Monday, April 23, 2018
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~~~ This Week ~~~  
Mon, April 23 10 am - 2 pm    Food Box Distribution -  Call   The Glades Initiative
CANCELLED Mon, April 23 5:30 pm     Focus Group Participants Needed,  Florida Comm. Health Center , Pahokee
Tue, April 24 ALL DAY    Great Give - Support The Glades Initiative
Tue, April 24 8:30 am      Medical Interpreter Training, Keiser, West Palm Beach
Tue, April 24 10 am - 2 pm     Food Box Distribution -  Call   The Glades Initiative  
Tue, April 24 4 pm           PBSC Information Session, PBSC, Belle Glade
Tue, April 24 5:30 pm      Meet New School Superintendent, West Tech, Belle Glade
Wed, April 25 10:00 am  Financial Literacy (Spanish),  The Glades Initiative , Belle Glade   
Wed, April 25 10:30 am   Poetry Reading by Stephen Gibson, PBSC, Belle Glade
Wed, April 25 5:30 pm     Toastmasters, PBSC, Belle Glade
Thu, April 26  12:30 pm   GTAC Meeting, Belle Glade Civic Center
Thu, April 26  12:30 pm   Health Education Workshop, West County Senior Center, Belle Glade
Fri, April 27 9:00 am        Vocational Training Info Session, Belle Glade
Fri, April 27 10:00 am      Financial Literacy (Spanish), The Glades Initiative, Belle Glade  
Fri, April 27 1:30 pm        Amelia Circle ribbon cutting, Belle Glade
Sat, April 28  10:00 am    Peppi Head Start Recruitment Fair, Belle Glade
Glades Area

TOMORROW: Support The Glades Initiative for Great Give 2018! GREATGIVE

We need your help! Consider making a donation to The Glades Initiative for the Great Give 2018 on April 24, 2018!  We are making a difference in the Glades area by assisting thousands of families with access to vital services, including healthy, affordable food and health insurance.

We are a small nonprofit and spend the vast majority of our time providing services to the community, as such, we do not have formal fundraisers and try to take advantage of collaborative efforts like the Great Give to raise the donations we need. Please help us by forwarding this message to others you think will donate.

Learn more about us and set a reminder to support our mission by donating on April 24, 2018 (midnight to midnight) at the following link:
FREE Food Boxes available for Distribution in the Glades through April - sign up your organization now!FOODBOXES

If your organization wants to distribute the white food boxes to people in need in the Glades area, call us (Sandy 996-3310) to make an appointment for pick up. Pick up days will be April 23rd and 24th from 10 am - 2 pm. Once you call and have a confirmed appointment for pick up, we will tell the specific pickup location here in the Glades. 

The boxes contain items such as cereal, Chef Boyardee, trail mix, granola bars, Pop Tarts, pudding, and shelf stable milk. The goal is to feed as many people as possible, and feed again, until every food box goes out before the food's expiration date which is July of 2018.

Pick up times for approved organizations
WHEN:  Monday, April 23, 24, 2018 | 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
WHERE: Belle Glade
CONTACT INFO:  To sign up for this opportunity, please contact Sandy at The Glades Initiative - by email or by phone at 561-996-3310

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CANCELLED - Focus Group Participants Needed FOCUS

"Healthcare, Health Behaviors and Health Attitudes" is the topic for this thought-provoking Focus Group. Come share your thoughts and opinions about these issues in the Glades. This event is brought to the community in partnership with the Health Council of Southeast Florida and Florida Community Health Centers, Inc.

Attending participants will receive a $20 gift card and light refreshments will be available.  So we may plan accordingly, your RSVP is required.

WHEN: Monday, April 23, 2018 | 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: Florida Community Health Center, 170 S Barfield Hwy 101, Pahokee, FL 33476
RSVP:  To reserve your place in the Focus Group, contact Molly Ferguson at .

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Medical Interpreter Training - The Glades Initiative - Early Registration Deadline 04/13/18 MIT

We are currently enrolling bilingual participants in our upcoming Medical Interpreter Training (40 hrs.) which starts on April 24, 2018 in West Palm Beach! This training is currently offered only once a year here in Palm Beach County, and other similar trainings will cost travel expenses and much higher registration fees, so don't miss out on this opportunity!  

