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April 2019

April 2 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Oakland Middle School, 820 Manning Ave N
Lake Elmo, MN 55042 United States

OPEN TO THE COMMUNITY! 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 child’s best friend, losing focus of the primary responsibility, to raise a fully functioning adult. In…

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April 9 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Edina High School, 6754 Valley View Road
Edina, MN 55438 United States

Held in the FICK Auditorium at Edina High School. All parents from the community and surrounding areas are invited to attend. 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…

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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 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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September 2019

September 16 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
St. Thomas More, 1079 Summit Ave
St. Paul, MN 55105 United States

Kids and Screen Time: Tips for how to minimize conflict in your home 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 will discuss how to balance the positive…

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September 18 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 13901 Fairview Dr
Burnsville, MN 55337 United States

The Art of Intentional Parenting – A Series of Conversations About Family OPEN TO THE COMMUNITY Today’s families experience significant stress while attempting to navigate evolving social pressures. The Art of Intentional Parenting series will provide some basic guidelines and concrete skills for families to consider and utilize as they face challenging or adverse situations. These engaging and experiential sixty-minute sessions are designed so that each can stand-alone; they also build on each other if attended in sequence. A primary…

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October 2019

October 2 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 13901 Fairview Dr
Burnsville, MN 55337 United States

The Art of Intentional Parenting – A Series of Conversations About Family OPEN TO THE COMMUNITY Today’s families experience significant stress while attempting to navigate evolving social pressures. The Art of Intentional Parenting series will provide some basic guidelines and concrete skills for families to consider and utilize as they face challenging or adverse situations. These engaging and experiential sixty-minute sessions are designed so that each can stand-alone; they also build on each other if attended in sequence. A primary…

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October 7 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Valley View Middle School, 6750 Valley View Rd.
Edina, MN 55439 United States

Families attempt to resolve conflicts utilizing familiar and comfortable techniques. One common technique is blaming someone else’s behavior for how we are feeling. In other words, if they would only “_________”, then things would be better. What happens in this type of arguing is that the underlying issues are never resolved, and the attempts at resolution create more difficulties. Family members become frustrated at their inability to resolve the conflict and that creates another cycle of blame, anger and frustration. In…

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October 9 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church, 3611 N Berens Rd NW
Prior Lake, MN 55379 United States

Communication & Conflict Resolution Families attempt to resolve conflicts utilizing familiar and comfortable techniques. One common technique is blaming someone else’s behavior for how we are feeling. In other words, if they would only “_________”, then things would be better. What happens in this type of arguing is that the underlying issues are never resolved, and the attempts at resolution create more difficulties. Family members become frustrated at their inability to resolve the conflict and that creates another cycle of blame,…

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