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.
Lost in Cyberspace: Effective Parenting in a Digital World
Thursday, January 21, 6:00 – 7:30 pm (via Zoom). FREE
Understand the power, potential, and risks of social media and the internet. Acquire tools for minimizing risks and maximizing benefits of the digital world.
- Do you want to understand the various social media apps your children and teens are using?
- Would you like to learn more about which apps and sites are safe to use?
- Are you interested in learning more about gaming addiction, cyberbullying, sexting and how to seek help?
If so, join us for this informative session facilitated by Ruba Al’Saman, OFS Prevention Education Coordinator.
Every other Tuesday, January 26 – June 1, 6:30 – 7:30 pm (via Zoom). FREE
RAINBOWS is a program for children and adolescents (K-12) who are dealing with major family changes such as divorce or death. Groups will meet every other Tuesday evening, via Zoom, starting January 26. RAINBOWS helps participants understand and express their feelings, build a stronger sense of self-esteem, and direct their energy toward a healthy acceptance of the changes that have taken place. Children are grouped by age and will share activities and discuss common concerns. Groups are facilitated by understanding and empathetic volunteers who have participated in a formal training program. Click here for more details.
Did you miss one of our previous virtual programs? Descriptions and links to videos are below.
Are They Safe? Talking to Friends and Family about Suicide and How to Help
This workshop took place via Zoom on December 14. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.