Parent Education and Support Workshops
Please note that many of our in-person playgroups and workshops have been cancelled due to COVID-19.
If you have any questions, please call 262-376-7774.
Our Parents As Teachers staff has developed mini-Let’s Play to Learn sessions and fun ideas you can do at home with your kid(s).
Visit our new PAT Corner to check it out.
The Incredible Years
Wednesdays, April 14 – May 26, 6:30 – 8:00 pm, FREE
In-person. We will be practicing social distancing and masks will be required. This 7-week evidence-based parenting program helps promote the social, emotional, and academic success of kids ages 2-10. Parents will learn how to prevent, reduce, and treat emotional challenges in children through a positive and nurturing approach. The program also allows participants to build a support network with other parents experiencing similar challenges. For more details, click here.
Live Online Let’s Play to Learn
Join us for any, or all, of the dates listed. 9:30 – 10:15 am (via Zoom), FREE
Learn while you play! After you register, we’ll send you the Zoom link and a short list of household items to have ready in order to participate.
Wednesday, April 14: Let’s Cook! Make healthy, kid friendly snacks (smoothies and energy balls) with Maribeth and Courtney. We will email you the recipes ahead of time.
Monday, April 26: Let’s play Music! Sing along while Andy plays his guitar and sings our favorite songs. We’ll also make maracas so your child can play along as we sing!
Thursday, May 13: Let’s Get up and Move! Can you stretch like a giraffe? Jump like a frog? Waddle like a penguin? Have fun and laugh while moving your body like different animals.
Strategies & Tips for Managing ADHD
Thursday, April 22, 6:00 – 7:30 pm (via Zoom), FREE
Dr. Nelson will equip parents and caregivers with an introductory understanding of ADHD including what it is and when to get help. Common intervention strategies for home, school, and therapeutic environments will be discussed. These will 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. Dr. Nelson is a Licensed Professional Counselor who works with children, adolescents, and adults presenting with a wide array of concerns from depression, anxiety, and mood disorders to posttraumatic stress and suicidality. Dr. Nelson currently provides psychotherapy services through North Shore Center, LLC.
Did you miss one of our previous virtual programs? Descriptions and links to videos are below.
Today’s Anxieties in Our Children and Ourselves
This workshop took place via Zoom on March 30, 2021. To view a video of it, click here.
Even before the pandemic, Americans were struggling with anxiety. Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Michael Mazius, describes the more common forms of anxiety seen in children, adolescents, and adults. Dr. Mazius also explains the neuroscience underlying and driving these anxieties and the healthy practices we can teach our children, and adopt ourselves, to manage them.
This workshop took place via Zoom on February 25, 2021. To view a video of it, click here.
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 workshop will be facilitated by Jennifer Strom, MA, LPC, Assistant Clinical Director at North Shore Center, LLC. Jenny is devoted to helping clients navigate their way through difficult life issues, whatever those may be.
Are They Safe? Talking to Friends and Family about Suicide and How to Help
This workshop took place via Zoom on December 14, 2020. To view a video of it, click here.
Warning: Suicidality can be a sensitive and/or triggering topic for some people
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 OFS counselors Kelly Loberger, MSW, APSW, and Julia Locante, MS, LPC-IT.
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.
Transitioning to Fall during the Pandemic
This workshop took place via Zoom on August 20, 2020. To view a video of it, click here.
Jennifer Strom, MA, LPC, Assistant Clinical Director at North Shore Center, LLC, will lead an open discussion on preparing for and managing these unprecedented times. Participants will learn:
• About current research and ideas regarding safety for you and your children.
• Ways to manage the changing world both in-person and virtually.
• How to call on your inner resilience and courage to help accept the present.
• How to intentionally make the most of the current situation for you and your children.
The Coronavirus and its Emotional Impact: Using Positive Psychology to Foster Resilience
This workshop took place via Zoom on June 24, 2020. To view a video of it, click here.
Dr. Michael Mazius, Ph.D., will discuss preliminary research on the Coronavirus’ impact on our and our children’s mental health and the important role of positive psychology practices in the days (and months) ahead. Join us for a conversation regarding these new, strange, and challenging times. Dr. Michael A. Mazius is the Director of North Shore Center, LLC.