June 2019
Honoring Mateo
Celebrate the life of Mateo

Youth MOVE Update
Featuring a Member Spotlight and Conference Success Stories

Rae LaBrie, PPAL's Youth Advocate Specialist, reflects on their journey to becoming a member
of the Youth MOVE National Board of Directors:

"To every young adult out there struggling to find your purpose: you have one. I believe in your potential. No matter how far away your dreams seem, take a leaf out of a rear-view mirror's book. Tell yourself, 'The dreams I have are closer than they appear.' Here's to growth and dream-chasing for all of us."  To read the full article, click here .

This year's PPAL Conference hosted a very successful Youth Track.  In the morning session we discussed music as a form of therapy, and in our afternoon session we hosted Bell Cole, the creator of "13 Reasons to Fly."   The youth had an amazing time learning new ways to cope with stress and unforeseen problems, while also sharing their own personal coping skills and stories of resilience with each other.  

Some of the youth recognized for their hard work and improvement during this year's Youth Track were Cameron Hulme, Braden Beauchene, and Alan Arroyo-Quinones.  

Podcast Alert
Lisa Lambert on Changing the Conversations Podcast

PPAL's Executive Director, Lisa Lambert, is featured on a new C4 Innovations podcast titled  Changing the Conversation. Alongside Kathleen Ferreira and host Jeff Olivet, Lisa discusses the role of families and family advocates in supporting mental health for children.  Listen to the episode here .


8th Annual Conference Success
Thanks to All Who Participated

The 8 th Annual PPAL Conference & Celebration was a huge success. We heard inspiring stories of the National Family Movement from our keynote speaker, Barbara Huff. We learned from our eight diverse workshop leaders and got to honor change-makers in the family advocacy community. We enjoyed great food, company, and raffle prizes! Full album of pictures will be posted on our social media sites soon. Make sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter!


Support Group Summit Wrap-Up
Watch for Details for Our Next Summit
The 5th Support Group Summit was held in Framingham on June 7 th and welcomed 24 family-based facilitators from across the state. This Summit, funded by the Department of Mental Health (DMH), included a panel of facilitators discussing various cultures, mental health diagnoses, and perspective on how to best support groups during difficult conversations. Attendees participated in hands-on activities, learning tools to bring back to their own groups.  Stay tuned for an announcement in early July with details about our next Summit!

Youth MOVE July Calendar
Join Us for Great Summer Events!


Blog Alert 

Did you miss our June blogs?   " Arrested and in Shackles " by PPAL's Associate Director, Meri Viano.  

Catch up on What Youth Are Saying with the latest post by PPAL's Youth Advocate Specialist, Rae LaBrie . Be sure to comment and share!

You can now subscribe to the PPAL blog and never miss a post.  Look for the subscribe information on the blog page. 

June Monthly Meeting: 
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Treatment and Applications

Michelle Gaudet, M.Ed., LABA presented to PPAL's Parent Network this month on "Understanding the Functions of Behavior."  She presented valuable information on understanding that all human behavior communicates something about our needs and wants.  We learned about the differences between negative/positive reinforcement, negative/positive punishment, and other intervention options.  

Do you wish you'd been there?  Make sure you're on the mailing list!  Announcements for Fall 2019 coming soon. Reminder: we do not have a July monthly meeting.

Latest Poll Results

June Poll Results

How did your child first hear their mental health diagnosis?

Mental Health Professional....69.23%


Pediatrician/Family Doctor......0%

School .....0% 

Overheard someone talking about it .....0%

Take our July Poll on our website:

Do you feel your pediatrician is able to guide you to helpful resources for your child's social, emotional and behavioral needs?



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