4.2 million young people in America are experience unaccompanied homelessness in the course of a year. From K-12 to college, and from rural to urban areas, youth from different paths of life can experience homelessness at any given time. Hear from experts that work with homeless youth, and learn the barriers, services, and approaches that are needed to help youth and families combat homelessness.
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Emma's devotion to working with youth and young adults stemmed from serving in the Peace Corps in Tanzania. Upon her return, she began working at YouthCare applying many of the same skills. Emma has worked in residential services for homeless youth across many levels for the last 9 years. She now serves as YouthCare's Director of Under-18 Housing and Shelter Services. Emma is a NRCYS Certified Trainer for Residential Child and Youth Care Professionals. Emma has presented on Best Practice for Serving LGBTQ Youth at the Runaway Homeless Youth Grantees National Training and the National Safe Place Conference, as well as presenting on youth transitioning into independent living programs at the National Resource Center for Youth Services Conference. This year, she sits on the planning committee for the 2018 RHY Grantees National Training. Emma has also participated on a Youth Development panel at the Out & Equal NW Regional Affiliate Conference. She enjoys working with staff to create systems that best support youth and utilizes trauma informed best practices.
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Farah Lapommeray, LCSW
My name is Farah Lapommeray and I’m a licensed clinician (LCSW) in Connecticut. I have my bachelor’s degree in Mental Health Psychology, Masters in Social Work and have 6 years of experience in the social service field.
I have experience working in highly pressurized environments and dealing successfully with vulnerable people in difficult circumstances. My current position is at New Prospects in Bridgeport, CT. New Prospects is a 30-day co-occurring rehabilitation program. At my current position, I facilitate psycho-education, relapse prevention, and coping skill groups. I also carried a caseload of clients for individual therapy.
My first year MSW field placement was at Beth-El Center in Milford, CT. This agency is a dry shelter for homeless individuals and families. I facilitated a stress management group and carried a caseload of clients for individual therapy.
From a very young age, I wanted to make myself useful to mankind and serve people in order to improve society. I believe that being a clinician is one of my purposes in life.