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Connections: Parent-Only Workshops

Parent-Only Workshops

Helping Your Kids be All That They Can Be

Using a Positive, Strength-Based Approach for Effective Parenting

Charlie Appelstein, MSW President, Appelstein Training Resources, Salem, NH

This workshop will present a host of strength-based principles and techniques that help parents maximize

the greatness that exists in every child and family.  Topics covered include: what is strength-based parenting, positive communication strategies, building self-esteem, respectful limit setting and why consequences make more sense than punishment, self-management strategies for kids, and how parents can better manage their own emotions and responses.

The Art of Encouragement

Jack Agati, M.Ed. Counseling, Owner of Encouraging Concepts Associates

How do we encourage a discouraged child?  This question must be answered if we hope to bring about long-term changes in another person’s way of behaving in a positive manner.  We need to look upon encouragement as a skill and an ART that needs to be understood and practiced to be successful.  At the end of this session, the participants will be able to distinguish between praise and encouragement as motivational tools, identify the three techniques that others will use to discourage us from encouraging them, and explore ways that we can avoid becoming discouraged in our efforts to encourage others. 

Session 3 Only

Vaping Unveiled

Kimberly Coronis, Policy and Program Manager, Breathe NH

The seventh grade year is known as a time of “Crossroads” when students may be exposed to alcohol, illegal substances, and peer pressure.  What are vape pens, mods, tanks and e-cigarettes? What is “juuling”?  Kim will provide an overview of of the products students are accessing and their health risks.  Helpful tips will be provided to parents tro help identify warning signs of risky behavior. 

How To Raise An Emotionally Healthy Adult

Beth Gagnon, LICSW & Joan Tavares, LICSW, Mental Health Counselors and Co-owners of Partners in Family Wellness, PLLC, Salem

Is raising a teen stressing you out?  Take a time out and learn some stress management and self-care strategies to mitigate household stress.  In this workshop you’ll be able to understand the stress response versus the relaxation response, recognize the physiological effects of stress, identify stress buttons, and develop effective techniques to keep you an emotionally healthy adult. Prevent burnout and protect your sanity. To be a good parent, it helps to be a “well” parent!



Is College in Your Child’s Future?

Val Castonguay, College Outreach Specialist, The NHHEAF Network Organizations

It is never too early to begin preparing (academically or financially) for a college education.  Get a head start by attending this workshop, which will provide you with the college planning and savings basics necessary to support your children’s goals for education beyond high school.  Attendees will receive an Early College Planning Guide.

Sessions 1 & 2 Only

Six Tips for Surviving the Teenage Years

Jack Agati, M. Ed. Counseling, Owner of Encouraging Concepts Associates

No doubt one of the most trying of times for both parents and their children comes during that period known as the “teenage years.”  So many changes occur in both them and us.  If we are not careful, we can become just as “unglued” as they appear to be.  This presentation provides us with six tips to surviving the teenage years:  Pick and choose your battles, have a plan, our key words, dealing with their excuses, preparing for the dream or nightmare, and boast and brag.  In addition, parents and teachers will be presented with practical strategies to use when dealing with teens in such problem areas as chores, homework, money, coming in on time, their friends, etc.  It is a serious time in their lives and ours, but, as this presentation attempts to remind us, it can also be filled with humor and warm memories of these “teenage years.” 

Sessions 1 & 2 Only