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.

February 2017 Workshops

Guardianship and Alternatives for Adults
Tuesday, February 21 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
When your child turns 18, they become a legal adult and they have the legal ability to sign a contract, make decisions about their education, and decide who can be present in their IEP meeting. Because of HIPAA privacy rules, a doctor can no longer share the health information of an adult without their consent. Caregivers of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities must make important decisions prior to their child becoming a legal adult. This workshop will help prepare you to make an informed decision about your child’s future.

Promoting a Positive Image of People with Disabilities
Thursday February 23 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Are you approached by people in the community that want to know more about your family member with disabilities and the services you access? Would you like to build your capacity to network for better services for your family? This workshop will give you the tools to confidently talk about disabilities with the focus on capacity and personal strength while also being able to advocate for necessary supports.

State and Federal Benefits
Tuesday, February 28 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Do you have questions about what benefits your family member is eligible for when they turn 18? Are you worried about the impact of work on your family member’s benefits? 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.

March 2017 Workshops

Life Coaching 101
Thursday, March 2 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Life coaching is a process of pursuing your personal or professional goals through individualized coaching conversations. Our life coaches are trained to ask thought provoking questions and hold people accountable in the pursuit of their best life. Individuals supported by the St. Louis Arc have used the coaching process to clarify where they want to go and how they are going to get there. Using techniques such as powerful questions, reframing, envisioning, and challenges, the coaching relationship can help you clarify where you want to go in life and create a partnership to take steps towards your desired future.

Planning Ahead: Estate Planning
Tuesday, March 14 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
You may unintentionally disqualify your loved one from receiving public benefits, or not be able to support their future financial needs by having no financial plan. Learn how to plan financially for your family. Topics will include avoiding probate, estate tax planning, creditor protection, wills, and planning for the distribution of property and assets, including charitable giving. This workshop is for anyone who is caring for a family member with a developmental disability of any age.

How Children Learn in a Constructivist Classroom
Wednesday, March 22 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Project Construct, the curriculum implemented at Childgarden, is derived from the belief that learning is a lifelong process in which learners construct knowledge through interactions with their physical and social environments. Through “hands-on, minds-on” learning experiences, students in Project Construct classrooms attain deep understandings in the core content areas, while also learning to work collaboratively with adults and peers in vibrant learning communities. Listen and ask questions about how your child learns in a constructivist classroom. Hear what the research is saying about the benefits observed as these children move on to elementary school and eventually out into the workplace.

* The Constructivist Classroom workshop will be held at: Childgarden Early Childhood Center in the Central West End – 4150 Laclede Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63108. Childcare is available for this workshop. A RSVP for childcare is required one full week prior to each workshop date.

For a complete listing of workshops through May, please download our full brochure.

Family Cooking ClassDownload the full Family Workshops Schedule

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