Events



September 2018

Trauma Education:

Science, Hope and Healing

Training Description
Trauma is common in children in our society and especially for those in the foster system. Early childhood toxic stress affects development. As we examine the effects of trauma on the developing brain and nervous system, we will learn practical ways to intervene and what you can do to help rebuild the brain of a person who has experienced trauma.

Presenter
Shauna Signorini is the parent of two young women and knows firsthand the challenges families face getting support, access, and information to help their children with mental health challenges. She has done parent peer support for almost 10 years and is currently the Project Lead for the Oregon Family to Family Health Information Center. Shauna has over 600 hours in mental health, trauma and Systems of Care training, including the Neurosequential Model of Therapy through the Child Trauma Academy. She desires to see our society have a shared understanding of mental health challenges and to see medical and non-medical options used to treat those vulnerable with respect and compassion. In her spare time she likes to swim, hike Mount Hood, and train professionals and families in trauma, hope, and healing.

Thursday, September 6, 2018, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Columbia Gorge Community College Lecture Hall, Building 2, 3rd Floor, 400 East Scenic Drive, The Dalles, OR 97058

Register by calling ORPARC at 503-241-0799, 1-800-764-8367, or email orparc@nwresource.org

This is a collaborative training between Oregon Post Adoption Resource Center, Oregon Family to Family Health Information Center, Oregon Department of Human Service, Oregon Department of Education, and Swindells Resource Center of Providence Child Center. Thanks to the generosity of our donors and partners, PDU’s and Certificates of Attendance are available at no cost. Please inquire at Registration.



Join us for Sibshops!

For brothers and sisters, ages 5-7 & 8-12, of kids with special developmental needs

Sibshops with the Swindells Resource Center are lively, pedal-to- the-metal, award-winning celebrations of the many contributions made by brothers and sisters of kids with special needs. Sibshops acknowledges that being the brother or sister of a person with special needs is for some a good thing, others a not-so-good thing, and for many, somewhere in between. They reflect a belief that brothers and sisters have much to offer one another – if they are given a chance.

The Sibshops model mixes information and discussion activities with new games designed to be unique, offbeat and appealing to a wide ability range. Sibs ages 5-7 & 8-12! Please join us for this day of celebration of you:

  • Games
  • New friends
  • Discussion activities

Snacks will be provided for the sibs. If there are any specific diet restrictions, please feel free to send along a snack. Register Soon! Space is limited.

A $10 donation would be appreciated for participation in Sibshops.

September 22 (Ages 8-12)
9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Providence Portland Child Center, 4805 NE Glisan St., Portland, OR 97213

October 13 (Ages 5-7)
9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, Souther Classrooms, 9135 SW Barnes Rd., Portland, OR 97225

November 3 (Ages 8-12)
9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Providence Milwaukie Hospital, Mother Gamelin Conference Room, Second Floor, 10150 SE 32nd Ave., Milwaukie, OR 97222

December 15 (Ages 5-12) Group & Holiday Party
9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Providence Portland Child Center, 4805 NE Glisan St., Portland, OR 97213

Registration: Class size is limited and pre- registration is required. Register by phone at 503-215-2429 or toll free at 800-833-8899 ext. 52429.



Ask The Question:

Youth Suicide Prevention & What You Can Do

The Swindells Resource Center, in collaboration with local community organizations and Dr. Stewart Newman of Mind Matters, PC, invites you to a free symposium for families and professionals to address this critical public health issue.

Informational Resource Fair – 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Visit our resource fair to gather resources and behavioral health information from our wonderful community partners.

Presentation by Dr. Stewart S. Newman – 6:30-8 p.m.
Dr. Stewart S. Newman, MD, is a managing partner of Mind Matters, PC, in Beaverton, Oregon where he practices full-time as an outpatient child and family psychiatrist working with children across disabilities. He is also a published author and Affiliate Professor at OHSU where he teaches at the School of Medicine, Nursing and the Psychiatric Residency Program.

