Wednesday, April 27, 2011

“Helping Families Navigate the Human Service System”

We are pleased to announce that the Office of Child and Family Services within the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) is sponsoring a 3 hour workshop for family members. The three hours include signing in, obtaining handouts, and the training session. This workshop entitled, “Helping Families Navigate the Human Service System” is designed to provide strategies for family members in obtaining appropriate services for a child in need of mental health services, and support for the caregiver.

Raising a child is always a balancing act of love and discipline, patience and guidance. When the child has challenging behaviors or a mental health diagnosis, it can feel like an overwhelming task. Addressing the behavioral health needs of children and their families is more important than ever. Many family members have problems with accessing services because of financial constraints and a lack of information about the system.

Persons attending this workshop will explore strategies on how to build on their own strengths and communication skills in obtaining the needed assistance. This informative workshop will provide family members with information on such topics as how to become an equal partner on the treatment team, how to help the treatment provider understand exactly what the problems are, and how parents can take care of themselves while their child is involved in treatment. They also will be able to hear what is working for other families that are in similar situations.

The training will be held on June 2nd from 5:30-8:30 at the Virginia Tech Richmond Center located at 2810 N. Parham Road, Richmond, VA 23294. Evening refreshments will be served.

It will be facilitated by Carol Obrochta who is a national family trainer with over 25 years of experience in developing child and family support programs and conducting training sessions.

This event is free of charge but space is limited and registration is required. It is open to the first 25 registrants. To register, obtain directions, or have other questions answered; please contact Malcolm King with DBHDS at 804-371-4604 or via email at I invite you to forward this announcement to other persons that you feel would benefit from the workshop.

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