Calendar

Upcoming Parent Education Opportunities

Additional trainings and classes:

Please contact Utah’s Adoption Connection if you wish to add an event to this website.

February 2017

2/21

7:00pm - 8:30pm

There's an App for That

Date: 2/21 • 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Location: Granite Education Center 2500 South State Street Room D-202 South Salt Lake City, UT 84115

There's An App For That! is a free workshop for parents that will be presented by the URLEND project and hosted by the Utah Parent Center and Granite School District on Thursday, February 21, 2017.  

During this workshop, we will discuss how technology offers many opportunities to help our children learn and grow. This workshop will focus specifically on Apps. You will learn how to find and navigate Apps, as well as App ideas and demos to help your children with things like school, homework, social skills and more.

Preregistration is requested and appreciated.  Click here to register now!

If you have questions about this event or are in need of individual assistance contact Michelle Murphey at 385-646-4190 or the main office at 801-272-1051.

2/22

7:00pm - 9:00pm

Dr. Darron T. Smith | When Race, Religion and Sport Collide

Date: 2/22 • 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Location: The King's English Bookshop 1511 S 1500 E, Salt Lake City, Utah 84105

When Race, Religion, and Sport Collide tells the story of Brandon Davies’ dismissal from Brigham Young University’s NCAA playoff basketball team to illustrate the thorny intersection of religion, race, and sport at BYU and beyond. Author Darron T. Smith analyzes the athletes dismissed through BYU’s honor code violations and suggests that they are disproportionately African American, which has troubling implications. He ties these dismissals to the complicated history of negative views towards African Americans in the LDS faith. These honor code dismissals elucidate the challenges facing black athletes at predominantly white institutions. Weaving together the history of the black athlete in America and the experience of blackness in Mormon theology, When Race, Religion, and Sport Collide offers a timely and powerful analysis of the challenges facing African American athletes in the NCAA today.

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2/23

6:30pm - 8:30pm

IEP Workshop in Salt Lake

Date: 2/23 • 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Location: Utah Parent Center 230 West 200 South Suite 1101 Salt Lake City, UT 84101

The Utah Parent Center and Salt Lake City District Special Education invite you to attend a free parent workshop on Parents as Partners in the IEP Process being held Thursday, February 23, 2017 from 6:30-8:30 PM.  This class will be presented by Amy Weyrich, Utah Parent Center Parent Consultant serving families in the Salt Lake City School District.  

This evening workshop will cover topics including: understanding parent's roles, rights and responsibilities in the IEP process. Parents will learn how to effectively prepare for, participate in and follow-up on IEP meetings held on behalf of their student. Information will be presented by trainers who are parents of children with disabilities.  This class is open to everyone, individuals do not need to have a student attending school in the Salt Lake City School District to attend this class. 

Este taller se ofrecerá en español.  To register for Los Padres Como Parte en el Proceso del IEP, regístrese en línea: http://conta.cc/2clThQu 


Pre-registration is requested. Please use the register now link below to pre-register for this event. 

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2/24

6:00pm - 8:00pm

Darron Smith: Mindfulness in the Face of Racism

Date: 2/24 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Location: Domino Foundation 239 N Virginia St, Salt Lake City, Utah 84103

The Domino Foundation is proud to host Dr. Darron Smith on February 24, 2017, from 6pm to 8pm. Darron Smith is a recognized expert in transracial adoption and white parents teaching their children about race and racism. Diving deep into the world of transracial adoption, Darron established strong research suggesting that children of color could face harm being raised by white parents. Evolving in his understanding through ongoing research, Dr. Smith now focuses on the tools of mindfulness and education to empower both transracial adoption parents and transracial adoptees to face racism, difference, judgement, and the stress of not being normed within today's society. 
In this special evening with Dr. Smith, we invite you to bring your older (10+) transracially adopted children to learn about mindfulness and internal peace in order to build resilience in school, church, family, and the community. With Dr. Smith, we will engage in mindfulness exercises while also conversing openly and honestly about race, racism, and transracial adoption.
A long-time resident of Utah, graduate of the University of Utah (PhD) and BYU (MEd), and known publisher of books addressing Mormonism and race, Dr. Smith is currently an Associate Professor at The University of Tennessee Health Science Center. 

