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AGING IS A FAMILY AFFAIR – DECIDING WHO WILL HELP
A crisis in your parent’s health or well-being can strengthen some relationships, but it can drive a sharp wedge into others. Learn to organize a family meeting, clarify the focus of your own caregiving efforts, and learn to ask for help when necessary. This workshop will help you to identify the strengths of other family members and to encourage and enlist their help when you need it most.

ELDER CAREGIVING 101: WHAT EVERY NEW CAREGIVER NEEDS TO KNOW
Did you choose to be a caregiver, or did the situation choose you? Either way, your life will never be the same. Your caregiving journey will offer you the opportunity to develop skills and talents you may never have known you had. And, in the process, you will make an irreplaceable difference in the life of someone you love. This program will enlighten those new to the experience about what signs indicate help is needed, where to start, which questions to ask, and how to find the help you will need along the way.

CARING FOR A LOVED ONE WITH DEMENTIA
Caregivers of those with dementia may be frightened, frustrated, and angry. They often feel physically and emotionally drained. The stress and sadness of losing someone you love, a little bit at a time, can be overwhelming. In this workshop you will learn coping techniques for the unique challenges of caring for those with dementia. Most important of all, you will learn to find joy in the time you share with your loved one.

EMOTIONAL MINEFIELDS: GUILT, ANGER, DEPRESSION AND HOW TO COPE
Taking care of yourself, simply surviving parent care, requires that you deal with some strong emotions. Believe it or not, reactions and feelings you have now, even the ones that seem disturbingly out of character for you, are normal and quite common. And they can be tempered once you recognize what it is you are feeling and why. Join us and learn to cope with the emotions all caregivers face.

THE EMPTY CHAIR AT THE HOLIDAY TABLE: COPING WITH LOSS AND THE HOLIDAYS
Family members may pass on, divorce, be stricken with illness, or become estranged. In some cases, loved ones are still with us physically but, because of some form of dementia, are not with us as we've always known them. How then do we deal with "the empty chair at the holiday table?" Join us. Learn how we can adapt holiday celebrations to ever-changing family dynamics and discover how to find joy and peace amidst the sadness.

HAVING “THE CONVERSATION:” HOW TO TALK TO YOUR PARENTS ABOUT ACCEPTING HELP
As parents begin to have difficulties with the routines of daily life, The Conversation becomes unavoidable. Learn what information gathering needs to be in done in advance of that first communication and learn how to initiate a dialogue with your parents in a non-threatening way. We'll talk about how to break the ice with conversation and what topics are most important. We'll address fears and anxieties on all sides, share techniques to ensure that no one feels demeaned or diminished, and help you to work together with your parents to agree on a pro-active plan.

HOME SUITE HOME: CREATING SAFE SURROUNDINGS FOR A LIVE-ALONE ELDER
Study after study indicates that most older people want to remain in their own home. But who doesn’t worry about an elderly parent getting through the day, or even part of the day, if they are alone? Learn to recognize potential problems and understand what you can do to help mom or dad rearrange the house and revise their habits so that they can function independently in their own home for as long as possible.

HOUSING OPTIONS FOR ELDERS – FINDING THE BEST PLACE
To move or not to move. What are the choices? Should mom move in? Would she qualify for a subsidized senior apartment? What is the difference between assisted living and a nursing home? Can dad “age in place” in a continuing care retirement community? Join us and learn the difference between alternative senior housing options and how to make an informed decision about which might best serve your elderly relative.

LONG-DISTANCE CAREGIVING: MEETING THE CHALLENGE
When you are caring for a parent from a distance, it’s even more important to be organized because you have to accomplish tasks during visits or by phone. Learn what to look for and what questions to ask when you talk or visit, and learn to organize a support network where your parent lives. This workshop will help you to develop a team approach to your parent’s care, including long-distance resources.

THE MOVE TO LONG-TERM CARE: LAUNCHING THE DISCUSSION
Home is certainly where the heart is, but at some point it may not be feasible or desirable for your parent to stay at home. That time is a major turning point for everyone involved. As hard as it may be to discuss, it is better to be prepared than not. Join us and learn how to approach the subject with your loved ones and engage them in dialogue, including your parents in the process.

