News & Event
Join JF&CS and the Massachusetts March of Dimes for a FREE conference for families affected by premature birth.
Perspective on prematurity: a mother and father share their unique viewpoints of a shared experience.
Presenters Barbara & Richard Van Hoosen are the parents of a former 23-weeker who had a traumatic, complicated NICU stay. They will share their perspectives on those 112 uncertain days.
Parents will have the opportunity to come together and share their experiences from the smaller group conversations.
When: Sunday, November 20
11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
(Registration and light lunch from 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)
Where: JF&CS Headquarters
1430 Main Street, Waltham, MA 02451
Questions? Contact Deborah Walker at email@example.com or 781-693-5652.
Professionals in the early childhood field are faced with the difficult tasks of identifying early signs of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in infants and young children and of sharing their concerns with parents sensitively and effectively. In this Master Class, Dr. Carter will discuss research that helps us understand early symptom presentation and the varied course of onset of autism spectrum disorders. Specific strategies to assist in identifying early symptom presentation, including the use of behavioral checklists and structured observations, will be discussed. The importance of learning about parents’ concerns and beliefs about their children’s red flag behaviors will be emphasized as well as potential approaches for discussing ASD when you suspect that a child may be on the spectrum.
Participate virtually through a live webinar! Select the “Virtual Participation” ticket when registering.
About the Speaker
Alice Carter is a professor in the psychology department at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Trained as a clinical psychologist, Dr. Carter’s work focuses on young children’s development in the context of family relationships, with an emphasis on the early identification of psychopathology and factors that place children at risk for difficulties in social and emotional development. Dr. Carter is an author or co-author of more than 200 articles and chapters, the co-editor of the Handbook of Infant, Toddler, and Preschool Mental Health Assessment with Rebecca Del Carmen, PhD, and the co-author of the Infant-Toddler Social and Emotional Assessment (ITSEA) and the Brief Infant-Toddler Social and Emotional Assessment (BITSEA) with Margaret Briggs-Gowan, PhD. She is a member of the Zero to Three DC: 0-5 Task Force, and a DC: 0-5 trainer.
When: Friday, March 24
Check-In & Coffee: 8:30 – 9:00 a.m.
Program: 9:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Where: JF&CS Headquarters
1430 Main Street, Waltham
Registration is required before the session. Space is limited. For more information, email IPTI@jfcsboston.org or call 781-693-5652.
Applications for continuing education credits have been submitted.
Thursday, October 27, 2016 • 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Temple Beth Elohim • Wellesley
Debby & Erik Belt • Lauri Meizler
On Thursday, October 27, 2016 we will celebrate the work of Journey to Safety (JTS), the Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JF&CS) response to domestic abuse. Join us for an evening of true life storytelling about resilience inspired by the Moth Radio Hour*.
This event is a fundraiser to support survivors of domestic abuse. For more information, please visit the event webpage or contact Raquel Morales, Special Events Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 781-693-5036.
*Visit themoth.org to learn more about this style of storytelling.
When: Sunday, February 11
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Cost: There is no charge.
For more information, please contact Amanda Derby, TeenSafe coordinator at email@example.com.
Thanks to a generous grant from the Miriam Fund and individual donors, TeenSafe programs are available at no cost to participants.
The JF&CS Center for Early Relationship Support® and the Massachusetts March of Dimes is offering parents whose babies or young children spent time in the NICU an opportunity to share their experiences, listen to each other, and join in community. In small groups parents will have the chance to hear others' voices about expectations, loss, surprises, and challenges of the journey of parenting a child born prematurely or under special circumstances. These parent-centered groups will be led by a clinician from the JF&CS Oliver, Ian and Serenity Wolk Fragile Beginnings program.
Who: Parents whose babies and young children had a NICU experience
Where: JF&CS Headquarters
1430 Main Street, Waltham
Babies in arms welcome.
This event is free and open to the public.
For more information, please contact Wendy Hurwitz at firstname.lastname@example.org or 781-693-5623.
This evening is offered by the Fragile Beginnings Preemie Parent Alliance of the JF&CS Oliver, Ian and Serenity Wolk Fragile Beginnings program and the Massachusetts Chapter of the March of Dimes.
Substance use, misuse, and dependence impact the perinatal and early parenting period significantly. Rates of substance use disorders continue to rise in the population of women of child-bearing age. Mental health professionals, medical providers, and allied health professionals increasingly come into contact with mothers, fathers, infants, and alternate care providers who can benefit from improved practices. This course will offer a review of the latest research on the links between attachment theory, neurobiology, and addiction; opportunities to learn about the various ways of supporting families; and a forum in which conversations about complex policies, practice choices, and ethical dilemmas can be rich opportunities for growth.
Amy Sommer, LICSW is the Clinical Coordinator for Project NESST® (Newborns Exposed to Substances: Support and Therapy) and Project Bright at the JF&CS Center for Early Relationship Support®. She has provided extensive training on perinatal mood disorders in women with substance use disorders, as we as on using trauma-informed care to support staff and families caring for substance-exposed newborns. Ms. Sommer co-authored the 2015 Zero to Three article "Building a Model Program or Substance-Exposed Newborns and Their Families: From Needs Assessment to Intervention, Evaluation, and Consultation."
Providers from various disciplines who work with parents and infants impacted by parental substance use will find this course highly instructive. It will provide a rich learning opportunity for clinical social workers, psychologists, licensed mental health counselors, and allied health professionals, including addiction treatment professionals, visiting nurses, Early Intervention providers, and maternal health/mental health providers.
When: Tuesdays, September 6 & 20, October 11 & 25, November 8 & 22, December 6 & 20
9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Cost: $900 per person. 12-person class maximum.
An application for CEUs has been submitted.
Registration is required before the event. Space is limited. For more information or to register, please email IPTI@jfcsboston.org or 781-693-5652.
This telephone support group for parents whose babies have spent time in the NICU provides an opportunity to connect with other parents who have shared similar experiences and concerns:
This group, facilitated by a Fragile Beginnings Clinician, meets weekly and parents are invited to register for one month at a time. By participating for a full month, parents are given the opportunity to get to know one another. The group is offered at no charge to participants.
noon - 1:00 p.m.
Where: A call-in number will be provided upon registration.
RSVP: Please send an email to email@example.com with your name, phone number, and name and age of your child. We will reply with the call-in information and confirm the dates for the month's sessions.
Next Session: Tuesdays, March 6, 13, 20, and 27
This group is offered by the Oliver, Ian, and Serenity Wolk Fragile Beginnings program of the JF&CS Center for Early Relationship Support®. JF&CS is a nonsectarian, nonprofit human service agency.
1430 Main Street
Waltham, MA 02451