Parent University

Each year the Joint Committee for Children’s Health Care in Everett (JCCHCE) holds a FREE one-day information conference and workshops called Parent University. For the past 18 years the event is held at the Everett High School (100 Elm St., Everett) from 7:30 am to 1:30 pm. Day care is made available only for children who are potty trained through 13 years old and younger. Breakfast and lunch is provided. Parent University also features a local Vendor Session and Informational workshops for attendees to learn about the many local health, wellness and educational resources in Everett and surrounding communities. All of this is Free of Cost.

The 2019 Parent University theme is Come Learn and Grow Together! This year the entire conference will focus on Mental Health issues and problems of our children, families and communities. These issues and problems are getting epidemic in size and complexity. Join us, Learn and Grow Together at Parent University 2019, our workshops and Key Note Speaker, Donna Libemday Lines for Life, Director, Prevention Programs, Preventing substance abuse and suicide from Portland, Oregon.

Workshop sessions available this year include:

Selecting and Reading Children’s Literature on Diversity – presented by Divya Anand  Explore reading with children versus reading to children. Identify guidelines for selecting children’s books. Engage children to critically examine images, words, themes, and concepts. (presented in Session 1 only)

Basic Adult and Infant CPR – presented by Khadija Afdal (presented at Session 1 only)

The Role of Families, Schools, and Communities in Substance Use Prevention, Treatment and Recovery: From First Responders to Sustained Support – presented by David G. Stewart, Ph.D., ABPP Workshop on how to effectively respond to the risk and reality of substance use in adolescents with a focus on understanding the social, psychological and biological context of development. Families, schools, and communities play a critical role for in preventing and responding to substance use. These supports can mobilize to strengthen resilience and recovery with successful early problem recognition, cultivation of appropriate attitudes and behaviors, and engagement with treatment to reinforce sustained change. High quality evidence-based treatment and prevention offer practical guidance for parenting and educating adolescents at risk for problematic substance use. (presented in Session 1 only)

Video Games – presented by Alex O’Donnell Attendees will be informed about the pros and cons of video games. There are benefits of video games abut also downsides. The purpose of this session is to shed light into the world of gaming and to provide tips for gaming interaction with moderation. Topics will include a brief history, the rating system of video game content and how to counter habit forming for video games.

Gender Identity and Expression in the Classroom – presented by Ashley Barnes-Cocke and Jason Wheeler How many genders are there really? What is gender expression and how do implicit gender biases in education potentially damage all students’ learning experiences? Discover ways in which perspectives about gender identity are shifting in education and how the focus on this area of social emotional learning fosters an inclusive school community where all students will increase their potential.

My Home My Family My Parenting Style – presented by Liliana Patino, M.Ed.  My family is unique, but many of the challenges my family is dealing with are the same many other families have. My traditions, my race, and upbringing make me see the world in a unique way, many times my children do not agree with the expectations of the home/culture. In this workshop we will explore the challenges of raising children in a different country, and how to develop rules, expectations and communication patterns that could support a safe and peaceful home. (in Spanish for session 2 and English)

Providing mental health education and support for students – presented by Jake CavanaughThe NAN Project will present an innovative pee-to-peer mental health education model. The NAN Project’s peer-to-peer model involves young adults with lived experience presenting their Comeback Stories of resilience to students, typically in a health class setting. This workshop will provide attendees with a similar experience, which has provide an effect means to tear down the stigma that surrounds mental health and open up the conversation so that students feel comfortable engaging in help seeking behaviors for themselves and their friends.

The New Look of Nicotine Addiction – presented by Edgar Duran Elmudesi  This presentation focuses on the different types of vaping/tobacco products, the tactics that the tobacco/vaping industry use to target youth, and the resources available for adults to learn more and become involved. Products will be brought in for the audience to be able to see what some of the products look like. (presented in Session 2 only)

Ask the Question and Keep them Safe: Youth Mental Health and Suicide Awareness – presented by Donna Libemday  The presenter, a certified Master Trainer in Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) and Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA), will provide a brief overview of the key lessons from ASIST and YMHFA.  Participants will understand the risk and protective factors that can impact a youth’s mental health and resiliency and increase their ability to identify and access local resources available to support youth and their families. (presented at Session 2 only)