Training & Events

The Family Support Center of NJ training department conducts interactive sessions intended to assist families of children with developmental disabilities targeting different age ranges in order to address unique needs. For professionals, trainings are provided across various disability specific areas of interest, including; education, employment and other professional development areas. Within each of the training sessions, attendees are exposed to appropriate advocacy strategies and are encouraged to develop a person centered approach towards planning and services.

Click on each training to view its description, dates and locations.


Upcoming Trainings

Apr
27
Mon
Webinar: Autism-Related Wandering, Keeping Our Kids Safe @ Online
Apr 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Incidents of missing children and wandering-related deaths are being reported in the news with frightening frequency. In the last three years, more than 50 individuals with autism have tragically lost their lives due to wandering. Data shows that 49% of children with autism have wandered from adult supervision. Families cite wandering as the most stressful behavior they face. This presentation will provide in-depth information on the issue of wandering, strategies for prevention & response, and resources that caregivers can begin using right now to keep their loved ones safe. Wendy Fournier is a founding board member and President of the National Autism Association. The organization has been instrumental in bringing federal attention to the issue of autism-related wandering. In 2010, Wendy and NAA Co-Founder Lori McIlwain were invited to present on the wandering/elopement issue before the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee at NIH, where they outlined the need for data collection, medical diagnostic coding, and federal health agency involvement. In addition to bringing awareness to the issue, NAA has developed extensive resources for the community including the AWAARE website and the Big Red Safety Box program.

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Apr
28
Tue
Transition Matters Overview – Bergen @ Norman A. Bleshman Regional Day School
Apr 28 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Transition Matters Overview Workshop is a training developed specifically for professionals and parents who are working with high school-age students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and will require adult services upon exiting the school system.

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Apr
29
Wed
Webinar: Introducing the Diagnosis and Nurturing Self-Knowledge @ Online
Apr 29 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Introducing your child to his or her diagnosis is a significant landmark along the journey of self-awareness and self-knowledge. Although it is not an isolated event, and only one part of the journey, planning the moment of “telling my child” can cause anxiety for parents. Catherine Faherty will walk you through the details, while keeping in mind the long-range importance of self-knowledge and how to nurture it for years to come. Catherine Faherty is an Autism Specialist, Mentor, Advocate and Ally, Author. She is one of the few professionals worldwide certified by Carol Gray to teach Social Stories™ workshops, and is a TEACCH Certified Advanced Consultant. Website: catherinefaherty.com

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Transition Matters Overview – Monmouth @ Children's Center of Monmouth County
Apr 29 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Transition Matters Overview Workshop is a training developed specifically for professionals and parents who are working with high school-age students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and will require adult services upon exiting the school system.

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May
5
Tue
Webinar: Everyday Technologies to Address Behavior and Task Performance for Students with Developmental Disabilities @ Online
May 5 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

As technology continues to evolve, we have an opportunity to accommodate students with disabilities using tools that everyone knows and is comfortable with. Come join us and learn how devices such as iPods, iPads and simple apps can be used to help people with developmental disabilities learn appropriate behavior and how to perform multiple step tasks. A range of technology solutions will be highlighted through examples, and web resources will be shared.

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May
6
Wed
Life Line for the Journey – Morris @ Morris County Library - Whippany Branch
May 6 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Who should attend?
Parents, caregivers and interested professionals seeking to gain information, resources and tools for navigating the special education systems for children from birth to age 14.

Workshop learning objectives include:

  • Identify appropriate supports and services
  • Activities to practice effective communication and advocacy skills.
  • Goal setting strategies.
  • Gain an understanding of Person Centered Thinking.
  • Exploring what the next step might be to help your child and family.
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May
7
Thu
Building a Successful Transition Plan @ Online
May 7 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

School Districts and other agencies involved in the education of students with disabilities are required to provide intensive services to ensure students are able to achieve success after graduation in employment, further education and independent living. This webinar will explore critical transition planning concepts along with strategies to ensure that appropriate services are provided.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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May
12
Tue
2015 Women’s Caregiver Retreat @ Robert Wood Johnson Fitness & Wellness Center
May 12 @ 8:30 am – 3:00 pm

Join us in celebration of National Women’s Health Week for our 11th Annual Women’s Caregiver Retreat. The day will be filled with dynamic speakers, health screenings, exhibitors, relaxation techniques, a healthy lunch, cooking demo, yoga, zumba and much more!

Find more information at www.fscnj.org/retreat

May
19
Tue
Webinar: Social Skills for Adults and Teens @ Online
May 19 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

“Social Skills” has become a cliche term. Let’s rename “Social Skills Group” to: “Beating Social Anxiety Group” or “Managing Social Stress” or “Understanding Neurotypicals” or “Taking Care of Myself in Social Situations.” This webinar discusses personal goals for people with autism, aspergers, and all unique ways of being, who are attending such groups and making sure you are getting what you need.

Annette L Becklund, MSW, LCSW, NBCCH, from Annette L Becklund, MSW, LCSW & Associates LLC will be presenting this session.

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Jun
11
Thu
Webinar: The Autism-Epilepsy Connection @ Online
Jun 11 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Epilepsy and related complications can occur in up to 40% of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), associated with an increasing risk with age. Epilepsy and Autism can have common biological origins, so that understanding the causes of Epilepsy can give insight into the mechanisms of ASD. Since Epilepsy can often be successfully treated, proper identification and diagnosis is essential, particularly for clinically “silent” forms.

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