The seventh class from The Parent Project® of Ottawa County concluded on Nov. 13th.
All seven participants received graduation certificates after effectively learning intervention and prevention techniques for managing their adolescent children. The course was first implemented in the fall of 2010 and continues to instruct parents and guardians on drug and alcohol use, truancy, gangs, running away, violence, suicide and other destructive behaviors that may interrupt families.
The course is open to the parent or caregiver of any child aged 11-18 who resides within Ottawa County, and meets once per week for 11 weeks. There is a mixture of individual and group activities, classroom instruction, open discussion, and short homework assignments that give participants a chance to practice the skills they are learning. The Parent Project® is different from similar classes because it teaches parents to provide emotional support to each other through working in a support group the last five weeks.
Some of the parents provided testimonials. “I thought that I was going to absolutely hate this class, but each week along with learning some great tools to use with my son, I found myself looking forward to this class every week. For that I thank you all, ”stated one participant.
Another, Kelly Cook, said, “Every parent and teacher should take this course. It’s life changing. Be consistent with appropriate parenting techniques to achieve success.”
The Parent Project® strives to build hope for families and communities by providing specific, no-nonsense solutions as the process of change is sought in households.
The next session is scheduled to begin Tuesday, Jan. 8, from 2-5 p.m. For further information or to enroll contact Stephanie Weeks at the Ottawa County Juvenile Court at 419-734-6839 or Kelly Pape at the Ottawa County Department of Job and Family Service at 419-898-3688 ext. 285. Materials fee is $50 for an individual or $75 for a couple (with shared book). The facilitators are also willing to speak to groups, civic organizations, and service providers throughout the county to supply information about The Parent Project®.