Upcoming HRI Events in May!

The Healthy Relationships Initiative is springing into Spring with two great training programs!

On May 11, join us on Zoom from 9AM-11AM for our Journey of Foster Parenting training program. Participants will hear from foster parents as they discuss their experiences and insights gained while navigating the foster care system and becoming a foster parent. This professional training is applicable for those who work in mental health and/or social services fields, as well as those who may be interested in becoming a foster parent. Tickets are free. To register for this program, visit https://www.healthyrelationshipsinitiative.org/events.

On May 14, HRI along with the Center for Youth, Family, and Community Partnerships will hold the Responding to Family Violence: Best Practices for Mental Health Professionals training program, presented by HRI and CYFCP Director Dr. Christine Murray, from 9AM to 2PM. Topics covered will include understanding the different forms of family violence, risk factors for abuse, mental health consequences of victimization, and an introduction to treatment approaches. Participants will learn how to identify common features of abusive relationships, understand how mental health services fit within the range of other community resources for victims and survivors, and gain knowledge about how mental health professionals can support impacted clients in the long-term abuse recovery process. The program is applicable for both professionals and students and has been approved for 4 NBCC credit hours, 4 NASW-NC credit hours, and 4 NCASPPB credit hours. In order to earn the appropriate credit hours for this program, you must attend the entire program from 9AM-2PM. Participants will also be required to remain engaged through both the enabling of their camera feature and by engaging in the chatroom throughout the program. Attendance will be taken in order to correctly distribute earned credit hours. Tickets are $75, but UNCG students, staff, and alumni can receive a discounted price. Please register and reserve your ticket at https://healthyrelationshipsinitiative.org/familyviolencetraining.

If you’re a social worker, counselor, therapist, or other mental health or social services professional looking for professional development opportunities, or just interested in learning more about these topics, please consider registering for one of these great training programs sponsored by the Healthy Relationships Initiative this month!

Register today for our upcoming PD (earn credit hours in NC!)

Professional Development Training: Responding to Family Violence

Calling all NC Social Workers, Addictions Specialists, & Counselors — you won’t want to miss this opportunity to earn credit hours!
 
HRI and the @uncgcyfcp are offering tickets at an extremely competitive price, and discounts are available for UNCG staff, students, and former alumni.
 
Presented by HRI and CYFCP Director, Dr. Christine Murray, this training will provide an overview of best practices for mental health professionals working with families impacted by violence and abuse.
 

Marriage is Not About Age

 

“Marriage is not about age; it’s about finding the right person.” – Sophia Bush
 
There is no right age or time to get married or have a long-term committed relationship. Regardless of your timeline, what is most important is that you find the right person — regardless of how old you are or how many times you’ve been there before.

Introducing HRI’s 2021 Kindness Champions

Today, the Healthy Relationships Initiative is recognizing our 2021 Kindness Champions of Guilford County!
 
These individuals make their community a better place by spreading positivity to the people in their lives through kindness and compassion.
 
Our first 2021 Kindness Champion of Guilford County is Sonja Frison, who was nominated by a co-worker. According to Sonja Frison’s nominator, what makes Sonja a Kindness Championd is this: “Sonja has worked as a Licensed Psychologist for many years in the field of Juvenile Justice. She is always willing to help and has the patience of a saint. She is a team player and is always willing to lend her time and expertise to a friend or coworker. Sonja has devoted her life to helping others. She is an asset to our community here in Guilford County.”
 
Thank you, Sonja, for all that you do to make Guilford County a better place!
Our second 2021 Kindness Champion of Guilford County is Stormi Burns, who was nominated by her husband. Stormi Burns’ nominator had this to say about why Stormi is a Kindness Champion: “I may be a little biased, but I’d like to believe that Stormi is a walking light. No matter where she is, light seems to beam from her. She genuinely cares for people and their well-being. By day, she works at a nonprofit called Ready for School, Ready for Life. By hobby, she is always finding a way to do acts of kindness. Stormi is devoted to enriching the lives of others by simply instilling hope through acts of kindness. In 2013, Stormi founded The Sunny Day Project, a pay it forward movement to inspire people to share love, light, and Jesus with others through acts of kindness. Stormi is a true advocate for acts of kindness.”
 

