Searching for Birth Relatives

In honor of National Adoption Month, CSSMV presents “Searching for Birth Relatives: A look at how adoptees and birth relatives found one another.”

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.

A panel of individuals who were adopted and their birth relatives will share their experiences in searching for one another. The panel will include adult adoptees and relatives from a variety of family backgrounds. Our facilitator will be Aubrie Patch, CSSMV’s post-adoption support services social worker.

You’ll have the opportunity to hear first-hand experiences from the adoptee and birth relatives about their research, and increase your knowledge of how Catholic Social Services’ adoption support services can help your family.

The workshop is designed to increase your awareness and knowledge about:

  • The decision to search
  • Steps in the search process
  • Hiring a professional searcher
  • International searching
  • Social media and searching
  • Reunion issues

To RSVP or for more information, call (937) 296-1007 ext.2102.

PASSPORT Provider Fair: Aging in Place

E V E N T   P O S T P O N E D

We have made the decision to postpone this event due to ongoing developments in the COVID-19 pandemic. We expect to reschedule the event for the fall, probably in October of 2020.

If you have already reserved your seat and have questions or concerns, please contact Elaine Schweller-Snyder at snydere@cssmv.org.

We urge you to take all the necessary precautions to stay safe and healthy. For those of you who work in direct contact with the elderly, we offer special prayers for you and those you serve.

 

 


E V E N T   P O S T P O N E D

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

Your $15 registration fee includes lunch and 4 Social Work CEUs.

The registration deadline is March 30, 2020, or when all seats are sold. Register at https://cssmv.ejoinme.org/providerfair.

Please note that we will not be able to accept any more exhibit tables after Friday, February 28, due to limited space.

Questions? Please call Elaine at (937) 498-4593 ext.1141.

 

8:00 a.m. – Registration and exhibits

8:50 a.m. – Medicaid Fraud 101
Presenter: Lloyd Early, Special Agent, Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, Ohio Attorney General’s Office

10:00 a.m. – Dementia
Presenter: Marty Williman, Program Director, Ohio Council for Cognitive Health

11:00 a.m. – Exhibits, networking and lunch

12:00 p.m. – Pet Therapy
Presenter: Cheri Davis, LISW-S, Miami Valley Pet Therapy

1:10 p.m. – Unresolved: Facilitating Hope and Healing When It Matters Most
Presenter: Kristy Matheson, LSW, CSP, Hospice of the Miami Valley

 

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.

2020 Community Training Collaborative Workshops

CLICK for a printable Summer Series brochure.

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 18 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for Social Work and Counseling. Registrants can select individual workshops or attend all 6 in the series for added savings.

This year’s workshops will all be offered VIRTUALLY, through Zoom online meetings. Once you have registered, you will receive an email confirmation of your schedule. On the Monday prior to the Friday training, you will receive an email from Jewish Family Services of Greater Dayton with a link to the Zoom online meeting. You will use this link to connect to the training.

2020 workshops:

  • June 12
    • Trauma & Supervision (Meets Supervision Req.)
  • July 10
    • Minimizing Our Ethical and Legal Vulnerabilities when Working with Clients Struggling with Trauma (Meets Ethics Req.)
    • Self-Care and Wellness for Mental Health Providers: The Antidote for Burnout, Compassion Fatigue, and Vicarious Trauma
  • August 14
    • Impact of Community Violence
  • September 11
    • Update on Trauma Interventions
  • October 9
    • Trauma 101

For more information and to register, go to https://cssmv.ejoinme.org/MyEvents/2020SummerSeriesWorkshop

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.