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Maine Parent Federation & GEAR Annual Conference 2021

March 17, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Parent Pandemic Survival Toolkit

GEAR parent network logo: 3 Cog wheels and program nameRegistration now open!Maine Parent Federation Logo "Since 1984...because every family matters", includes graphic of State of Maine with a family nested inside.
March 16th & 17th
March 23rd & 24th
Virtual sessions will be at 9 am and 1 pm each day!


The Maine Parent Federation and the GEAR Parent Network are hosting their annual conference virtually in 2021.
Join them in sharing the information you need to know to navigate mental health, educational, and vaccination topics during these unsure times. Gain the knowledge that will empower you to make decisions and increase positive outcomes for you, your children, and your family.

Sessions: Click the links for each session below for full description and to register for each session!

Tuesday March 16, 9 am to 10:30 am: Getting Back to In-Person Learning
Presented by Carrie Woodcock, Executive Director of Maine Parent Federation and Professor Michelle Grenier, Ph.D., C.A.P.E. an internationally recognized expert in the field of inclusion and adapted physical education.

Tuesday, March 16th – 1:00 PM- 3:00 PM: Recognizing the Signs of Suicide Risk and Navigating the Systems of Care
Presented by Richard Chammings LCSW, MHRT-C, MHRT-CSP, Clinical Director, Crisis and Counseling Centers. Rich has over 33 years of residential, inpatient, outpatient, emergency department, case management, and crisis behavioral health treatment experience.

Wednesday, March 17th – 9:00 AM- 10:30 AM: Surviving Parenting: Self-Care is NEVER Selfish
Presented by Diane Bouffard, CFPS, Team Leader, G.E.A.R. Parent Network

Wednesday, March 17th – 1:00-2:30 PM: Parent Support Group
MPF and G.E.A.R. Parent Network staff

Tuesday, March 23rd – 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM: Impulsivity & Disruptive Behaviors in Children and Youth
Presented by Cindy Seekins, CFPS, Director, G.E.A.R. Parent Network

Tuesday, March 23rd – 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM: Vaccination Information
Join Dr. Amy Belisle, MD, MBA and Chief Child Health Officer Maine Department of Health and Human Services and Dr. Lisa Letourneau, MD, MPH a Senior Advisor and Delivery System Change in the Department of Health and Human Services.

Wednesday, March 24th – 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM : Compensatory Education
Join Ben Jones and Atlee Reilly, Attorneys in Special Education at Disability Rights Maine.

Wednesday, March 24th – 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM: Katie Beckett Waiver
Join Dylan Campbell and Jodie Hall, Maine Parent Federation Parent Trainers


Questions? Contact:
Maine Parent Federation: (800)-870-7746 or (207)-588-1933
GEAR Parent Network:  (800)-264-9224


March 17, 2021
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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