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 or Childgarden Early Childhood Center.

January 2018

Summer Recreation Programs
Wednesday, January 31
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
The Recreation Council is the central resource for leisure, recreation, and camps for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities of all ages. The St. Louis Arc offers summer volunteer/work programs for teens and young adults ages 13-21 with a developmental disability. Find the right opportunity for your family member! Registration for summer programs begins soon and fills up quickly! Don’t miss this chance to find the right summer program.

Joyzen Power House Parent Workshop: Parents of Middle Schoolers
POSTPONED UNTIL MARCH 3 – Saturday, January 20
9:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m.
Joyzen uses experiential learning, easy adaptable skills, and emotional intelligence to create a collaborative environment between parents, young adults, and support staff. Joyzen teaches parents to change roles from “caretaker” to “advisor” by giving workable skills through hands-on exercises. Joyzen teaches parents self-advocacy skills that they can then teach to their child so that they can practice self-advocacy independently. Joyzen emphasizes common language and creates a shared picture of independent success.

February 2018

Joyzen Power House Parent Workshop: Parents of High Schoolers
Saturday, February 10
9:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m.
Joyzen uses experiential learning, easy adaptable skills, and emotional intelligence to create a collaborative environment between parents, young adults, and support staff. Joyzen teaches parents to change roles from “caretaker” to “advisor” by giving workable skills through hands-on exercises. Joyzen teaches parents self-advocacy skills that they can then teach to their child so that they can practice self-advocacy independently. Joyzen emphasizes common language and creates a shared picture of independent success.

State and Federal Benefits
Thursday, February 15
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Do you have questions about what benefits your family member is eligible for when they turn 18? Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, SSI – find out who is eligible, what the differences are between the programs, and how to access the appropriate contacts in order to apply for services. Information about working while receiving benefits will also be covered.

Joyzen Power House Parent Workshop: Parents of Young Adults
Saturday, February 17
9:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m.
Joyzen uses experiential learning, easy adaptable skills, and emotional intelligence to create a collaborative environment between parents, young adults, and support staff. Joyzen teaches parents to change roles from “caretaker” to “advisor” by giving workable skills through hands-on exercises. Joyzen teaches parents self-advocacy skills that they can then teach to their child so that they can practice self-advocacy independently. Joyzen emphasizes common language and creates a shared picture of independent success.

Charting the LifeCourse – Concepts and Tools to Achieve a Good Life
Wednesday, February 21
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Wouldn’t it be great if we all started from a common understanding of how to best support people? What if we had simple tools to capture our creativity and ideas that would be recognized by individuals with disabilities, their families, and the professionals that provide support? For the past five years, the state of Missouri has led the movement to implement the Charting the LifeCourse model that does just that! Learn how to create your vision for a good life and develop meaningful steps to move in the right direction. This workshop is ideal for individuals with disabilities and their families.

Family Cooking ClassDownload the full Spring 2018 Family Workshops Schedule

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