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Free workshops teach ways to create safe, healthy communities for children

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PABLO — CSKT Project Launch is hosting a series of workshops for the community to help support creating safe and healthy communities for children.

Everyone is invited to attend. The workshops include:

Community Workshops led by national leader and Director of the Brazelton Touchpoints Center, Joshua Sparrow, MD, will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 4, at the  Elmo Fitness Center from 9-11 a.m., the Pablo SKC Theater from noon-2 p.m. and again from 5-7 p.m.; and on Thursday, Sept. 5, at the St. Ignatius Fitness Center from 2-4 p.m.

Parenting Workshops will be led by Debra Sosin, LICSW, project director of Family Connections, an Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation and Professional Development Program on Monday, Sept. 9, in Polson from 4 - 6 p.m. and on Tuesday, Sept. 10, in Ronan from 4-6 p.m. (locations TBD).

Touchpoints Individual Level Training, led by Joelfre Grant and local CLT Training Team, requires preregistration and will be held at the SKC Vanderburg Building on Sept. 17 from 8-4:30 p.m.

Joshua Sparrow, MD is a child psychiatrist, who cared in the 1990s for children hospitalized for severe psychiatric disturbances, often associated with physical and sexual abuse, and for developmental delays aggravated by social and economic deprivation. This prompted his interest in community-based prevention and health promotion. At the Brazelton Touchpoints Center, his work focuses on cultural adaptations of family support programs, organizational professional development, and aligning systems of care with community strengths and priorities, and has included collaborative consultation with the Harlem Children’s Zone and American Indian Early Head Start Programs, and others. 

Dr. Sparrow has lectured extensively nationally and internationally and has consulted on media programming for children and parents, including PBS’s Frontlines and Discovery Kids. Co-author with Dr. T. Berry Brazelton of eight books and the weekly New York Times Syndicated column, “Families Today,” Dr. Sparrow has also served as a contributing editor to Scholastic Services’ Parent and Child magazine. In 2006, he revised with Dr. Brazelton, “Touchpoints: Birth to Three," second edition, and in 2010, co-edited “Nurturing Children and Families: Building on the Legacy of T. B. Brazelton.” 

Dr. Sparrow has authored numerous other scholarly works, teaches and lectures nationally and internationally, and is frequently called upon for his expertise by national and international media. Prior to attending medical school, Dr. Sparrow worked for several years as a preschool teacher and journalist in New York City.  

“We are really excited to have Dr. Sparrow visit our community and lead a workshop for everyone that will help support our efforts to make our communities safer, healthier and more nurturing for our children,” said Whitney Danz, Project Launch Project Director. “We really hope that people will recognize the value of this type of expertise, because down the road, our young children today will have much better outcomes in adulthood if they receive mindful and intentional enrichment. That is up to all of us now, and we hope that people will take advantage of the learning opportunities these workshops will provide, free of charge, to our families, and especially our children.”

For more information, or to register for the Touchpoints Individual Level training, call:406-675-2700 ext.1325. or 406-241-1498.



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