Parenting Workshop: Given by INSPIRE
Creating Lasting Family Connections (CLFC)
As parents, we cannot eliminate stress from our children’s lives but we can learn to connect and communicate with them honestly and respectfully to build trust and promote resilience. The stronger a family’s communication skills, the easier it is to discuss difficult subjects as they arise, including alcohol and other drug use. Research shows that clear and consistent messages from parents to be one of the most influential factors as teens make decisions about alcohol and drug use. Studies also show small communities (such as parents of same age children, same school district, same neighborhood, etc.) that gather to discuss common challenges are more connected and productive. Effective communications can reduce stress in families.
Participants in our Creating Lasting Family Connections workshop will experience a focused exploration of interpersonal communication skills, expression of feelings and self-awareness. Guided by a trained facilitator, you will learn effective strategies to strengthen family relationships--especially with adolescents. Parents are provided the opportunity to practice these skills in a comfortable and confidential group setting.
This is a 5-week program, each weekly class is 90 minutes. (for Parents/Guardians)
Week 1: Introduce the CLFC philosophy, define goals and set the appropriate parameters for a successful workshop experience.
Week 2: Assist parents in improving their ability to accurately and honestly communicate feelings and, in turn, enhance their sense of competence, self-esteem, connectedness and strengthen bonds with their children.
Week 3: Help parents to create a trusting, respectful and comfortable setting for their children to share their feelings about important matters. Focus will be on listening strategies as well as most effective methods of presenting feedback to their children. Open and honest discussions are the foundation of all healthy personal relationships.
Week 4: Explore ways parents can positively influence their children’s behavior through the development and implementation of effective expectations and consequences.
Week 5: The CLFC family communications skills and strategies are applied to current teen experiences and behaviors regarding alcohol and other drug use.
A $5 materials fee for workbook is payable to the instructor at the first class.