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Lucas County Children's Services: CLC Room

705 Adams Street

Toledo, OH 43604

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Engaging parents is critical to achieving positive outcomes with under-resourced youth, but can be one of the most challenging aspects of our work as youth-serving professionals. In this training, presenters will discuss local parent engagement programs that are currently succeeding in a variety of settings – health care, mental health, school-based and the community. Participants will engage in a variety of reflective exercises to identify individual, institutional and systemic barriers that prevent effective parent engagement. We will explore asset and strength-based strategies that break down these barriers and build trust with under-resourced parents. A parent panel will discuss engagement from a parent perspective, what works, and how to effectively engage parents as partners in the positive development of youth.

Training Objectives:

1. Identify local best practices, related to parent engagement that lead to positive impacts in a variety of settings: health care, mental health, community, school and after school.

2. Recognize individual, institutional, and systematic barriers that impact effective parent engagement.

3. Develop and use a strengths based and asset focused approach when working with families.

Who should attend?

Professionals and administrators working with children, youth and their families in multiple environments.


4.5 CEU's pending for Counselors, Social workers, and Marriage and Family Therapists

Additional Information:

Continental breakfast and lunch included with ticket.

If you have special needs, dietary or otherwise, or any other questions, please contact Gina Morton at so we can accommodate your needs for the training.

About the presenters:

Keynote Speaker: Michael P. Marcotte, M. D.

Dr. Marcotte is a maternal fetal medicine specialist in one of the largest Maternity Centers in Ohio--TriHealth. He is the medical director for the HOPE (Helping Opiate addicted Pregnant women Evolve) at Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati. It is the largest program in Southwest Ohio serving pregnant women suffering from opiate addiction providing enhanced prenatal care to help them achieve their goals of sobriety, healthy pregnancy outcomes and ongoing parenting.

In addition, as the director of quality and safety for women’s services at TriHealth over the last 7 years, he has the opportunity to make pregnancy safer and improve the experience women and their families have during pregnancy and childbirth. As a national speaker for the March of Dimes, he has had the opportunity to work with many hospitals throughout the United States to improve pregnancy outcomes.

Deirdre Washington, M.ED OCPSI, Prevention Education Manager, Harbor Behavioral

Topic: Engaging Under-Resourced Families

Sarah Smitley, Family Navigator and Mentor Program Coordinator, NAMI of Greater Toledo

Topic: Engaging parents in Mental Health Settings

Marian Brannon, M.A., Strengthening Families Coordinator, Lucas County Family Council

Topic: Engaging Parents using the Parent Cafe Model

Tiffany Ways, MSW, LISW-S, School Program Director/TPS HUB

Joshua Davies, Reynolds Elementary After-School Program Director, LEAD Mentoring Program/TPS HUB

Topic: Engaging Parents in School-based settings

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