Expert Panel: Your Fall School Plan

Whether your family has opted to go with virtual schooling, send your kids back to school or daycare, or is considering some combination, you likely have many questions about the rapidly approaching school year.

Join us as our expert panel discuss the upcoming school year and all the considerations that are likely weighing on the minds of parents.

It is important to note this panel will NOT discuss the “right or wrong” decision, as we believe that is a decision that can only be made by each family individually. Rather, we aim to support all parents in making the best of whichever option they’ve chosen for their family.

Our panel will feature:

Megan Werdel, Vice President and Compliance Consultant for Grey & Company, Inc. Grey & Company offers healthcare consulting and education to outpatient surgery facilities ensuring they are compliant with all guidelines. Megan will share safety precautions you can take and measures you can put in place to keep your family healthy and safe, whether sending kids back to school, or simply venturing out to public places more frequently.
Sara Thatcher, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Certified Trauma Specialist, Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor and Registered Yoga Teacher, with over 18 years of experience in the mental health field, specializing in Play Therapy for children aged birth-12, talk therapy/creative expression with tweens/teens and parent support/coaching. Sara will speak about how to best support children in the transition back to school and protecting their mental health if continuing to keep them at home.
Nicole Wallace, a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate and Parent Coach. Nicole has worked extensively with children between the ages of 5 and 14 in her role as a school counselor and school teacher for 22 years. Nicole will focus on what parents can do to best support their children through the upcoming school year.
This event is free and open to the public.

Conversation Circle: Being Anti-Racist Part 2 (PUBLIC)

Now is a time in which we need education and open conversation. This is how we will learn and this is how we will do better as a nation.

Join us for as many of our Conversation Circle Series on Talking about Race as you can. This series will run for 7 months and will cover a different topic each month. The resources are all provided through the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History & Culture.

It is important that we each do our own work. But it is also important that we come together to discuss and delve deeper with others that are doing the same work. You are encouraged to join for as many of the discussions as possible.

Please plan to read and view the videos prior to the conversation circle so that you can participate fully and get the most out of the conversation.

These events are free and open to any mother that would like to join the conversation.

During the month of July we will discuss Being Anti-Racist.

All resources for the month of July can be found at: https://nmaahc.si.edu/learn/talking-about-race/topics/being-antiracist

July Guide – PLEASE VIEW/ READ THESE BEFORE WE MEET FOR EACH SESSION

July 18 – How to Be Antiracist (approx. 25 min)

Read “Being Antiracist Intro” & “Implicit Bias/ Structural Racism” Chart (5 min)
Watch “How to be Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi” (2 min)
Read “As a White Person or Person of Color, Read more about becoming Antiracist” (12 min)
Read “A Questioning Frame of Mind” (3 min)
July 29 – Overcoming Implicit Biases & Antiracism at the Institutional Level (approx. 35 min)

Watch Verna Myers “How to Overcome our Biases: Walk Boldly Towards Them” (18 min)
Read “Example of Being Antiracist at the Institutional Level” (4 min)
Read “9 Important Elements of Antiracist Education” (3 min)
Read and Reflect: “Stop and Think” and “Let’s Reflect” (5+ min)
Watch two video clips on Implicit Bias (5 min)
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*This event is based on each individual pursuing personal education and then engaging in open conversation. The discussions will be facilitated by HER Health Collective co-founders, Cindi Michaelson and Crissy Fishbane.

Both Cindi and Crissy are engaging in this 7-month long conversation series in an effort to pursue their own education and engage in discussion alongside fellow moms. They both draw on experience in this area, Cindi as a former facilitator of Racial Justice Roundtables at the YWCA and Crissy as a former high school social studies teacher with a master’s degree in teaching. Neither claim to be experts on racial equality, inclusion, or social diversity, rather they aim to create a safe space for mothers to explore, learn, and grow in their understanding of this topic together.

Please contact info@herhealthcollective.com with any questions.

Mom’s Self Care: Mixed Tape Art Fun (Non-Members $10)

Music and Art are both great ways to practice self-care. We are going to mush them together for a fun hour of creative release!
About this Event
This is all about experimenting and having fun so don’t worry about using any precious materials. Fit for a sketchbook or small pieces of paper, just use whatever you have on hand. Grab your kid’s fingerpaints, washable markers, colored pencils, or box of broken crayons!

Whether you listen to vinyl, cassettes or digital tunes, we will assemble five to eight of the group’s favorite tunes. As each song plays, we will let the music guide us in creating our own personal artistic masterpiece… or scribble… both are fantastic!

This is sure to be a fun break from the week and will undoubtedly involve lots of laughter. We hope you can join us!

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This event is free to HER Circle members. Non-members are welcome to join for just $10, please purchase your ticket via Eventbrite to receive the meeting room link to your inbox.

Members do not need to purchase a ticket on Eventbrite and can access the zoom link via the Monday member email or the private Facebook group.