The presentation will include discussion of:

  • Youth vulnerability, risk factors, & warning signs
  • Overcoming fear of asking “the question”
  • The “question, persuade, refer” strategy
  • Helpful resources
  • Audience Questions & Answers

Tuesday, September 25, 5:30 - 8 p.m., Providence Portland Medical Center Cancer Center Amphitheater, 819 NE 47th Ave, Portland, OR 97213

Learn more and register

For additional information or to register by phone, call 503-215-2429 or 800-833-8899 Ext. 52429. Spanish registration and interpretation services are available. Please call 503-574-6595 before September 17.



You’re Not Alone!

How to Address Challenging Behavior

Come to learn:

  • The ABC’s of behavior (antecedent, behavior, consequence).
  • How to identify the “why” of a behavior.
  • Examples of possible replacement behaviors at home.

Please join the Swindells Resource Center and Behavior Analyst Alicia Like, M.Ed, BCBA, for a free event exploring the principles of challenging behavior and strategies to help guide parents, professionals, and caregivers to see behavior from a new perspective.

Alicia is a Clinical Manager with the Center for Autism Related Disorders (CARD) Español Portland Program and has more than 8 years’ experience as both a classroom special education teacher and behavior analyst.

Friday, September 28, 9 a.m.-noon, Providence Seaside Hospital, Room ED A-B, 725 S Wahanna Rd., Seaside, OR 97138

Learn more and register

For additional information or to register by phone, call 503-215-2429 or 800-833-8899 ext. 52429.




October 2018

Reducing Relational Stress:

Building Resiliency for Families of Children with Special Health Needs

In your relationship, are you experiencing...

  • A lack of connection?
  • Conflict and resentment?
  • Fatigue, overwhelm, or stagnation?

Please join Swindells Resource Center and Eileen Devine, LCSW, for a free presentation on relational stress for couples and families caregiving for children with special healthcare needs. The presentation will include information and tools for families and professionals, including:

  • Signs and symptoms of relational stress
  • Strategies to build resilience within a parenting relationship
  • Tools to plan for future stressors

Eileen Devine is a practicing LCSW and mother of a child with special healthcare needs. She believes that recognizing signs and symptoms of caregiver burnout and creating a plan to address it can reduce relational stress in families caring for children with special needs.

Tuesday, October 2, 6 p.m.-8 p.m., Newberg Christian Church Room 402, 2315 Villa Rd, Newberg, OR 97132

Learn more and register

Register by phone

Call 503-215-2429 or 800-833-8899 ext 52429.

Thanks to the generosity of our donors and partners, PDU’s and Certificates of Attendance are available at no cost. Please inquire when registering.



Sensory PDX:

The Misunderstood Child: Understanding & Treating Sensory Processing Disorder

The Swindells Resource Center, in collaboration with Advanced Pediatric Therapies and Sensory Kids LLC, invite you to join us for a free presentation on Sensory Processing Disorder from Sharron Donnelly, MS, OTR/L. Sharron will assist parents, professionals, and caregivers in understanding:

  • Difficulties connected to sensory processing disorders
  • Ingredients of an effective sensory diet
  • The impact of sensory processing on attention, learning, behaviors, and social interaction
  • Take-away tools to help children get “in sync” in the classroom, home, or clinic

Sharron Donnelly, MS, OTR/L is the co-founder and owner of Advanced Pediatric Therapies. Sharron has been an occupational therapist working in pediatrics for 20 years, has trained extensively in sensory processing disorders, holds a graduate certificate in Infant Toddler Mental Health, and is an internationally recognized speaker on the Therapeutic Listening Program.

Thursday, October 11, 7-9 p.m., 
Providence Portland Medical Center, Cancer Center Amphitheater, 819 NE 47th Ave., Portland, OR 97213

Learn more and register

For additional information or to register by phone, call 503-215-2429 or 800-833-8899 ext 52429. Spanish registration and interpretation services are available; please call 503-215-2429. This workshop is free thanks 
to the generosity of our donors and Sensory PDX partners.



