The Channel Islands YMCA is pleased to announce its new Healthy Families Talk Series. Beginning April 14, these weekly online events are free to the public and feature leading experts in the field of parenting and early childhood, discussing timely topics we all need to know about. All series begin at 5pm and include a 30 minute presentation followed by a Q&A session.

 

Behavior, COVID & Schools: why worrying if your child will adapt may be the wrong question

April 14 - Presented by Dr. Carey Chronis, MD, FAAP    

Topic:
Discover from Dr. Carey Chronis, a practicing pediatrician, why worrying if your child will adapt may be the wrong question.

Biography:
Dr. Carey Chronis is a respected practicing pediatrician in Ventura, California. He is known for his relaxed and fun attitude, good bedside manner and for always taking his patient’s concerns seriously. Dr. Chronis possesses an extensive publishing background and previously hosted Dr. Carey’s Baby Care on CAPS-TV in Ventura. He self-published a comprehensive review series for medical students and has written articles for Ventura Parent Magazine. He has also served as a guest speaker for numerous expectant parent classes. The creation of his book, Dr. Carey’s Baby Care, is available on Amazon and will help you get through all the hiccups of your baby’s first year.

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Positive Parenting Through Self-Care

April 21 - Presented by Banks Pecht, J.D, PCC

Topic:
Hear from Banks Pecht, a Professional Certified Coach, how to become a more resilient parent and how to navigate this uncertain climate.

Biography:
Banks is an executive coach with a national practice helping successful people be more successful. With areas of expertise in the neuroscience of decision making, emotional intelligence (EQ) assessment and development, authentic leadership, and values-based analysis, Banks helps individuals and teams define success and supports them to develop and execute their strategy. Banks believes strongly that the most powerful work is accomplished when we spice up effort with a large helping of humor. A recovering lawyer, Banks spent her early career as a commercial litigator with a global law firm. She is wife to a very patient husband and the mother of three terrific teenagers. Banks is also a published writer and a two-time world champion barbershop singer. Her work has been featured on television, radio, and leading online learning platforms.

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Recognizing Mental Health Warning Signs & Taking Action

April 28 - Presented by Amy Buckner, MS, APCC

Topic:
Learn from Amy Buckner, Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist, how to identify potential youth mental health concerns and how to take action.

Biography:
Amy works in the mental health and her primary passion is working with unserved/under-served “at promise” youth and their families. She is the Residential Program Director at Noah’s Anchorage Youth Shelter; a strengths-based, trauma informed, youth-centric, no/low barrier program within the Youth & Family Services branch of the Channel Islands YMCA serving youth & their families. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and her Master's of Science in Early Childhood Mental Health at San Diego State University. Throughout her career, Amy is dedicated to working in partnership with families, children, and transitioned aged youth (12-26yo.) finding unique and effective solutions to challenges they may be facing.

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Supporting Learning This School Year & Summer

May 5 -  Presented by Chris Becerra, Ed.S

Topic:
Listen to Chris Becerra, a Director in Educational Services, how you can encourage learning year round at home.

Biography:
Chris has over 20 years of experience as a practitioner and scholar in Child and Youth Development, including 10 years of experience as a Director in the Educational Services department for multiple school districts. He has worked in Child Development as an assistant teacher, lead teacher, site supervisor, and program director. As a certified foster parent, Chris takes a trauma-informed care approach in all of his work, recognizing the importance to guide others to be child centered in the work that they do.  Chris has a terminal degree (Ed.S) in Early Childhood Education, and is currently a doctoral candidate working on his dissertation in Early Childhood Education.

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