The purpose of this training is for bilingual health and human service workers to learn about consecutive interpretation, specialized medical terminology, A&P, common medical problems, code of ethics, multicultural awareness and interpreter skills training.  This course is recognized by the IMIA - International Medical Interpreters Association -  and it prepares participants to apply for the national certification.

WHEN: Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 24, 26, May 1, 3, 8, 2018 | 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
WHERE: Keiser University, 2085 Vista Parkway, West Palm Beach, FL 33411
COST: $500, $450 (early bird), call about scholarship opportunities
CONTACT INFO: Karis Engle, 561-996-3310, or
Palm Beach State College Information Sessions COLLEGEINFOSESSION

Palm Beach State College will be holding Post Secondary Adult Vocational monthly Info-sessions. The  monthly sessions will be held on the last Tuesday of each month. 
The Glades community is invited to hear about our Welding, Diesel Mechanic, Cosmetology, Barbering, Nails and Facials programs. We'll have representatives from Advising, Registrar, Financial Aid departments and Career Source. In addition, we will arrange tours of the Welding, Diesel Mechanic, Cosmetology shops.  This is a great opportunity to get your questions answered and jump start your future.   

WHEN: Tuesday, April 24, May 29, June 26, July 31, 2018 | 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
WHERE: Palm Beach State College, 1977 SW College Dr, Belle Glade, FL 33430
TO REGISTER:  Call 561-993-1143

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Meet New School Superintendent Dr. Donald Fennoy II SUPER

A Meet Our Superintendent event will be held at West Tech. The Glades region is invited to participate in a meet and greet with Dr. Donald E. Fennoy II. 

WHEN: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 | 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: West Tech - Atrium, 2625 NW 16th St, Belle Glade, FL 33430

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Financial Literacy (Spanish) - The Glades InitiativeSPANISHFINANCIAL

The Glades Initiative is presenting a series of financial literacy trainings in Spanish based on the FDIC's Money Smart program, designed to teach residents how to enhance their financial skills and create positive banking relationships. Take control of your money to reach your goals!

WHEN: Wednesdays and Fridays, April 25, 27, 2018 | 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
WHERE: The Glades Initiative, 141 SE Ave C, Belle Glade, FL 33430
CONTACT INFO: Jose Zaragoza, 561-996-3310,

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Poetry Reading by Stephen Gibson at PBSC POETRY

Stephen Gibson, an award-winning poet and retired Palm Beach State College English professor, will return to campus for a poetry reading. Gibson taught at PBSC's Belle Glade campus for 32 years before his retirement in 2015. He has won numerous awards for his work, including the 2017 Miller Williams Poetry Prize for his book "Self-Portrait in a Door-Length Mirror" and the Donald Justice Poetry Prize in 2014. Gibson's poetry collections include "The Garden of Earthly Delights of Ghazals," "Rorschach Art Too, "Paradise," "Frescoes," "Masaccios's Expulsion" and "Rorschach Art." Snacks will be provided.

WHEN: Wednesdays, April 25, 2018 | 10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
WHERE: Palm Beach State College - Room CRB127, 1977 College Drive, Belle Glade, FL 33430
CONTACT INFO: Contact Ms. Cortez: 561-993-1028,

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Toastmasters Program in the Glades TOAST

The world needs leaders. Leaders head families, coach teams, run businesses and mentor others. These leaders must not only accomplish, they must communicate. By regularly giving speeches, gaining feedback, leading teams and guiding others to achieve their goals in a supportive atmosphere, leaders emerge from the Toastmasters program.  Jean Orelien will be the speaker presenting on the theme of: Body Language.  Be prepared to use and read body language!

WHEN: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 | 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: Palm Beach State College, 1977 College Drive, Belle Glade, FL 33430
CONTACT INFO: Call 561-261-5043
GTAC Meeting at Belle Glade Civic Center GTAC

The April GTAC meeting will take place at the Belle Glade Civic Center Library.  Chrystal Matthews, Senior Planner in the Palm Beach County Office of Community Revitalization is the featured presenter.  Mrs. Mathews will be providing an overview of OCR's Neighborhood Engagement And Transformation grant program (NEAT).

WHEN: Thursdays, April 26, 2018 | 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
WHERE: Belle Glade Civic Center, 725 NW 4th St., Belle Glade, FL 33430
CONTACT INFO: For more information, contact Houston Tate, OCR Director, at 561-233-5303.

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Your Health Matters: Free Educational WorkshopsYOURHEALTHMATTERS

Learn more about local health care resources and services, health insurance, staying healthy, getting the most out of your doctor visits, and more at free educational workshops at the West County Senior Center. Healthy snacks, giveaways and certificates of completion included. 

