Worcester Health offers ‘Guiding Good Choices’ and ‘Parenting Wisely’

The following is a release from the Worcester County Health Department:

Talking to kids about the dangers of drugs and the importance of making positive life choices can be tough. Do you know how to start the conversation? Guiding Good Choices is an evidence-based, nationally recognized family competency training program for parents of children in middle school.

Guiding Good Choices classes are free and will be offered from 5:30-6:30 pm on Monday nights from December 2 through December 23. Parenting Wisely is a highly interactive course designed by family and social scientists to give parents and guardians tips to guide and support children in difficult situations. Classes are also free and will be offered from 10-11 am on Tuesdays beginning January 7. Both programs are hosted at the Worcester Youth and Family Counseling Services center in downtown Berlin, 124 S Main St. Suite C.

Guiding Good Choices contains five-sessions, with an average session length of 2 hours each week. Classes focus on identifying risk factors for substance abuse, developing effective parenting practices, managing family conflict, and using family meetings to improve communication and involvement. Four of the sessions are for just parents; one session will include children and help teach them peer resistance skills, especially when it comes to saying no to drugs and alcohol.

Parenting Wisely teaches constructive skills proven to solve problem behaviors, family conflict, and more. This six-week program is especially helpful for single parents. Both Young Child (age 3-11) and Teen (age 11+) versions of the class are available.

Guiding Good Choices and Parenting Wisely are free programs taught by certified instructors. Pre-registration is encouraged. For more information or to register call 410-632-1100 ext. 1106.

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