Thursday, October 19, 2006

AVLF/Marcus Institute Lecture Series

The AVLF and the Marcus Institute are offering the following lectures for parents and professionals serving the needs of children and youth in Georgia.

More information is available at:

October 11, 2006 10:00 - 12:00 noon
Legislative Update: New Laws Affecting Georgia's Children
Karen Worthington Esq., Co-Director of the Barton Clinic

November 8, 2005 10:00 - 12:00 noon
Understanding Medications Used to Treat Childhood Disorders
Dr. Roy Sanders, The Marcus Institute

December 13, 2005 10:00 - 12:00 noon
Anxiety and Depression: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Therapeutic Approaches

January 10, 2007 10:00 - 12:00 noon
Expressive, Receptive and Pragmatic Language Skills: A critical need for assessment and therapy
Heather Taylor, M.A., CCCSLP
Co-Founder Cobblestone Therapy Group

February 14, 2007 10:00 - 12:00 noon
You Got to Have Friends! Developing Appropriate Social Skills in Students with Learning and Behavior Problems

March 14, 2007 10:00 - 12:00 noon
The Effect of Violence and Chaos on Children's Neurological Development
Interventions, strategies, and coping mechanisms

April 11, 2007 10:00 - 12:00 noon
Behavior Problems: The Role of Self-Regulation in Destructive, Impetuous and Impulsive Behaviors
Dr. Claire Coles
Director, Fetal Alcohol Center at the Marcus Institute

May 9, 2007 10:00 - 12:00 noon
The Impact of Excessive TV and Videogames on Children
How does it affect concentration and behavior

NAMI Consumers need your unwanted items for their big yard sale!!

NAMI clients need your unwanted items for their big yard sale on Saturday, Oct. 28!! Pickup available within reasonable distance. Help MH consumers help themselves! Feel good about helping others! :-)

Mental health clients at NAMI, 209 Elberta Road, Warner Robins, need your unwanted but salable items for their yard sale to be held on Saturday October 28 starting at 8:00 am.

You can drop off your items at the NAMI workshop at 209 Elberta Road, Warner Robins between 9:00 and 4:00. If you need directions, call 328-0508 or 929-9444 between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm on a workday.

For larger items, or a big number of items, you can call Kelvin Taylor for pickup at 328-0508. If Kelvin is away from the phone, leave a message for him. LAST DAY FOR PICKUP OF ITEMS IS OCTOBER 26.

The proceeds are used 100% for the client recreation fund, trips to fun places like Major League and local games, the Atlanta Acquarium, pizza parties, cook-outs, the Georgia National Fair, and so on. Mental health clients often have limited funds and limited access to social events. "Fun times" are such a delight to them, and therapeutic as well!

NAMI-Central Georgia is a licensed non-profit United Way Agency that serves the mentally ill through residential services (NEW HOPE CENTER), employment training (NEW HOPE ENTERPRISES), greenhouse program, litter pickup at RAFB, and social and family outreach programs such as "Family to Family" classes. Your donations are tax-deductible. Ask for a form if you wish.

You've been wanting to clear out the attic and the garage. Now's the time to do it! Residential and business furniture welcome, as well as technology items and appliances in working condition. Housewares and kitchen stuff and knick-knacks also sell well! Be sure to attend the yard sale too! You know you can't resist a good bargain !!

Online Forum 10/25 Children and DV

October 25, 2006—Join an Online Discussion
Children Exposed to Domestic Violence

In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) has partnered with the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) to bring you a Web Forum discussion on assisting children exposed to domestic violence. Join the live discussion October 25 with co-hosts Dr. David Finkelhor and Betsy McAlister Groves.

Dr. Finkelhor is Director of the Crimes Against Children Research Center, Co-Director of the Family Research Laboratory, and a professor of sociology at the University of New Hampshire. Ms. Groves is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in the State of Massachusetts, is the Founding Director of the Child Witness to Violence Project at Boston Medical Center, and is an associate professor of pediatrics at the Boston University School of Medicine.

Visit the OVC Web Forum <> now to submit questions for Dr. Finkelhor and Ms. Groves and return on October 25 at 2 p.m. (eastern time) for the live discussion.