Rural Appalachia seminar visiting faculty member, March 27

Pádraig Barry will speak with the Child, Family, and Community Development in Rural Appalachia seminar about how community promotes and fosters resilience.

Pádraig Barry is a 19-year International Camping Professional from Ireland. He has worked with leading special needs camping organizations, including SeriousFun Children’s Network (SFCN), founded by actor and philanthropist Paul Newman [… just imagine if kids with serious illnesses had the chance to “kick back and raise a little hell.”]  Pádraig has risen through the ranks of the camping world starting as a camp counselor; he is now Director of Camp Support Services at SFCN. 

Pádraig and his team actively work to develop new programs around the world. SFCN is comprised of 15 purpose-built camps and 15 satellite programs whose mission is to serve children with life-threatening illnesses and life-threatening conditions.  Camps feature a diverse range of adaptive programs such as high and low ropes courses, winter sports programs, and equestrian arenas, as well as traditional camp activities like swimming, boating, arts and crafts, and campfires. Located in over 50 countries, these camps offer typical camping programs to this population dealing with extraordinary circumstances – through the vehicle of camp.

He will give a public presentation Resilience:  Children, life-threatening circumstances, and how community promotes and fosters resilience—Local and global implications for Grundy County, Tennessee, Gaborone, Botswana, and points in between at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 26 in Blackman Auditorium (Woods Laboratories).

Psychology 430: Child, Family, and Community Development in Rural Appalachia is a new Spring 2013 course being taught collaboratively by Sewanee- and Yale-affiliated faculty and guest speakers. It is the latest development in a growing partnership between Sewanee and the Yale Child Study Center, Yale Medical School. Among the Center faculty is Linda Mayes, M.D. … Sewanee alumna … Arnold Gesell Professor of Child Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and Psychology at the Yale Child Study Center, Yale School of Medicine … and Distinguished Visiting Professor of Psychology at Sewanee.

For many years, Dr. Mayes has offered summer internships to Sewanee students. More recently, she initiated the Sewanee-At-Yale Directed Research Program that affords Sewanee students the opportunity to spend a semester plus a summer at the Yale Child Study Center. This new course venture will offer students the combined expertise and energy of Sewanee faculty and visiting Yale-affiliated faculty and guest speakers. In addition to leading one or more course sessions, most of the visiting faculty and guest speakers will give a more public presentation open to the general community and have the opportunity to interact with various members of the Sewanee faculty and the broader community during their time in Sewanee. Thus, the course will also help to foster community-based collaborations among Sewanee and Yale faculty, University students, and local community organizations and partners.