Education Ministry offers workshop on parenting solutions

POSTED: 11/22/11 9:18 AM

St. Maarten – The Student Support Services division of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports & Youth Affairs will be holding a workshop for parents entitled Parenting Solutions two evenings next week. The first evening is at the University of St. Martin on Tuesday November 29, 2011 from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 pm. The second is on Thursday, December 1, 2011 at the Rupert I. Maynard Youth Community Center in St. Peters at the same time.
The workshop will examine problem behaviors that are universal to all families such as sibling rivalry, bedtime and morning routine, chores, fighting and children taking responsibility for their own school work.
“All children display challenging behaviors as they develop into young adults and parents have a huge influence on children becoming positive, self-sufficient, and contributing members of society. Participants at this workshop will learn techniques that will help them to handle these problems as well as a model for using democracy in the home,” a release from the Student Support Services Division stated.

The facilitators for this event are Dr. Timothy Evans and Geri Carter, two of the leading innovators in Adlerian-based Classrooms, family therapy and encouragement training. Dr. Evans received his doctorate from the University of Georgia, and is an approved supervisor for the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. He completed an American Psychological Association internship at the University of Delaware. He has worked in community corrections and in a narcotics treatment program; developed a family therapy program for an adolescent psychiatric unit; and has extensive training in marriage and family therapy. Dr. Evans was also a college professor for over 20 years. He developed the Marriage and Family Therapy Program at the University of South Florida.

Geri Carter received her Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling from the University of South Florida, and is licensed by the State of Florida. She has worked with adolescents and their families for the past 17 years as a Youth Minister and Mental Health Counselor. She was a behavioral specialist in an alternative education program, S.M.A.R.T., at Sarasota Middle School and is currently an educational trainer for the Alfred Adler Elementary School in St. Petersburg, Florida. She is the author of Parenting Today’s Teenager: A Guide to Fostering Democracy, Cooperation and Teamwork in Your Home and is a trained mediator (Design Your Own Divorce), and past President of the Florida Adlerian Society.
This workshop is open to the general public. USM Lecture Hall has a seating capacity of 200
The division urges all parents to attend the free workshop. For further information, contact Denise Johnson at 542-3718 ext 127.

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