WHEN: Thursdays, April 26, 2018 | 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
WHERE: West County Senior Center, 2916 State Road 15, Belle Glade, FL 33430
CONTACT INFO: For more information, call 561-844-4220, ext. 1600, or 863-532-3099.

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Vocational Trainings Open Enrollment OPENENROLLMENT

Vocational trainings open enrollment in the following specialties: forklift, Microsoft Suite, PCT, HH, CNA, Childcare 40 hour, Security, CDL, and Food Prep Entrepreneurship. No cost to participants - must meet income guidelines (125% FPLG) - must attend an information session. 

WHEN: Friday, April 27, 2018  | 9:00 a.m.
WHERE: 425 NW 4th St, Belle Glade, FL 33430
CONTACT INFO:  For more information call 561-996-0660

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Amelia Circle Ribbon Cutting RIBBONCUTTING

You are invited to the ribbon cutting of Amelia Circle in Belle Glade. Amelia Circle consists of 48 quality-built, beautifully modern townhomes and apartments. 

WHEN: Friday, April 27, 2018  | 1:30 p.m.
WHERE: Amelia Circle 601 SW 16th Street Belle Glade, FL 33430
RSVP:  RSVP to Sheila Brown by Wednesday April 25, 2018 or 561-233-3688

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Peppi Head Start Health and Recruitment Fair PEPPI

Peppi Head Start will be hosting the Health and Recruitment Fair to start off the summer with food, games, learning activities, prizes and much more information about our Head Start services in the Belle Glade community.  

WHEN: Saturday, April 28, 2018 | 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
WHERE: 301 SW 8th St, Belle Glade, FL 33430
CONTACT INFO:  Ayesha S. Pugh, MBA,  Family & Community Engagement Manager,  LSF/ PEPPI Head Start,  561-257-2759,

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Food Crush Wednesdays at Tanner Park

The public is invited to Food Crush Wednesdays at Tanner Park. Food trucks, live music, a DJ and more family fun. The event will be held the third Wednesday of every month, starting on May 16, 2018. 

WHEN: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 (Third Wednesday of every month)  | 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
WHERE: Tanner Park, 105 Palm Beach Road,  South Bay, FL 33493
CONTACT INFO:  For more information visit or call 855-483-3663

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Belle Glade Chamber of Commerce 19th Annual Golf Tournament

The annual Belle Glade Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament returns to Sugarcane Golf Club!

WHEN: Saturday, May 19, 2018 | 7:00 a.m.
WHERE: Sugarcane Golf Club,  2619 West Canal St N, Belle Glade, Florida 33430
CONTACT INFO: For more information, or to register by phone, call Brenda Bunting at 561-996-2745.
COST: $75 entry fee, $125 sponsor a tee, $350 foursome and tee sponsorship

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Resume Building and Soft Skills Workshops

In the 4th installment of our Spring Workshop Series, we're partnering with Career Source to get you career ready! This workshop provides resume building tips that are sure to help you land that dream interview! You'll also have the opportunity to hone soft skills such as: professionalism, effective communication, teamwork and critical thinking, ensuring your success in the workplace. Light refreshments will be provided.

WHEN: Monday, May 21, 2018 | 6:00 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.
WHERE: West Technical Education Center - Building 1, 2625 State Hwy 715, Belle Glade, FL 33430
RSVP: or for more information, call 561-868-4068 or

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Third Glades Citizens Criminal Justice Academy to be Held in June 

Members of the public are invited to attend the third annual Glades Citizen's Criminal Justice Academy. Sessions will be held on five consecutive Mondays at the Belle Glade Library/Civic Center. The classes are free, and dinner will be served. Anyone over the age of 14 is welcome, and up to 15 hours of community service credit can be earned.

The purpose of the Citizen's Criminal Justice Academy is to provide fundamental information to citizens of Palm Beach County regarding the criminal justice system and how decisions are made. Participants will see demonstrations, meet with decision makers, and tour the jail. It is a valuable opportunity to learn about procedures, meet experts, ask questions and see facilities in person. The Palm Beach County's Criminal Justice Commission, Sheriff's Office, and Office of Community Revitalization sponsor the academy.

