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Parenting network offers virtual workshops

Jul 15, 2020

G.E.A.R. Parenting Network will offer the following virtual workshops for Knox and Waldo counties in July and August. To register free for any or all webinars, call 800-264-9224.

“Understanding Child Birth Order,” will be presented by Regional Parent Support Coordinator, Jess Hall. Research shows that a person's birth order has a direct link with his or her personality. Understanding birth order positions allows parents, guardians and teachers to guide and support children and strengthen positive attributes. The class meets Wednesday, July 15 from 10 a.m. to noon.

"Identifying and Responding to Concerns of Child Sexual Abuse: For Providers, Parents, and Caregivers,” will be presented by August Sender, education co-coordinator for Sexual Assault Support Services of Midcoast Maine and Amy Green, family advocate for Midcoast Children’s Advocacy Center 2. This workshop will focus on identifying, responding to, and preventing child sexual abuse. This workshop is trauma-informed and we will not be sharing stories of harm to children. The class meets Wednesday, July 29 from 4 to 6 p.m.

“ACEs, Being a Trauma-Informed Parent: Linking Childhood Trauma to Long-Term Health & Social Consequence,” will be presented by Regional Parent Support Coordinator, Jess Hall. Traumatic childhood experiences such as abuse, neglect, domestic violence, or substance abuse in the home can have long-term physical, psychological, behavioral and economic consequences. The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study demonstrates the connection between childhood trauma and a wide array of physical and mental health problems. Despite the trauma in their lives, children can survive and even thrive. Protective factors, including healthy relationships with parents and caregivers, foster resilience in children and help them to overcome early adversity. Learn about ACEs and how individuals, families, and communities can influence the development of protective factors in a child’s life that can mitigate the impact of trauma on his or her development. The target audience is parents/caregivers of children with behavioral health issues, however all are welcome. The class meets Thursday, August 13 from 6 to 8 p.m.

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