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Active Parenting leader in action: Tina Shockey
||by Tina Shockey, Family Life
We at COBYS Family
Services in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, have been utilizing
the Active Parenting curriculums for more than a decade, and
recently we have begun to use Active Parenting
of Teens in an innovative way to meet the unique needs of
our local community. We are currently working with our local
Truancy Task Force, District Judges, Lancaster County Children
and Youth Agency, and Lancaster County Drug and Alcohol Commission
to provide school districts and District Judges an alternative
way to handle truancy problems in their schools. In lieu of harsh
fines or jail time, some judges are now requiring families to
attend our truancy classes. One judge reports a 90% success rate
from the families who successfully complete the program. With
the School District of Lancaster only graduating 60% of its student
body, solving the truancy issue is an important step towards
helping this community.
As the children and their parents/guardians come together
for these classes we are able to uses different tools to open
lines of communication that have often fallen silent over the
years. Educators find the use of video examples especially useful
in helping families once again communicate in effective and meaningful
ways. The participants are saying things like "I am talking
with my teen, without yelling." " I finally feel like
I am being listened too." " I understand how discouraging
I must have sounded." "Mutual respect... we haven't
had that in a long time, but now we are working on it."
By teaming with the school social workers and their schools we
have been able to identify families in need and bring this program
to their area. We are currently running ten of these classes
each year and hope to secure funding to be able to provide even
more in the future. By teaching the concepts of mutual respect,
problem handling strategies, active communication, encouragement,
responsibility, and discipline we are giving these families the
tools they need to be successful in school and beyond.
Tina Shockey is a Family Life Educator for COBYS Family Services.
New catalog is
now in the mail
Our fall catalog features dozens of new videos and books for
your parenting center or character education program. There's
also a very special announcement on page 3 about our upcoming
new program! If you haven't received a catalog,
just download or request one.
Training of Trainers in Atlanta
In July we welcomed an energetic group of trainers to our
hometown of Atlanta. Over the course of three days they
took an in-depth look at Active Parenting programs, practiced
the activities, and gave a sample presentation to hone their
skills. (Plus lots of conversation!) Jealous? Join us at the
next TOT in March.
It will be our first time in Phoenix.
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, Warehouse Manager Jayson Thomas.
Jayson has worked at Active Parenting for five years while
completing his B.A. in philosophy. He is now studying to
be a paralegal but until then, we are grateful to have him available
to carefully pack and ship your order...and to answer our many
questions about postage. Thanks, Jayson!