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Cancelled: Professional Development Lunch and Learn: “Get a Grit! Moving Past the Trauma Towards Fostering Resiliency”

Hong Kong Fusion 1998 Marlton Pike East Cherry Hill, NJ 08003

First Children Services’ Professional Development Lunch and Learn “Get a Grit! Moving Past the Trauma Toward Fostering Resiliency” has been cancelled out of an abundance of caution due to the COVID-19 outbreak.  We hope to reschedule the event at a later date.  If you have any questions, please email Sonia Cohen at



“Get a Grit! Moving Past the Trauma Toward Fostering Resiliency”

Presented by Susan Goldman, MEd, Director of Community

Educational Services, First Children Services &

Caitlin Summers, LPC, Program Supervisor, First Children Services


Ms. Goldman and Ms. Summers will be presenting on helping students adapt to adversity, trauma, stress, and uncertainty and

creating a “safe” learning environment where children can thrive academically, socially, and emotionally.


Wednesday, March 25, 2020



Hong Kong Fusion

1998 Marlton Pike East

Cherry Hill, NJ 08003


This is a free event.  Attendees will receive a professional development certificate for one hour.


Please register by March 13, 2020


Susan Goldman is Director of Community Educational Services supervising and recruiting for First Children’s school staffing and home instruction services. Susan received a Bachelor of Arts in Education and History at Monmouth University. Susan has served as a middle school teacher of mathematics. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Susan wore many hats as a mentor, staff developer, teacher leader, peer coach, student council, and peer to peer adviser. She earned her Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from Kean University and subsequently held positions in supervision and math coaching/consulting. Her experiences and qualifications allow her to effectively recruit and supervise highly qualified teachers and staff for the First Children’s many programs. Susan also oversees and conducts successful educational programs throughout the state of NJ.

Caitlin Summers is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and currently serves as the Program Supervisor of Behavioral Health Services at First Children Services. Caitlin comes to the agency after serving as a clinician working with children, adolescents, and families in the NJ foster and adoptive care system. She has an extensive background working with youth suffering from various mental health diagnoses, behavioral difficulties, trauma, and crisis’. Caitlin currently holds a certification as a Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral therapist. Ms. Summers sees the high importance of acknowledging and addressing the unresolved trauma of the individuals she serves. Caitlin has received numerous trainings on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Nurtured Heart approach, mindfulness, ASD and I/DD, and positive behavioral support interventions as well as behavioral modifications. Currently, she is working on obtaining her certification as a CBT clinician. She believes strongly in the continued need to grow programming with the goal of providing the most therapeutically and ethically appropriate services to families served always taking a mindful and individualized approach with the individuals she is working with. Caitlin is a creative, passionate and out of the box clinician. Ms. Summers received her Bachelors of Art in Psychology from The Richard Stockton College of NJ and her master’s degree in community counseling: marriage, couple, and family counseling and therapy from The College of New Jersey.