Developmental Disability (DD) Services in Yamhill County:

Understanding & Accessing Benefits

Please join Swindells Resource Center, Creating Opportunities Executive Director Cheryl Cisneros, and Yamhill County Developmental Disability Services Program Supervisor Carol Morris for a free introduction to Developmental Disability (DD) Services. The presentation will cover:

  • An overview of the I/DD service system
  • A review of eligibility criteria
  • Steps for how to apply (including required paperwork)
  • A description of available services, including in-home “K-Plan” services

Cheryl Cisneros is the Executive Director and Founder of Creating Opportunities, a non-profit Regional Family Network for Marion, Polk, and Yamhill Counties providing advocacy, training, family events, and community outreach. She has over 20 years of leadership experience and expertise enhansing the lives of children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families.

Carol Morris, Developmental Disability Services Program Supervisor for Yamhill County, has worked for the program since 1992. She has experience as a DD Case Manager, Eligibility Specialist, and Supervisor.

Monday, October 15th, 6:30pm-8:30pm, Sherwood/St Paul Room, Providence Newberg Medical Center, 1001 Providence Way, Newberg, OR 97132

Learn more and register

For additional information or to register by phone, call 503- 215-2429 or 800-833-8899 ext 52429. Spanish registration and interpretation services are available; please call 503-574- 6595 before September 28th.



See Something, Say Something:

Bullying of Children with Special Healthcare Needs

The Swindells Resource Center, in collaboration with local community organizations and Dr. Stewart Newman of Mind Matters, PC, invites you to a free event for families and professionals. The event aims to enhance awareness of the psychological and environmental factors that create bullying and school violence, particularly among children who experience special health needs.

Informational Resource Fair (5:30-6:30 p.m.)
Visit our resource fair to gather resources and behavioral health information from our wonderful community partners.

Presentation by Dr. Stewart S. Newman (6:30-8 p.m.)
Dr. Stewart S. Newman, MD, is a managing partner of Mind Matters, PC, in Beaverton, Oregon where he practices full-time as an outpatient child and family psychiatrist working with children across disabilities. He is also a published author and Affiliate Professor at OHSU where he teaches at the School of Medicine, Nursing and the Psychiatric Residency Program.

The presentation will address:

  • The psychological and environmental factors that create bullying and school violence
  • Helpful resources
  • Audience Questions & Answers

Tuesday, October 30th, 5:30-8 p.m., Providence Willamette Falls Community Center Auditorium, 519 15th St., Oregon City, OR 97045

Learn more and register

To register by phone, call 503-215-2429 or 800-833-8899,52429 ext 52429. Spanish interpretation services are- available; please call 503-215-2429 before October 22nd. Thanks to the generosity of our donors and partners, PDU’s and Certificates of Attendance are available at no cost. Please inquire at Registration.




November 2018

Sensory PDX:

Problem Solving Sensory Strategies for Home + School

Please join Swindells for the second session of our 2018-2019 Sensory PDX series. We’re pleased to have Lisa Porter, OTD/OTR/L present on sensory strategies.

During this free workshop, Lisa will discuss the following topics:

  • The importance of understanding your child's sensory differences
  • The need for your own self-care & self-regulation
  • The importance of support for your child's social-emotional development 
  • The idea of a sensory lifestyle 
  • A problem solving tool to support your child in everyday situations

Lisa Porter is an Occupational Therapist, PhD candidate, and Owner/ Director of Sensory KIDS. She is certified in Sensory Integration, Integrated Listening Systems, Yoga Calm, SOS Feeding Approach, and DIR/ Floortime. Lisa is passionate about building relationships with her clients and families, as well as treating children from a developmental frame of reference.

Thursday, November 8, 7-9 p.m.,
 Providence St Vincent Medical Center, East Pavilion: Souther Auditorium, 9135 SW Barnes Road
Portland, OR 97225

Learn more and register

Spanish registration and interpretation services are available; please call 503-215-2429 before October 31. This seminar is free thanks to the generosity of our donors and Sensory PDX Partners.