Executive Director of United Parents, Lori Litel, speaks with Our Ventura TV host, Bob Taylor.
United Parents provides resources to empower, strengthen and support parents who have children with mental health, emotional, and behavioral disorders.
United Parents offers:
Parent Partners: Experienced and trained parent partners work with professionals and parents to avoid crisis and conflicts in the home. They coordinate interventions with clinicians to enhance treatment success and advocate for effective, practical, mental health approaches that encourage wellness & recovery.
Educational Advocacy: Educational Advocates assist parents in navigating the complex Special Education and mental health systems by facilitating the Individual Education Plan (IEP) process; 504 Accommodations; and positive behavior supports.
Respite Services: Trained workers provide a short term break that helps parents raising children with mental health, emotional and behavioral disorders relax from daily routines and stress, helping stabilize the home and family, minimizing crisis.
Advocacy: United Parents advocates at local and state levels for approaches to treatment that acknowledge family strengths, diversity and partnership. They also advocate for families to be accountable and they work with professionals to strengthen both agencies and treatment outcomes.
Parenting Workshops: Workshops designed for parents with children with emotional, behavior or mental disorders include role playing to learn solutions and strategies to prevent and de-escalate challenging behaviors. Workshops are also available to help parents learn the ins and outs of medications, mental disorders, special education, avoiding burn out, etc.
Library: Families have access to books, videos, CDs about parenting special needs children. Located at the United Parents Office.
Professional Trainings: Information that is learned through extensive clearances, certifications and on-going trainings to maintain a high professional standard and meet the needs of special families is shared with others looking to enhance their understanding of mental disorders, knowledge and skills.
Monthly Support Groups: A dynamic forum of families to share, explore, suggest, educate and encourage each other as we care for our challenging children.
Director: Petrina Sharp