For more information, click here.

2/28

6:30pm - 8:30pm

Home Run Dads Course - Logan

Date: 2/28 • 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Location: FCHD West Building (670 E 500 N Logan UT 84321)

This FREE 5-session course teaches relationship, parenting, and financial skills around a baseball theme, where fathers are the coaches and kids are the players! This course is suitable for fathers or father-figures within two-parent, single-parent, or co-parent family structures. Registration is required. Must be 18 or older to attend.

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2/28

6:30pm - 8:30pm

Home Run Dads Course - Provo

Date: 2/28 • 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Location: USU Utah County Extension Office Room L800 100 East Center Street Provo, UT 84606

This FREE 5-session course teaches relationship, parenting, and financial skills around a baseball theme, where fathers are the coaches and kids are the players! This course is suitable for fathers or father-figures within two-parent, single-parent, or co-parent family structures. Registration is required. Must be 18 or older to attend.

Sign up here

March 2017

3/2

8:45am - 2:30pm

Supports for Adult Success: What Parents Can Do Now

Date: 3/2 • 8:45am - 2:30pm

Location: Granite Education Center 2500 South State Street Room D-102, 103 and 104 Salt Lake City, UT 84115

Please join us this free event for parents and family members of youth and young adults with disabilities being held in Salt Lake, Utah on Thursday, March 2, 2017 from 8:50 AM - 2:30 PM.  

During this event the following classes will be presented:

Person-Centered Planning is a team approach that helps youth put together an action plan and allows for support system to be put into place.  

Families Helping Youth Develop Soft Skills such as communication, interpersonal, decision-making, independent living and life-long learning.

What's Next?  Options for Education after the IEP will explore post-secondary programs and supports.

Planning for your child's adult success begins now!!!

Pre-registration for this event is requested.  Click here to register now!

If you have questions about this event or are in need of individual information, please contact the Utah Parent Center at 801-272-1051 or toll-free in Utah at 1-800-468-1160.

3/7

12:00pm - 1:00pm

The Adoption Tax Credit Free Webinar

Date: 3/7 • 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Location: Free Online Webinar

You may have heard that you can offset the expense of building your family through adoption by claiming the Adoption Tax Credit. But how do you do this? Which expenses qualify and how do you document them? Are there different guidelines for families adopting domestically, internationally, or through the foster system? What about expenses incurred during a failed adoption attempt? Can you claim the credit retroactively?
In this webinar, Adoption Tax Credit Specialist® Becky Wilmoth, EA, will provide an overview of the credit—what is covered, how and when to file for it—and answer questions submitted by attendees.
The Expert Q&A Webinar with Becky Wilmoth, EA: "The Adoption Tax Credit" will take place on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 from 2pm to 3pm ET (1pm-2pm CT; 12pm-1pm MT; 11am-12pm PT).

Submit a question in advance by posting a comment here.

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3/7

6:30pm - 8:30pm

Behavior: Stop the Argument

Date: 3/7 • 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Location: Canyons Administration Building, West 9150 S. 500 W. Sandy, UT 84070

This behavior management workshop, presented by Marian Hunt, M.Ed. and Rian Jensen, LCSW, is for the parent that deals with children who want to engage the parent in arguments. Interventions for this behavior will be discussed to redirect this destructive cycle.  This workshop is open to all parents who would like to attend. 

Preregistration is requested and appreciated. Click here to register now!

If you have questions or would like to register for this event, please contact Lynda Hansen, Utah Parent Center Parent Consultant serving families in Canyons School District at lyndah@utahparentcenter.org or by phone at 801-708-1891. You may also contact the Utah Parent Center main office at 801-272-1051.

