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Parent Series on Communicating with Teens
Parent Education

How to Create Boundaries: April 28 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
What do appropriate boundaries look like? This workshop discusses how to establish boundaries and how to help teens establish their own appropriate boundaries and notice when these boundaries are not being respected by others.

How to Talk to Your Teen: May 5 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
This presentation will include an introduction to motivational interviewing and offer some examples of how these skills can be used to improve communication with your teen. We will also discuss active listening, and how using active listening with your teen can improve communication within the family unit.

“Normal” Adolescent Development: May 12 6:30 – 7:30
This presentation includes a brief explanation of adolescent brain development, and the changes that adolescent brains go through during the formative teen years. We will also discuss issues that can interfere with brain development during this time.

Basics of Substance use: When Should I Worry? How to Identify Signs: May 19 6:30 – 7:30
This presentation provides basic information about various substances, and provides some examples of how to recognize substance use in teens. We will also offer some tips for discussing substance use with your teens, as well as an explanation of harm reduction and why we find it to be the most effective method of working with substance use.

Trauma: How to Define it, Impacts on Teens and Intersection with Substance Use:
May 26. 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
This presentation includes education about different types of trauma, how to recognize trauma, and how trauma can affect adolescents. We will also discuss how trauma intersects with substance use, and how substances can hinder our ability to heal from trauma.
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