (937) 299-LINK (5465).

The six classes are meant to be taken in order. If you miss the beginning of the series, don’t worry. . .we’ll repeat the entire series again soon.

A look at adoption through the eyes of adult adoptees

In honor of National Adoption Month, CSSMV’s Adoption Support Services present “From the Adoptee’s Perspective: A look at adoption through the eyes of the adoptee.”

Adoption affects each member of the adoption triad differently. At this event, a panel of adult adoptees from a variety of family backgrounds will share their expertise based on their experiences.

You’ll have the opportunity to hear firsthand experiences from the often unheard viewpoint of the adoptee, and increase your knowledge of how Catholic Social Services’ adoption support services can help your family.

Our facilitator will be Elizabeth Edington, MSSW, LSW, therapist, and adoption support services social worker at Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley (CSSMV).

Objectives include increasing your awareness and knowledge in three areas:

  1. The adoption experience through the adoptee’s perspective
  2. CSSMV’s adoption support services for families who have adopted children, who are in the process of adoption, or who are interested in adoption
  3. Attachment therapy: SAFE counseling

This FREE educational session is great for social workers and therapists, but ANYONE who is interested in learning about this subject is welcome to attend.

There is no cost to attend, but reservations are strongly encouraged. To RSVP or for more information, call (937) 296-1007 ext. 2120 or email edingtone@cssmv.org.