American Savings Foundation Grants Staff Development Assistant...

Klingberg Family Centers was awarded the Robert T. Kenney Scholarship through the American Savings Foundation with a summer intern. The Staff Development Department worked with the American Savings Foundation to hire Roisin Healy. Roisin is an undergraduate at UConn entering her junior year. She is a Psychological Sciences Major and a Neuroscience Minor with the expected graduation date of May 2019. The internship period was from May 22, 2017 until August 3, 2017. Roisin made a positive impression from the start. She was bright, positive and her confidence was evident in her firm handshake. She jumped right into the required trainings with ease and completed a total of 315 hours. Her schedule varied as necessary to complete specific trainings and tasks in preparation of trainings as well as day-to-day functions. Roisin began her internship by attending a full week of Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI), a training model developed by Cornell University’s Residential Child Care Project (RCCP) and used by Klingberg Family Centers. Although Roisin did not necessarily require the training for her position, it was important for her to gain knowledge and understanding of our client population. This was a 30+ hour training with certification. Roisin additionally attended New Employee Orientation (NEO); Risking Connection (RC), a three-day training curriculum for working with survivors of childhood abuse; and a Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation/First Aid/Automated External Defibrillator (CPR/FA/AED) Challenge Course through the American Red Cross, gaining certification for two years. During her internship, Roisin was eager to learn and to experience many facets of the agency. She was able to observe the Raymond Hill School, our special education day school, and attended several committee meetings, including Health & Safety, Cultural Competency Committee, and a trainers’ meeting for Risking Connection. Roisin was exceptionally helpful to our administrative assistants by making copies, inputting data,...

Staff and Trustee Recognized as Family Champions...

The Connecticut Council of Family Service Agencies awarded the 2017 Family Champion Award to Robert MacAlpine (Trustee) and Maureen Sand (Therapist/Intake Therapist, a member of our Extended Day Treatment team). The Family Champion Awards are presented annually by the Council to one board member and one staff member from each member agency in recognition of those who go above and beyond to serve families in CT. Robert MacAlpine was selected for his impressive dedication and commitment to Klingberg Family Centers through his role on the Board of Trustees for nine three-year terms over the last thirty years. During that time he has held multiple leadership roles, including Board Chair and Chair of the Board Management Committee and Executive Committee. He has also served on the Business Affairs Committee, the Advocacy Committee, the Development Committee, and search committees. Robert’s attendance and participation at Board-related meetings during that long tenure has been stellar. He has also participated in innumerable agency events, including volunteering at our Vintage Motor Car Festival consistently since its inception 25 years ago. Of particular note, Robert has brought in significantly more Trustees than any other Board member. His insights, wisdom, intelligence, vast experience, and disarming humor have been a wonderful asset to his colleagues on the Board, to the staff of the organization, and most importantly, to those we serve. Maureen “Mo” Sand is an avid learner who is empathic, caring, and reliable. She consistently goes above and beyond to join with families and keep them engaged in treatment, allowing for positive outcomes. For example, on numerous occasions Mo has provided in-home family therapy when special challenges have prevented families from coming to the facility. Mo has also assumed responsibility to plan and facilitate the program’s multi-family groups. Mo, a former Klingberg Employee of...

Klingberg Staff and Trustee Honored by YWCA...

Two of our own were honored as Women in Leadership at YWCA New Britain’s 17th biennial Women in Leadership Luncheon on May 11, 2017. The biennial event honors women in central Connecticut for their accomplishments, volunteerism, and commitment to the YWCA mission of eliminating racism and empowering women. Sonia Colón-Mora, Director of Intensive In-home Services at Klingberg Family Centers, was recognized for her contributions to the children and families served by Klingberg Family Centers and the staff and interns she has supervised during her 20 years working for the agency, as well as for her extensive volunteer work. Dave Tompkins, Vice President of Programs, says Sonia “has a difficult and demanding job, and yet is always willing to do extra and help others… Doing whatever it takes to help a staff member, family, community organization, or school is always at the forefront of Sonia’s busy schedule.” Natalie Lynne Smith, Chair of Klingberg Family Centers’ Board of Trustees, has been connected with Klingberg since adopting her daughter through the agency in 2003. As a special education teacher and adoptive mom, she brings passion and insight to our Board of Trustees. Her tremendous commitment to children and her leadership attributes have a substantial and positive impact on Klingberg Family Centers and the thousands of individuals we serve each year. Klingberg is grateful for the contributions of both of these inspiring women to our agency and the broader community, and we were delighted to see them honored at the YWCA’s Women in...

