Family Workshop Series

The St. Louis Arc Family Workshop Series provides in-depth information on supporting a family member with an intellectual or developmental disability.  Most of our workshops are free, open to everyone, and take place at the St. Louis Arc Centene Family Center.

Community members, volunteers, and St. Louis Arc staff lend their professional expertise to provide information and resources in a variety of workshops. Workshops are offered in two sessions, January – May and September – December. The Fall 2019 workshop schedule is now available. Materials from popular workshops can be download in the online Resource Library.


Tuesday, December 10 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Crisis Intervention Team
Do you have a plan if your family member with developmental disabilities becomes aggressive and you are unable to calm them down? Have you ever had to call the police for assistance? The purpose of the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) is to provide effective intervention to people with developmental disabilities or mental illness and their families. Learn how to plan ahead for emergencies and how to use the CIT in a mental health emergency.
Presenter: Kyle Dooley, Director of CIT Community Policing Programs,NAMI St. Louis


Wednesday, December 11 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Combined Workshop: How to Choose a Special Needs Trustee and Duties of Guardians and Conservators

How to Choose a Special Needs Trustee
What qualifications, duties, and responsibilities does a person need to have in order to oversee a Special Needs Trust? This workshop will cover the basic qualifications and what is needed to step into this important role.

Duties of Guardians and Conservators
If you find that your family member needs a guardian, who is the best choice to fill that role? Guardianship can be one of the most important decisions you make for your family. Once someone has a guardian, they are no longer legally able to make medical or financial decisions for themselves. This becomes the responsibility of the person who is appointed to become their guardian. Find out what qualities and qualifications are the best match for fulfilling the role of a guardian for your family member.
Presenter: Debra K. Schuster, Attorney/Elder and Adult Mediator, Paule, Camazine & Blumenthal, P.C.

Family Cooking ClassDownload the Fall 2019 Family Workshops Schedule

To attend any of these workshops, please RSVP to Brianne Smith, Information Coordinator of Family Support, at 314-817-2216.

The Arc offers a small selection of handouts and resources from the Family Workshop Series available for download.