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. Swallowtail School, Hillsboro, OR.
My BAM! co-authors, Peter Mortola, Stephen Grant, and I will present a full day conversation with parents and professionals. During that day we will explore three of the most vexing issues for those working with or parenting boys: guiding boys to develop healthy sexuality, teaching boys to own and manage their aggression, and assisting boys to form healthier relationships with devices. More details and registration information are available here. The Catlin Gable School Portland, OR.
This evening parenting workshop will look at the current data surrounding boys in their schools and communities. We will consider boys’ development and how that can inform effective methods of communicating with and guiding boys. Time will be spent on helping boys navigate issues of consent. Project Based Learning High School, Camas, WA.
The transition to high school presents many new pressures and opportunities. During this two hour workshop 8th grade boys will participate in activities that will assist them in thinking about what lies ahead. We will consider such topics facing alcohol and other drug use, issues of sexuality, managing stress and preparing for academic success as a high school student. French American International School, Portland, OR.
Helping Teens: How to blend compassion and effectiveness with a population that may or may not want our help.
Howard and Yshai Boussi, LPC will be leading this full day training for professionals working with teens. We will cover ways to engage teens in the change process, how to include families, managing technology, and harm reduction strategies to drug use. More details are on the flyer here and you can register through Portland Family Counseling.
We know that relationships hold the key to improving boys’ health. But how do we establish and maintain connections with boys? This workshop examines current data on boys in schools and their communities. Participants will learn about boys’ unique developmental issues and explore ways to enhance communication with boys. We will have time to consider the challenges parents face when it comes to guiding their sons around issues of sexual consent. Riverdale High School, Portland OR.
Adolescence represents a time of experimentation for many teens. It is striking that at the same time they may be experimenting their brains have not yet developed a mature ability to make decisions. So teens benefit from adult guidance. This workshop will look at adolescent development and consider ways to enhance honest exchanges between parents and their teens. Oregon Episcopal School, Portland, OR.
Many aspects of schools are not sympathetic to boys relational and learning styles. This staff development 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. Sunset Elementary School, Vancouver, WA.
Boys’ academic challenges are well documented. This parent presentation looks at how parents can support their son’s academic progress. We will look closely at organizational skills, making school relevant, advocating for your son, and finding more success with reading and writing. The Madeleine School, Portland, OR.