PANDEMIC CHANGES
At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, we created United We Help Fall River; a Collaboration of United Neighbors and United Way of Greater Fall River. Our usual coalition meetings have been consolidated into four community collaborative meetings via Zoom. Our hope is to return to meeting by individual coalition when we are back to face to face meetings. Below are the times of the meetings:

May
2
Mon
Community Wellness Initiative @ via Zoom
May 2 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Meets the first and third Monday of the month.

Contact Wendy Garf-Lipp at wendy@unfr.org for the Zoom link.

May
18
Wed
Understanding Gender Identity @ via Zoom
May 18 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Understanding Gender Identity @ via Zoom

Understanding Gender Identity

Discussions of Gender and Gender Identity are Everywhere. Concepts of Gender are being discussed even as new terms are being created. It’s ok if you are struggling to figure out what it all means; you’re not alone if you’re confused. This series provides information and tools needed for those new to the topic and for those who want to deepen their understanding. This is meant to be a safe place to ask questions. Participants will receive Janna’s toolkit of practical tips you can use in everyday life to support trans people in your families/organizations/communities.

Facilitated by Janna Barkin, author, educator, parent coach, support group facilitator, and parent of a transgender child.

Three-session Zoom series, including two educational sessions (one hour each –
1 NASW CEU each) and a special storytelling panel (two hours – 2 NASW CEUs).

Session 1 (April 14, 12:30 – 1:30, 1 NASW CEU)
Foundations of Gender- vocabulary, definitions
Pronouns-why they are important and how to make the adjustment
Register here.

Session 2 (May 12, 12:30 – 1:30 1 NASW CEU)
Fathers and Gender – fathers and families “in transition”
Myths and Truths about gender and being trans
Register here.

Session 3 (May 18, 12:30 – 2:30 2 NASW CEUs)
Storytelling Panel
How to be an Ally
Questions and Answers
Register here.

May
25
Wed
Menstrual Equity 101 @ via Zoom
May 25 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Menstruation is increasingly recognized as an issue in domestic and global public health. Menstrual cycles have not stopped during the coronavirus pandemic. In fact, period poverty — the inability to afford menstrual products — has increased as job insecurity, homelessness, and food insecurity continue to rise. There is a growing menstrual equity movement to not only end period poverty but to address menstruation education and stigma, and to ensure that people have access to health care resources, empowering a generation of unapologetic menstruators.
Participants will learn the basics of reproductive health (specifically menstruation
and menstrual hygiene management), understand the importance of addressing
period poverty and other forms of period trauma, examine the role of fathers and menstrual hygiene management and identify tools for supporting youth and adults who menstruate. At the end of the training, participants will have the knowledge and skills they need to support menstruators and feel comfortable sharing information about menstruation with others.

2 CEUs Awarded
This program is approved for 2 Social Worker Continuing Education Units for relicensure in accordance with 258 CMR Collaborative of NASW and The Boston College and Simmons Schools of Social Work.

Joint Program of Fathers & Family Network South Coast, The Family Nurturing Center of Massachusetts, and Cape Cod Fathers & Family Network
The Fathers and Family Network is a statewide networking and training group for professionals who work with fathers. The group helps professionals enhance skills, learn new strategies for engaging fathers, and coordinate services across the state.

May
26
Thu
Understanding Gender Identity @ via Zoom
May 26 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Understanding Gender Identity @ via Zoom

Understanding Gender Identity

Discussions of Gender and Gender Identity are Everywhere. Concepts of Gender are being discussed even as new terms are being created. It’s ok if you are struggling to figure out what it all means; you’re not alone if you’re confused. This series provides information and tools needed for those new to the topic and for those who want to deepen their understanding. This is meant to be a safe place to ask questions. Participants will receive Janna’s toolkit of practical tips you can use in everyday life to support trans people in your families/organizations/communities.

Facilitated by Janna Barkin, author, educator, parent coach, support group facilitator, and parent of a transgender child.

Three-session Zoom series, including two educational sessions (one hour each –
1 NASW CEU each) and a special storytelling panel (two hours – 2 NASW CEUs).

Session 1 (April 14, 12:30 – 1:30, 1 NASW CEU)
Foundations of Gender- vocabulary, definitions
Pronouns-why they are important and how to make the adjustment
Register here.

Session 2 (May 26, 12:30 – 1:30 1 NASW CEU) Rescheduled from May 12
Fathers and Gender – fathers and families “in transition”
Myths and Truths about gender and being trans
Register here.

Session 3 (May 18, 12:30 – 2:30 2 NASW CEUs)
Storytelling Panel
How to be an Ally
Questions and Answers
Register here.