PARTNERING WITH A HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONAL: HOW TO GET THE MOST OUT OF A DOCTOR’S VISIT
Have you ever left a physician’s office frustrated because you felt rushed or misunderstood? This important workshop will teach you how to get your doctor to listen to you and how to get more from your next visit. You will learn the skills you need to get the respect you deserve – and what you must do in return. The techniques we will share will not only help you, but those you may be caring for, as well. You will improve your doctor-patient relationship and ensure better healthcare.

PREPARING AND ORGANIZING THE MOST IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS OF YOUR LIFE
You must have the right paperwork in order first, or you are powerless to do anything in a crisis. What are the four most important documents everyone must prepare and when will you need to produce them? Do you know where all these other papers are: property deeds, military records, insurance policies, bank records, birth certificates? Join us. Learn to create a comprehensive document check list and to prepare and organize papers so they will be safe and accessible when you do need them.

TAKE TIME TO BREATHE – HOW TO CARE FOR THE CAREGIVER
Your loved one's care can easily consume an ever-expanding part of your life. Before you know it, you may be distracted from work, too busy for friends, or distant from family. Taking care of yourself is probably the one thing you'll fail to do when it may be the most important thing you can do - both for yourself and for your loved one. Join us for this enlightening workshop and learn to set limits, deal with new emotions, and gain a healthy mindset.


ADOPTION: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Thinking about growing your family through adoption? There are a variety of pathways that can lead to a successful adoption, and first-time adoptive parents may not know where to begin. Learning to separate the facts from the fiction surrounding adoption can help you join the 120,000 American families who successfully adopt each year.

ADVOCATING FOR YOUR SPECIAL-NEEDS CHILD
This seminar will help you understand how to help your child reach his/her greatest potential by being your child’s best advocate.


AFTER SCHOOL RESPONSIBILITY
Parents will learn how to assess their child’s readiness for self-care. This session includes tips on how to design a self-care program with your child that will ensure safety and peace of mind, while developing responsibility and confidence.

BECOMING A FAMILY: NEW BEGINNINGS
This seminar provides suggestions regarding preparation for the unique changes in both the family and work situations brought about by the birth of a child. Identify methods to cope with work and family life, set realistic goals, and learn strategies for managing time and stress.

CO-PARENTING: DOING THE BEST FOR YOUR KIDS WHILE PARENTING APART
In today’s family, many parents find themselves co-parenting or parenting apart. This session provides strategies to deal with this increasingly common family arrangement. Learn techniques to deal with differences in parenting style and communication.

COPING WITH CHILDHOOD STRESS
These days, the childhood years can be extremely stressful; the world we live in adds stress to the normal developmental stresses of growing up. Learn to identify sources of stress, understand the impact of stress, and learn how it affects your children. Identify physical and behavioral symptoms of childhood stress. Discover ways to help your child minimize stress, and build effective coping strategies.

EASING CHILD CARE COSTS
Understand the benefits of using dependent care spending accounts and subsidy programs that are employer sponsored. Learn about the options you have in using these benefits and ways you can minimize child care costs.

EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION WITH CHILDREN
Understanding the developmental issues facing your child provides you with a solid framework from which to enhance communication skills. Identify the communication patterns in your family. Learn techniques to improve established patterns. This workshop presents simple techniques for active listening, “I” messages, and feedback that can drastically improve your communication with children as well as adults.

EFFECTIVE DISCIPLINE STRATEGIES
Explore positive discipline strategies. Identify the root causes of misbehavior and discuss effective techniques to change behavior that fosters independence and self-confidence.


ENHANCE YOUR CHILD’S SELF-ESTEEM
Professionals agree that self-esteem is the most important predictor of a child’s success in school and in life. This workshop provides an understanding of how self-esteem is developed, as well as practical tips for building a child’s positive self-esteem.

FACTORS INFLUENCING CHILDREN’S BEHAVIOR
It is often difficult to understand why children behave the way they do. Examine factors that influence children’s behavior such as temperament, personality, and physical and emotional growth. Gain a deeper understanding about how to guide your child’s behavior while instilling cooperation and responsibility.

