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Connections Café

L O C A L   S P E A K E R   S E R I E S

Raising Resilience's FREE virtual speaker series featuring local experts and providers. CONNECTIONS CAFE helps our parenting community come together online to address priority topics while connecting them to resources available in our area.


"Thanks so much for the conversation, the tips, the listening etc. It's great to feel this support virtually."

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What Your Grandkids Need to Thrive and Succeed w/ Clay Roberts

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The following videos are of past CONNECTIONS CAFÉ sessions. We encourage donations to support the continuation of this free virtual parent support program to help families in our communities thrive. Thank you!

Behavioral Strategies

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Raising Good Humans: Breaking the Cycle of Reactive Parenting

Guest Speakers: Hunter Clarke-Fields, MSAE

Parenting Stage: K-5th, 6th-8th, 9th-12th


Validating Your Child’s Independence

Guest Speakers: Courtney Oliver, LMHC and Helen Burke from Bainbridge Youth Services

Parenting Stage: K-5th, 6th-8th, 9th-12th


Positive Parenting Solutions

Guest Speakers: Peggy Koivu, Certified Positive Parenting Facilitator

Parenting Stage: K-5th


Parental Role in Your Child’s Athletic Experience

Guest Speakers: Ian McCallum, BIFC's Director of Coaching 

Parenting Stage: K-5th, 6th-8th, 9th-12th

Anxiety and Mental Well-Being


Parenting Through Change

Guest Speakers: Wandee Pryor, PsyD from Front Street Clinic & Stephanie Dalton, CHC, CNC, AADP

Parenting Stage: K-5th, 6th-8th, 9th-12th


Parent Self-Care

Guest Speakers: Susan James, BCC, MSSW, LICSW

Parenting Stage: K-5th, 6th-8th, 9th-12th


Family Mental Health Checkup

Guest Speakers: Carol Pendleton, MA, LMFT, LMHC, CMS of Here to There Therapy; Crisina Carnie, BA, CD (DONAL), in practicum at Helpline House; and Island Fitness owners, Alexa and Michael Rosenthal

Parenting Stage: K-5th, 6th-8th, 9th-12th


Boosting Your Immune System and Your Mood

Guest Speakers: Stephanie Dalton, CHC, CNC, AADP

Parenting Stage: K-5th, 6th-8th, 9th-12th


Parenting with Compassion

Guest Speakers: Betsy Lydle Smith, Master Facilitator for The Virtues Project

Parenting Stage: K-5th, 6th-8th, 9th-12th


Mindful Parenting Through Crisis

Guest Speakers: Jendi Watson, CHT from Nalu Center for Healing

Parenting Stage: K-5th, 6th-8th, 9th-12th


Grief Support

Guest Speakers: Grief Counselor, Nani Baran, MA, LMCH

Parenting Stage: 6th-8th, 9th-12th

Healthy Tech Habits



Guest Speakers: Lucia P. Lara, OTR/L from CTI & Mariann Tonder, OD from Poulsbo Eyecare Center

Parenting Stage: K-5th, 6th-8th, 9th-12th

Academic Motivation 

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Back to School Remote Style

Guest Speakers: Michelle Kay Anderson (Enneagram Coach, Homeschool Parent and Online Educator), Brandi Bispham (Woodward Teacher), Susan Constan (Wilkes Counselor), and Lydia Harrison (Island Educational Services Director) 

Parenting Stage: K-5th, 6th-8th, 9th-12th

Executive Functioning Skills w/ The Guidance Team

Guest Speakers: Shealeen Kennedy, M.Ed, BCBA, LBA (Building Blocks NW) and Marcee Ben-Menachem, M.Ed., NBCT, LMHCA (Compass Counseling & Coaching)

Parenting Stage: K-5th, 6th-8th, 9th-12th

Myth Busting and Destressing the College Process

Guest Speakers: Tara Powers-Hausmann from College Fit Consulting

Parenting Stage: 8th through 11th

Substance Use and Prevention

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Substance Abuse Prevention Panel 2021

Guest Speakers: Sarah Frost, MSW(BISD School Social Worker); Aubrey Lough, SUDP, LMFT (Creating Growth Counseling); Kelsey Lynch, MSW (BIPD Community Health Navigator); Megan Moore, MPH (KPHD Healthy Communities Specialist)

Parenting Stage: 6th-8th, 9th-12th


Substance Abuse Prevention Panel 2020

Guest Speakers: Shawnee Hathaway-Ochs (BHS Student Assistance Professional); Aubrey Lough, CDP, LMFTA (Creating Growth Counseling); and Sgt. Trevor Ziemba (BIPD)

Parenting Stage: 6th-8th, 9th-12th

Eating Disorders


Body Image & Disordered Eating

Guest Speakers: Erin Earle, MA, LMHC; Emily Bell, CN; Helen Burke; Lila Schroer

Parenting Stage: K-56h, 6th-8th, 9th-12th



Let’s Talk About Race

Guest Speakers: Karen Vargas & Chasity Malatesta from BISD's Multicultural Advisory Council (MAC) and Spencer Bispham & Sarah Bukair from BISD's Youth Social Justice League

Parenting Stage: K-5th, 6th-8th, 9th-12th

Healthy Sexuality and Gender


Sexual Assault Awareness

Guest Speakers: Helen Burke from Bainbridge Youth Services; BHS Student Advocate, Zoe Pellegrino; and Beverly D. Van Santford from Kitsap Sexual Assault Center

Parenting Stage: 6th-8th, 9th-12th



Guest Speakers: Sex Education Expert, Amy Lang

Parenting Stage: K-5th, 6th-8th

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Gender Dysphoria & Transitions

Guest Speakers: Dr. Matt Goldenberg

Parenting Stage: K-5th, 6th-8th, 9th - 12th+

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