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  • 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!

  • Aug 14 2019 Diane presenting at CASA

    Trauma Coach Diane Lanni and Medical Student Kara Banson Presented at CASA

    Diane Lanni, one of our trauma coaches, and Kara Banson, a second year medical student, presented at CASA’s brown bag lunch series in Worcester. This event was attended by 17 CASA volunteers. Kara provided an overview of the services at the FaCES Clinic as well as introduced our new resources developed to help foster parents and caregivers navigate their child’s education. Diane engaged her audience by discussing attachment and how trauma can affect a child’s ability to appropriately attach. She also provided examples of common trauma reactions, and explained how trauma can complicate clinical assessments. Diane and Kara appreciated the enthusiasm and engagement of the CASA volunteers who asked questions and shared their insights. 

  • Jul 30 2019

    Trauma Coaches Diane Lanni and Zina Fernandez Presented at MAPP Training

    Trauma coaches Diane Lanni and Zina Fernandez presented at a Massachusetts Approach to Partnership in Parenting (MAPP) training course at the Worcester East DCF office. MAPP trainers invited Diane and Zina to speak to a group of foster parents about the services provided by the FaCES Clinic. Diane and Zina also explained the role of the trauma coach and provided some basic understanding of  trauma’s impact on brain development and child behavior.

  • Jun 03 2019

    Dr. Heather Forkey Presented to European Colleagues

    Dr. Heather Forkey presented to European colleagues at InterCAP: an International conference of Child Abuse Pediatrics.  Dr. Forkey presented on the Role of Resilience, How to Identify and Respond to Trauma Symptoms in Children, and the Approach to Physical Abuse. PDF’s of these presentations will soon be available here.

  • May 23 2019

    Collaborations with the Children's Hospital of Boston

    Collaboration with the Children’s Hospital of Boston (CHB). In honor of Foster Care Month, Dr. Heather Forkey joined colleagues from CHB and presented All the Fright We Cannot See: How Trauma Impacts the Brain and Body. Dr. Forkey discussed how children in foster care can present with trauma symptoms and the first steps to address these symptoms. Medical providers, nurses and social workers at CHB who work with kids involved with child welfare attended the presentation. CHB has a foster care clinic – and opportunities for us to collaborate further were a part of our conversations.

  • May 21 2019 Tai and Diana smile for the camera at the community event

    FaCES was Part of a Community Event

    FaCES was part of a community event for foster providers and families. Our own Taí Pabon and Diane Lanni were present to share information about the FaCES medical services and support available through the Trauma Coach program. We had the opportunity to see friends we have worked with for years, and meet new foster parents, DCF workers and youth who were interested in what FaCES has to offer.

  • May 21 2019

    Grand Rounds for Pediatrics at Baystate Children's Hospital

     Dr. Heather Forkey presented for pediatric colleagues Putting Your Trauma Lens On. A presentation filled with ways to build resilience, recognize trauma and practical approaches to both in the pediatric setting, the attendees reported they were left “on the edge of their seat”. The presentation was even attended by a service dog in training, though we are not sure which of the tips presented he found most woof-while 😊.