FAMILY MEETINGS
Family meetings provide opportunities for parents and children to come together to share experiences and plan family activities. The family meeting promotes harmony, cooperation, and leadership by providing time to establish rules, make decisions, and recognize positive aspects of family life.

FROM STEPFAMILIES TO BLENDED FAMILIES
Learn strategies to create a nurturing and healthy environment for your new family. Participants learn that you cannot replace a real parent, but two families can blend together into a new unit over time. Explore the special issues in developing relationships with stepchildren. Identify expectations and positive communication methods.

GRANDPARENTS RAISING GRANDCHILDREN
Over the past two decades there has been a dramatic increase in the number of children being raised in grandparent-headed households. Grandparents who are the primary caregivers of grandchildren living in their homes (whether or not a parent is also present) face a myriad of challenges. Participants will learn strategies and techniques for overcoming these challenges and enjoying this responsibility.

LIFE SKILLS FOR TEENS: RAISING RESPONSIBLE ADULTS
This session is an eye-opener for both parents and teens. Parents: learn how to encourage responsibility in your teen. Teens: learn how to gain your parent’s trust and benefit from greater independence and respect.

LIVING WITH ADHD (ATTENTION DEFICIT HYPERACTIVITY DISORDER)
Learn what a child is experiencing when diagnosed with ADHD. Explore what is happening in the brain of a child with ADHD and the behavioral outcomes that are manifested. Strategies for living with ADHD, as well as treatment options, will also be discussed.

MAKING THE GRADE: HELPING YOUR CHILD ACHIEVE IN SCHOOL
The future success of our children is linked to a good education. Parents play a crucial role in helping children succeed. In this seminar, parents will explore the factors that contribute to school achievement. Participants will learn strategies to help children become responsible and engaged learners.

MEET YOUR TEEN
Adolescence is a stage that is marked by dramatic changes for both parent and child. This seminar will help you understand the changes and how they affect you. Learn to accommodate your parenting style to the changing needs and developmental stages of your adolescent. Learn ways of helping your adolescent develop inner

PARENTING A SPECIAL-NEEDS CHILD
Parents of children with disabilities face a confusing array of information and service systems. This seminar will assist in providing information for parents to make more informed decisions that are in the best interest of their children.

PARENTING STRATEGIES FOR SINGLE PARENTS
Explore the diversity of single-parent family structures and support systems, and evaluate the effects of single-parent families on children of different ages. Discuss strategies to reduce difficulties faced by single parents. Identify practical and psychological supports that will assist you in leading a richer life.

PARENTS AS TEACHERS
A child’s most important teacher is his/her parents. Learn how to encourage your children to successfully meet the challenges they face in their roles as students. Explore issues such as involvement with homework, help with organization, and time management. Identify ways to develop effective relationships with teachers, how to monitor progress, and techniques to communicate information about your children.

PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER HIGH SCHOOL
This seminar explores the various options after high school completion. Technical, trade, and vocational institutions offer training in many areas that, upon completion, can enable an individual to enter into the workforce. Learn what is out there and how to determine the best fit for your child.

PREPARING TO ENTER COLLEGE: THE APPLICATION PROCESS
Explore the emotional aspects of the college application process, specifically how it affects the family and the applicant. Delve into the application process, admissions criteria, testing, and application components. Learn how best to support your child through this highly emotional process.

PREPARING TO LEAVE THE NEST: TIPS FOR YOUNG ADULTS AND PARENTS
The year between high school and college can be tough for all involved. In this session, learn strategies to ease this transition for both kids and parents alike.

RAISING KIDS WHO GIVE BACK
If philanthropy and community involvement are goals you have set for yourself, this session will show you how to make it a family affair. You get back so much more than you give when you contribute your time and talents to causes or organizations that are meaningful to you. Share the experience with your kids and lay the foundation for a better future.

SCHOOL READINESS
Are your little ones ready to jump into the full-day school scene? Learn tips and strategies on making sure that they are ready academically and emotionally.

SELECTING AND EVALUATING AN IN-HOME CAREGIVER
After this seminar, you will be able to identify the unique elements of an in-home caregiving arrangement and develop a job description. It provides resources to aid in the search and focuses on interviewing skills that will help identify the best candidate. Explore financial considerations unique to the in-home arrangement.

