A Home Within sponsors discussion about therapy for foster children

Last modified: Monday, October 28, 2013

NORTHAMPTON — A local nonprofit that provides free therapy to foster children will sponsor a panel Oct. 15 for local mental health workers.

The discussion about the special needs of foster children is open to the public and will be held in the common room of Dewey House at Smith College from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

It is sponsored by the Northampton chapter of A Home Within, a national nonprofit that matches specially trained private practice clinicians with children who are in or have been in foster care. The local chapter of eight therapists was started by Karen Zilberstein, who teaches at the Smith College School for Social Work.

Panelists will discuss the issues facing current or former foster children and their parents as well as the best therapeutic techniques for foster children.

The panelists are Courtney Taylor, a high school junior who has been in foster care since age 2; Richard Rohnert, president of the state chapter of Foster Care Alumni of America; Marty Blair, a foster parent to numerous children who mentors foster families as the family resource liaison for the Western Massachusetts Regional Adoption Unit; Lillian Miranda, a retired first justice of the Hampshire-Franklin Juvenile Court who teaches at the Smith College School for Social Work and Xiangtan University in China; and Sally Popper, a psychologist who specializes in the treatment of trauma and attachment in adopted children.

To reserve a free seat at the discussion, contact A Home Within at rfay@ahomewithin.org.

Rebecca Everett can be reached at reverett@gazettenet.com.


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