Virtual Event, March 3rd, 2021, 10 AM – 12:30 PM, with the Parent Professional Advocacy League of Massachusetts. PPAL’s summit will spotlight complex issues surrounding culture and race for young adults with mental health needs and their families.
* This event is for family members, young adults, family partners, clinicians, educators, social service agency workers, and community members supporting youth and families of color.
EVENTS and SPEAKERS:
- Delve into challenging topics identified by families with Rehearsal for Life’s Urban Improv program. Participants will witness short scenes unfold live on this virtual platform. At a pivotal moment, Urban Improv will freeze to invite the workshop participants to jump in the action, helping characters in the scene move forward to foster relationships that can grow in trust, empathy, and that de-stigmatizes support needed to address mental well-being.
- Focus on the importance of language at the intersection of race and culture with Dr. Caroline Fernandes and come away with tips for interacting with clinicians and questions to best understand and validate the experience of a young adult and family.
- Talk about strategies to move from surviving to thriving with Dr. Anthony Hill with a focus on the role of families as youth move toward adulthood.
About the programs and speakers:
Rehearsal for Life For – Rehearsal for Life’s Urban Improv program has provided students and communities a space to “rehearse” life skills and challenges. In partnership with the Parent /Professional Advocacy League, Rehearsal for Life’s workshop delves into the nuances of the parent-child relationship as they encounter challenges communicating the experiences and needs surrounding mental health.
Dr. Caroline A. Fernandes is a clinician at the Manville School, Judge Baker Children’s Center. In this capacity, Dr. Fernandes provides psychological testing and treatment to children, teenagers, and families across diagnostic severity. She has utilized evidence based practices such as Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Additionally, she provides treatment to Spanish and Portuguese speaking clients in their native language. Dr. Fernandes’ research and clinical interests include personality psychopathology, trauma among teenagers and adults, and the intersectionality of race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status.
Dr. Anthony (Tony) C. Hill, Ed.D., MSW is a tenured, associate professor at Springfield College School of Social Work and Behavioral Sciences at Springfield College, Springfield, MA. Dr. Hill has worked effectively with organizations in addressing ways to improve education, staff morale, multiculturalism, diversity, equity, inclusion, as well as political, economic, social advocacy and social justice issues.
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