SHARING THE LOAD: DUAL CAREER COUPLES
For many couples, two careers are an economic necessity; for others, the necessity is psychological. Regardless, managing two careers is serious business and a source of stress for many couples. Old values are questioned and new lifestyles emerge. Learn to identify and set realistic boundaries to help insure success at work and at home.

SIBLING RELATIONSHIPS
Sibling interaction is the most important peer relationship affecting a child’s personality development. Interaction between siblings can result in challenging moments for parents, which can become even more complicated when the parents work outside of the home. Learn the cause of sibling discord and methods to channel the children in a positive direction.

SICK/EMERGENCY BACK-UP ARRANGEMENTS
Scheduling child care during a time of crisis is very stressful. Working parents must rely on their own resources to solve this dilemma. Explore a variety of approaches and develop back-up plans that address your unique family situation.


TEACHING CHILDREN TO EMBRACE CULTURAL AND RACIAL DIFFERENCES
Understanding the consequences of prejudice for children is not an easy job. This session will teach parents a multi-step approach for helping children resist prejudice. It will also help prepare parents for responding to children’s difficult questions and concerns about cultures, races, and prejudices. The session will include brainstorming about some creative ways to encourage children’s acceptance of differences.

TEACHING YOUR CHILD RESPONSIBILITY
Examine the path your child will follow from childhood dependence to adult independence. Learn methods to encourage and nurture responsibility in children of all ages. Learn ways to teach your child decision-making skills in order to deal confidently and decisively with situations they will encounter growing up.

TECHNOLOGY AND KEEPING YOUR KID SAFE
The impact of technology on our lives is daunting. Our children have methods of communicating that most parents do not understand. Learn about how to keep children safe while on the Internet. Close the gap on the parent-child digital divide by learning how to use new communication techniques such as personal web pages, podcasting, text messaging and instant messaging.

TEENS: BODY, MIND, SPIRIT
Explore the transitions that teens encounter physically, mentally, and emotionally as they find their way into adulthood. Learn about teen brain development and how it affects many of the challenges that teens face as their bodies and minds are changing right in front of their eyes.

THE BEST SUMMER EVER!
Learn strategies to create a rich and rewarding summer experience for your child. This session is designed to help you assess your child’s needs and interests while you define and explore the different summer options for your child.

THE DYNAMIC ROLE OF FATHERS IN CHILDREN’S LIVES
Fatherhood is a lifelong commitment. This session will discuss the vital role that fathers have in the child-rearing process. Discover creative ways to enhance the father’s role as the child grows and develops, building confidence in a hands-on dad!

THE TOUGH TALK: ARE YOU PREPARED?
Children and adolescents are confronted with opportunities to experiment with drugs and alcohol at a very young age. As parents, we must be aware of what is present in our child’s world. Learn guidelines for talking with your child about alcohol and other drug use and use strategies to get your teen to open up to you. Identify signs that separate typical adolescent behavior from drug-involved behaviors and what to do if you suspect alcohol or other drug use. Identify resources that can support you in your parenting role.


UNDERSTANDING AUTISM
The varying levels of autism will be defined and explored. Learn ways to adjust your household to the autistic person in your life and prepare him/her for the world outside your home.

WHEN A RELATIVE OR FRIEND CARES FOR YOUR CHILD
Identify concerns and issues that are common when someone you know cares for your child. Learn how to manage differences, handle your concerns, and communicate your needs.

SURVIVAL TIPS FOR NEW PARENTS
Becoming a new parent is one of the most passionate, exciting and daunting roles you will ever have. This seminar will provide practical tips and advice about healthy practices that enrich your child, how to keep your parenting roles and other roles balanced and how to take care of yourself and nurture your adult relationships while coping well with your numerous new responsibilities.

TOP 10 PARENTING TECHNIQUES
This seminar draws upon research and various parenting philosophies to offer basic principles of parenting to help you raise responsible, independent children. You will be given practical tools and advice, focusing primarily on parenting children in the 5-13 year old range. You will come away with a better sense of your parenting style and some new ideas for having a positive impact on your children.