Events Calendar

August 25th, 2015
Building on Strengths: Helping Boys Succeed in School

Many aspects of schools are not sympathetic to boys relational and learning styles. This staff workshop examines the data on how boys are doing in schools, reviews boys unique developmental issues, and shares strategies for incorporating more movement into the classroom, utilizing literary strategies that tend to work for boys, improving boys relational capacity, and managing elements of violence and humor in boys’ writing. Arleta School, Portland, OR.

November 9th, 2015
Proactive Parenting: Preparing for The Teen Years

Many fear the time their children will reach adolescence. Raising teenagers can be trying but also rewarding. This presentation will help parents understand what is typical for teens and when to seek help. Participants will consider the social and biological influences on adolescent development, learn about the protective power of connection and discuss strategies to be more collaborative with their teens. We will pay look at how this stage in life creates unique challenges for raising children with special needs. Swindells Resource Center at Providence Child Center, Salem, OR.

December 2nd, 2015
Proactive Parenting: Preparing for The Teen Years

Many fear the time their children will reach adolescence. Raising teenagers can be trying but also rewarding. This presentation will help parents understand what is typical for teens and when to seek help. Participants will consider the social and biological influences on adolescent development, learn about the protective power of connection and discuss strategies to be more collaborative with their teens. We will pay look at how this stage in life creates unique challenges for raising children with special needs. Swindells Resource Center at Providence Child Center, Portland, OR.

December 4th, 2015
Thinking About Friends

This student focus workshop will consider data on friendships, explore various types of friendships and discuss the differences between friendly and hurtful teasing. Strategies for strengthening friendships will be covered. Swallowtail School, Hillsboro, OR.

January 7th, 2016
Engaging Teens in Conversations About Substance Use

This professional development workshop for primary care physicians will examine best practices for opening discussions with teenagers about substance use. We will consider strategies that are more likely to elicit honesty on the part of adolescent patients and consider options for handling disclosures. Providence Medical Center, Portland, OR (video conference).

January 16th, 2016
Developing Refusal Skills for Middle Schoolers

This student workshop will explore the impact of alcohol and other drug use on the developing adolescent brain. Participants will be coached to craft their personal reason for refusing to use chemicals. For families of students at Cedarwood School, Portland, OR.

January 23rd, 2016
Talking to Your Children About Alcohol and Other Drug Use.

Parents at this morning workshop will consider the reasons young people use alcohol and other drugs within the context of understanding adolescent development. We will consider strategies to strengthen kids’ refusal skills as well as discuss issues that come up when talking to our children about chemical use. Cedarwood School, Portland OR.

January 27th, 2016
What About Boys?

Look at the data describing how boys are doing in their schools and communities. Consider the role that nature and nurture plays on boys’ development. Learn strategies to maintain your relationship with boys. Swindells Resource Center at Providence St Vincents, Portland, OR.

January 28th, 2016
Explaining the Birds & Bees

When is the right time to talk to my children about sex? What aspects of human sexuality are appropriate to discuss? What are the best approaches to have these conversations? This 90 minute interactive presentation will offer ideas for guiding and educating children of all ages. Swallowtail School, Hillsboro, OR.

February 5th, 2016
Boys Advocacy and Mentoring: Engaging Boys in Counseling and Educational Contexts

Based on the BAM! Boys Advocacy and Mentoring approach, this workshop challenges  adults who work with boys to see them in new ways, and provide the skills to mentor young men to be more interpersonally engaged within educational and counseling settings. Lewis and Clark College, Portland, OR.

February 12th, 2016
Building on Strengths: Helping Boys Succeed in School

Many aspects of schools are not sympathetic to boys relational and learning styles. This staff workshop examines the data on how boys are doing in schools, reviews boys unique developmental issues, and shares strategies for incorporating more movement into the classroom, utilizing literary strategies that tend to work for boys, improving boys relational capacity, and managing elements of violence and humor in boys’ writing. Le Monde French Immersion School, Portland, OR.

February 25th, 2016
Engaging Boys in School and at Home

This morning workshop for parents and teachers will explore boys’ unique developmental factors. Participants will consider strategies to better engage with boys from a strengths based perspective. We will particularly focus on communication skills that tend to work best for boys. Rosemont Ridge Middle School, West Linn, OR.

March 7th, 2016
Building on Strengths: Helping Boys Succeed in School

This staff workshop examines the data on how boys are doing in schools, reviews boys unique developmental issues, and shares strategies for incorporating more movement into the classroom, and utilizing literary strategies that tend to work for boys, including managing elements of violence and humor in boys’ writing. Duniway Elementary School, Portland, OR.

March 10th, 2016
Building and Maintaining Relationships With Boys

Responding to boys’ behavioral challenges can be disruptive to productive student-teacher relationships. This staff workshop will consider ways to set limits with boys without shaming and while maintaining the connections necessary for learning. Our focus will be on working with ADHD students. Thomas Edison School, Portland, OR.

April 6th, 2016
Staying Connected to Boys’ Strengths

This evening parent presentation will look at the data describing how boys are doing in their schools and communities. We will onsider the role that nature and nurture plays on boys’ development and learn strategies to maintain your relationship with boys. Duniway Elementary School, Portland, OR.

April 12th, 2016
Coaching Your Child Toward Positive Peer Relationships

A child’s friendships are a strong indicator of their overall well-being. It can be difficult to know when and how to get involved in your child’s social life.  How do we know what is typical and acceptable behavior and when the behavior has crossed a line to something more harmful?  How can I help my child develop better skills at developing and keeping friends?  When should I let my child work out problems and when should I intervene?   How do I prepare my child for the challenges of peer pressure?   This 90 minute interactive presentation will offer ideas for keeping perspective on your child’s social world. Bonny Slope Elementary School, Portland, OR.

April 16th, 2016
Keeping Perspective and Staying Connected A Full Day Workshop on Raising Teens

Adolescence represents a time of intense change for teens and their families. This workshop will provide you with an opportunity to calmly consider what’s working well in your family and steps you can take to improve behavior and relationships. Through presentation, video clips and small group conversations we will explore: setting appropriate limits, monitoring technology, talking to teens about risky behavior, and communication styles that work. See flyer for more information.  Register by emailing Howard.

October 7th, 2016
Making The Most of Adolescent Wellness Screenings

This professional presentation for physicians working with adolescents will discuss best practices in the adolescent wellness screening using harm reduction and motivational interviewing strategies. Providence Medical Group Fall Pediatric Conference, St Vincent Hospital, Portland, OR