April 15, 2005

Bipolar Foundation Courses

A press release from the CABF this week noted the following:

Child & Adolescent Bipolar Foundation Receives High Marks
for Its Online Courses and Materials for Parents, Teachers
Pilot Program in Illinois Provides Successful Model for
School Districts Throughout U.S.

WILMETTE, Ill., The Child & Adolescent Bipolar Foundation [CABF] has received overwhelming praise from parents and schools for its online learning program for educators and parents. Learning takes place in a "virtual classroom" with course content available 24 hours a day. The series of 6 week courses for parents informs them about the symptoms and educational rights of children with bipolar disorder. Additionally, the 9 week course for educators guides them in providing proper accommodations, in the least restrictive environment, to ensure stability and academic success.

CABF's educational courses are managed by Donna Gilcher, Ed.D. Dr. Gilcher has taught and administered in a variety of school settings for the past 17 years, including mainstream and special needs schools and she is the parent of a child with bipolar disorder. With the success of its pilot program in IL, CABF plans to extend the program to include every state in the U.S.

CABF's education resources include an interactive CD-Rom "What is Pediatric Bipolar Disorder? A Resource for Educators," a brochure for educators [http://www.bpkids.org/community/bookstore/whatis.htm],

"Educating the Child with Bipolar Disorder" [http://www.bpkids.org/frontdesk/pressroom/Edbrochure.pdf


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