Workshops & Support Groups

There are many parent-run support groups in the area. Check with the contact person for dates and times. If you want to start a support group, contact us at 1-800-800-4005. Visit VFN’s YouTube channel  to watch previously-recorded webinars.

Upcoming Workshops

Wells River: Advocating for Your Child: Wednesday, September 10 from 9 am to 11:30 am Click here to register.  Contact Lori.Christopher@vtfn.org or Janice.Sabett@vtfn.org at  1-800-800-4005, x218 if you have questions or would like to request an interpreter or any special accommodations. Parents will explore skills they can use to become more effective advocates for their child. Topics in this interactive workshop will include: What is advocacy? How do I communicate more effectively? Why is validation and effective communication so important to successful advocacy?

Bennington: Community Resource Parent Volunteer: Wednesdays, September 17 and September 24 from 9 am to 2 pm at the Department of Health, 324 Main St., Suite 2. Attendance at both days is required. Click here to register.  This two-day workshop is for parents of children with special needs. Please review the Community Resource Parent volunteer description before registering. Contact Nancy Richards at (802) 353-3277 or Patricia Kinirons at (802) 952-8477 for questions or to request special accommodations. Lunch and a stipend will be provided.

Swanton: VFN Families Together support group for parents and caregivers of children/youth/adults with special needs. Join us for conversation night on Thursday, September 18, from 6 pm to 8 pm at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 38 Grand Ave, Swanton. Everyone is welcome! Free pizza will be served. RSVP required by 12 noon on September 18 to Laura Weber or by calling (802) 373-3365.

Webinar: Families Are Important: Wednesday, September 24, 10 am to 11 am. Click here to register. An early childhood webinar about Children’s Integrated Services -Early Intervention (CIS-EI) for families of children birth to age 3 with developmental delays or disabilities. This webinar will discuss your critical role as well as your rights as parents, what types of services are available through this important program, eligibility requirements and other resources that may be available to support your family. Presenter: Christine Kilpatrick, Family Support Consultant, Vermont Family Network

Newport: Advocating for Your Child: Friday, September 26 from 10 am to 11:30 am. Click here to register. Snacks will be provided. Contact Lori.Christopher@vtfn.org or Janice.Sabett@vtfn.org at  1-800-800-4005, x218 if you have questions or would like to request an interpreter or any special accommodations. Parents will explore skills they can use to become more effective advocates for their child. Topics in this interactive workshop will include: What is advocacy? How do I communicate more effectively? Why is validation and effective communication so important to successful advocacy?

Wells River: Navigating Special Education and the IEP: Wednesday, October 8 from 9 am to 11:30 am. Click here to register.  Contact Lori.Christopher@vtfn.org or Janice.Sabett@vtfn.org at  1-800-800-4005, x218 if you have questions or would like to request an interpreter or any special accommodations. Parents are equal partners in the development of their child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP). Learn about special education evaluations, what it takes to qualify for an IEP, how to develop a strong IEP, parents rights, and tips for successful school meetings. 

Morristown: Advocating for Your Child: Tuesday, October 14 from 6 pm to 8 pm Click here to register. Dinner provided. On-site childcare available by contacting Jackie Stanton  jstanton@lamoillefamilycenter.org or 802-888-5229 Ext. 149. Parents will explore skills they can use to become more effective advocates for their child. Topics in this interactive workshop will include: What is advocacy? How do I communicate more effectively? Why is validation and effective communication so important to successful advocacy?

Newport: National Bullying Prevention Month Community Forum: Monday, October 20 from 10 am to 11:30 am. Click here to register. Children with special needs are frequently bullied. Join other families and community members to talk about what you can do to stop bullying and harassment and help create a culture of kindness and inclusion. Snacks will be provided. For more information, help registering, or to request special accommodations, contact Lori.Christopher@vtfn.org, (802) 873-4576 or Janice.Sabett@vtfn.org, 1-800-800-4005, x218.

St. Albans: Community Resource Parent Volunteer: Saturdays, October 25 and November 1 from 9 am to 2 pm at the La Quinta Inn, 813 Fairfax Rd. Attendance at both days is required. Click here to register.  This two-day workshop is for parents of children with special needs. Please review the Community Resource Parent volunteer description before registering. Contact  Janice Sabett 1-800-800-4005, x218 for questions or to request special accommodations. Lunch and a stipend will be provided.

Newport: Understanding Conflict: Friday, November 21 from 10 am to 11:30 am. Click here to register. Even with the very best communication, conflict is normal and inevitable. The more we recognize and understand the different styles of managing conflict that we and others use, the better we become at responding to it. Join us for this participatory session where the facilitator will guide you through a process of self-discovery and growth which will include identifying your own conflict style. For more information, help registering, or to request special accommodations, contact Lori.Christopher@vtfn.org, (802) 873-4576 or Janice.Sabett@vtfn.org, 1-800-800-4005 x218.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Contact Vermont Family Network to Schedule a Workshop:

Workshops give you an opportunity to learn and share helpful information and connect with other families.  Our workshops are geared to families and suitable for professionals. Please contact Janice Sabett or 1-800-800-4005 ext. 218 to request a workshop or to talk about how we can tailor a workshop to meet your group’s needs. Workshops include:

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