WHEN: Monday, June 4, 11, 18, 25, July 2, 2018  | 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
WHERE: Belle Glade Library/Civic Center, 725 NW 4th St Belle Glade, FL 33430
CONTACT INFO:  For more information and to apply, visit the Criminal Justice Commission website (under Programs),, call 561-355-4943, fax at 561-355-4941 or email at

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Deadline Extended: Youth in Preparation Program by Community Connections for Life

Summer Social Skills Enhancement (S.S.E) Program's Registration Deadline has been extended to May 18, 2018. Please see the attached Summer Registration Form. Please see the attached registration form and submit the completed registration form via fax or in person by May 5, 2018.

WHEN: June 4, 2018 to August 9, 2018 (Monday-Friday)  | 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
WHERE: Community Connections for Life, 241 W Avenue A, Belle Glade, FL 33430
CONTACT INFO:  For more information regarding the summer program, please make contact with the office at 561-983-8870.

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Agencies: Palm Beach County's Back to School Bash Registration

From the Palm Beach County Office of Community Revitalization (OCR), a note about this year's Back to School Bash: "We are thrilled to announce the 2018 Palm Beach County Back to School Bash! This wonderful annual event will be held this year on Saturday, August 4, 2018 at five (5) locations throughout the County, and we need your assistance with registering all students in need in our Countywide Community Revitalization Team communities ... "

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Scholarship Opportunities
Farmworker Scholarship

Governor Rick Scott signed  a bill into law this year that created the Farmworker Scholarship.
Applicants who meet the eligibility requirements (see attached flyer) may be  able to receive funding covering tuition and fees at a public institution  starting with the 2018-19 academic year. Between now and July, we are  working to identify farmworkers and the children of farmworkers and then  determine if they meet the eligibility requirements.

CONTACT INFO: Katy Joyner, State Scholarship and Grant Programs, Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA), Florida Department of Education, 850-410-5182

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Nursing Scholarship Now Open

Since 2001, Palm Healthcare Foundation, Inc. has awarded more than $1 million in nursing scholarships, due to the generosity of donors and the foundation's commitment to nursing advancement in Palm Beach County. Palm Healthcare Foundation partners with The George Snow Scholarship Fund to annually provide a needs-based scholarship program that encourages individuals in the community to enter and advance in the nursing profession. The 2018 scholarship application is now open. 

CONTACT INFO: Any questions regarding the application or the eligiblity requirements, please contact: Pam Perrin,, 561-347-6799, or Leslie Cornwell,, 561-347-6799

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Foster Families and Foster Kids Eligible for Free Camp

Camp Anderson in Partnership with Florida Coalition for Children and One Voice IMPAACT is offering about 850 free camp sponsorships for Child Welfare students, guys and girls ages 12-18. These sponsorships will be given away on a first come first served basis. Camp is located in Old Town, Florida. 

CONTACT INFO: If you have questions, please contact Shelby by email

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Apply for the Summer Youth Program

If you are: between the ages of 17-24 years old, not employed or working, and not enrolled in school (high school/college), you can obtain Microsoft credentials, hospitality credentials, and more! Apply before May 31 to build your future. 

WHEN:  Monday, July 9, 2018 - August 10, 2018
CONTACT INFO: 561.340.1060 ext.2361 *

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Grant Opportunity - Emergency Food Shelter Program Notification

From the United Way of Palm Beach County: For those of you interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds, please read this closely: Our Local EFSP Board recently announced that Phase 35 applications will be made available starting Monday, April 16, 2018, at under "Get Help - Nonprofit Resources". This decision has been made even though the EFSP National Board still has not allocated funds to any local jurisdictions. That means our Local Board still does not know how much money Palm Beach County will be getting for Phase 35. The deadline for completed Phase 35 applications to be submitted is 12:00 (NOON) on Friday, May 4, 2018 ..."

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CSC: Monday Morning Update, April 23, 2018

Children's Services Council's weekly news and information bulletin. 

