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CASA GRANDE — With a set of upcoming training programs for families, the Casa Grande Alliance hopes to help many.

The Strong Families Program is for families with students in fifth to ninth grade.

The program enhances parents’ general child management skills, parent-child moods, feelings and relationships as well as family communication, a press release from Casa Grande Alliance said.

“Based on a developmental model, SFP assumes that increasing the family’s protective processes while decreasing its potential risk factors can alter a child’s future so that problem behaviors can be reduced or avoided. In addition, the program seeks to delay the onset of adolescent alcohol and substance use disorder by improving family practices,” the press release said.

The Strong Families Program consists of eight interactive, video-based sessions conducted over consecutive weeks.

It is designed to:

  • Enhance parenting skills and empathy and promote effective parenting styles.
  • Build decision-making and life skills in youths, including stress management, conflict resolution, peer pressure resistance and empathy.
  • Strengthen family bonds and promote positive communication and the ability to jointly solve problems.

Preregistration is required to attend the class.

Classes begin Tuesday, Jan. 18, but registration will stay open through Feb. 1.

Those who complete six or more weekly sessions will receive a certificate of completion.

Child care is available for the program.

For more information or to preregister, email Stephanie at cgafamilies@gmail.com or call 520-836-5022.

Group Stepping Stones Triple P

Casa Grande Alliance on Jan. 20 will start its free Group Stepping Stones Triple P parenting class.

Parents of children with special needs or elevated levels of disruptive behavior (up to 15 years of age) that seek intensive training in positive parenting or those who wish to learn a variety of parenting skills are urged to apply, according to the press release.

“Parents will need to commit to nine weeks of group sessions and individual appointments,” the press release said. “Group Stepping Stones Triple P is delivered in six two-hour group sessions and three 30-minute individual telephone sessions. We can serve up to 16 parents per session.”

Outcomes include:

  • Supporting children’s mental health and well-being
  • Reducing the number and frequency of disruptive behaviors
  • Preventing child maltreatment, crime, violence and antisocial behavior

“In the past five years, over 4,000 parents have participated in Triple P Positive Parenting Program in Arizona. For those parents that have participated, eight out of 10 report having a high-quality training experience,” the press release said.

Eight out of 10 parents report the program helped them to deal more effectively with their children’s behavior and have reported improvements with positive parenting practice, according to the press release.

The program helps parents deal more effectively with problems that arise in their families and with strengthened family relationships. It also results in reductions in feelings of depression, anxiety and stress.

Preregistration is required. For more information or to preregister, email Bob at cgadirector@gmail.com or call 520-836-5022.

Pathways Triple P

Pathways Triple P is an intensive intervention program for parents who have difficulty regulating their emotions and as a result are considered at risk of physically or emotionally harming their children. Pathways Triple P also requires parents to participate in group or Group Stepping Stones Triple P, which teaches positive parenting and child management skills. There are three core modules that provide parents with support and to learn new attributional styles and anger management techniques that will assist with the improvement and/or maintenance of positive parenting skills. The Pathways program will be conducted with parents on a one-to-one basis.

Parents will be accepted into the Pathways Triple P Program through Jan. 26.

For more information or to preregister, email Bob at cgadirector@gmail.com or call 520-836-5022.

Free Triple P online parent training

Triple P Online, for toddlers to tweens and for preteens and teens, is a 16-week, interactive positive parenting program you can work through at your own pace. It shares some great ideas about parenting and how to help children develop. You’ll get advice from Professor Matt Sanders, hear from other families around the world and learn new ways of managing day-to-day parenting challenges.

There are eight modules covering areas from encouraging behavior you like and making shopping fun to managing misbehavior and dealing with disobedience. Each module has video demonstrations of positive parenting skills and activities to help you use these skills in managing day-to-day parenting challenges. Your work will be automatically saved in a personalized workbook. A graduation certificate will be emailed after you complete Module 8.

The Triple P online program for families with toddlers and tweens is also available and aims to help parents:

  • Develop your child’s emotional coping skills
  • Encourage behavior you like
  • Teach new skills and support learning
  • Manage misbehavior
  • Deal with disobedience
  • Plan ahead to prevent problems
  • Make shopping fun
  • Raise confident, capable kids

For more information about online parent training, email Bob at cgadirector@gmail.com or call 520-836-5022.

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Melissa St. Aude is the Arts & Entertainment editor at PinalCentral. She can be reached at mstaude@pinalcentral.com.

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