Instructor: Maris Blechner, LCSW, M.Ed.
Date: Monday, June 5, 2017
Time: 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Course Code: SWCHIWEL/10
Description: This training provides an overview of the challenges associated with having difficult conversations with child welfare-involved children. Participants will explore the reasons why adults feel uncomfortable talking to children about hard topics, and will get guidance on how to manage their own discomfort and become more comfortable with the subject matter. They will then explore using those same techniques with adults when a difficult conversation is necessary. Finally, there will be an exploration of how to do self-talk for self-care during difficult conversations.
CE Hours: 3
About the Instructor:
Maris H. Blechner, LCSW, M.Ed.
Maris Blechner is an adoptive and birth parent, a licensed clinical social worker and educator, and a nationally respected trainer and speaker who has spent the last thirty-six years working for the improvement of the lives of older children in the child welfare system. One of the founders of the parent-led multi-service adoption agency that she directed for twenty-six years, Maris relates proudly that she comes from the citizen-activist child-advocacy community and brings that neighborhood and personal family experience to her professional work. These days she also enjoys mentoring for Children’s Corps, doing specialized consulting and training, and teaching on Wednesdays at her own school, the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. She has recently been featured as a story-teller (about adoption) on the Moth Radio Hour, on NPR and podcasts, and even on the BBC.
PHONE REGISTRATION: (212) 650-3850
QUESTIONS ABOUT THE COURSE: (212) 396-7619