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Events

Apr
30
Thu
YOUTH MARIJUANA USE: WHAT’S THE BIG DEAL? A Community Meeting with Rick Cresta – LICSW, MSW/MPH @ Northampton High School's Little Theater
Apr 30 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

This Northampton Prevention Coalition parent education event will feature Rick Cresta – LICSW, MSW/MPH from Boston University and focus on useful strategies to help parents and teachers speak about the consequences of youth marijuana use and how we can engage youth in non-judgmental conversations about use without increasing defensiveness. Register Here

Date:
Thursday, April 30th, 2015

Time:
7:00pm
Pizza while it lasts!
Childcare Upon Request

Location:
Northampton High School
Little Theater
380 Elm Street
Northampton, MA

For more information and to request childcare, please contact:
Paul McNeil, Coalition Coordinator
413-587-1366
pmcneil@northampton-k12.us
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Register Here

May
22
Sun
CANCELLED: How to Help Your Teen Make Healthy Choices: A Taste of Motivational Interviewing with John Brelsford, PHD @ Northampton Survival Center
May 22 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

This event has been cancelled. Please check back in the fall when we intend to reschedule.

This brief Motivational Interviewing (MI) training for parents of teens teaches MI as a goal-directed, youth-centered conversation style for eliciting behavioral change by helping your child to explore and resolve ambivalence. The basic assumption in MI is that ambivalent attitudes or lack of resolve is the primary obstacle to behavioral change, so that the examination and resolution of ambivalence becomes its key goal. MI has been applied to a wide range of problem behaviors related to alcohol and substance abuse as well as health promotion, medical treatment adherence, and mental health issues. Although many variations in technique exist, this MI training will provide parents a snapshot and practice the following elements:

  • Establishing rapport with your child and listening reflectively.
  • Asking open-ended questions to explore your child’s own motivations for change.
  • Affirming your child’s change-related statements and efforts.
  • Eliciting recognition of the gap between current behavior and desired life goals.
  • Asking permission before providing information or advice.
  • Responding to resistance without direct confrontation. (Resistance is used as a feedback signal to the parent to adjust the approach.)
  • Encouraging your child’s self-efficacy for change.
  • Developing an action plan to which your child is willing to commit.

Lunch will be provided.mi

May
23
Mon
Anatomy of a Party @ Northampton High School Cafe
May 23 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Anatomy of a Party

Congratulations! You have kept your child safe so far! Join us on May 23rd to learn how to keep them safe through the age of 21. Come hear an informal, yet informative presentation by Northampton Police Department Officers on what they see and what they confiscate at underage parties. Come learn how exactly NPD handles these parties, what your rights and responsibilities are as a parent, and how to keep yourself, your child, their friends, and your property safe. What is the Social Host and Good Samaritan Law?

Dinner provided by Bueno Y Sano and State Street Cafe. First 30 attendees will get vouchers for corsages and boutonnieres from Big Y for prom. Plus, Salon Herdis has donated 10 $20 off coupons for $40 of service- hair, make up, nails, what ever you need for prom!

 

Jun
10
Fri
NPC Steering Committee Meeting @ NHS Boardroom
Jun 10 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Jul
7
Thu
NPC Steering Committee Meeting @ NHS Boardroom
Jul 7 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Oct
30
Sun
A Taste of Motivational Interviewing @ Northampton Survival Center
Oct 30 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

RSVP to alennox@northampton-k12.us
This brief Motivational Interviewing (MI) training for parents of teens/tweens teaches MI as a goal-directed, youth-centered conversation style for eliciting behavioral change by helping your child to explore and resolve ambivalence. The basic assumption in MI is that ambivalent attitudes or lack of resolve is the primary obstacle to behavioral change, so that the examination and resolution of ambivalence becomes its key goal. MI has been applied to a wide range of problem behaviors related to alcohol and substance abuse as well as health promotion, medical treatment adherence, and mental health issues. Although many variations in technique exist, this MI training will provide parents a snapshot and practice the following elements:

Establishing rapport with your child and listening reflectively.
Asking open-ended questions to explore your child’s own motivations for change.
Affirming your child’s change-related statements and efforts.
Eliciting recognition of the gap between current behavior and desired life goals.
Asking permission before providing information or advice.
Responding to resistance without direct confrontation. (Resistance is used as a feedback signal to the parent to adjust the approach.)
Encouraging your child’s self-efficacy for change.
Developing an action plan to which your child is willing to commit.
Lunch will be provided.
RSVP to alennox@northampton-k12.us or 413-587-1365.

Nov
21
Mon
Parent Cafe: Healthy Relationships @ JFK Middle School Room 112
Nov 21 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

JFK parents and caregivers join us on November 21st and November 28th for dinner and conversation on the topic of talking to our kids about healthy relationships. These cafes are relaxed affairs where parents and caregivers can gather to talk about their hopes and concerns about raising kids who respect themselves and others with staff from the Northampton Prevention Coalition facilitating the conversation. RSVP is required via email to alennox@northampton-k12.us. Childcare and transportation can be arranged upon advanced request.

Nov
28
Mon
Parent Cafe: Healthy Relationships @ JFK Middle School Room 112
Nov 28 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

JFK parents and caregivers join us on November 21st and November 28th for dinner and conversation on the topic of talking to our kids about healthy relationships. These cafes are relaxed affairs where parents and caregivers can gather to talk about their hopes and concerns about raising kids who respect themselves and others with staff from the Northampton Prevention Coalition facilitating the conversation. RSVP is required via email to alennox@northampton-k12.us. Childcare and transportation can be arranged upon advanced request.

Jan
28
Sat
Level II Motivational Interviewing @ Clinical Support Options
Jan 28 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

This training in Level II Motivational Interviewing is for people who have attended a workshop on motivational interviewing previously. This workshop is the next level in the training allowing participates to hone their skills. RSVP is required via email to: alennox@northampton-k12.us.

The event is free and geared towards parents and guardians or anyone who works or lives with teenagers.

 

Apr
25
Tue
Screenagers at Northampton High School @ Northampton High School Auditorium
Apr 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance. Screening to be followed by a moderated discussion lead by JFk Middle School Psychologist Kathy Casale.