Listed below are many of the programs and
speakers that Parent to Parent has sponsored.
"Adolescent Psychology - The Parent Version"
Child Development and Parenting Expert, Joani Geltman, MSW, discusses the physical, cognitive, and social/emotional changes that occur in adolescents and how they affect relationships with parents and friends as well as school life.
Responding vs. Reacting To Your Kids: Techniques For Effective Strength-Based Parenting
Charlie Appelstein, MSW, presents ways for parents to keep their cool and respond positively when children are experiencing emotional and behavioral challenges. Communication strategies, building self esteem, and helping children self-manage their behavior will be discussed. Charlie's motto is "There's no such thing as a bad kid" and he delivers his strength based approach with humor and hope.
Helping Children and Teens Cope with Stress and Anxiety, Rick Irving, LICSW, discusses how to evaluate the level of stress in certain situations, and the level of coping skill in each child. Learn about which responses are part of the child's natural coping processes, and which ones may indicate a more serious level of anxiety. Parents will be given language and techniques that they can use - and those to avoid - for helping children develop the ability to manage worry, decrease their anxious responses, and feel more confident.
"Your Child's Cyber World: Instilling Safe/Healthy Online Habits"
Author and Expert in bullying and cyber bullying, Elizabeth Englander, Ph.D., discusses internet safety, cyber-risk behaviors, and how adults can help children achieve social success,
both online and offline.
Raising Resilient Children and
clinical psychologist and author, describes
factors that help children and adolescents
to deal more effectively with stress
and pressure in today’s culture. Parents
learn strategies for nurturing self-discipline,
self-esteem, responsibility, caring,
hope, and resilience in children.
Successful Transitions to High
School. Eighth grade parents
participate in small group discussions
following the Winchester High School’s
annual curriculum overview. The discussion
groups are facilitated by high school
students and parents and provide an excellent
forum in which to learn about classes,
homework, social life, and extracurricular
A Community Dialogue: Parenting
in an "Oversexualized, On-line,
In-Your-Face World." This
discussion features Sharon Maxwell, PH.D.,
clinical psychologist, and Rick Irving,
LISCW, with an introduction by Superintendent
William McAlduff; it addresses ways that
parents can develop and maintain open
lines of communication with their children
and provides guidelines for creating
safe on-line communication.
Who Are You Voting For, Mom?" Talking
to Children about Power, Leadership and
the Presidential Election. Dr.
Hesse provides an overview of the development
of children's political understanding
from early childhood to adolescence,
and makes recommendations to parents
on how to handle political questions
and emotions with their children during
the election season.
Evening with Superintendent William
McAlduff. Our annual discussion
with the Winchester Superintendent of
Schools provides an informal and interactive
forum for parents to hear about a wide
range of topics and issues in the schools.
in a Frenzied
this talk, renowned work-life author
Jackson provides insights and
ideas to help women combat the daily
frenzy and find their new pace, frameworks
and definitions of success.
with Dr. Richard
Ferber, Director of the Center for Pediatric
Hospital and world renowned expert on sleep problems,
outlines the main causes of sleeplessness
in the young child, helps parents to
identify these causes, and offers ways
to address the problems.
Successful Transitions to College:
Surviving and Thriving. This
program, for parents of high schoolers
and first year college students, offers
a unique opportunity to learn about navigating
a successful transition to college. Rick
Irving, LICSW, leads a discussion with
recent Winchester High School graduates
about the joys and challenges of this
major transition, and what parents need
Fostering Independence and
Responsibility. This interactive
workshop offers approaches to promote
a positive attitude toward homework.
Parents learn strategies to foster independence
and avoid power struggles over school
work from Susan Marx, a parent educator
Life. Noted author, Michael
Thompson, PhD., speaks to parents, describing
the psychological journey that children
experience during their thirteen years
in school and provides valuable insights
from the student perspective.
Maxwell, PhD., a licensed clinical psychologist,
speaks to parents of children in upper
elementary and middle school grades on
how to empower their children to become
Growing up and Letting Go: Parenting
High Schoolers Toward Successful Transitions
and Increased Independence. Author
and psychotherapist, Madge Treeger, speaks
to parents about the evolution of the
parent - child relationship that takes
place toward the end of high school and
throughout the college years. She suggests
ways that parents can encourage self-reliance
and the development of their adolescent's
own identity, interests and pursuits.
in Sport and
Adam Naylor, sport psychology coach and
coordinator of the BU
Center, discusses ways to make sport
a lifelong adventure and provides strategies
to maintain a healthy perspective in
families that leads to enjoyment, commitment,
in a Sexually
Charged Culture. Author and Harvard
Medical School Psychologist, Dr.
