Healthy Lamoille Valley is pleased to invite all parents/caregivers to our monthly Parent Cafe Series.  These monthly gatherings are designed to highlight a community resource or parenting skill and then encourage conversation with other parents/caregivers from around the region.  Breakout groups will be facilitated by local school and mental counselors arranged by children’s ages, i.e. elementary, middle, and high school parent discussion rooms.

Join us on the first Thursday of each month from 4:30-5:30! Please pre-register at: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJErf–srTwtHtZEcgMQ9CQUYAgsir_NU4y5

Series Overview (Come to one or all!) Invite a friend!

February 4th – Permission granted: parent wellness in the time of COVID – Alison Link

     Alison Link, PhD, is an adjunct professor, international presenter, consultant and specialist in leisure education as well as the Policy and Community Outreach Coordinator for Healthy Lamoille Valley.  You can learn more of Alison’s leisure specialty at http://howsyourleisurelife.com/. Alison is mom to three adventuresome boys.

March 4th – Mental health and substance counseling for youth: what you need to know! – Matt Sadowsky

Matt Sadowsky, MA, LPM, Clinic Director at the Behavioral Health and Wellness Center in Morrisville.  He is the dad of two and an avid outdoor enthusiast with a great sense of humor!

April 1st – Tips for improving communication! – Rob Carey

Rob Carey is the Lamoille Restorative Programs Coordinator at the Lamoille Restorative Center.  Rob has co-facilitated the Dad’s group through the E-MC2 Community Center in Morrisville.  Rob is the dad of three young children and has a unique appreciation for cookies and all things sweet! 

May 6th – Stress busting strategies for improving mental health and well-being! – Julie Bomengen

Julie Bomengen, MS, LCMCH, NTC, is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, 24 years experience in the field of community mental health. Nutritional Therapy Consultant through the Nutritional Therapy Association. Julie Lives, Works and Plays in Lamoille County and is available for additional supportive counseling through The Green River Guild, 888-6215, x2

June 3rd – Nutrition – making the most of the food around us! – Katie Black

Katie is a Nutrition Educator for the UVM Extension Morrisville. Providing free nutrition education programs to students and families in Lamoille County through the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP).Katie has an excitement for working with youth and families!  She loves to swim and play in the woods. Katie.black@uvm.edu, www.uvm.edu/extension/efnep

This series is in collaboration with Lamoille North Supervisory Union, Lamoille South Supervisory Union, Orleans Southwest Supervisory Union, Behavioral Health and Wellness Services, Lamoille Restorative Center, UVM EFNEP.