Community Education provides classes to youth and their families that target the following topics:
Bullies, Targets, and Bystanders: For centuries, teasing and bullying among school-aged youth were considered as a normal rite of passage before entering into adulthood. Nowadays, many kids and teens who receive a daily dose of cruel treatment from their peers can be left feeling scared and helpless. As a result, parents and guardians may believe that they are unable to help their child. In this 2 ½ hour overview workshop, we will discuss the different types of bullying including who is more likely to bully, who is more likely to be bullied, the difference between bullying and harassment, and some effective strategies on how to recognize and prevent youth bullying.
Active Parenting of Teens: Today teenagers have greater choices, challenges, and opportunities awaiting them. They can also face greater conflicts and negative consequences with themselves, their families, and their peers (e.g., parent divorce, step/blended families, excessive Internet and social networking use, bullying/cyber-bullying, sexuality issues, teen pregnancy, alcohol and drug use/abuse, domestic violence, and etc.). During this 3-part workshop series, we will explore the dynamic changes of teenage development, including how brain development affects teen behavior and decision making, and to provide parents and guardians with effective strategies toward helping preteens and teens obtain the essential life skills needed to survive and succeed in an independent, busy society.
Positive Approaches to Managing Anger (PATMA): The Positive Approaches program offered at The Children’s Cabinet is an important set of lifelong learning skills that can help youth (Preteens ages 9-12 & Teens ages 13-18) to better manage daily stressful events that can lead to unwanted aggressive behavior with proven instruction and practices. During this 4-part workshop series, youth will learn how to recognize what triggers his or her anger (or negative emotions), how these negative emotions effects their minds and bodies, and how to better handle these emotions without losing total control. Youth will also learn about healthier alternatives to aggressive behavior, including practicing daily mind and body relaxation exercises that can help prevent unwanted moods, while relieving tension.
The Parents Guide to Teaching Anger Management: This three-hour overview workshop explains to parents and guardians the five approaches toward understanding what anger is, what anger does to us, and provides practical techniques and daily relaxation exercises that caregivers can use to help them and their child better manage anger and unwanted stress. Caregivers will also receive supplemental materials taken from both the Preteen (ages 9-12) and Teen (ages 13-18) 4-part PAtMA courses to help promote anger management and Stress Management in their home. The workshop runs once a month alongside the Preteen and Teen PAtMA series and is also available in Spanish. We highly encourage that parents and guardians take this workshop if enrolling their child into the Preteen or Teen PAtMA series.
Family Wellness: The basic: “Survival Skills for Healthy Families” is a Family Wellness program presented to groups of families on the following topics:
- Parents in Healthy Families
- Children in Healthy Families
- Discipline to Promote Responsible Behavior
- Communication for Healthy Families
- Solving Family Problems
For more information, contact The Children’s Cabinet’s Community Education Program Coordinator & Instructor, Richie Neils, at 775-352-8090.