Trainings & Events

Reconnect. Relationship Tools for Parents of Children with Special Needs

  • Tue, November 14, 2017
  • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM (CST)
  • GoToWebinar

DSAIA Affiliate-Presented Webinar

Open to public: $25
DSAMN members: FREE
DSAIA members: $15

(See below for info on discounts)

Eventbrite - Reconnect: Relationship Tools for Parents of Children with Special Needs

When a family has a child with special needs, it impacts the family as a whole: relationships with each other, as well as overall dynamics in the household. As parents, you can often lose the connection in your partnership when focused on the unique needs of your child(ren).

Vanessa Slivken will remind us of positive ways to work through challenges such as stress, letting go of resentment sometimes felt when the balance of caring for the child falls more to one parent, emotional roller coasters, and communication. Join us as we explore ways to strengthen your connection and ultimately, strengthen your family!

Vanessa Slivken is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). She is the Senior Director of Autism Services at St. David’s Center for Child and Family Development. In this role, Vanessa oversees the Autism Day Treatment and Autism Support Services programs. She has close to 15 years of professional experience in the mental/behavioral health field, has founded a private practice specializing in supporting parents of children with special needs, has co-founded an autism therapy center, and has worked with numerous local autism therapy centers, a residential treatment center, and a CTSS agency. Vanessa lives in Plymouth, with her husband and young son.

Presented by Down Syndrome Association of Minnesota in partnership with Down Syndrome Affiliates in Action.

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