Annual workshop focuses on helping children through the impact of divorce

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Pam Millar, Director of Community Engagement

Helping children through the impact of divorce is topic of conference
for parents, teachers, social workers and counselors

Sept. 6, 2018

SHAKER HEIGHTS – Hanna Perkins Center for Child Development will hold a conference, Working Through a Healthy Divorce: Addressing the Developmental Impact on Children, on Nov. 3, 2018 from 8 am – 3:30 pm.

The one-day conference offers continuing education credit for early childhood educators, social workers, therapists and counselors. It also provides a separate track for parents who may be going through divorce themselves.

The conference focuses on the social-emotional impact of divorce on young children, and how caring adults – parents, teachers and counselors alike – can anticipate, recognize and address the developmental issues it can cause.

“Divorce is such a common source of developmental disruption for young children. It can have far-reaching and lasting effects,” said Pam Millar, Director of Community Engagement at Hanna Perkins Center. “So many families go through it, but there isn’t much training offered for the parents or professionals who experience it from one perspective or another. In one day, this conference will offer insights that will serve parents, professionals and the children they work with for a lifetime.”

The conference is divided into three tracks – one for early childhood educators; one for social workers, therapists and counselors; and one for parents. All sessions will be led by trained, credentialed specialists from Hanna Perkins. Educators will earn 6 Ohio-approved hours, and social workers will earn 6.25 social work CEUs.

Cost to attend is $75 for social workers, $60 for educators and just $10 for parents. Discounts are also available for students in related fields.

Topics include common issues in blended families and how counselors can help; how teachers can recognize and address developmental stress in young children during parent’s divorce and separation; helping parents navigate the emotional minefield of divorce; and addressing the challenges blended families face.

The conference will be held at Hanna Perkins Center for Child Development, 19910 Malvern Road, Shaker Heights, OH.

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About Hanna Perkins

Since 1951, The Hanna Perkins Center for Child Development has partnered with parents and professionals to help children understand, communicate and manage their feelings for success in school and life. Located in the historic renovation of the former Malvern School in Shaker Heights, Hanna Perkins provides these services:

  • Hanna Perkins School: State-chartered kindergarten, preschool, parent/toddler program and EPIC Early Learning for children with autism  Autism Spectrum Disorders.
  • Hadden Clinic for Children & Families: Mental health assessment, counseling and therapy from birth to 18, and for new moms struggling with postpartum depression.
  • Consultation and training with other schools and early learning centers.
  • Continuing education for early learning educators, child care workers, social workers, mental health professionals and others who work with children on a daily basis.
  • Child psychoanalytic training: An official training program of the American Psychoanalytic Association, conducted in cooperation with the Cleveland Psychoanalytic Center.