Newtown Youth & Family Services is joining together with the Town of Newtown, the school district, the interfaith community and municipal organizations in observance of the second anniversary of 12/14. NYFS will be open on Sunday, December 14, from 10 am to 2 pm, for walk-in support services for individuals and families in the community who have been impacted by the Sandy Hook tragedy.
Mental Health First Aid training is for anyone, 18 years and older, who wants to learn how to help a person who is experiencing a mental health challenge. Like CPR teaches the lay person what to do in the case of a cardiac emergency, Mental Health First Aid teaches non-mental health professionals how to help someone who is experiencing a mental health illness or challenge. An eight-hour certification class — divided into two four-hour sessions — will be offered Saturdays, January 10 and 17, from 8:30 am until12:30 pm. Participants must attend both training dates. The class is free, thanks for funding from The Newtown-Sandy Hook Community Foundation.
The Resiliency Center of Newtown will host its next monthly Coffee Hour on Wednesday, December 3, from 10:30 to 11:30 am. It is a time to make community connections in a warm and safe space, and each month offers a special guest who has knowledge in wellness. Two days later, the center will host its next guided meditation session with special guest Carla Barzetti. Both events are free and open to the public.
Since May, new mothers whose babies are patients of Dr Richard Auerbach or Dr Marina Arena at Auerbach Pediatrics, 25 Church Hill Road, have had the opportunity to meet with pediatric nurse practitioner and board licensed lactation consultant Gina Reitmeyer. A pediatric nurse practitioner for 18 years, and a lactation consultant since 2003, Ms Reitmeyer offers education and assistance to mothers wishing to breastfeed their babies. She also counsels new mothers who cannot or prefer not to breastfeed, so that both baby and mother can enjoy optimum health. “As a lactation consultant, I don’t judge. People think that a lactation consultant would look down on women who prefer not to nurse, but I try to support the mother in what is best for her and the baby. Meeting with me is about lactation, but it is also about newborn care,” she stressed.
The Resiliency Center of Newtown has begun providing play therapy for children, in addition to art and music therapies which are currently offered. RCN has designated a space to be the “playroom” for play therapy, and toys and other appropriate materials have been acquired for the new offering at 153 South Main Street.
MNRI® (Masgutova Neuro-Sensory-Motor Reflex Integration) is gentle, specific and effective therapy to restore and empower. The MNRI® PTS/PTSD Program offers the “missing link” to release stress and post-traumatic reactions. According to Shannon Desilets, PT, MNRI Core Specialist, “Negative stress and trauma automatically trigger reflexive protective responses of the brain. Stress can be anchored and become a chronic pathway in order to continue to live. A team of seven highly trained national and international MNRI® specialists are returning to Newtown to work with residents on Monday through Wednesday, November 10-12.
With a design of the planned grant-funded school-based health center for Newtown Middle School on display, a presentation was held on Thursday, October 30, in the auditorium of the Queen Street school. After hearing several presentations and visiting site locations, the Board of Education unanimously approved the school-based health center for NMS in September. Last week’s presentation was scheduled to discuss and inform those in attendance about what types of services will be provided, how staff will work in partnership with NMS nurses, and what parents must do so their child can access services from the center. While Thursday’s event was open to the public, only three members of the public attended. Also in attendance were the representatives of a group that formed to look into the possibility of the school-based health center, and two representatives from School Based Health Centers of Danbury.
The Newtown-Sandy Hook Community Foundation (NSHCF) and The Tapping Solution Foundation (TTSF) have partnered to provide educational programs for the treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder with EFT/Tapping. Complex PTSD symptoms for many Newtown residents, including students, may be overlooked, misdiagnosed and/or undertreated. Somatic release methods like EFT/Tapping address the neurological impact of trauma and assist the brain and body in returning to their natural resourceful and resilient state. A workshop for the public and professionals will be offered on November 12, and a second workshop, for professionals supporting those experiencing trauma, traumatic stress and grief, will be offered November 18. Both are free. Reservations are requested.
Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced that all Connecticut acute care hospitals have conducted an Ebola preparedness drill per his directive last week. The governor gave hospitals one week to complete the exercise to make sure their procedures were up to standard. “The announcement last night of a New York City doctor who tested positive for Ebola underscores that we’re doing the right things to prepare for a potential case in Connecticut,” said Governor Malloy, who was briefed today on the Ebola situation by State Department of Public Health (DPH) Commissioner Dr Jewel Mullen. “Making sure our hospitals and first responders are prepared is critical to our efforts.”
EFT/Tapping is stress and trauma relief technique that is an easy to learn, child-friendly tool that provides healing, comfort and resiliency through stressful events of life. Parenting is filled with emotionally intense moments, and EFT can help adults approach these moments with balance and confidence. The Resiliency Center of Newtown will host a free series of four workshops called “EFT/Tapping For Effective, Peace-Filled Parenting.”