O’Connor Professional Group Webinars

 

 

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Previous Webinars

Bringing Tourists Back to the Island: Considerations for Maintaining Safety

Anguilla has been free of COVID-19 cases for months, which has allowed local residents to return to “normal” life. As the borders reopen, employees and owners at hotels, shops, restaurants, and bars may have questions about how to maintain their health and safety while simultaneously serving customers.

Join Dr. Chris Sidford, Founder and Medical Director at Black Bag (Global Emergency Medicine), for an informational webinar on what planning steps should be taken and how to follow appropriate distancing guidelines to ensure that Anguilla can remain an island paradise, safe for all to enjoy.

 

A Flexible Approach to Managing “Screen Time” with Children and Young Adults

Many parents report that their children are better versed in social media platforms than they are. For years, there has been an underlying concern about how much “screen time” should be allowed, what outlets are “appropriate,” and how parents can set appropriate boundaries. These questions loom larger than ever given the virtual nature of our world and the likelihood that schools will be partially closed for the foreseeable future, eliminating in-person opportunities for connections. Join Diana Clark, Chief of Clinical Operations, and expert Jill Walsh, Ph.D. Lecturer in Sociology at Boston University and founder of Digital Aged, a consulting group that educates students, families, and educational institutions about positive technology use, for this practical and nuanced approach to facilitating productive conversations with your children around technology use and social media.
Topics of this session will include:
  • The link between certain screen use and anxiety
  • Measuring harmfulness of screen time
  • Quality versus quantity
  • Passive versus active use
  • Positives of social media and technology use
  • Practical strategies to limit use and healthy boundaries to promote limits

 

 

Creative Educational Planning for Families During COVID-19

While the weather may be great, many families are already starting to get nervous about their options in Fall 2020, should schools not fully re-open. O’Connor Professional Group (OPG) will host a facilitated panel with educational experts about non-traditional solutions for families to consider and supports for students with specialized needs (i.e., mental health issues, substance abuse, learning differences, Autism Spectrum Disorder).

  • Data related to behavioral health trends during COVID 19
  • Recent changes in legal proceedings to obtain guardianship and conservatorship during the Pandemic and the reality of future court intervention during the wait for a vaccine
  • Solutions to behavioral health legal challenges such as Incentive Trusts, Extra Powered Health Care Proxies and Durable
  • Powers of Attorney, Springing Guardianship Decrees and Recovery-based Memoranda of Understanding and Probation Orders
  • Variation in the delivery of clinical services in inpatient and outpatient settings and creative solutions for families and their advisors to consider

Launching… Or Not: Emerging Adults During COVID-19

With universities going virtual, internships unavailable, travel restricted, many parents are finding the unanticipated return of their children on the cusp of adulthood. Please join Myrna Harris, noted educational and therapeutic consultant and Diana Clark, OPG Chief of Clinical Operations, for this 30-minute discussion of what families are encountering and the strategies for promoting healthy adulthood in the middle of a pandemic.

 

 

Are Eating Disorders a Choice?

When someone gets the flu, nobody questions the validity of their sickness. When someone breaks a bone or develops cancer, nobody asks if they chose to do so. Why then, is the development of disordered eating so often thought to be within our control?
Join OPG’s Senior Clinical Advisor, Jennie Kramer, MSW, LCSW-R, and Director of Intake, Natalie Cohen, for an important discussion debunking the harmful myth that eating disorders are a choice. The presentation will highlight the biological, psychological, and social factors that combine to create the ‘perfect storm’ of eating disorder development and bring awareness to at-risk populations, the importance of early detection and intervention, and how to get help.

How to Talk to Your Kids About Race

O’Connor Professional Group’s Sean Rose and Diana Clark for an important discussion around how to effectively and age-appropriately talk to your children about race and diversity.