Mark O'Connell speaks to parents about ways
they can understand the notion of healthy
sexuality, morality, parental authority
and their role in shaping their child's
emerging relationship skills.
Your Child's Learning Style. Guest
Helmus, PhD, addresses children's
learning styles, differences, and when
to seek help. She explains how the brain
processes and some of the more common
issues we see today such as ADHD and
Executive Functioning weaknesses.
Fostering Social Competence in
Young Children. Rick Irving,
LICSW, talks to parents of preschool and
early elementary aged children on fostering
compassion and inclusiveness in children's
play and interaction. Rick addresses early
social and developmental issues: how to
teach tolerance of differences; how to
model social skills; and strategies on
setting expectations and limit-setting
for socially appropriate behavior.
Sexuality. Author and sex
Roffman, offers parents
of preschool and elementary school children
an array of communication tips and strategies
for addressing sexuality with children
of all ages.
and teens in
Times. Nationally renowned
author and clinical organizational psychologist,
Rob Evans, speaks to parents of children
of all ages in a straightforward, common
sense way about raising children to be
productive members of society in the face
of current cultural challenges.
Risky Behaviors: Understanding Risk Taking Behavior and When to be
Concerned. Beth Fredericks, a popular Families First speaker,
facilitates an interactive two-part program for high school parents addressing
adolescents' need to take risks and sometimes make bad decisions.
Let's Get Real. In
this jointly sponsored this program, parents
and educators watch the film Let's Get Real on bullying
behavior. Rick Irving, LICSW, and
Hillary Turkewitz, PhD, lead a discussion
after the film, addressing ways in which
bullying impacts our children.
Parenting to Empower: Helping
of Adolescence. Developed
in conjunction with several community
organizations, this program discusses today's
social adolescent culture: cliques, teasing,
bullying and other common rites of passage.
Wiseman, well-known author
of "Queen Bees and Wannabees," offers
strategies and guidance on raising children
who can navigate adolescence safely with
Young Children. Co-sponsored
with the Multicultural
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of Adoption. This
program features Joyce
McGuire Pavao, an
international expert on adoption issues
and challenges. She addresses this topic
for all interested adults who are parents,
family members, teachers, or friends of
adopted individuals and for adults who
were adopted themselves or are considering
of Adult Happiness:
for Parents. Best
selling author and child psychologist Edward
M.D., speaks about the ingredients
for a childhood that leads to happy, responsible
adults. He outlines a plan that all parents
can use to foster trust, respect, and joy.
Understanding the Fantasy Factory: Counteracting Media Images of Women. This
program explores the impact the media has on our children's self image and
interactions with one another. Guest speaker, Sut
Jhally, Professor of Communication
at University of Massachusetts at Amherst, focuses on what parents can do to
counteract the negative impact of the popular culture's images of women and
Weathering the Challenges of Adolescence: Effective Communication and
Limit Setting. Rick Irving, LICSW, offers a range of parenting
strategies and addresses topics such as: how to avoid communication traps and
maximize your child’s self reflection; how to avoid “taking the bait” and letting
your child off the hook; and how to use consequences effectively.
Raising Responsible Children. Michael
of the bestseller Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys, presents
to parents and discusses parenting strategies
to strengthen family relationships and
promote competence in children.
Both Sides Now: The "Sandwich Generation" Parenting
Children and providing Elder Care. This workshop, co-sponsored
with the Council on Aging, for both seniors and parents of young children,
features Paul Marosy, President of the Massachusetts
Gerontology Association. He discusses various stressors associated with care giving and offered strategies
Our Kids Make
the Right Choices:
Driving. Kate Schluter, Director
Programs in the Middlesex
District Attorney's Office, leads this
workshop. She discusses many of the current
trends and statistics involving drinking
and driving and shows a video on driving
under the influence that is used in high
school prevention programs.
Temperaments and Transitions. This program, for parents
of early elementary school and pre-school aged children, features Dr. Leslie
Campis, a local pediatric psychologist. In a very interactive session, she
addresses different temperaments and what parents can do to anticipate challenges
and facilitate transitions, whether it's a trip to the dentist, attending a
summer camp or returning to school in the fall.