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

Webinar: Anyone Can Punish, but Can You Reinforce? Solving Behavior Problems…Wednesday, August 20, 2014, from 11am to 12pm. Click here to register. Punishment stops behavior, but brings with it limitations and a significant downside, particularly for individuals with disabilities. Reinforcement builds behavior, and, put to good use, can provide a lasting antidote to challenging behavior. This webinar will suggest problem-solving questions that go beyond functional behavioral assessment to help you come up with solutions that go to the heart of the matter. Examples will be discussed and ample time will be devoted to questions. Presenter: David Powsner M.Ed. BCBA. David, a behavior analyst with 35 years of problem-solving experience, is the director of SD Associates LLC, a behavioral services company serving Vermont, the upper valley region of New Hampshire and western Massachusetts.

Wells River: Advocating for Your Child: Wednesday, September 10, 2014 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.

Wells River: Navigating Special Education and the IEP: Wednesday, October 8, 2014 from 9 am to 11:30 am Click here to register. 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, 2014 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?

St. Albans: Community Resource Parent Volunteer: Saturdays, October 25 and November 1, 2014 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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          

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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