Not a member of HER Circle yet? What are you waiting for?

Join our fun, supportive community of moms. Many of our events are virtual and provide you a place to connect with likeminded women, build authentic friendships, and connect with trusted experts to get your most pressing questions answered!

Come join us. We’d love to have you!

*Membership closes on June 30th* If our doors have already closed be sure to get on our early bird list so you are the first to hear when our doors reopen. We only offer open membership enrollment a few times a year! Trust us, you won’t want to miss this!

Conversation Circle: Being Anti-Racist Part 1 (PUBLIC)

Now is a time in which we need education and open conversation. This is how we will learn and this is how we will do better as a nation.

Join us for as many of our Conversation Circle Series on Talking about Race as you can. This series will run for 7 months and will cover a different topic each month. The resources are all provided through the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History & Culture.

It is important that we each do our own work. But it is also important that we come together to discuss and delve deeper with others that are doing the same work. You are encouraged to join for as many of the discussions as possible.

Please plan to read and view the videos prior to the conversation circle so that you can participate fully and get the most out of the conversation.

These events are free and open to any mother that would like to join the conversation.

During the month of July we will discuss Being Anti-Racist.

All resources for the month of July can be found at: https://nmaahc.si.edu/learn/talking-about-race/topics/being-antiracist

July Guide – PLEASE VIEW/ READ THESE BEFORE WE MEET FOR EACH SESSION

July 18 – How to Be Antiracist (approx. 25 min)

Read “Being Antiracist Intro” & “Implicit Bias/ Structural Racism” Chart (5 min)
Watch “How to be Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi” (2 min)
Read “As a White Person or Person of Color, Read more about becoming Antiracist” (12 min)
Read “A Questioning Frame of Mind” (3 min)
July 29 – Overcoming Implicit Biases & Antiracism at the Institutional Level (approx. 35 min)

Watch Verna Myers “How to Overcome our Biases: Walk Boldly Towards Them” (18 min)
Read “Example of Being Antiracist at the Institutional Level” (4 min)
Read “9 Important Elements of Antiracist Education” (3 min)
Read and Reflect: “Stop and Think” and “Let’s Reflect” (5+ min)
Watch two video clips on Implicit Bias (5 min)
****

*This event is based on each individual pursuing personal education and then engaging in open conversation. The discussions will be facilitated by HER Health Collective co-founders, Cindi Michaelson and Crissy Fishbane.

Both Cindi and Crissy are engaging in this 7-month long conversation series in an effort to pursue their own education and engage in discussion alongside fellow moms. They both draw on experience in this area, Cindi as a former facilitator of Racial Justice Roundtables at the YWCA and Crissy as a former high school social studies teacher with a master’s degree in teaching. Neither claim to be experts on racial equality, inclusion, or social diversity, rather they aim to create a safe space for mothers to explore, learn, and grow in their understanding of this topic together.

Please contact info@herhealthcollective.com with any questions.

MEMBER EVENT: Conscious Strong Movement Flow (Non-members $10)

Conscious Strong™ is a lifestyle balancing mindfulness, movement, and reflection to create inner strength, wellness, and mental clarity.

This is a unique movement experience you will not want to miss!

Join us for a movement flow based on the practice of pilates, anchored with moments for mindfulness and reflection.

This is certain to be a fantastic way to end your week!

Lauren McClerkin is the Founder of Conscious Strong™, a multi-certified Pilates instructor, and the owner of an award-winning North Carolina fitness studio. She understands the challenges of balancing a busy family and career with self-care and personal growth. The Conscious Strong™ lifestyle comes out of her own journey to find balance and fulfillment in all areas of her life.

Book Club: Untamed (PUBLIC)

“There is a voice of longing inside each of us. We strive so mightily to be good: good partners, daughters, mothers, employees, and friends. We hope all this striving will make us feel alive. Instead, it leaves us feeling weary, stuck, overwhelmed, and underwhelmed…

Untamed… is the story of how one woman learned that a responsible mother is not one who slowly dies for her children, but one who shows them how to fully live.”

– Glennon Doyle

We are so excited to dive into this book with you ladies.

Most of our Conversation Circle’s have focused on short articles or brief TED Talks… because, well… mom life.

But, occasionally a book speaks to us strongly enough that we throw caution to the wind and decide we’re going to actually commit to one book and give ourselves a deadline (gulp). We’ve had enough of our members bring this book up that we decided we just couldn’t let this incredible memoir pass us by.

Join us as we read this soulful, uproarious, tender and forceful book throughout the month of June.

We will meet virtually for our book club conversation on Untamed on July 8th at 8pm.

Get your copy now and read along with us!

This event is free and open to the public.

Members do not need to RSVP and can access the zoom link from the Monday member email or private Facebook group.

Non-members please RSVP in Eventbrite to receive the zoom link via email.

Not a member of HER Circle yet? What are you waiting for?

