Creative Ways to Support Children Youth Especially Those in Foster Care

Creative Ways To Support Children/Youth, Especially Those In Foster Care

About this Webinar

We all have been challenged by the world-wide pandemic, especially in areas of home, work, and community. The effects of COVID have been particularly impactful in the lives of children and youth. They have seen so many changes take place at their homes, schools and with the community they live. The impact on school-aged children/youth has been discussed since early 2019. However, the pandemic for some children & youth compounded their traumatic experiences, in particular those children/youth in foster-care.

There are close to 500,000 children/youth in foster care throughout the United States. What we know is that children with unresolved grief & loss enter a foster home, they bring their pain with them. Their main priority is self-protection against future loss and vulnerability. This will be a session where we can share creative ways to keep children/youth connected to health & wellness.

Your Host

Kenneth McGill, EdS LMFT

Solution-Focused Care Senior Scientist at Opeeka

Kenneth McGill spent the last 12 years at Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care serving as the statewide trainer on Wraparound, the fundamental evidence-based practice offered throughout the New Jersey Children’s System of Care (CSOC), and the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) curriculum. Ken was the 2013 recipient of the Praed Foundation’s Outcomes Champion (CANS) Award for his work in children’s systems of care and outcomes management. He has more than 20 years of experience in marriage and family therapy, education and research and is currently serving as President of the New Jersey Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (NJAMFT). Ken received his Education Specialist degree in marriage and family therapy from and his Master’s in Education from Seton Hall University.


Dr. Randolph D. Sconiers

Dr. Randy Sconiers, DSW, LCSW

Owner at New Steps Counseling, LLC

Dr. Randolph Sconiers (Dr. S) is a New Jersey Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 15 years of experience working with at-risk youth. Dr. Randolph is the owner of New Steps Counseling, LLC which is based in South Plainfield, NJ. He has been recognized as one of the top Clinical Social Workers in South Plainfield, NJ by the International Association of Mental Health Professionals. Dr. Randolph’s passion for empowering, servicing, and educating our youth is fulfilled through his professional experiences. Dr. S is the founder of Mental-Hop which focuses on Mental-Health Education through Hip-Hop Culture.

Erin Bruno, MA

Coordinator, Social Emotional Learning/Social Decision-Making Program at Rutgers University

Ms. Bruno is the Coordinator, Social Emotional Learning/Social Decision-Making Program at Rutgers University, University Behavioral Health Care-Behavioral Research Training Institute. Erin consults with school districts across New Jersey, the United States and beyond about their implementation of Social Decision Making (SDM), an evidenced-based practice for Social Emotional Learning (SEL), which has been named an Exemplary EBP by the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) and has received awards from U.S. Department of Education and the Juvenile Justice Commission.

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