John Howard Society of Durham Region

Parenting Programs

3 programs:

Co-operative Parenting and Divorce/Separation (shielding children from co-parent conflict)

Active Parenting Now (for parents of 5 to 12 year olds)

Active Parenting of Teens (for parents of teens)

 To Register:

Please call our Counselling Services Intake number at 905-579-8482, press “0”

In Clarington, call us at 905-623-6814

1. Co-operative Parenting and Divorce/Separation

Goals 

  • Shifting the focus from the conflict of the co-parents to the best interest of the children
  • Assisting parents in shifting their role from former spouses to co-parents
  • Educating parents about the impact of parental conflict on their child’s development
  • Helping parents identify their contributions to conflict while increasing impulse control
  • Teaching parents anger management, communication and conflict resolution skills and children’s issues in divorce
  • Certificate issued upon program completion and requirements are met
  • CPD-ringsConsists of eight 2-hour weekly classes
  • Leader facilitated and supported with Parent’s Guide and videos
  • Blends skill development, small and large group discussion, parent interaction, and weekly homework
  • Highlights specific, proven-effective activities

 

Impact to Children

  • Reduces the child’s symptoms of stress as parental conflict decreases
  • Diminishes the child’s sense of loyalty binds
  • Allows the child to love both parents
  • Creates a more relaxed home atmosphere, allowing the child to adjust more effectiviely
  • Teaches effective communication and conflict resolution skills as modeled by their parents
  • Increasing the likelihood of keeping two active parents in the child’s life.

Impact to Society

  • Decreases future litigation, court costs and time
  • Expands the definition of ‘family’, thereby preserving and strengthening the family structure
  • Potentially reduces adolescent drug and alcohol problems, teenage pregnancy, school drop out rates, and crime associated with children of divorce and separation
  • Potentially diminishes the likelihood of future relationship difficulties and divorce for the child

2. Active Parenting Now (parents of 5-12 year olds)

  • This program has been designed to teach you a method of parenting and problem solving that will help you prepare your children to courageously meet the challenges that life will pose
  • Consists of eight 2-hour weekly classes
  • Leader facilitated and supported with Parent’s Guide and companion video
  • Blends skill development, group discussion, parent interaction, and weekly homework
  • Highlights specific, proven-effective activities

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  • How to build courage and character in your child
  • Effective, non-violent discipline skills
  • Why children misbehave and how to redirect them
  • Learn about the 3 styles of parenting and why one is more effective
  • How to deal with issues of drugs, sexuality and violence
  • Natural and logical consequences
  • Active parent-child communication techniques
  • Teaching responsibility
  • Coping with bullies
  • Problem-solving in groups
  • How to hold family meetings

Impacts

  • Better parent-child relationships including:
    • mutual respect
    • improved communication
    • increased co-operation
  • Decreases power struggles
  • Creates more confident parents and children

3. Active Parenting of Teens

  • This program has been designed to ensure that your teens develop the skills and character they need to not only survive but to thrive as they gain independence
  • Consists of eight 2-hour weekly classes
  • Leader facilitated and supported with Parent’s Guide and companion video
  • Incorporates skill development, group discussion, parent interaction, and weekly homework
  • Highlights specific, proven-effective activities

Goals

  • Methods of respectful disciplineAPTeenLogo_LoRes
  • Skills for clear, honest communication
  • Concrete strategies to prevent risky behaviour
  • How to be an encouraging parent

Impacts

  • Better parent-child relationships including:
    • mutual respect
    • improved communication
    • increased co-operation
  • Decrease power struggles
  • More confident parents and children

What the research says…

Active Parenting: An Evaluation of Two Adlerian Parent Education Programs