Brad Thompson will lead what he calls a “guided dialogue” to explore the chronic nature of grief as it relates to families raising children with special healthcare needs. This will include the journey to acceptance of our situation and the challenges to that acceptance. It will also include the importance of finding real meaning in our lives as they are, which is the key to living in hope. We will also discuss the challenges to that acceptance and hope.
When: Oct 14, 2023 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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Brad Thompson, M.A., NCC, LPC-S
Brad has been married to Karen for nearly 37 years. They have two adult children – Justin and Hali . Justin is married to Monica (Sisneros) Thompson and they have blessed us with two grandchildren – Ella Grace and Weston Day. Hali deals with the challenges of multiple special needs, both physical and cognitive, and is the inspiration for their work. Brad & Karen have been providing marriage retreats for couples who have children with special needs since 2009.
Brad is the Director of The HALI Project – a non-profit organization that provides counseling and education services for families who have children with special needs and the people who serve them. That work includes working with families, the education system, and the medical system. In 2018, he became the Director of Counseling Services for the Turn Center – a pediatric therapy clinic in Amarillo, TX that serves over 1,000 children with special needs and their families across the Texas Panhandle.
Brad has been blessed with many opportunities to serve in the primary care and special needs communities. Since 2008, he has worked with and in primary care practices to improve quality of care, provider efficiency, family health literacy, and patient/family satisfaction through the Hali Project’s Parent Partner Program.
He served on the Medical Home Advisory Committee for the American Academy of Pediatrics from 2004-2010. From 2011-2015, he has served on an advisory committee for the Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative. In 2017, he was asked to lead the Family Support & Empowerment Program for the Child Neurology Foundation. Brad has served as CNF’s lead trainer for their Caregiver Support project since 2018.
While we would never have chosen for Hali the challenges that she faces every day, we feel incredibly blessed to share the lessons we have learned over 33 years with her to people across the country.