BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Cancer Support Community Central NJ is offering a bi-annual educational workshop, called “When a Family is Affected by Cancer: Strengthening our Schools Response,” Oct. 30 at the Bridgewater Manor, on Route 202/206.

According to a release, the day-long statewide conference provides tools and information for assisting school personnel in working with children and their families affected by cancer.

The conference is being offered at no cost to about 200 school personnel who attend, including teachers, school nurses, guidance counselors, psychologists, social workers and school administrators.

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Cancer Support Community Central NJ, the release said, is one of the few organizations that can deal with school-age children affected by cancer. They use an evidence-based program like Kids Connect/Parents Connect Support Groups and others to help adolescents and teenagers build social connections.

“Hosting this conference gives us a unique opportunity to share our expertise in oncology mental health while empowering school professionals to be capable of responding to the initial needs of those they serve,” executive director Amy Sutton said in the release. “We are expanding the reach of our services through trained school professionals. Long-term, the relationships we develop with school professionals helps ensure that we become an essential resource to the families they serve.”

The key note speakers at the conference will be Lori and Wayne Earl, father of Esther Earl, who lost her battle with thyroid cancer in 2010 when she was 12 years old. Esther Earl was the inspiration for author John Green’s “The Fault in Our Stars.”

The event has been made possible through support from Bayer Healthcare LLC, Carecycle, Investors Foundation, The Provident Bank Foundation, Lilly USA LLC, Leukemia Lymphoma Society, Morris-Somerset Regional Chronic Disease Coalition, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp., Somerset County Youth Commission and the Tyler Foundation.

Registration is required.

For more information, call 908-658-5400, or visit www.cancersupportcommunitycnj/registration.