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Virginia Family Network
What is the Virginia Family Network?
The Virginia Family Network is a grassroots network of families committed to providing opportunities that support, educate, and empower other families with children and youth with mental health needs while also promoting family driven and youth guided policy throughout the child serving systems. The initiative is designed to “meet the family where they are” through activities such as providing support groups, training, resources, and mentorship from other families with children and youth with mental health needs.
Current Listing of Support Groups for Parents with Children and Youth with Mental Health Needs More groups are forming! Stay tuned for details!
Contact Stephany Melton Hardison, Project Director, at SMelton@namivirginia.org or (804) 285-8264 x 206 for more information
Upcoming Trainings and Events
The Virginia Family Network Second Annual Family & Youth Leadership Summit
Saturday, May 3 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the University of Richmond Jepson Alumni Center
Network with other parents and youth, professionals, and community leaders from around the state to share common stories of living with mental health challenges! Hear from our dynamic keynote speakers, Kathryn Sabella and Amanda Costa, from the Transitions Research and Training Center at the Center for Mental Health Services Research, Universit y of Massachusetts Medical School Department of Psychiatry! Topics of other presentations and break-out sessions will include family driven care, special education, a separate youth track, and more. Gain valuable leadership development opportunities, gather resources, enjoy lunch on us, and much more! Event is free! Childcare and transportation stipends available but registration is required.
It only happens once a year! Don't miss it!
Crisis Planning for Families: Helping Families with Children and Youth with Mental Health Needs Plan for a Crisis
Wednesday, April 9 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in Richmond (exact location TBA)
Registration begins at 5:30 p.m.
Dinner will be served! Childcare and travel stipends available.
How to prevent mental health crises
How to be prepared when a crisis occurs
What resources are available in the Greater Richmond area
Panelists will include mental health clinicians, a police officer trained in crisis response, a parent, and a youth - come with questions!
Register here by April 4!
Questions? Contact Diana Donnelly at email@example.com or (804) 285-8264 ext. 207.
Monthly Webinar Series:
March's Topic: Resources for Children/Youth in Military Families
WHEN: Wednesday, March 12th, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
WHO: Anyone who cares about children and families, including parents/caregivers/family members, advocates and professionals
What resources are available for military families of children/youth with mental health needs? Our presenter, Kirsten Woodward, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, serves as Family Programs Division Head and Director of Project FOCUS (Families OverComing Under Stress) for the US Navy's Bureau of Medicine and Surgery. She will share her considerable knowledge of family/child supports within the military.
April's Topic: Evidence-based Practices for Child/Youth Mental Health
with guest presenter Dr. Bela Sood from the VCU's Virginia Treatment Center for Children
WHEN: Wednesday, April 9, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
What are evidence-based practices? How can parents evaluate, choose, and assess effectiveness of treatment options for their children? What are the best options and for whom? Dr. Bela Sood of VCU's Virginia Treatment Center for Children will present and answer questions.
Archived Webinar Presentations