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  • Sep 02 2021 YMCI photo

    Medical students Caroline Repetti, Madhan Saiprasad, and Kara Banson hosted an online talk with trauma coaches Diane Lanni and Zina Fernandez on mental health crisis and youth mobile crisis intervention (YMCI).

    Medical students Caroline Repetti, Madhan Saiprasad, and Kara Banson hosted an online talk with trauma coaches Diane Lanni and Zina Fernandez on mental health crisis and youth mobile crisis intervention (YMCI). They presented their work to a group of foster parents who are also trained trauma coaches. The presentation dispelled common myths about YMCI and provided clear guidelines on when and how to access YMCI. To learn more about YMCI and mental health resources check this page.

  • Jul 15 2021 Dr. Forkey and Dr. Griffin published their book Childhood Trauma and Resilience with the American Academy of Pediatrics

    Dr. Forkey and Dr. Griffin published their book Childhood Trauma and Resilience with the American Academy of Pediatrics

    Dr. Forkey and Dr. Griffin published Childhood Trauma and Resilience with the American Academy of Pediatrics Press. This practical guide provides those who work with children the framework needed to promote resilience and to address childhood trauma. You can find more information on this guidebook here.

  • Dec 23 2020 logo of cribsiders

    Dr. Forkey spoke about trauma informed care with Dr. Berk and Dr. Chiu on the podcast The Cribsiders.

    Dr. Forkey spoke about trauma informed care with Dr. Berk and Dr. Chiu on the podcast The Cribsiders. In their conversation, Dr. Forkey highlights practical tips that clinicians can use to integrate trauma informed care into their everyday practice. You can listen to the podcast episode here. 

  • Nov 12 2020 photo of Dr. Forkey and Dr. Griffin

    Dr. Griffin and Dr. Forkey discussed the challenges caregivers face during the COVID-19 pandemic on their new YouTube series “PairADocs.”

    Dr. Griffin and Dr. Forkey discussed the challenges caregivers face during the COVID-19 pandemic on their new YouTube series “PairADocs.” Dr. Griffin and Dr. Forkey draw from professional and personal experiences. They provide viewers with tools and strategies to support resilience, emotional health and stress management for caregivers and their children. You can watch their most recent episode here.

  • Sep 01 2020 Photo of Diane Lanni

    Trauma Coach Diane Lanni spoke with Irene Clements on the National Foster Parent Association’s Coffee with Caregivers.

    Trauma Coach Diane Lanni spoke with Irene Clements on the National Foster Parent Association’s Coffee with Caregivers. In this segment, Diane and Irene share their experiences of grief and bereavement as foster parents. Diane and her colleagues at The National Traumatic Stress Network developed three parenting resources focused on grief: 1. Impending Death of a Loved One 2. Addressing Fears from Prior Loss 3. Mourning the Death of a Loved One. You can watch a recording of the episode here.

  • Aug 25 2020 Pediatrics on Call

    Dr. Forkey spoke with Dr. Hill and Dr. Parga-Belinkie on the American Academy of Pediatrics’ podcast Pediatrics on Call

    Dr. Forkey spoke with Dr. Hill and Dr. Parga-Belinkie on the American Academy of Pediatrics’ podcast Pediatrics on Call. In this episode, Dr. Forkey discussed the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the children in the foster care system. She addressed how pediatricians can work with foster families to promote safe, stable, and nurturing relationships. You can listen to the podcast episode here.

  • Aug 01 2020

    Dr. Svendsen, Dr. Griffin, and Dr. Forkey published their work on how positive parenting principles support attachment and resilience

    Dr. Svendsen, Dr. Griffin, and Dr. Forkey published their work on how positive parenting principles support attachment and resilience in the journal Advances in Pediatrics. In their article, the authors introduced a framework of the different components that promote resilience, and what tools caregivers can use to achieve this. Check out the article here.

  • Apr 28 2020 Safe_Sound_COVID

    Dr. Forkey presented virtually on Quality Parenting Initiative’s (QPI) webcast

    Dr. Forkey presented virtually on Quality Parenting Initiative’s (QPI) webcast  “COVID-19: The New Normal” series. As a program of The Youth Law Center, QPI calls for excellent parenting for all children in the welfare system. It partners with caregivers and offers workshops and resources. During her presentation, Dr. Forkey provided an overview of what is known about COVID19 and its effects on children. She cited important steps caregivers can take to keep their families safe now and after the pandemic.  She also highlighted how this pandemic may specifically affect the health of kids in foster care, and acknowledged the need to restore safety, routine, and a means for self regulation. To view a recording of Dr. Forkey’s presentation, click here.

