June 1, 2012

For Immediate Release

The Marsh Foundation to Host Free Training Event with CEU Credit Available

VAN WERT, Ohio – The Marsh Foundation along with Mercer County DJFS and the Western Ohio Regional Training Center through the Ohio Child Welfare Training Program, is bringing a nationally recognized speaker to Van Wert on Thursday, June 21. The seminar, “Why Tokens Aren’t Working: Helping Children with Difficult Behaviors,” will run from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at The Marsh Foundation and qualify for social work and counselor CEU hours.

The free training is being facilitated by nationally known author and licensed clinical social worker, Heather T. Forbes. Forbes has a master’s degree of social work from the University of Central Florida. She has authored “Dare to Love: The Art of Merging Science and Love into Parenting Children with Difficult Behaviors” in 2009, “Beyond Consequences, Logic and Control: A Love-based Approach to Helping Attachment-Challenged Children with Severe Behaviors” Volume 2 in 2008 and “Going Beyond the Behaviors: How to Heal from the Impact of Early Trauma” in 2008, among others.

“We are beyond thrilled to be hosting Forbes at The Marsh Foundation,” said Kim Mullins, P.C.C., executive director of Child and Family Services at The Marsh Foundation. “She has written some excellent materials and this will provide a wonderful opportunity for our staff as well as others in the community to gain some new insight when it comes to working with difficult children,” she said.

Mullins also noted that The Marsh is excited to partner with other organizations to make this event possible. “This is a collaborative effort between us, Mercer County DJFS and the Regional Training Center,” she said. “It is great to be able to work together to provide a valuable resource for the social workers in our area.”

This presentation will help participants understand the behavior from the child’s point of view. In the morning, trauma will be defined and the impact of early childhood trauma on a child’s behavior will be examined. Participants will be able to identify risk factors that can negatively affect childhood development. Forbes will also address why tokens don’t work and explore parent/child interactions, boundaries vs. consequences and several case studies through video clips, role-play and lecture.

This training is free and a free boxed lunch will be provided. The registration deadline is June 7. To register, call 1.937.427.4540. Or, for more information, contact The Marsh at 419.238.1695 ext. 233.

Serving children and families since 1922, The Marsh Foundation is a not-for-profit children’s services agency that provides behavioral treatment in a variety of settings. Services include group homes, treatment and family foster care, an intensive treatment program and independent living. Located in Van Wert, Ohio, the organization’s group homes are licensed for up to 30 children ages 7 – 17, offers an on-campus school for grades 2 – 12 and provides a variety of clinical services to group home residents, foster children and community members.

The mission of The Marsh Foundation is to inspire hope, to teach and to care for children and families. For more information about The Marsh, visit www.marshfoundation.org.



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