Leadership Effectiveness Training Series Begins...

Klingberg Family Centers has recently begun The Leadership Effectiveness Series presented by author, consultant, and speaker David O’Brien, President of WorkChoice Solutions. The series began in January and will continue into next fall and quickly sold out at 50 registrants, including 40 of our own leadership staff and 10 sent by the Workers’ Compensation Trust. Because the demand exceeded our maximum enrollment of 50, a second offering of the same series will begin in April. The Leadership Effectiveness Series is designed to equip leaders with the tools they need for future success. “A key success factor for leaders today is the ability to achieve peak performance through the efforts of many people,” says David O’Brien. The series will help participants grasp the range and scope of best proactive leadership principles, learn new skills to increase their influence and impact as leaders, expand their ability to resolve conflict and build consensus, and build a road map for further development. Topics include appreciating generational differences, building a culture of accountability, understanding different styles, the leader as a coach, and leading through change. Early feedback has been very positive, with participants excited about the content and the engaging style of the instructor. This training series is part of Klingberg’s Professional Development Center, representing a continued emphasis on providing quality, up-to-date education for employees as well as other professionals and...

Evening of Recognition 2017

Klingberg staff and trustees enjoyed the second annual Evening of Recognition on January 12, 2017, at the Aqua Turf in Southington. A Raymond Hill School employee, “DJ Buzz,” kept the dance floor filled, while the two photo booths provided laughs throughout the evening—not to mention the good food and even better company! Even technical difficulties couldn’t dampen the spirit of the evening. When the video that had been prepared to play at the event stopped partway through, the staff burst into an impromptu rendition of the background song, “Lean on Me,” while they waited for the video to continue. It was a perfect example of the way Klingberg Family Centers’ staff supports each other, and many called it their favorite part of the night. The video itself was another highlight. Photos of each department/program showed the scope of Klingberg’s services; volunteers, employees of the month, and special awards were highlighted; and “memorable moments” pictured throughout underscored our strong working relationships. The evening was a success by all measures. According to feedback, it made staff “feel special and appreciated” and “proud to be [part] of the Klingberg family.” (Want to join us for next year’s event? Check out our current job postings on...

Happy 20th to our Parenting Program!

The Parent Aide Program started toward the end of 1996, with one supervisor, Kathy Service, and one worker. The goal of the program was to provide services to strengthen families who are identified as experiencing stress and difficulty in meeting the needs of their children. Families served have children 0-17 years old. The program is designed to reduce stress by teaching skills in anger management, communication, and parenting and discipline techniques, and by advocating for the parents and connecting them to community resources. The program has served the Hartford and New Britain DCF Area offices for the past twenty years, and can also take Community Partner Agency referrals for services. The program has evolved and changed in various aspects of its service delivery model. The staff has gone through several name changes, including Parent Aide Worker, Parent Aide Counselor, Parent Outreach Counselor, Family Enrichment Worker, Parent Educator, and currently Positive Parenting Worker. The program has been modified over the years in terms of staff case load and length of services. The staff has doubled, from two to four. In October of 2013, our staff was part of the first three agencies in the state to complete the training to become evidence-based service providers of the Positive Parenting Program (Triple P). This program utilizes the evidence-based service Triple P –Level 4 to provide an in-home parent education curriculum along with guidance and support, so that parents will become resourceful and will be able to create a positive and safe home learning environment for children to develop emotional, behavioral and cognitive strengths. In addition to Triple P, this service provides short-term case management supports to help parents fully utilize the parenting services. The program has maintained a wonderful collaborative partnership with the DCF gatekeeper through the years. The referrals...