Parenting Matters Conference Workshops

Saturday, October 17, 2020

8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Barrington Middle School
261 Middle Hwy, Barrington, RI 02806
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Following the keynote presentation, attendees will have a choice of three breakout sessions. Choose one below. Please note that "It's All About You! Self-Care for Parents" will have limited seating available.

Understanding Challenging Behaviors

Scott Sylvester, LMHC

The goal of this presentation is to help the caregiver develop a greater understanding of the challenging behavior exhibited by the youth they support. We will explore the hidden message behind the behaviors such as, trauma, development, discomfort and fear. We will then discuss various methods to help de-escalate the youth and help them move forward.   

It's All About You! Self-Care for Parents

Jennifer Brown, LMHC, Reiki Master
Susan Curria MS, Behavioral Educational Development Specialist and Clinical Mental Health Counselor/RYT 200

This workshop provides an overview of the benefits of self-care with hands-on activities. Presenters lead participants through various exercises that will help raise self-awareness while at the same time helping to reduce the stress built up throughout the day.

I Am Worried Things Won't Work Out: How to Help Your Child Shrink Up Anxiety (Or Just Take it With Them)

Joseph Berryhill, PhD, Clinical Psychologist at the Pediatric Anxiety Research Center (PARC)

Joseph Berryhill, PhD specializes in the use of cognitive-behavioral therapy and acceptance and commitment therapy to treat pediatric anxiety disorders.

In this interactive workshop, we will work together to understand the ways anxiety pushes children towards avoidance and how you can help you child push back into living an engaged life. We will have multiple demonstrations of what exposure therapy - the scientifically validated way to treat anxiety - looks like and talk about what parents can do in hard situations. We will also explore another perspective from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) on how children can "take anxiety with them" as they live the lives they want to live.