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November 2018

November 12, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 7401 County Road 101
Maple Grove, MN 55311 United States

OPEN TO THE COMMUNITY Adverse Childhood Experiences & Relational Trauma: What it is, how to identify it and how to heal from it. In this interactive and engaging session, we will explore Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and how these less than nurturing experiences affect your life today through organic disease, social malfunction, behavioral issues and mental illness. You will learn the criteria in the ACE screening and also be able to identify different types of trauma such as “big T”…

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November 15, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Blake School, 110 Blake Road South
Hopkins, MN 55343 United States

OPEN TO THE COMMUNITY 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 as substance use, mental illness, stigma, vaping, etc.

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December 2018

December 5, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 13600 Technology Drive
Eden Prairie, MN 55344 United States

OPEN TO THE COMMUNITY Description: Parking Your Helicopter: Understanding and Equipping Young People Today Event One: “The Fallacy of Perfect Parenting”. 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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December 12, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 500 Blake Road S.
Edina, MN 55343 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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January 2019

January 9 @ 7:15 pm - 8:00 pm
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 13901 Fairview Dr
Burnsville, MN 55337 United States

OPEN TO THE COMMUNITY In this session we will discuss elements and characteristics of effective relationships. At the center of every effective relationship is compassion, respect and mutuality. We will discuss how we can maintain these concepts in our families, especially when going through the often confusing and confounding stages of raising adolescent children. We will look at how mindfulness practices can help each individual in the family remain centered and engaged even during times of stress. We will be…

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January 16 @ 7:15 pm - 8:00 pm
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 13901 Fairview Dr
Burnsville, MN 55337 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 this…

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January 23 @ 7:15 pm - 8:00 pm
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 13901 Fairview Dr
Burnsville, MN 55337 United States

OPEN TO THE COMMUNITY In this session, we will explore effective communication strategies for families or individuals when faced with conflict. Families will learn about, and take part in engaging exercises from Pia Mellody’s Conjoint Communication model. Additionally, we will explore strategies for establishing healthy boundaries, and take families through conflict resolution exercises to help them navigate competing needs within a family system. We will be at Prince of Peace the entire month of January - come join us! Wednesday…

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February 2019

February 9 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Beth El Synagogue, 5225 Barry St W
St. Louis Park, MN 55416 United States

This event is created for parents of Bar & Bat Mitzvah students and their peer mentors. Parenting Event: 9:30am - 11:00am Helping Our Kids (and Ourselves) Navigate Teen Turbulence Children contemplating early adolescence today are at much higher risk of adverse experiences than their parents were. Parents often feel overwhelmed by the tidal wave of technological revolution that is social media, and they wonder how they can stay in touch with, and protect their children from the inherent risks. In…

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February 13 @ 7:15 pm - 8:00 pm
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 13901 Fairview Dr
Burnsville, MN 55337 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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February 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
White Bear Lake High School – North, 5045 Division Ave
St. Paul, MN 55110 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 this…

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