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September 2011

Welcome to Leader Online, an e-newsletter for Active Parenting leaders and educators. Here you'll find ideas to make your job a little easier. Are you a "leader in action"? Please share your tips, photos, or success stories by sending a note to our marketing team.

Active Parenting leader in action: Anne Groh

Active Parenting instructors Jaime, Anne, and Linda
  by Anne Groh

The Mental Health Association in Atlantic County (MHAAC), New Jersey, has led parenting classes for 20 years. Attendees of our classes come from a diverse cross section of the county's population.

Our Parent Education schedule is comprised of open and closed classes. As advocates for the prevention of youth violence and the promotion of wellness and family preservation, we have found that the Active Parenting programs best suit our needs.

Throughout the year we offer closed classes to the female inmates at the Atlantic County Jail, to the female residents at the Rescue Mission, and to residents of John Brooks Recovery--an Addiction Treatment Facility. At John Brooks Recovery, we teach three separate populations: female outpatients, male residents and female residents (separate classes for males and females). Additionally we offer several open classes at our facility. These classes are completely open to the community at large.

Currently, we are piloting a program for nonviolent male offenders who are being released back into the community. Another specialized population that we are offering classes to are persons who have a mental illness and are raising children.

Here are some comments that parents have provided upon completion of the Active Parenting Now in 3 class. (They were asked what they liked about the class.)

  • "Learning about the 'I' message, so simple but so effective."
  • "The material is easy to understand, simple and concise."
  • "It made me realize my strengths and weaknesses; in addition I learned the importance of communication with my child as well as my spouse."
  • "How specific each topic is."
  • "The in-depth knowledge it taught me on communication, self esteem, anger and discipline."


Fall training catalog is now available

Active Parenting Leader Training is a great way to sharpen your skills while earning CEUs or even becoming a certified Active Parenting leader! Our fall training catalog is filled with details about 30+ Leader Training Workshops scheduled all over the United States, the Training of Trainers workshops planned for Phoenix and Atlanta, special leader training opportunities, and more. Click to download a copy of the catalog, or go directly to the Training pages of our web site.

Cool new video about our Training of Trainers

Check out this new video exploring our Training of Trainers, hosted by Dr. Popkin's son Ben, who has appeared in many of our videos over the years. It features participants from the July TOT in Atlanta sharing their thoughts and widsom about parent education. Plus some great music by an up-and-coming band. (To view the video, click on the image at right or go to activeparenting.com/TOT.

Active Parenting Training of Trainers
Active Parenting Training of Trainers, Atlanta 2011


Will we see you there?

Fall is conference season, and Michelle and I will be travelling all over the United States to meet you at various trade shows. We'll be in Fort Worth, Albuquerque, St. Louis, Orlando, Atlanta, and Dallas this fall. Check out the list of conferences we'll be attending, and come by to see our booth in the exhibit hall. If you work near one of these cities, we'd love to stop by to learn about your program. Just give me a call to arrange a meeting.

Employee of the Month

Dr. Popkin and I are two members of a large team that works together for you. This month I'd like to shine some light on one of our hidden treasures, Distributor Sales Manager Marian Adair. She has worked at Active Parenting longer than anyone but Dr. Popkin: 22 years! Every year Marian examines dozens of parenting books and videos to select the best ones for our catalog. If it's in our catalog, it has passed the "Marian Test" by reflecting Active Parenting principles. Around the office, Marian is highly valued for her green thumb. At home she dotes on her plants, pets, and family, especially grandson Dylan (shown here). Thanks, Marian!