Availability: Varies by program.
Fees: No Cost
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Serving people of all faiths, ages and ethnicities
To register or learn more, phone: 330-762.2961
Why Catholic Charities?
Providing help, Creating Hope for over 100 years, Catholic Charities supports individuals and families with a wide range of programs and services. Thanks to a grant from the Summit County ADM Board, Catholic Charities now offers FREE evidence based Active Parenting Workshops throughout Summit County.
Why Active Parenting Workshops?
One of the myths that our society clings to is that anyone can be an effective parent, that training isn’t needed, that being an effective parent comes naturally. As Dr. Michael Popkin, author of the Active Parenting programs, puts it, “It’s important to emphasize that parenting is the most important, and the most difficult, job we will ever have, and that part of tackling any job we consider important and difficult is getting the training and support needed to do the best we can”.
Parent-School Partnerships. Parenting education can have a positive impact on the entire community. It will pull community members together as a team and demonstrate a common focus toward helping parents be the best they can be.
Parenting as Prevention. For many years, we’ve been primarily crisis-oriented, turning our attention to something only when a crisis occurs. But statistics have shown that simply treating crises does nothing to prevent them. We—as parents, as educators, as people concerned about children—must become more proactive rather than reactive, “prevention promoters” instead of “crisis caretakers”.
Parenting Challenges in Today’s Society. A frequently-asked question is, “Why parenting education now? My parents didn’t have it, and I turned out all right.” If you consider the rapid changes in our society over the last few decades, it’s easy to see that today’s parents face much greater challenges than previous generations of parents.
In the early ’50s, the four biggest problems facing schools were talking in class, chewing gum, running in the halls and making noise. In the ’90s, these have been eclipsed by drug abuse, alcohol abuse, teen pregnancy, and suicide. These problems, along with the dramatic shift in family status and security, make the job of effective parenting more difficult than ever before.
Need for Positive Influences. Parents, educators, and counselors have the responsibility and the power to make a positive change in our society through the ways we influence today’s youth. Cooperation, responsibility, courage, and self-esteem could become hallmarks of human behavior if capable parents, supported by professionals and institutions that care about families, had the training needed to raise children and teens that embody these qualities.
Positive Impact on Behavior. Increasingly we are becoming aware of more effective, efficient methods in bringing about change in a child’s misbehavior. Yet many times, we unknowingly reinforce the very behavior we are trying to change. In order to influence a positive behavior change in the child, we must focus on our own behavior and understand how our behavior needs to change.