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Preventing teen substance use is our
collective responsibility

Events: New!

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.

Apr
10
Wed
Paper Tigers: a screening and discussion on trauma and education @ Northampton High School Auditorium
Apr 10 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Join Northampton Prevention Coalition, Northampton Public Schools, Community Action, and the youth group Shout Out as we screen the groundbreaking documentary Paper Tigers. Paper Tigers follows six students at an alternative high school in Washington as they grapple with their education while navigating trauma, family dysfunction, and societal woes. Lincoln High School’s staff tries a new approach to discipline: one based on understanding and treatment rather than judgement and suspension. Paper Tigers is a testament to what the latest developmental science is showing: that just one caring adult can help break the cycle of adversity in a young person’s life. Facilitated discussion to follow. FREE and OPEN to the public. Content includes language, discussion of violence and other potential triggers. Viewer discretion is advised.
Aug
28
Wed
ENTER to WIN!!! $100 Visa Gift Card @ 2019 Northampton Brief Parent Survey
Aug 28 – Oct 3 all-day

Access survey here. Open to Northampton Parents and guardians of 6-12th grade students for 2019 https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2019BPS

Oct
2
Wed
Youth Health Expo @ Northampton Center for the Arts
Oct 2 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

We need to make sure we’re all working together to change mindsets, to change attitudes, and to fight against the bad habits that we have as a society. Justin Trudeau

Join the Northampton Prevention Coalition and many of our partners for an evening of promoting youth health by learning about youth substance use trends and the local alternative options for healthier risk taking that are substance free. There will be numerous door and raffle prizes including gifts card from Central Rock Gym, Puzzeld Escape Room, and a Season pass for Look Park!

Light refreshments provided by Daily Operation.

Event will be in the downstairs studio. Accessible space, free parking, free event. Come join us in helping kids thrive!!

Health expo poster