Did you know… Outreach Teen & Family Services is not just for your kids? If you are the parent or family member of a child who is struggling, Outreach has counselors who can meet with you regarding your concerns. These Master’s degree level counselors specialize in parenting issues as well as how to deal with a child who is defiant, feeling overwhelmed, refuses to talk to you, and many other stressors affecting kids today.
In response to the needs of the communities Outreach serves, Outreach has implemented a new FREE service called a Parent Consultation.
From time to time, every parent is confronted with issues in which they feel “stuck”. Maybe your child is going through a new phase or stage of development and your normal bag of tricks are just not as effective. Maybe the issue is totally new to you as a parent and you are unsure of how to even begin approach the problem. During a parent consultation, you will meet with a counselor who will work to understand the current struggle and together you will develop a written parenting plan to implement at home. The counselor will provide you with additional resources and referrals when appropriate. You will also receive a follow-up phone call from the counselor in a week or two to see how the plan is working.
Parent Discussion Series
Outreach is presenting a series of Parenting Discussions on challenges facing parents today. The discussions are facilitated by Outreach counselor Elizabeth Rychcik, MA, and held at local libraries in the South Hills. Topics previously covered include:
- Homework and Other Battles
- Stop Talking so Your Teen Will Listen
- Teen Drug & Alcohol Use: Don’t be in the Dark
- Kick-Start Confidence: The Keys to Building Your Child’s Self-esteem
- Technology Teens: Parenting in the World of iPhones and Facebook
- Taming Tempers: Anger Management for Parents and Children
- Motivations for Misbehavior
Spring 2017 Free Parenting Series
Facilitated by Elizabeth Rychcik, MA
As the school year moves into the second semester, make a commitment to educate yourself as a parent, and become more informed about typical parenting challenges. Please join us for this insightful series facilitated by Elizabeth Rychcik, MA.
Wednesday, February 15, 7:00 p.m.—8:00 p.m.
Brookline Teen Outreach Center
520 Brookline Boulevard, Pittsburgh PA, 15226
The Worried Child
Wednesday, March 15, 7:00 p.m.—8:00 p.m.
Dormont Public Library
2950 West Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA, 15216
Technology & Teens
Wednesday, April 19, 7:00 p.m.—8:00 p.m.
Community Library of Castle Shannon
3677 Myrtle Avenue, Castle Shannon, PA 15234
Positively Parenting Classes –
Available to groups of 5 or more; contact the office for more information
Discover effective parenting skills that will benefit you and your family. Parenting Positively is based on the STEP Program (Systematic Training for Effective Parenting) and offers parents down-to-earth, practical ways to meet the challenges of raising today’s teenager. It enables parents to help their teens behave responsibly in the face of today’s social pressures. It also assist parents who want their relationship with teens to be more satisfying and enjoyable.
The program deals with a number of special challenges faced by parents of teenagers: their teen’s growing independence and increased social pressures; dating, curfews, and use of cars; part-time jobs, career plans, and the increase importance of school work; relating to other adults who have problems with their teen; lying, stealing, anger, violence; use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs; sexual activity, and pregnancy.
Through systematic presentation of concepts and skills, Parenting Positively seeks to help parents:
- Understand a practical theory of human behavior that can be applied to parent-teen relationships
- Understand emotions of both teens and parents
- Encourage teens more effectively
- Improve communications between parents and teens so that all feel they are being heard and understood
- Develop skills for listening, resolving conflicts, and exploring alternatives
- Learn to prevent discipline problems
- Learn to use natural and logical consequences as methods of corrective discipline
- Prevent and resolve challenging problems
- Become aware of how building their own self-esteem, developing the courage to be imperfect, and being responsible for their own actions can help parents improve relationships with teens
Getting Started with Parenting Positively Classes
What is my commitment? This program requires your attendance at four consecutive 1.5 hour sessions. There are also some assignments from each group session. The main commitment is in your heart and mind.
How much does it cost?
The total cost of the four week session is $75/person or $125/couple, which includes a handbook. Financial assistance is available to those who qualify.