Parent Partnership in Education Newsletter 
As stressful as these times can be, as Covid-19 presents us with unique challenges, it also gives us an important opportunity to teach and model resilience as leaders, parents and community members. Therefore, Parent Support Network has dedicated this electronic newsletter to provide you with resources to help you cultivate resilience in these challenging and changing times. With this in mind we have included an article on "How to Build Resilience in Kids" and "Building resilience: 8 books to help kids face challenges" by The Understood Team and the Devereux Adult Resilience Survey (DARS) by Center for Resilient Children.

Parent Support Network continues open providing in person and virtual supports for parents,educators, community agencies, and advocates. We offer families peer mentor and educational specialists support, to assist caregivers and parents with their children's behavioral health and school related needs and up to date resources, virtual parent support groups and workshops. Our virtual workshops provide great resources and knowledge for parents, educators and other professionals, to better support children who are at risk or who have a serious emotional, behavioral and/or mental health challenge. Check out our website often for updates.

Scroll down E-Newsletter for more detailed information about PSN's Peer Mentors ,Support Groups, Workshops and more. Don't hesitate to call our Helpline to learn more about PSN supports and services. 
How to Build Resilience in Kids
by: The Understood Team

Whenever kids face setbacks or go through difficult times, we hope that they’re resilient and can quickly “bounce back.” We worry about their grades, behavior, and mental health. And we wonder if their challenges will have a long-term impact.  With the pandemic, resilience in kids has become a big concern. Distance learning and being cut off socially has caused more kids than ever to struggle. It’s been especially hard on kids who learn and think differently. 

The good news is that resilience can be taught — at home and in school. Here’s what you need to know about building resilience in kids.

What is resilience?
Resilience is a trait that lets kids come away from setbacks with something positive. It’s about coping with challenges.

But people often think about it the wrong way. They connect resilience to results — bouncing back or returning to normal. Or to simply getting through tough times.

Kids are resilient when they’ve learned from setbacks and can start to move forward. They don’t need to “triumph” or reach some goal. They also don’t need to be strong or upbeat.

How to help kids build resilience
Some kids are naturally more resilient than others. But resilience is a trait that can be taught at home and in school. Here are ways to help kids cope with challenges and build resilience:

  • Acknowledge their feelings.
  • Talk honestly about strengths.
  • Offer support, but don’t jump in.
  • Talk about lessons learned.
  • Encourage them to ask for help.

Devereux Adult Resilience Survey (DARS)
by Center for Resilient Children

Authored by Mary Mackrain, the DARS is a 23-item reflective checklist that provides adults with information about their personal strengths. The information can be used to help individuals build on these strengths, such as creativity and setting limits, so that they can better cope with adversity and the stresses of daily life.

Statistical analysis shows that the DARS is an excellent tool for providing adults with an opportunity to gain valuable insights, particularly in these four areas:
  • Relationships - The mutual, long-lasting, back-and-forth bond we have with another person in our lives.
  • Internal Beliefs - The feelings and thoughts we have about ourselves and our lives, and how effective we think we are at taking action in life.
  • Initiative - The ability to make positive choices and decisions, and act upon them.
  • Self-Control - The ability to experience a range of feelings, and express them using the words and actions society considers appropriate. 

Building resilience: 8 books to help kids face challenges

Want to help kids build resilience? This trait helps kids learn from setbacks and move forward. One way you can teach resilience is by using books. When kids read or hear stories of how others face challenges, they learn from seeing resilience in ...

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Resources  & Latest Educational Updates
Upcoming Events, Distance Learning Workshops and Support Group Schedule
PSN offers training and professional development workshops for parents, schools, and communities. We also work with school districts to develop workshops and training that meet the needs of their schools, taking into account the mental health needs of children.

Call us to  register for training or support group and if you need technical support to prepare for training.  Also our Helpline is open for families and community, needing Resources and Emotional support during Covid-19 pandemic. Contact us at  401-467-6855
SEL Workshop

Virtual Workshop:
Social Emotional Learning
 a Workshop for Parents & Professionals

March 24th (English) 12p-1:30p
March 31st (Spanish) 12p -1:30p

Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults effectively acquire and apply the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary to:

• Understand and manage emotions.
• Set and achieve positive goals
• Feel and show empathy for others.
• Establish and maintain positive relationships
• Make responsible decisions

If you would are interested in this training in your school and community, reach out to Naiommy Baret the Behavorial Health Education Coordinator & training specialist at or call PSN warm at 401- 467-6855
Identifying & Responding to Bullying
Hosted by Day One & PSN
April 1st 5pm-7pm

This Workshop identifies the different types of bullying, including cyber, and how you can best respond. It also includes different resources that community members and professionals can use if they witness or hear about bullying.

Workshop will be provided in English and Spanish, call Warm line for more information and if you need accommodations
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

2021 Virtual Campaign #GrowingBetterTogether
Theme: Every day, we help positive childhood experiences take root. Main message: Growing a Better Tomorrow for All Children, Together

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PSN Support Groups
English support groups meet Tuesdays & Spanish support groups meet Thursdays

Call the Warm line and sign up & joinus via Zoom Meeting:
Fatherhood Initiative
Hope Recovery Groups
PSN Parent Peer Mentors 
PSN Parent Peer Mentors are family leaders with lived experience raising children, youth, and young adults who are at risk or who have serious emotional and behavioral health challenges; work in partnership with the schools and community partners to promote family engagement and student success; and are knowledgeable of school support services and the special education process. PSN Parent Peer Mentors provide peer support, share up to date information and assist parents to participate in their child's educational team meetings and overall school success. PSN Parent Peer Mentors provide assistance with accessing special education, developing proactive behavioral strategies, dealing with discipline, attendance and truancy issues, and coordinating behavioral health services with education. 

During the COVID-19 
PSN Parent Peer mentors are available by phone 

PSN has a diverse team of Bilingual Spanish & English Parent Peer Mentors. Partners can access parent peer mentor services by referring a family and signing off on PSN's consent and release form, which can be accessed on our Website. Someone from our intake team will follow up with family. Also share our brochures with families , which has information about all our services and programs.

For more information and releases go to: 
PSN Statewide Helpline 
This statewide helpline is run by parents and family members who have direct experience and understand your needs first hand. We have knowledge and  experience with work early childhood, schools and special education, behavioral health centers, child welfare and the juvenile justice system. We are here to provide emotional support and help you navigate and access the services and supports you need. Parents can do a self referral and our services are free of charge to families. Agencies can make referrals with consent

Helpline Available:
 Mondays- Fridays 9am-5p
Call for more information at 401-467-6855

Naiommy Baret, Bilingual Behavioral Health Education Coordinator &  Training  Specialist

Melody Sorea, Bilingual Behavioral Health

 Parent Support Network of Rhode Island
535 Centerville Road, Suite 202
Warwick, Rhode Island