Jun
1
Wed
The Challenges Facing LGBTQ+ Older Adults Family @ via Zoom
Jun 1 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

This workshop will highlight the importance of social consciousness and active allyship to adequately support the Older Adult LGBTQ+ community. The focus of this workshop will be on building professional skills to provide culturally competent care. Co-facilitators will provide an overview of key concepts, person-centered best-practices, and historical context in an effort to better support all LGBTQ+ community members across the lifespan. The importance of cultural humility will be emphasized and supporting resources will be shared to better aid attendees in their continual journey of providing culturally competent care to the diverse LGBTQ+ community.

Co-Facilitators: William “Liam” Rozum (he/him) and Ashley Delgado (she/her) are Clinicians at the Behavioral Health Center.

Two (2) free CEUs are available for social workers and LMHC clinicians.

This program is funded in part by a grant from Bristol Elder Services, Inc. through a contract with the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs.

Jun
7
Tue
Confronting Discrimination @ via Zoom
Jun 7 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

These meetings/trainings are discussions for adults and youth about discrimination and bias.

Meets the first and third Tuesday of the month.

Contact Wendy Garf-Lipp at wendy@unfr.org for the Zoom link.

Jun
14
Tue
Men for Menstruation @ via Zoom
Jun 14 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Men For Menstruation is a two-hour course for men and anyone who works with men to help men understand menstruation, get access to tangible resources, and gain confidence to support menstruators in their lives and break the period taboo. Participants will learn the basics of menstruation and menstrual hygiene management, understand the importance of addressing period poverty and other forms of period trauma, participate in group discussions and activities to practice how to effectively communicate and support people in their lives who have periods. At the end of the training, participants will have the knowledge and skills they need to support menstruators and feel comfortable sharing information about menstruation with others.

Instructors

Bria Gadsden, MS: Bria Gadsden is a health educator, menstrual equity leader, youth development worker, and Executive Director of Love Your Menses. Bria has facilitated menstrual health education workshops for youth and adult caregivers in various settings including, schools, shelters, community centers, libraries, and faith-based organizations. Bria received her Master of Science in Community Health Education from Merrimack College and her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Kelly Davis, LPN: Kelly Davis is a Menstrual Equity Trainer and Nurse Consultant for Love Your Menses. Kelly has over five years of relevant experience working as a school nurse with teens; specifically, teenagers in the Fall River area. She has educated teens who menstruate about the anatomy and physiology of their bodies and menstruation. Kelly received her nursing license from Diman School of Practical Nursing in Fall River.

2 CEUs Awarded
This program is approved for 2 Social Worker Continuing Education Units for relicensure in accordance with 258 CMR Collaborative of NASW and The Boston College and Simmons Schools of Social Work.

Joint Program of Fathers & Family Network South Coast, The Family Nurturing Center of Massachusetts, United Neighbors of Fall River, and Cape Cod Fathers & Family Network.

 

Jun
16
Thu
Alzheimer’s Disease & Other Dementias of Aging @ via Zoom
Jun 16 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

According to the World Health Organization there are more than 55 million people in the world who are currently living with some form of dementia, a number that is projected to rise to 78 million by 2030 (World Health Organization, 2019). This training, entitled Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias of Aging, will focus on providing education on what dementia is, its symptoms, and how to best understand and manage frustrating behaviors. It will focus on educating the population on dementia and its impact on not only the patient, but the family and caregivers as well. The objectives of this training are to promote a more Dementia-informed community, and to provide support and understanding to both caregivers as well as the individuals who have been diagnosed with Dementia. This is a 2 hour training with CEU’s available for Social Workers and LMHC Clinicians.

Presenter is Family Service Association Clinician Monica Cesar-McGraw, LSWC Certified Dementia Practitioner.

Funding provided from Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers DSRIP Statewide Program Investments.

Affirming Task Force Meeting
Jun 16 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

The goal of the Affirming Task Force (ATF) is to build a more culturally informed and inclusive professional/provider community through education, discussion, resource sharing, and networking. Co-facilitated by trained clinicians with an affirming approach.

The Affirming Task Force meets monthly on the 3rd Thursday at 11 a.m. and is facilitated by the Behavioral Health Center at Family Service Association.

You are welcome to join at any time and/or email us to receive LGBTQ+ mental health information.

Please contact ADelgado@frfsa.org or WRozum@frfsa.org with any inquires.

Jun
20
Mon
Community Wellness Initiative @ via Zoom
Jun 20 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Meets the first and third Monday of the month.

Contact Wendy Garf-Lipp at wendy@unfr.org for the Zoom link.