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Job Opportunities

In the Glades

  • 2 Full Time CNAs for 1st shift
  • 2 Full Time CNAs for 2nd shift
  • 1 Full Time or Per Diem (2 days/wk) LPNs for 1st shift
  • 1 Full Time or Per Diem (2 days/wk) RNs for 1st shift
  • 18 Positions Open
Other Areas
Learn How Digital Tools can Improve Your Sales

Six critical business topics will be presented by world class experts:
  • Keynote Presentation: Digital Transformation: The New Competitive Advantage - John Coffey, Managing Director, Accenture
  • Simple Secrets to Growing Your Business with Video Marketing -   Evie Hernandez, Chief Marketing Officer, Xoomlm
  • Tools to Help Local Businesses Thrive in Today's Digitally-Driven Marketplace - Paul Vedder, Managing Director, VXIT
  • And more
WHEN: Saturday, April 28, 2018 | 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
WHERE: Keiser University, Flagship Campus, 2600 N Military Trail, West Palm Beach, FL 33409
CONTACT INFO: Larry Ornstein, Palm Beach SCORE, 561-833-1672,
COST: $20 (includes continental breakfast)

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The Power of Women Owned Businesses

Women CEO's discuss the challenges  and opportunities for women business owners. Great networking event. 

WHEN: Friday, May 11, 2018 | 8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
WHERE: Evergrene Country Club, 600 Evergrene Parkway, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410
CONTACT INFO: Call 561-833-1672 or go to PALMBEACH.SCORE.ORG
COST: $25 (includes continental breakfast)

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Previous Postings - The Glades Area
Step Show Coming to the Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center

Molodi: An Experiment in Body Percussion is coming to the Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center on Friday, May 4! This step-type show features a performance ensemble that uses only their bodies as instruments, taking body percussion to the extreme. Consisting of artists from Stomp, Cirque du Soleil, Step Afrika! and Stomp the Yard, their unique blend of collegiate stepping, gumboots, beatbox, poetry, hip hop dance, guerilla theatre and robust personalities bring to life a high-energy, immersive experience.

WHEN: Friday, May 4, 2018 | 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center - PBSC, 1977 College Drive, Belle Glade, FL 33430
CONTACT INFO: For more information, call the box office at 561-993-1160 or visit

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Two-Bedroom Apartments in New South Villas

New South Bay Villas has two-bedroom apartments available for a three- to four-person household. 

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Losing Your Health Insurance? 

If you are losing your health insurance, sign up for a new plan at Certain life changes qualify you to sign up for health insurance outside of open enrollment time. This is cadlled a Special Enrollment Period. 

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Tax Collector Anne Gannon: Tax Talk

From the office of Anne Gannon: " April is a busy month at the Tax Collector's Office. The 2017 property tax season wrapped up on April 2, 2018. We now begin the process for collecting delinquent property taxes. April is your last chance to sign up for our Installment Payment Plan. The application deadline is April 30 ..."

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Lighthouse Cafe March 2018 Newsletter

Read about the work of the Lighthouse Cafe in Belle Glade!

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CSC: Monday Morning Update, April 16, 2018

Children's Services Council's weekly news and information bulletin. 

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Job Opportunities

In the Glades

  • Licensed or Registered Intern Mental Health Clinician
  • 18 Positions Open
Previous Postings - Other Areas
Youth Summit 2018: Think Like a Boss, Act Like a Boss

The Youth Summit 2018: Think Like a Boss, Act Like a Boss event will be held at Palm Beach Lakes High School and will cover topics from Career Development, Scholarships, Healthy Relationships, Drug & Gang Prevention Education, and Dealing with Emotions. A free morning snack and lunch will be provided. Participants receive 10 hours of community hours for attending.
WHEN: Saturday, April 28, 2018  | 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
WHERE: Palm Beach Lakes High School, 3505 Shiloh Drive, West Palm Beach, FL 33407
CONTACT INFO:  If you have any questions please email  or call Pal Beach County Substance Awareness Coalition - Alexa Lee at 561-374-7627

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2018 Community Health Worker Annual Regional Symposium

Save the date for the 8th Annual Community Health Worker Annual Regional Symposium in South Florida. 

WHEN: Tuesday, May 15, May 16, 2018 | 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
WHERE: Miami Dade College - Hialeah campus, 1780 West 49th Street, Hialeah, FL 33012 (Day 1); Bethesda Hospital West, 9655 W Boynton Beach Blvd, Boynton Beach, FL 33472 (Day 2)

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The Neurobiology of Trauma and Grief

In the aftermath of national tragedy, the importance of trauma-informed care has been highlighted. Dr. Hans Watson will educate participants on how the brain processes trauma and will guide participants to a greater understanding of how this framework can support clients through change. Objectives include learning how to recognize grief versus trauma and what tools to use to work through the resistant client. 

WHEN: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 | 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
WHERE: New York Life Auditorium, Sunrise, FL 33323
RSVP: Register at
COST: $35

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