Workshop series to help parents improve family bonding and reduce risk of teenage drug use *
In a five-week workshop series called Guiding Good Choices, parents will learn how to strengthen their bonds with their children and reduce the risk that their children will use drugs. The five-week program is being offered by the Northern Berkshire Community Coalitions’ nb21 program and The Family Place beginning Tuesday, January 23rd from 5:30-7:30 pm at the Mary Spitzer Senior Center located at 116 Ashland Street., North Adams.
Guiding Good Choices is an interactive program for all parents of children in grades 4-8. In a lively and open atmosphere, parents will learn specific strategies to help their children avoid drug use and other adolescent problem behaviors, and develop into healthy adults. Parents will learn to set clear family guidelines on drugs, as well as learn and practice skills to strengthen family bonds, help their children develop healthy behaviors, and increase children’s involvement in the family.
The program is based on research, which has shown that when children are bonded to their parents, school and non-drug-using peers, they are less likely to get involved in drug use or other behavior problems. Most middle school aged youth choose not to drink alcohol or use marijuana. However according to the 2017 Prevention Needs Assessment, 11% of 8th graders in Northern Berkshire County reported using alcohol and marijuana in the last 30 days.
There is no cost to parents. Dinner and childcare are provided. For more information and to register, please call Stephanie Puc or Chris Griffin at 413-663-7588.
*This article was created, in whole or in part, using submitted officially released information.