Helping Your Child Transition to Their New School Reality Webinar

On August 25, 2020 we held a webinar with local area presenters as we discussed learning steps to manage anxiety, creating balance in schedule and in the day, learning how best to live with uncertainty and flexibility and helping your child to work through the social divide.

Below, find the complete recording of the webinar. 

Presenters included:

CaraCara Maksimow, LCSW
Maximize Wellness Counseling and Coaching
Access her slides here.

Cara spent many years in the healthcare industry in a variety of roles from Therapist, Clinical Supervisor, Clinical Director, Pharmaceutical Sales Trainer, District Manager, and since 2014 small business owner. She completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Rutgers University in 1994 and her Master of Social Work from Columbia University in 1996, with a specialization in Health/Mental Health and minor in Law. She is a licensed Clinical Social Worker in NJ (1998) as well as a Licensed Professional Coach (2013). She also holds certificates and post-graduate training in multiple therapeutic disciplines.

mike_ecklundb943bd65268263279535ff00009968e2Michael Ecklund
Project Community Pride
Access his slides here

Mike began his career as a licensed counselor working with the State of New Jersey Department of Children and Families’ Children’s System of Care. He worked with families throughout the state, with children of all ages in schools, and adults with a range of intellectual and developmental disabilities. Mike has a background in psychology, applied behavior analysis, and mental health. Mike earned a Master of Mental Health Counseling from Monmouth University.
Meredith_Updated HeadshotMeredith Masin Blount
Executive Director, NAMI NJ
Access her slides here

Meredith Masin Blount is the Executive Director of NAMI NJ, a leading voice on mental illness in New Jersey. NAMI New Jersey (NAMI NJ) is a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness.  NAMI NJ, in conjunction with its 19 affiliates across the state, held more than 600 support groups, 310 education classes and provided more than 260 presentations in 2019.

Prior to NAMI NJ, Ms. Blount was the Senior Director of Youth Services for New Brunswick Tomorrow. Through this role, Ms. Blount managed the state’s largest School Based Youth Services Program – providing mental health counseling and youth development services to students in New Brunswick Schools. The program had steadily grown over her seven-year tenure and expanded to seven schools, serving more than 1,000 New Brunswick students yearly. Prior to joining New Brunswick Tomorrow, Ms. Blount worked at the New Brunswick Housing Authority; creating the Social Services Department within the agency. She also was an AmeriCorps*VISTA Volunteer with the Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance in Boston. 

Meredith is also a proud wife to a very patient husband and mother to 3 soccer boys: 15, 12, 7.  If you do not see her in the office, you can probably hear her cheering on the soccer fields every weekend.  Every weekend.

Access the complete recording of the webinar here.