Parent Education and Support Workshops

Storytime

September 8, October 6, November 3, December 1, 9:30-10:00 am
Storytime makes learning fun! It also plays an integral part of early literacy education by introducing young children to books, rhymes, music, and other literacy-based activities. It’s a great opportunity for your child/children to socialize with other young children while developing communication, cognitive, and fine motor skills.

Playgroups

Second Tuesday & Fourth Thursday of the month (9/14, 9/23, 10/12, 10/28, 11/9, 12/14; note: NO playgroup on 11/25 or 12/23), 9:30 – 10:30 am
An open and interactive group for parents and their children age 0-4 using books and activity stations centered around themes. Come and play with your child while interacting with other parents in our safe and fun playroom! Enjoy different toys, gain ideas to try at home, make new friends or bring friends to share in the fun. Facilitated by Parents as Teachers staff.

Let’s Play to Learn

  • Wednesday, September 29, 9:30-10:30 am – All About Me
  • Monday, October 18, 9:30-10:30 am Singing, Dancing and Making Music
  • Thursday, December 9, 9:30-10:30 am – Gingerbread Man

Learn ways to stimulate your 2- 4-year old’s learning and creativity through these play-based parent and child workshops. These workshops fill quickly so register early! Limited free childcare available for younger siblings.

The Incredible Years

Mondays, October 4 – November 22, 6:00-7:30 pm
This is an evidence-based parenting program designed to help promote the social, emotional, and academic success of kids ages 2-10. Parents learn how to prevent, reduce, and treat emotional challenges in children through a positive and nurturing approach. The course introduces developmentally appropriate and consistent responses to increase children’s self-esteem, reduce conflict in the home, and promote a strong and healthy family. Facilitated by Ozaukee Family Services’ staff. Limited free childcare available.

Strategies and Tips for Managing ADHD

Tuesday, October 5, 6:00-7:30 pm 
Dr. Nelson equips parents and caregivers with an introductory understanding of ADHD including what it is and when to get help. We’ll discuss common intervention strategies for home, school, and therapeutic environments. These include helpful tips and tricks regarding possible school interventions, ideas for advocacy within IEPs or 504 plans, strategies to effectively navigate daily home life and recommendations for parent coping and self-care. Facilitated by Dr. Nelson, a Licensed Professional Counselor at North Shore Center, LLC. Limited free childcare available.

Rainbows

Every other Tuesday, October 19 – March 29 (no session on December 28), 6:30-7:30 pm
Rainbows is a program for children and adolescents (K-12) who are dealing with major family changes such as divorce or death. The 12-week program seeks to provide a “rainbow” after the storm in a child’s life. Its goals are to help participants understand and express their feelings, to build a stronger sense of self-esteem, and to direct their energy toward a healthy acceptance of the changes that have taken place. Facilitated by Abi Ribecky and Laura Smith, Rainbows Coordinators at Ozaukee Family Services.

Bedtime Blues

Thursday, October 21, 6:00-7:30 pm
A good night’s sleep – sound like a dream? This class will provide information to promote good sleep habits for babies and offer guidance and solutions for toddlers with sleep issues. Laugh while you learn. This class is facilitated by Jennifer Strom, MA, LPC, Assistant Clinical Director at North Shore Center, LLC. Limited free childcare available.

Lost In Cyberspace: Effective Parenting in a Digital World

Thursday, October 28, 6:00-7:30 pm 
Understand the power, potential, and risks of social media and the internet. Parents will learn how families, teens, and adults are affected, and gain tools for minimizing risks and maximizing benefits of the digital world around us. Facilitated by Ruba Al’Saman, Prevention Education Coordinator at Ozaukee Family Services. Limited free childcare available.

Nurturing Your Children’s Mental Health

The Lasting Impact of Covid 19 on Our Mental Health: Taking Advantage of the Opportunities For Growth

Tuesday, November 9, 6:00-7:30 pm 
Dr. Mazius will discuss research on COVID’s impact on our children’s mental health and the important role of positive psychology practices. Learn how to help yourself and your children manage and cope with challenging times and how to call on your inner resilience. Facilitated by Dr. Mazius, Director of North Shore Center, LLC. Limited free childcare available.

Are They Safe? Talking to Friends and Family About Suicide and How to Help

Warning: Suicidality can be a sensitive and/or triggering topic for some people.

Wednesday, November 17, 6:00-7:30 pm (via Zoom)
Talking about tough topics, like suicide, can feel overwhelming. It can be hard to know what to say, or how, or when to say it. Learn how to recognize the warning signs and what to do if you are worried about someone you know. You’ll receive practical information on how you can help those you care about. We will discuss myths of suicide, risk factors, warning signs and how to help. Facilitated by Kelly Loberger, MSW, APSW.

Anxiety Management and Self-Regulation

Tuesday, December 7, 6:00-7:30 pm 
Understand the more common forms of anxiety seen in children, adolescents, and adults. Learn the neuroscience underlying and driving these anxieties and healthy practices we can teach our children, and adopt ourselves, to manage them. Following the presentation, will be an opportunity for parents to break into groups (based on the ages of their children) to discuss some of the strategies learned and how they can use them with their children. These groups will be led by OFS counseling staff. Limited free childcare available.

Did you miss one of our previous virtual programs? Descriptions and links to videos are below. 

Teen Substance Use: E-Cigarettes, Alcohol and Marijuana Demystified

This workshop took place via Zoom on November 5, 2020. To view a video of it, click here.

    • Sammi Schams, LPC, SAC, discussed the importance of monitoring adolescents’ and young adults’ substance use. She covered E-Cigarettes, concerns with alcohol and marijuana use, warning signs, and protective factors. She also provided suggestions for parents/caregivers. Sammi is a psychotherapist at North Shore Center, LLC. She specializes in the treatment of adolescents and adults struggling with substance use concerns and stress and mood disorders.

Mindfulness made Real & Simple

This workshop took place via Zoom on October 20, 2020. To view a video of it, click here.

    • Learn seven ways to promote mind-body and good brain health. This presentation is for you if you want to:
    • Connect to the present
    • Reduce stress, anxiety, and the intensity of your negative emotions
    • Feel more grounded
    • Let go of what you can’t control
    • Improve sleep
    • Reduce likelihood of conditions related to heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes
    • Live a longer more connected life!

Presented by Jennifer Strom, MA, LPC , Assistant Clinical Director at North Shore Center, LLC.

Interested in Attending?

Please call 262-376-7774 or email to register or for more information.

Thanks to the generous support of Ozaukee Family Services Donors and United Way of Northern Ozaukee, we offer all of our classes FREE OF CHARGE!

Thanks to the generosity of QuestionPro and its online survey platform, we are able to measure the outcomes of our programs and make ongoing improvements to better serve our community.