The Transition Workshop Webinar Series aims to address important topics necessary for youth and young adults living with epilepsy to successfully navigate their transition to adulthood. Each workshop is designed to provide guidance, direction, and support for individuals living with epilepsy as well as their families, caregivers, and support team. Each workshop will feature a guest speaker covering transition topics related to medicine and the healthcare system, workforce readiness, mental health, and more.
For helpful resources and recorded sessions from the 2021 & 2022 Transition Workshop Series CLICK HERE!
Also, the PEAL Center is a great organization that provides support and guidance for families and individuals with special healthcare needs, especially in terms of education & transitions. Check them out at: www.pealcenter.org.
Recordings of Transition Workshop Series 2022:
Workshop 4: Self Care and Independence, Saturday, April 23, 2022
Title: Stress Management and Positive Coping Skills in Epilepsy
Speaker: Dr. Carinna Scotti-Degnan, Pediatric Psychologist at CHOP
Title: Seeking Support: Accessing Behavioral Health Resources
Speaker: Dr. Amanda Riisen, Pediatric Psychologist at CHOP
Title: MTV Program: Mentoring/Transitioning/Voices
Speaker: Mary Beth Morgan, Independent Living Specialist- Youth Transition from Liberty Resources Inc.
Workshop 3: Employment and Vocational Training, Tuesday, April 12, 2022
Title: Employment Rights & Accommodations
Speaker: Mark Natale, Attorney at Malamut & Associates
Title: Vocational Training Services from Office of Vocational Rehabilitation
Speaker: Jamie Luthy, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor at the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation in Philadelphia
Workshop 2: Higher Education, Tuesday, April 5, 2022
Title: Transition: High School to Post-Secondary Education and Training
Speaker: Dr. Domenico Cavaiulo, Professor in the Dept. of Special Education and Rehabilitation at East Stroudsburg University
Title: Panel for Higher Education
Speakers: Seamus Hanrahan, Erin Seiler, Matt Steele, and Dana Pirolli (Young adults diagnosed with epilepsy share their experiences in higher education and life after highschool and college)
Workshop 1: Medical & Healthcare Transitions, Saturday, April 2, 2022
Speaker: Dr. Lawrence E. Fried, Attending Physician, Division of Neurology, Pediatric Regional Epilepsy Program, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Title: Growing up with Epilepsy
Speaker: Dr. Akila Venkataraman, Pediatric Neurologist, Geisinger Medical Center
Epilepsy Transition Social Groups
Teen Education & Support Group
Ages 13-15, Tuesdays, January 24 – February 28, 5:30-6:30pm
Ages 16-19, Thursdays, January 26 – March 2, 5:30-6:30pm
Live on Zoom
The EFEPA is proud to announce our first education and support group designed specifically for youth with epilepsy. Teens ages 13-19 with an epilepsy diagnosis are invited to join us for the pilot 6-week program, which will meet once a week, virtually on Zoom.
Meetings are FREE to attend and will cover a variety of topics and age-appropriate discussions relevant to growing up with epilepsy. EFEPA facilitators aim to empower and support and educate teen participants through open discussion, socialization, and connection to a system of mutual peer support.