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Navigating the Holiday Season: A Roadmap for Supporting Families Experiencing Mental Illness
The holiday season presents multiple challenges for families experiencing mental illness. We want to help! Join us for this webinar to increase your awareness of those challenges and consider ways that friends, family, and faith and community leaders can support and encourage these families through the holiday season. We will hear from Dr. Steve Grcevich with Key Ministry who will share what he has seen that most affects clients, especially children, during the holiday season. We will also hear from Jolene Philo from Different Dream Living and others who will share their experience of living in families touched by special needs and what they wish others had known about the holiday season.

Nov 12, 2019 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Jolene Philo
@Different Dream Living
Jolene Philo is both parent and daughter of loved ones with special needs and disabilities, as well as a former educator who worked with children for 25 years. She’s written several books about caregiving, special needs parenting, and childhood PTSD, including the recently released Sharing Love Abundantly with Special Needs Families: The 5 Love Languages® for Parents Raising Children with Disabilities, which she co-authored with Dr. Gary Chapman. She speaks internationally about caregiving and parenting children with special needs and blogs at http://www.differentdream.com/ Jolene and her husband live in central Iowa.
Dr. Stephen Grcevich
President and Founder @Key Ministry
Dr. Stephen Grcevich (MD, Northeast Ohio Medical University) serves as the President and Founder of Key Ministry. He serves the primary vision caster and spokesperson for the ministry and plays an important role in Key’s efforts to develop collaborations both within and outside the disability ministry movement with church leaders, other like-minded organizations and the professional community. In addition to his ministry work, Dr. Grcevich is a child and adolescent psychiatrist who combines nearly thirty years of knowledge gained through clinical practice and teaching with extensive research experience evaluating medications prescribed to children and teens for ADHD, anxiety, and depression.
Katie Donohue
Mental Health Public Speaker | Behavioral Health Technician
After beginning recovery from her lifelong mental health challenges, Katie Donohue grew a passion to give back to the mental health community. She attended the University of Central Florida where she studied psychology and creative writing. She began working for the National Alliance on Mental Illness Greater Orlando (NAMI) and volunteered as a mental health professional and teacher in Sri Lanka where she was able to pour into the mental health community overseas. Today she is a public speaker for NAMI Greater Orlando and has spoken on the local, statewide, and national level. She continues to pursue her passion for mental health through her work and current program study of a Master of Science degree in Mental Health Counseling.