Managing Clients with Behavioral Health Issues During and Beyond COVID 19 | The Legal and Clinical Implications

Substance abuse and mental health issues remain one of the biggest drivers of financial and emotional costs for our healthcare systems, employers, and families. The pandemic has changed the way our court systems work and clinical care is delivered. Join Lisa Cukier of Burns and Levinson and Arden O’Connor of the O’Connor Professional Group in an interactive presentation focused on how to achieve optimal outcomes for individuals with mental health and substance abuse challenges during these uncertain times. This presentation will cover the following topics:

  • Data related to behavioral health trends during COVID 19
  • Recent changes in legal proceedings to obtain guardianship and conservatorship during the Pandemic and the reality of future court intervention during the wait for a vaccine
  • Solutions to behavioral health legal challenges such as Incentive Trusts, Extra Powered Health Care Proxies and Durable Powers of Attorney, Springing Guardianship Decrees and Recovery-based Memoranda of Understanding and Probation Orders
  • Variation in the delivery of clinical services in inpatient and outpatient settings and creative solutions for families and their advisors to consider

 

Surviving the Summer as a Family: Maintaining Sanity in the Pandemic

Instead of getting simpler, parents report that after weeks of limited social and experiential activities outside the home, the challenges of raising children in the middle of a pandemic is getting more difficult. While the weather may be getting warmer, children may not have access to the activities they once enjoyed including: vacations, camps, summer jobs, and internships. Additionally, fatigued parents who have been balancing work and domestic obligations may not be able to find outside professional supports to assist them. Join Diana Clark and Arden O’Connor in an interactive session that will cover the following topics:
  • How to Maintain a “Good Enough” Parenting Philosophy
  • Encouraging Children of All Ages to Participate in Family Tasks
  • Heading to the BEACH: Components of a Successful Summer
    • Bonding
    • Exercise
    • Altruism in the community
    • Contribution in the home
    • Hobbies
  • Creative Ways to Get Support

 

 

Anxiety: The Family’s Hot Potato

Between shelter-in-place restrictions, social distancing, health tragedies, business shutdowns, market volatility, and a constant stream of news reports – the COVID 19 pandemic has quickly become a factor in each of our lives. Anxiety, restlessness, irritability are commonly reported by parents and their children clouding the path forward. Please join Diana and Frank for their 30-minute broadcast as they discuss the ways in which anxiety spreads, is passed around and magnified by family members. Strategies to better manage this phenomenon will be discussed.

 

 

OPG Webinar: Staying Sequestered and Sane

Whether we are balancing remote work obligations with increased domestic obligations (i.e. homeschooling), or adjusting to the return of the interrupted college student (without any of their ordinary social outlets available), this time is challenging even the strongest of our family systems. It can be difficult to maintain a sense of humor, patience, compassion, and find a potential “silver lining.”

This webinar, will share a range of tools for families to use this time as an opportunity to establish healthier family dynamics. Using both humor and science, Diana Clark, Chief of Clinical Operations at O’Connor Professional Group this webinar will share a range of tools and strategies to enhance the functioning of families during this time of isolation and togetherness. Topics covered in this webinar will include:

  • Practical strategies for managing feelings as a family
  • Creating realistic schedules & setting appropriate boundaries
  • Interactive family activities and opportunities designed to build resilience
  • Uncovering and tapping into the “positives” of difficult situations

 

Employers Managing Anxiety in the Remote Workplace

COVID-19 has impacted the markets, our schools, and our families in ways that would have been unimaginable six months ago and unsurprisingly, individuals are experiencing a range of emotions from fear to anger to anxiety. As employers, you may be balancing competing objectives – maintaining a financially sustainable business with quelling fears and anxiety amongst employees. It can be overwhelming to achieve this while taking care of yourself and your family.

Join Arden O’Connor, Founder & CEO of O’Connor Professional Group, for a webinar about how to help “calm the waters” with anxious employees and family members during this time. This webinar will focus on the following areas:

  • Typical physical and emotional reactions to anxiety
  • Evidence-based practices to manage anxiety with practical tools and resources
  • Resources for employers to consider

 

 

 

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