Table 10. Sample Parent Workshops

Workshop Presenter(s) Content
ABC's of Bullying/Cyber-
Child and family services specialist, instructional specialist At one time, school bullying may have been considered a rite of passage that built character. Today, however, it is no longer regarded as just something that happens during playground routines. Educators, health and mental health practitioners, parents, and community members are realizing that bullying is a serious problem that can lead to more severe long-term problems for individuals and communities. Some experts believe that bullying should be considered a special form of child abuse—sometimes called "peer abuse," the cruelty of children to each other. This program examines the causes and effects of bullying, prevention techniques, and the legal/ethical issues surrounding bullying.
Internet and Text-
Messaging Safety
District staff This session focuses on what parents need to know to keep their children safe in cyberspace. We discuss the dangers of social networks, inappropriate content, cyber predators, piracy, and file-sharing personal information.
What are Your Children
Really Doing Online?
District staff This workshop is designed to give parents safety interventions for mobile devices and accessing the internet; educate them about online gaming and social media; provide tools for setting boundaries with the
computer; explain what all parents need to know to keep their children safe; help parents understand the capabilities of their children's mobile devices.
Teens and the Internet:
Caught in the Web
FBI agent This session focuses on what parents need to know to help keep teens safe during their online experience. Attention will also be given to what techniques are used by online predators to solicit kids online. Recent trends such as social networking, file-sharing, and sexting will also be presented.
Success by Choice, Not by Chance Mental health staff This workshop is designed to foster protective factors in youth and identify signs of depression, self-harm, and suicide. It's not "just a bad day."
Preventing Power Struggles with Kids School psychologists In this two-part session, presenters review the foundations for effective communication and offer a forum for parents to discuss and problem-solve real situations they experience with their children. Topics include how to remain calm, how to effectively listen, how to address the message their child communicates, and how to deal with power struggles. Simultaneous sessions cover the following grade categories: pre-kindergarten to second, third to fifth, sixth to eighth, and high school.
Kids and the Law Law enforcement This workshop is designed to give parents a basic overview about the laws that apply to their children, and how understanding their rights and responsibilities as a parents can assist in safeguarding their family.
Party 101 Law enforcement This workshop addresses the problem of teen alcohol and drug abuse head-on, helping teens, parents, and educators appreciate all the aspects of underage drinking and drug usage. Parents will receive a wake-up call about what really goes on at these parties and how, even if their children are not drinking there, they are still in real danger from youth who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Law enforcement officials explore various solutions to the problem and discuss their particular issues.
Road Rules Law enforcement What every parent should know! Car crashes are the number-one killer of children and youth. Experts now say that "Crashes aren't accidents," since the driver's behavior makes most crashes predictable and preventable. Listen to law enforcement officials describe the latest perils and how they may be prevented.
Probation 101 Probation staff
Overcoming the Mean- Girls Syndrome Mental health staff Relational aggression is a growing phenomenon in the United States. More and more teenage girls are committing violent acts in response to their environment. This seminar explores the concepts of relational aggression and its symptoms and signs, along with—most mportantly— the resources and tools to help girls develop and maintain healthy relationships throughout their lives.
Roadmap to College School counselor The session discusses important factors in the college
admissions process, with a particular emphasis on the
SAT and ACT. A detailed overview of these tests is
provided, along with some tips on how students can
improve their scores.
"Help Me! I Have a Teenager"—A Must- Attend Workshop for Surviving Parenthood Mental health staff Do Do you struggle with how to tell your child no without emotional explosions from the "terrible two's" to the challenging teens? Are you at your wit's end about handling your child's frequent shifts in mood and attitude? Do you wonder how to be "in charge" and not "charged up"? Are you concerned about your child's self-esteem? Have you ever wanted to hire someone else to raise your child? If you answered yes to any off these questions, this seminar is for you!
Top Ten Things Parents Can Do to Help Their Children Become Independent District student services coordinator All parents want their children to grow up to be independent adults. This session explores the top ten things that parents can do, beginning at home, to guide their children as they learn about themselves and the
world around them, and grow and mature into independence.
"Pre-Tween" Success! Eighth-grade teacher "Pre-Tween" Success is designed to help parents handle the fifth- through eighth-grade years. "Pre-tweens" are often emotional, hormonal, and irrational people who need patience and understanding. "Pre-Tween" Success gives tips and advice on setting specific boundaries, establishing family rules, making sure your child knows
that you are the parent when it comes to making those difficult decisions, and knowing who your "pre-tweens" are with and what they are doing.
Positive Discipline District learning specialist,
school psychologist
We all experience challenges while raising kids. Come to this session to explore new ideas on how to most effectively interact with your children. Discussion topics include handling tantrums, sibling rivalry, bedtime struggles, mealtime issues, and responsibility.
Dealing with Your Child's Emotions—Knowing When and How To Get Help District intervention
At one time or another, every child faces a personal challenge that makes it difficult for him or her to progress academically or socially within the school environment. This session provides an overview of the facts about youth emotions, mental health factors, risk factors, warning signs, protective factors, and information that can be beneficial to you for the well-being of your child or another's.
Developmental Assets— Building Blocks for Success Police department chaplain The Search Institute has identified 40 building blocks of healthy development that help young people grow up to become caring and responsible individuals. This philosophy looks at what we know our young people need, the importance of positive relationships and role models, and the impact that building developmental assets has on decreasing at-risk behaviors among young people. This presentation is motivational and filled with examples of asset-building activities and take-home ideas. Parents and educators leave with a roadmap for raising successful students.
Making Your Food Fun! Nutrition education
Make your food fun. Participants learn fun tips for tasty and nutritious snacks that the whole family will enjoy.
Brown Baggin' It! Instructional specialist Pack it fun! Pack it right! Learn the essentials for planning for lunchtime bites!
Inspiring Creativity in Your Child Child development specialist, preschool teacher In this workshop, participants learn how children learn to think critically and creatively through the open-ended play experienced through process art. Participants will also learn how and why a high-quality visual-arts education, in particular, is so important for every child's growth and how it has even been linked to producing future leaders for society! Also learn about different strategies in creating a simple, effective environment to stimulate creative thinking in very young children to upper middle school.
CAHSEE (California High School Exit Exam)…The In's & Out's School counselor
Adolescent Development—the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly! Asian Youth Center This workshop addresses various social development phases as they relate to a youth's relationship with family and peers. Parents will better understand why kids behave the way they do—the good, the bad, and the ugly—and receive tips for setting effective house rules, communication, and disciplinary techniques.
Building Bridges: Adult Youth Partnerships in HIV/AIDS Prevention Education Asian Youth Center This workshop addresses basic facts on HIV/AIDS, the impact of HIV/AIDS on today's youth, HIV/AIDS education in schools, and how parents and other adult members of the community can be pro-active in youth education.
When Younger Children Thrive Psychology professor This presentation provides parents with some basic knowledge and tools to deal with their younger children's day-to-day challenges and achievements, tackling strategies to enhance children's developmentally appropriate potential, as well as to help them overcome dail

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