  • Mar 06 2020 Suzanne_CASA

    The CASA Project of Worcester County honored Suzanne Remington, Judge Capuano, and Dr. Forkey

    The CASA Project of Worcester County honored Suzanne Remington, Judge Capuano, and Dr. Forkey for their dedication to children in welfare at the 2nd Annual Champions for Children Celebration on March 6, 2020. This celebration brought together volunteers, community partners, friends, staff and sponsors as they reflected on the progress that has been made in the past year. Suzanne Remington who works with the FaCES THREdS team and is a volunteer advocate for CASA received the Volunteer of the Year Award. Judge Capuano who serves as a Juvenile Court Justice received the Honorable Deborah A.S Capuano Champions for Children Award. Dr. Forkey was awarded the Senator Harriette Chandler Award. Members of the FaCES team were present to show their support! 

  • Oct 27 2019 Dr. Forkey presenting at AAP conference

    Dr. Forkey Presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference

    Dr. Forkey presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and Exhibition in New Orleans, LA. Dr. Forkey gave four presentations that included discussions on 1. how primary care physicians can address trauma in the primary care and clinical setting  2. management of psychotropic medications in children exposed to trauma 3. strategies to promote resilience in at risk families and children 4. how the affiliate response can combat clinician burnout and secondary traumatic stress.

  • Oct 23 2019

    Trauma Coach Diane Lanni Presented at the 24th Annual Northern New England Conference on Child Maltreatment

    Trauma Coach Diane Lanni presented at the 24th Annual Northern New England Conference on Child Maltreatment in Freeport, Maine. In Diane’s presentation “Stable Parents, Stable Placement,” she provided tips on how to regulate caregivers who are navigating the challenging behaviors of their foster children.

  • Oct 18 2019 Diane and Dr. Morgan presenting at the AACAP conference

    Dr. Forkey, Dr. Morgan, Trauma Coach Diane Lanni and Medical Student Kara Banson Presented at the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry’s (AACAP) Annual Meeting

    Dr. Forkey, Dr. Morgan, Trauma Coach Diane Lanni and Medical Student Kara Banson presented at the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry’s (AACAP) 66th Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL. Dr. Morgan co-chaired the institute  “Impact of Child Maltreatment: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Role in Risk, Resiliency and Systems of Care.” During the forum, Dr. Forkey described how the developmental and behavioral symptoms of maltreatment evolve in the pediatric setting. She also called for more collaboration between pediatricians and child and adolescent psychiatrists, as pediatricians may  seek support when prescribing and deprescribing medications for children who have experienced maltreatment. Diane provided her lived experiences as a foster parent and as our trauma coach at FaCES, as a testimony for the need to invest in all foster parents. As an AACAP Summer Medical School Student Fellow, Kara shared how FaCES is trying to address the educational needs of kids in foster care during the poster session. She listened and learned from the perspectives of other trainees and clinicians who are facing similar challenges in their state.

  • Oct 15 2019

    Trauma Coach Diane Lanni and Mental Health Counselor Genevieve Kane- Howse Presented at the Child Trauma Conference

    Trauma Coach Diane Lanni and Mental Health Counselor Genevieve Kane- Howse presented at the Child Trauma Conference in Charleston, SC. Diane and Genevieve presented along side Kareen Aziz, Lance Davis, and Chris Foreman, CISW, MSSW. Diane and Genevieve shared their insights and experiences on the partnerships they have formed with providers, youth, and families while working at FaCES and the Child Trauma Center at UMass. The audience also learned how these partnerships can improve the professionals’ effort to be trauma-informed. 

  • Aug 21 2019 Dr.Forkey presenting at the Education Collaborative Forum

    Dr. Forkey Presented at a Forum on the Education of Children in Foster Care

    Dr. Forkey presented at a forum on the education of children in foster care, which was hosted by Representative David LeBoeuf and the Worcester Education Collaborative in Worcester. The audience included teachers, CASA volunteers, foster parents and other members of the community. Dr. Forkey shared what the FaCES Clinic has learned about the educational needs of foster kids, as well as the progress and roadblocks the Clinic faced in trying to help kids and their foster parents navigate the system. She also cited KISR!, a program in Cincinnati, which has done amazing work in helping foster kids achieve their educational goals. Other presenters at the forum included Kate Lowenstein with Citizens for Juvenile Justice, Patty Padilla, the principal of Woodland Elementary School, Maura Mahoney, manager of Social Emotional Learning in Worcester Public Schools, and Kelly Prendergast, Area Director for Worcester East office of the Department of Children and Families. 

  • Aug 16 2019 Kara Banson and Dr. Morgan smile for the camera at the UMMS poster session

    Medical Student Kara Banson Presented her Summer Work at the Summer Poster Session

    Kara Banson, a second year medical student, presented her summer work at the Summer Poster Session at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Kara worked with the FaCES team over the summer. To help foster parents become better educational advocates for their children, Kara developed handouts on common topics relating to school and education. Kara shared her work with other students, faculty, staff and members of the community. Kara (left) and her mentor Dr. Wynne Morgan (right) smiled for the camera!

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