Tips for Learning to Listen to Your Teen

Tips for Learning to Listen to Your Teen

By Javiette Grant, HRI Program Specialist*

*Adapted from HRI’s Toolkit for Parenting Teens

As a parent with so much life experience, it can be hard to sit back and listen to your teen without pointing out the problem and attempting to give advice. Below are some helpful tips on how to listen carefully and make sure you understand what your teen is trying to say:

  1. Stop what you’re doing and give them your full attention. Multitasking may be the most effective way to make use of your time, but when it comes to talking to your teen schedule a special time to listen. This demonstrates to your teen that they have your undivided attention and may encourage them to disclose more and ask questions.
  2. Display attentive body language. Demonstrate non-verbally that you are there to listen. Look them in the eyes, lean forward slightly, nod encouragingly. Your body language says the most, and so will theirs. Observing your teen can provide insight into how they feel.
  3. Don’t interrupt them. It’s hard not to jump in with opinions and questions when your teen is talking, however, letting them finish can help uncover underlying messages and problems. Decide to be interested in what they are saying not what advice you have to offer.
  4. Restate and summarize their words. Restating helps ensure that you heard your teen correctly. If you didn’t, it gives them the chance to re-explain. It also lets them know that you are following everything they are trying to say.
  5. Reflect their emotions and never ridicule. React sensitively to what your teen shares with you. While something they say may seem trivial to you, in their world every event is big. If you don’t agree with something tell them in an open and understanding manner so that it doesn’t push them away.
  6. Prepare for moments of honesty and vulnerability. While talking, your teen may break down and share everything going on with them personally. Give them all time and support they need to share. These moments may be rarer for some teens than others.
  7. Don’t follow-up with a lecture. It is difficult enough for teens to share their life with adults without being worried about being confronted immediately afterward.

 

6.3.21 | Talking to Children About Gun Violence

Join the Healthy Relationships Initiative and several experts from UNC Greensboro and the Guilford County Family Justice Center on Thursday, June 3 from 9:00-10:00 am! During this program, we will address how to talk to young children about gun violence, and how to use Sesame Street in Communities resources to facilitate those conversations. This program will take place on Facebook Live. Click here on June 3 to attend this free conversation! 

Dearer Stuff

Have you ever wanted to reach out to a friend going through a particularly difficult time, only to put the phone down and hesitate out of fear of saying the wrong thing? Maybe you don’t even send the text or make the call at all. You overthink the conversation in your head and you decide not to reach out.

Consider an alternate view — You make the call and even if you say something silly or fumble over your words, you make your friend’s day by reaching out.  You can hear them smiling through the phone and you smile back. You hang up and you know you’ve made a difference in their day. You feel a little happier, too.

Don’t let the fear of saying the wrong thing prevent you from reaching out to the people that you love. After all, that’s what makes certain friendships and relationships so special, or of that “dearer stuff.”

 

5.14.21 | Responding to Family Violence: Best Practices for Mental Health Professionals

Presented by Dr. Christine Murray, Director of the Center for Youth, Family, and Community Partnerships and the Healthy Relationships Initiative, this training will provide an introduction to best practices for responding to family violence for mental health professionals.

Topics covered will include understanding the different forms of family violence, risk factors for abuse, mental health consequences of victimization, and an introduction to treatment approaches.

Participants will learn how to identify common features of abusive relationships, understand how mental health services fit within the range of other community resources for victims and survivors, and gain knowledge about how mental health professionals can support impacted clients in the long-term abuse recovery process.

This training is recommended for professionals and students. *UNC Greensboro alumni, staff, and students can received a discounted ticket by selecting the correct ticket and providing additional information.

This training has been approved for 4 NBCC credit hours, 4 NASW-NC credit hours, and 4 NCASPPB credit hours.

Responding to Family Violence: Best Practices for Mental Health Professionals has been approved by NBCC for NBCC credit. UNCG Center for Youth, Family, and Community Partnerships; the Healthy Relationships Initiative is solely responsible for all aspects of the program. NBCC Approval No. SP-3617.

This event will take place virtually on Friday, May 14 from 9-2 pm. Register and reserve your ticket and receive details to connect leading up to the program. In order to earn the appropriate credit hours for this program, you must attend the entire program from 9-2. Participants will also be required to remain engaged through both the enabling of their camera feature and also, by engaging in the chatroom throughout the program. Attendance will be taken in order to correctly distribute earned credit hours.

Please direct all inquiries to Camila at c_dossan@uncg.edu.

Click here to reserve your ticket for this professional training today! 

5.11.21 | Lived Experiences – The Journey of Foster Parenting

In this professional training, we will hear from foster parents as they discuss their experiences and insights gained while navigating the foster care system and becoming a foster parent. This professional training is for those who work in mental health and/or social services fields, as well as those who may be interested in becoming a foster parent.

Click here to register for this event and to receive Zoom details to connect on May 11, 2021.