Upcoming Facilitator Trainings
Trainings are at Brandeis University from 9am-4pm each day.
June 3-4, 2013
For more information on these trainings, go to our Facilitator's Page.
Thursdays, Spring 2013- From 12pm-1pm on Brandeis campus, Howie Baker & Karen Gutterman will present a Wellness Brown Bag Lunch course hosted by Brandeis University Human Resources. Howie will present Brandeis parents/caregivers with tips on how to help angry children use conflict resolution skills rather than physical aggression.
New Resources for Talking about Traumatic Events with Children
We are all deeply saddened by the tragic events at Sandy Hook Elementary. When an event like this happens it is difficult to talk about, especially with young children. In the time since the shooting, we have put together a series of links and resources suggested by leaders in the fields of early childhood education and psychology. Please visit our page for these links and resources. There is a particularly wonderful link to a talk by Mr. Rogers, the beloved children's television host.
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American Psychiatric Association to Revise Diagnostic Manual: What does it mean for children with autism?
Over the past five years, the American Psychiatric Association has been working on an update of its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders — the first major revision of the DSM in 17 years. It will be released in May of next year with changes to a variety of disorders, most notably autism.
The definition will lump Asperger's, autism, and other non-verbal learning disorders into one diagnosis: Autism Spectrum Disorder. Two years ago, we spoke with people concerned about the elimination of Asperger's from the DSM. Now, a Yale study, published in the April issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, has some members of the autism community worried. They are concerned some will lose a disability diagnosis entirely. The study suggested that if implemented, nearly 40% of those with autism would be excluded from a diagnosis.
ACT Raising Safe Kids Program is a national parent education program designed by the American Psychological Association as a childhood safety and primary violence prevention initiative.
Our purpose is to mentor adults who raise, care, and teach children from birth to 8 years old to create safe environments for their children. The program:
- Has been evaluated and considered a successful model to disseminate early violence prevention knowledge and skills to adults. It is an evidence-based program to help parents and caregivers raise children to be safe and without violence.
- Focuses on strengthening positive parenting skills and empowering parents and caregivers to be the best parent they want to be; it promotes participation in the community.
- Teaches parents about child development, anger and behavior management, tools for positive effective parenting, and creates a support network for parents.
The ACT Raising Safe Kids Program is one of a few evidence-informed violence prevention initiatives focusing on early childhood. Read more
The program goal is to strengthen families and improve or change parenting skills and practices that prevent child maltreatment. Read more
The program is implemented by a variety of host organizations and agencies and delivered by their staff trained as ACT Facilitators. Read more
Evaluation studies conducted and have demonstrated that ACT is a promising evidence-informed program demonstrating that parents Read more
ACT NORTHEAST REGIONAL CENTER
Lemberg Children's Center works with the American Psychological Association (APA) and the national ACT office as the APA-ACT Northeast Regional Training Center.
The Northeast Regional Training Center provides facilitator training and support to local Raising Safe Kids Programs of the northeast region, including all of New England, New Jersey and New York.
ACT-NE also hosts the Northeast Regional Conference twice a year. This summit gathers all members of the ACT community for rich discussions and presentations on the progress, revisions and new research of ACT.
Our process from national to local and community-based programs is a tiered system:
Our Regional Center's Community Coordinators provide two-day training workshops for future facilitators of the eight-week Parent Workshops. These professionals are nationally trained and certified members of ACT who have demonstrated continued commitment and enthusiasm for the ACT Raising Safe Kids Program. They are well experienced with the program and are qualified to train other professionals to lead the RSK program.
Here are some ACT Community Coordinators in the Northeast Region:
CREC: Capitol Region Education Council, Hartford: Mary Huth
UCONN: Dept. of Human Development & Family Studies, Storrs: Meg Galante-Deangelis, Kari Adamsons, Anne Bladen
ACT-NE Regional Office, Waltham: Howie Baker, Sylvia Pena, Karen Gutterman, Katharine Braun-Levine, Bruce Johnson
peacfulfamilies.org, Cambridge: Kelly Champion
Southcoast Hospitals Group RAPPP: Sharon Souza
Child & Family Resources, Morristown: Jeffrey Segal, Rebekka Zydel
Montclair State University, Montclair: Milton Fuentes
PEI Kids, Lawrenceville: Nicole Cody
CEO-CAP: Commission on Economic Opportunity, Troy: Kristine Darling
HCDI & Cornell University Cooperative Extension: Virginia Ryan
Puerto Rican Family Institute, Bronx: Milton Fuentes
FacilitatorsACT Facilitators become a part of the ACT Family, a vast network of regional as well as national professionals who work with caretakers to prevent violence in the lives of their children. They help caretakers to create strong, happy families and a safe environment in their homes and communities. These individuals represent a spectrum of professions, some of which include:
- Childcare providers
- Healthcare providers
- Social workers
- Domestic Violence Counselors
- Case managers
- Mental health workers
Facilitators are qualified to utilize APA ACT materials to run Raising Safe Kids Parent Groups in their local facilities.
Full Certification includes a two-day training workshop led by a community coordinator and an observation by a regional office-approved ACT member (can also be via videotape or Skype) in their presentation of the Positive Discipline sson.
If you are interested in becoming a facilitator, or would like to schedule a training near you, please see our contact list of ACT Facilitators.
Raising Safe Kids (RSK) Parent Groups are run by ACT Facilitators in their local communities. This eight-week program utilizes ACT research materials to help parents/caretakers in their understanding of:
- The behaviors of children
- The control of parents' anger and reactions
- How to help angry children
- Children's exposure to electronic media violence
- Discipline and parenting styles
- Discipline for positive behaviors
The RSK program usually provides child care during the times parents attend the workshops. Check with your parent group leaders. Parents receive homework while children also engage in activities relevant to their parents workshop lessons during childcare. This enables the entire family to engage in the ACT experience, and to learn together.
To find a Raising Safe Kids Program near you, see our calendar.