Join our fun, supportive community of moms. Many events are virtual and provide you a place to connect with likeminded women, build authentic friendships, and connect with trusted experts to get your most pressing questions answered!

Come join us. We’d love to have you! *Membership closes on June 30th*

Join us at https://herhealthcollective.com/her-circle/

Expert Q&A: Pediatric Pelvic Floor Dysfunction (PUBLIC)

Join us for an Expert Q&A with Pelvic Floor Physical Therapists, Dr. Lindsay Moses, and Dr. Lindsay Saunders of Grace Physical Therapy and Pelvic Health.

We will discuss issues such as:

Potty training
Bedwetting
Dietary considerations
Fecal incontinence
Constipation

Bring your questions! We will leave ample time for Q&A at the end of the talk.

Members do not need to RSVP, you can access the link in the Monday email or private Facebook group. Non-members, please RSVP in Eventbrite to receive the zoom link prior to our scheduled start time.

Not a member of HER Circle yet? What are you waiting for?

Join our fun, supportive community of moms. Many events are virtual and provide you a place to connect with likeminded women, build authentic friendships, and connect with trusted experts to get your most pressing questions answered!

Come join us. We’d love to have you!

Join us at https://herhealthcollective.com/her-circle/

Conversation Circle: Talking About Race — Bias (PUBLIC)

Now is a time in which we need education and open conversation. This is how we will learn and this is how we will do better as a nation.

Join us for as many of our Conversation Circle Series on Talking about Race as you can. This series will run for 7 months and will cover a different topic each month. The resources are all provided through the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History & Culture.

It is important that we each do our own work. But it is also important that we come together to discuss and delve deeper with others that are doing the same work. You are encouraged to join for as many of the discussions as possible.

Please plan to read and view the videos prior to the conversation circle so that you can participate fully and get the most out of the conversation.

These events are free and open to any mother that would like to join the conversation.

During the month of June we will discuss Bias.

All resources for the month of June can be found at: https://nmaahc.si.edu/learn/talking-about-race/topics/bias

June Guide
6/18 – Understanding Human Bias & Our own Hidden Biases
Read Understanding Human Bias Intro (3 min)
Watch “A Conversation on Hidden Bias Part 1″ (45 min)
6/22 – Explicit/ Implicit Bias
Read Explicit/ Implicit Bias Definitions (3 min)
Watch TEDx Talk “Immaculate Perception” (14 min)
Reflect on “Let’s Think” Questions
Watch social psychologist Jennifer L. Eberhardt, interviewed on “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” (12 min)
6/29 – How to Overcome Bias
Reflect on “Let’s Talk” Questions
Watch TED Talk, Verna Myers “How to Overcome our Biases” (18 min)
Read Let’s Act and Complete Activity for Parents
*This event is based on each individual pursuing personal education and then engaging in open conversation. The discussions will be facilitated by HER Health Collective co-founders, Cindi Michaelson and Crissy Fishbane.

Both Cindi and Crissy are engaging in this 7-month long conversation series in an effort to pursue their own education and engage in discussion alongside fellow moms. They both draw on experience in this area, Cindi as a former facilitator of Racial Justice Roundtables at the YWCA and Crissy as a former high school social studies teacher with a master’s degree in teaching. Neither claim to be experts on racial equality, inclusion, or social diversity, rather they aim to create a safe space for mothers to explore, learn, and grow in their understanding of this topic together.

Please contact info@herhealthcollective.com with any questions.

Protecting Your Child’s Mental Health

Have you found yourself wondering:

How will this impact my child?
Don’t they need social interaction?
Aren’t playdates developmentally important?
Am I making them overly worried about germs?
Is this going to hurt their academic development?
Join us for an Expert Q&A with Sara Thatcher, owner and founder of Oak City Counseling.

Sara is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Certified Trauma Specialist, Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor and Registered Yoga Teacher, with over 18 years of experience in the mental health field, specializing in Play Therapy for children aged birth-12, talk therapy/creative expression with tweens/teens and parent support/coaching.

Sara is one of 14 therapists in Raleigh who have obtained the Registered Play Therapist (RPT) credential, one of 6 therapists in Raleigh who have obtained the Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor (RPT-S) credential, and one of three therapists in Wake County (and the only therapist in Raleigh) to have received the Certified Trauma Practitioner certification from the National Institute of Trauma and Loss in Children.

This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP in Eventbrite to receive the zoom link.

Mommy & Me: Kid’s Yoga

In this fun yoga class designed especially for mom and child to move together, children will learn yoga poses, breathing, and relaxation exercises which cultivate a calm mind, increase strength and flexibility, improve gross and fine motor skills, improve concentration, and give children the tools to manage stress.

All age groups welcome!

Class will be led by David and Megan Finkel of Yoga2GoSRQ.

Please RSVP in Eventbrite to receive the zoom link to your inbox.