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April 2019

April 25 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Falcon Ridge Middle School, 12900 Johnny Cake Ridge Rd
Apple Valley, MN 55124 United States

We will be doing a series of three classes through District 196 Community Education. All registration is through their site. This session will focus on how behavioral issues due to mental health conditions, including substance use disorders, affect the family system. Concepts such as pre-occupation, attempts to control, failure to control and dishonesty will be explored. In addition, we will engage the families in discussions on the dynamics of enabling, denial, and boundaries, offering solutions to help families better relate to the…

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April 30 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Stillwater High School, 5701 Stillwater Blvd N
Oak Park Heights, Minnesota 55082 United States

OPEN TO THE COMMUNITY Understanding the Adolescent Brain: Tools and Tips for Responding to Risky Teen Behavior This presentation will explore how experiences and behaviors, along with outside influences, help develop the adolescent brain. Subjects such as “normal” developmental stages, stressors, adverse experiences, risk-taking, and how adolescents go about making choices will be discussed. There will be a highly interactive activity on communication and boundary skills. We will also offer tips and potential solutions for resolving any presenting problems such…

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May 2019

May 2 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Falcon Ridge Middle School, 12900 Johnny Cake Ridge Rd
Apple Valley, MN 55124 United States

We will be doing a series of three classes through District 196 Community Education. All registration is through their site. This session will explore how the pressures to be perfect result in some parents feeling overwhelmed and inadequate. Many parents complain of a lack of control in their own homes and a feeling that their children's needs are running the household. They may remove barriers to success and end up unintentionally disempowering their children. They may try to be their…

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May 9 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Falcon Ridge Middle School, 12900 Johnny Cake Ridge Rd
Apple Valley, MN 55124 United States

We will be doing a series of three classes through District 196 Community Education. All registration is through their site. Many parents worry about their child’s use of technology and amount of time kids spend glued to screens. New studies link use of screens with developmental and neurological problems in children. Parents often express concerns about how to talk to kids about these risks and about how to set limits without creating unnecessary arguments or conflict. In this session, we…

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May 16 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Stillwater High School, 5701 Stillwater Blvd N
Oak Park Heights, Minnesota 55082 United States

OPEN TO THE COMMUNITY In this session we will explore the importance of self-regulation as an essential part of building resilience. We will help families practice breathing techniques, as well as examine concepts such as timing, containment, and emotional processing. In addition, we will talk about labels anddiagnoses, examining how they may keep us focused on problems, rather than solutions.  We will also share tips for how to maintain our progress in building family resilience in spite of what other…

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June 2019

June 27 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, 11505 36th Avenue North
Plymouth, MN 55441 United States

Staff CEU Event This session will include an overview of how we help families move from crisis to action stage as they deal with their presenting issue. We will explore the concepts of stabilization, education, insight building and functional change.  We will discuss how utilizing strategic, narrative and solution-focused modalities can help families determine the best course of action. Lastly we will introduce how we help families overcome barriers, which keep them stuck in ineffective relational and behavioral patterns, leading…

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