3/11

9:00am - 4:00pm

Effective Behavior Management Strategies for Parents of Kids with Autism Spectrum and other Behavior

Date: 3/11 • 9:00am - 4:00pm

Location: Sanderson Center for the Deaf, Gymnasium, North End 5709 South 1500 West, Taylorsville, UT 84123

In this presentation, Melisa Genaux M.Ed. will provide strategies for preventing behavior escalation, for getting kids to follow directions, for improving behavior with siblings, for increasing other desired behavior (homework completion, social skills), and for decreasing severe misbehavior, such as meltdowns and aggression. In addition, she will cover easy methods for creating reinforcement systems and for correcting the common errors that sabotage their effectiveness. She will discuss many practical methods for behavior change, that can be adapted to any age or cognitive level, and that can be implemented immediately at home. Parents of children with any disabilities and/or behavior challenges are also welcome. For a sample of Melisa's presentation, visit http://youtu.be/3bzBpyBlj60  

Registration will begin at 8:30 AM. Lunch will be on your own.

Since there is no childcare at the facility, we request that children remain at home.

Pre-registration for this event is requested, space is limited. Click here to register now!

If you have questions about this workshop, please contact the Utah Parent Center at 801-272-1051 or 1-800-468-1160 or by email at info@utahparentcenter.org.
Translation services are available with at least 7 days prior notice.  Servicios de interpretación están disponibles con al menos 7 días de anticipación.

3/15

6:00pm - 7:30pm

Secondary Trauma: A Workshop for Parents and Professionals

Date: 3/15 • 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Location: Online Webinar

In this 90-minute webinar we will look at why we as caregivers need to understand secondary trauma, what is it, how do we deal with it, and how to avoid burn out.  Participants will learn tips and tricks and begin to process what it means to care for children who have experienced trauma and how this affects them as individuals.

Click here to register now https://cc.readytalk.com/r/buzqeb1sdxvi&eom

3/23

6:30pm - 8:30pm

Home Run Dads Course - Brigham City

Date: 3/23 • 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Location: Mountain View Elementary (650 E 700 S Brigham City UT 84302

This FREE 5-session course teaches relationship, parenting, and financial skills around a baseball theme, where fathers are the coaches and kids are the players! This course is suitable for fathers or father-figures within two-parent, single-parent, or co-parent family structures. Registration is required. Must be 18 or older to attend.

Sign up here

3/29

12:00pm - 1:30pm

Parenting Transracially

Date: 3/29 • 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Location: Online Webinar

This course is designed for parents who are currently parenting transracially or who plan on accepting placements transracially. We will dive into the development of racial identity, race relations, talking race and self-image, and so much more. We will be hearing from a transracial adoptee and doctor of psychiatry, Dr. Chaitra Wirta-Leiker and Amanda Purvis, the Project Director here at COPARC, and a current adoptive mom who has fostered 12 children and adopted three transracially. Come learn tips and tricks to raising healthy children in transracially adoptive homes, and find a safe place to discuss race in our culture today.

Click here to register now https://cc.readytalk.com/r/q5d3vr53j79l&eom

3/29

6:30pm - 8:30pm

Home Run Dads Course - Spanish Fork

Date: 3/29 • 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Location: Better Birth Spanish Fork 415 Main Street Spanish Fork, UT 84660

This FREE 5-session course teaches relationship, parenting, and financial skills around a baseball theme, where fathers are the coaches and kids are the players! This course is suitable for fathers or father-figures within two-parent, single-parent, or co-parent family structures. Registration is required. Must be 18 or older to attend.

Sign up here

May 2017

5/19 - 5/21

Living Traditions Festival 2017

Date: 5/19 - 5/21

Location: Washington Square and Library Square in downtown Salt Lake City

The 2017 Living Traditions Festival will be held May 19 – 21 at Washington Square and Library Square in downtown Salt Lake City. We are looking forward to another fantastic & exiting festival, celebrating Salt Lake’s incredible and diverse ethnic and folk arts communities. We all come together at Living Traditions! Admission is free!