Are you looking for a meaningful volunteer opportunity? Literacy Suffolk is seeking and training volunteers to help reduce illiteracy in Suffolk County. This is a training opportunity that is close to the East End.
Joseph P. Dwyer Veterans Peer Support Project, a joint initiative of Suffolk County United Veterans and Suffolk County Veteran Service Agency offers an online support group for veterans.
Thursday, April 27th
6:30 – 7:30 pm
Topic Coping Skills
To register visit: www.SupportGroupsCentral.com/mhaw
Advance registration is required.
Confidential & free. Open to all Veterans and service members.
The VA and PsychArmor Institute have created a series of FREE courses specifically tailored to meet your needs. These engaging and interactive courses are available on-line and on-demand. No registration process – one click and you start learning. The courses are short and easy to watch.
Check out this list of courses offered:
- ABC’s of Respite
- Focusing on the Forgotten – Me
- Good Grief: Finding Hope
- Goodbye to Going it Alone: Learning to Ask for Help
- Creating a Space for You: Caring for a Loved One at Home
- Choosing your Words: The Power of Communication
- Mantram Repetition
- How to Connect with your Checked Out Veteran
- Introduction to Invisible Wounds of War
- Invisible Wounds of War at Home: What is PTSD
- Invisible Wounds of War: Symptoms of PTSD
- Invisible Wounds of War at Home: What Family Members can do about PTSD
- Invisible Wounds of War at Home: What is TBI
- Invisible Wounds of War at Home: What Family Members can do about TBI
- Invisible Wounds of War at Home: Substance Use Disorder
- Invisible Wounds of War at Home: Understanding Depression
Visit Caregiver training courses to start your FREE learning!
New Classes Coming – From courses on intimate partner violence to understanding the VA for Caregivers, we continue to add new content to our Caregiver School to help you navigate the caregiver world.
East End SEPTO Presents Parent University 2017 at the John Jermain Memorial Library
This free series is open to all parents, professionals, and community members.
Wednesdays, 6:00pm to 7:00pm
March 1 to April 5
March 8: Holistic Stress Relief Panel with Doreen Corwith-Eckert, Holistic Health Educator & Kevin Menard, Licensed Acupuncturist, LAc
Our daily lives are filled with stress and it is important to learn how to manage stress in a healthy way. This allows us to be able to care for ourselves and our loved ones at the highest level. Holistic health educator Doreen Corwith-Eckert and acupuncturist Kevin Menard will be speaking about the role and benefits Reiki, massage, yoga meditation
and acupuncture can play in managing stress in our daily lives.
March 15: Playful Learning: Develop Your Child’s Sense of Joy and Wonder with
Award Winning Author/Educator Mariah Bruehl Discover playful ways to harness children’s curiosity and channel it into a love of learning.
March 22: Special Education Q & A for Parents and Educators with Mary Johnsen, Special Education Coordinator
South Fork Bakery: Come meet the successful employees from South Fork Bakery
South Fork Bakery is dedicated to providing meaningful and supportive employment to South Fork residents with special needs.
March 29: Effective Communication with Children & Teens with Shirley Ruch, Speech/Language Pathologist M.A., CCC-SLP. Parents and professionals will learn simple, yet effective communication strategies to use with children of all ages that will help them encourage cooperation, improve conversation, reduce stress, encourage independence, improve listening and teach problem solving.
April 5: Parental Concerns Q & A with Carl Brandl, Mental Health Counselor & Theresa Roden, Founder of I-Tri Girls. Need answers to address the challenges facing our children in the world today. Our expert panel will facilitate a discussion about a variety of topics including: self-esteem, depression/anxiety, body image, and drug & alcohol use.
The library had a fantastic turn-out for the recent film screening and discussion panel related to kids, teens and screen addiction (computer, smart-phone, games, etc). The film Screenagers explored some of the dangers of technology and the developing brain. If you want to learn more about the topic, here are some of the resources available to you:
Books: (click the title to place a hold)
Digital Kids: How to Balance Screen Time, and Why it Matters, by Martin L. Kutscher
Glow Kids: How Screen Addiction is Hijacking Our Kids–and How to Break the Trance, by Nicholas Kardaras
Internet and Social Media Addiction, by Andrea C. Nakaya
Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age by Sherry Turkle
American Academy of Pediatrics: Kids & Tech: Tips for Parents in the Digital Age
Common Sense Media: What Parents Need to Know About Technology Addiction
Happy New Year! Are you making resolutions? I’ve noticed the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge that has come out the past couple of years. Each year it asks people to stretch their reading habits and try something out of their comfort zone. I usually gravitate toward one or two specific genres that I find enjoyment in and infrequently try something new. Maybe this year I’ll give it a go? What about you? How would you like to try this challenge and read something out of your norm?
Today is Shirley Jackson’s 100th birthday! The author is most famous for her works of suspense, such as the short story “The Lottery” (that almost all of us read in High School). A biography, Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life, by Ruth Franklin has recently been released detailing her life story. Learn more about this interesting author and borrow her biography the next time you stop in!