Thursday, January 10, 201311AM - 12PM ESTClick here to register.In place of our weekly Thursday call, the PCPCC Patients, Families, and Consumers Stakeholder Center will host a webinar featuring Brad Thompson, MA, LPC-S. Brad will talk about his experience as the parent of a child with special health care needs, and that experience helped shape a professional role at his child's pediatric primary care practice. Since 2007, Brad has worked with Shari Medford, MD, a pediatrician in Amarillo, Texas, that supports families of children with special healthcare needs in areas beyond health care services to greatly improve the family’s experience. Brad will talk about how his work has improved Dr. Medford's practice and expanded the services she offers within the patient-centered medical home model.Brad is the Director of The HALI Project – a non-profit organization founded in 1999 that provides counseling and education services for communities who seek to be more inclusive of individuals with special needs. Based on his work experience with Dr. Medford's pediatric practice, Brad designed a training program in cooperation with the Boys Town National Institute on Child Health (Omaha, NE) to train parent partners who work in pediatric offices to adequately support families and medical staff. The partnership placed its first partners in practices in the Omaha area in September 2009 and the results, as reported by both families and physicians, have been overwhelmingly positive.Brad has over 25 years of experience working with families and holds a BA in finance from Texas Tech University, an MS in counseling from West Texas A&M University, and is a nationally certified counselor. He operates a private marriage & family therapy practice in Amarillo, Texas and is also a certified mediator in the state of Texas.