Parent EMPOWERMENT University is offered to parents & caregivers who wish to be proactive and learn positive parenting strategies for raising children of all ages.
|Who:||Open to all parents & caregivers seeking “higher education” and more effective skills in the ever-changing and challenging field of child rearing.|
|When:||Saturday, March 22, 2014 8 AM to 2:30 PM|
|Where:||Newtown Middle School, 11 Queen Street, Newtown, CT 06470|
|BONUS:||FREE “Kids University” – Children’s program includes a variety of fun, age-appropriate activities for children ages 3 to 11. Face painting, percussion group, police dog demonstration, DJ, Firetruck demos, snack & lunch are just some of the supervised activities planned for the kids.|
|Tuition:||$5.00 per adult. Pay using PayPal or any major credit card via PayPal.
Children are free!
Questions on registration?
Please call Newtown Parent Connection, Inc. office at 203-270-1600 and leave a message for Joan.
Past Parent Empowerment University Photos
|8:00 – 8:40||Check-in & complimentary continental breakfast|
|8:45 – 11:45||SESSION 1 – Welcome & Keynote presentation:
Jane Nelsen, Ed.D., LMFT
How to Empower Your Children & Yourselves! – Auditorium
|12:00 – 12:40||Complimentary lunch|
|12:45 – 2:30||SESSION 2 – CHOOSE 1 FROM AMONG 7 COURSES (see descriptions below)|
Morning Keynote & Session #1
- How to Empower Your Children & Yourselves
Dr. Jane Nelsen, Ed.D., LMFT, Author of Positive Discipline, Parent Educator.
Presented by the founder of Positive Discipline, this dynamic, interactive presentation will teach participants how effective methods of parenting can mitigate issues involving spoiled children, bullying, school violence, power struggles, lack of cooperation, back-talk, and all forms of disrespect. Dr. Jane Nelsen teaches how to view and address children of all ages in a mutually respectful manner. Learn what’s behind the strategies: “I Love You and the Answer is ‘NO’” – “Connection Before Correction” – “Empowering vs. Enabling” – & what to do “When Parents Lose It!”
8:45 – 11:45 AM
Newtown Middle School auditorium
Afternoon Session #2 / 12:45 to 2:30 pm
- Creating Compassion in Our Homes, Schools, & Communities
Christopher L. Kukk, Ph.D., Professor of Political Science at Western Connecticut State University, a Fulbright Scholar, founding Director of the Center for Compassion, Creativity & Innovation.
What is compassion & can it be taught? This workshop focuses upon how to weave compassion into the fabric of our learning (schools) and living (homes, cities, towns) communities. Recent examples of integrating compassion into K-12 schools, university classrooms and city projects will be used to highlight how such an infusion strengthens all of the links within a community. Ideas from neuroscience, psychology, evolutionary biology, economics and other social sciences will be used to help guide us through the “hows” and “whys” of creating compassionate communities. 12:45 – 2:30 PM
- What Works: The Myths and Realities of Raising Healthy Children
Charlie Manos, M.S., LMFT, Director of Special Services, Brookfield Public Schools, Nationally Certified School Psychologist.
Would you like to unravel the mysteries of today’s children & teens? This workshop will focus on how media has bombarded adults with conflicting and confusing views on children and teen mental health, discipline and substance abuse issues. The purpose of the workshop is to provide an integrated understanding of what we know about children and teens to help parents build relationships of trust, respect, collaboration, connection, and healthy parameters. The conversation will borrow from current research, thousands of interviews with families and teens, observations of students in public and private schools, and consultations with educators. 12:45 – 2:30 PM
- Clarity, Kindness, Confidence, Mindfulness & Awareness for Families – A 5-Step Process
Mary Ronan, RN, Family Life & Sex Educator
Maggie Ronan Gavin, BFA, Senior Yoga instructor at the Perri Institute for Mind and Body
Explore the issues that arise in families using these five powerful qualifiers as a process for parents to make decisions for their children and to help their children make decisions for themselves. Learn to use this approach, which will support the relationship between parent and child and bring calmness to discipline and decision-making within the family. This course will include meditation and breathwork, techniques that are proven to relieve stress and can be used every day! 12:45 – 2:30 PM
- The Kids Speak Out
John Hamilton, LMFT, LADC, CEO of Recovery Network of Programs
Do you wonder what real pressures our young people face growing up through adolescence and young adulthood? John Hamilton is an expert on the home and societal influences that challenge our young people. He’ll share his wisdom regarding substance abuse and prevention, and facilitate a panel of young people who will candidly discuss their thoughts and feelings about their experiences growing up in our local area. Hear their successes and struggles as they help us to understand what they’ve learned and what they need from the adults in their lives.
12:45 – 2:30 PM
- Are You Feeling Trauma Fatigue? – Stress Relief and Resiliency for Parents & Children
Lori Leyden, PhD, MBA, Internationally known stress and trauma healing professional.
Join us to learn a powerful, proven stress relief and resiliency technique known as Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)/Tapping. Tapping is simple to learn, provides great resources for parent coping skills and is child-friendly as well. Developed in the early ‘90s and used in international disaster relief work, this technique has gained notoriety recently with Newtowner, Nick Ortner’s New York Times Best Seller, The Tapping Solution: A Revolutionary System for Stress Free Living. EFT addresses mindfulness, breathing and body awareness for relaxation. Participants will learn how to release frustration and anger in order to promote improvements in clarity and focus, pain relief, and many other symptoms of stress. Learn techniques immediately to gain greater peace and balance for yourselves and your children.
12:45 – 2:30 PM
- Be Tech Savvy – Not Tech Sorry – The Internet, Social Media, & Our Kids
Dawn DaCosta, Owner of Tech Savvy, technology consulting firm, Brookfield, CT
Does technology and social media overwhelm you? Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram – oh my! Let’s face it – our kids know much more about navigating through cyberspace than many adults. This workshop will focus on providing participants an insider’s perspective about the information revolution. Topics Dawn will highlight: Digital Profiles for all Family Members / Sites & Apps You Need to Know…Today! / Social Media: Using Its Powers For Good / Getting “Likes” is Not New For Teens. What parents need to know about handling technology in the home evolves over time. Dawn will discuss the landscape of social media today and ways for you to embrace technology and keep up with our ever-changing and amazing tech world.
12:45 – 2:30 PM
- When Worry Becomes Overwhelming: Managing Anxiety in a High Pressured World
Sarah Jones, MSW, LCSW, Social Worker, Brookfield Public Schools & Private Psychotherapist
This workshop will examine the roots of anxiety in children and youth and ways families can help their children manage the pressures of contemporary life. Recognizing the differences between adaptive worry and paralyzing fear, gaining an understanding of the correlations between anxiety and depression, and exploring family dynamics and stress as key factors in raising confident children – these are all features that underpin the protective factors that guard against the devastating effects of untreated mental disorders and substance abuse.
12:45 – 2:30 PM
Thank you to our all our sponsors, including Newtown Savings Bank