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The Central Bucks Parent Network is a CBCEF initiative that promotes and encourages communication between parents and their children. The goal is to help mobilize a community-wide commitment to cultivate positive values and behaviors in our youth by building awareness, connecting families, educating the public, and conveying a consistent message about the risks of substance abuse.

The CB Parent Network provides parent support and education through:

  • The Backpack Newsflash, CBCEFs’ monthly newsletter
  • Parent Rap -Parent discussion groups
  • Parent Connetions Educational Cable TV Programs and
  • Parent Education Workshops

Through these programs and other activities, CBCEF and its partners are working together to improve family communication, thus helping to build competent, caring, and resilient youth.

Programs
The Backpack Newsflash
Parent Rap
Parent Connections Cable TV Programs (CBTV)
Parent Education Workshops

The Backpack Newsflash
This monthly newsletter is “The Voice of CB Cares Educational Foundation.” Each month over 14,000 copies are printed and distributed to all elementary and middle school students in the Central Bucks School District. High school students and their parents read it electronically on the CBSD website or their own school’s website. This now-familiar newsletter contains information about all of CBCEFs programs and additionally includes information about other family-oriented community programs. Monthly parenting tips and information on local and national youth issues and trends also appear in the Newsflash.

To view current Backpack Newsflash, click here!

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Parent Rap
Parent Rap is a monthly parent discussion group facilitated by a local Psychologist, Dr. Barry Ginsberg, with a CBCEF staff member and local law enforcement representative in attendance as
co-facilitators. Parent Rap is a “drop-in” meeting, where parents can bring their current parenting issues/questions and get answers and suggestions from all present.

To view upcoming Parent Rap sessions, click here!
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Parent Connections Educational Cable TV Programs (CBTV)
Parent Connections, a program of CBCEF and The Central Bucks School District, has been shown on a local Comcast cable channel since July, 2005. Shows are taped at Central Bucks South High School with high school students serving as the crew. Shows take various forms, including a host-guest format, demonstrations, and roundtable discussions. All shows, though, focus on parenting or youth issues. Shows are shown multiple times throughout a given month and at various times of the day. This cable tv medium is a great way to reach many individuals who might not be able to attend some of the other CBCEF parenting programs. Parent Connections is currently broadcast on Comcast Channel 28 and Verizon Fios Channel 40.

Parent Connections on CBTV

Parent Connections
Comcast 28/Verizon 40
7:30 pm
Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday

 

To view this month's topic, click here!

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Parent Education Workshops
CBCEF offers Home and School Associations, school counselors, and other community organizations a selection of parent education programs, ranging from drug and alcohol issues, to stress reduction in the family, discipline, backpack safety, homework tips, etc. These offerings are 45 minutes – 1 hour in length and are presented by professionals and agencies from our community. Sessions can take place at HAS meetings or other times of the day. A nominal fee is charged for these programs.

Parent Education Workshops


PARENTING
 
Should I Be Concerned?
Effective Communication 
Setting Realistic Expectations?  
Discipline That Works 
Using Positive Psychology to Be the Best Parent That You Can Be 
Adolescence Today is Nothing Like it Was: A Workshop for Parents 
Advanced Parenting Skills for 21st Century Kids 
The Secret Life of the Teenage Brain 
The Overscheduled Family
Internet Safety/Security  

DRUG & ALCOHOL ISSUES
Talking to your kids about drugs 
Underage Alcohol Use 
Prescription Drug Misuse 
Inhalants 
Media Messages, Substance Use & Abuse and Youth

HEALTH & WELLNESS
Lifting the Grey Cloud - Preventing Youth Suicide 
Self-mutilation 
The Choking Game 
Is It Safe? Identifying and Managing Concussions in Active Youth 

EDUCATION / SCHOOL
SAT/ACT Prep: Prepare/ Achieve / Succeed 
Meeting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted Child 
Homework- A Parent’s Survival Guide 


PRESENTER BIOS
Individuals
Organizations


PARENTING

Should I Be Concerned? 
Parents often question what is “normal” development versus a “phase,” versus behavior that indicates a more serious problem in their children and adolescents. This workshop is designed to give parents tools they can use to help answer these questions and steps they can take if follow-up appears warranted. Presented by Reb Brooks, Psychologist.
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Effective Communication  
This workshop covers specific techniques for trying to communicate with children/ adolescents (workshop adjusted to audience interest area). It covers such areas as when to push and when to back off and how to avoid endless lectures that get nowhere. Effective limit setting will also be addressed. Presented by Reb Brooks, Psychologist.
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Setting Realistic Expectations   
Too often parents invoke rules and consequences when the problem may lie in our unrealistic expectations. Structuring for success achieves far better results. Presented by Dr. Barry G. Ginsberg, Psychologist.
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Discipline That Works  
Discipline is a frequent topic of conversation for parents. Take home principles and methods that work.  Presented by Dr. Barry G. Ginsberg, Psychologist.
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Using Positive Psychology to Be the Best Parent
That You Can Be
  
Recent research has made it clear: positive psychology is the way to go. Learn how to implement these principles in your parenting and your life. Presented by Dr. Barry G. Ginsberg, Psychologist.
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Adolescence Today is Nothing Like it Was:
A Workshop for Parents
  

This workshop is a collaborative pursuit on how to cope with an overwhelming experience--raising teens-- with a few guidelines to help us. Since clear answers are often elusive, we will work together to find ways to stay grounded. Presented by Dr. Barry G. Ginsberg, Psychologist.
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Advanced Parenting Skills for 21st Century Kids  
Today’s children require a different parenting approach than what our parents (or their parents!) used. This workshop discusses effective approaches that will bring peace and harmony to your home! Presented by Dr. James Stone, Clinical Neuropsychologist and Certified School Psychologist.
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The Secret Life of the Teenage Brain  
Do you ask yourself, “Where did my child go?”  The teenage years are a time of tremendous growth, eating and sleeping! Why the sudden change? How can we all survive this? Come learn about brain development in your teen and how to live to see the other side. Presented by Dr James Stone, Clinical Neuropsychologist and Certified School Psychologist.
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The Overscheduled Family   
 Do you find yourself asking any of these questions?

  • Is my family too busy?
  • How do I know when too much is too much for my child to manage?
  • What are the pros and cons of the schedules we keep?
  • I know we are too busy, but how do I simplify the schedule?
  • My child wants to try many activities. How do we keep the right balance?

Discussion focuses on these issues. Presented by Dr. Deborah Van Aken, Psychologist.
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Internet Safety/Security  
This workshop addresses the important issue of internet safety/security for children. We will also specifically discuss the dangers of cyberbullying: what it is, how to prevent it, and what are the relevant parenting issues.Presented by Fabian Salgado, M.A.
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DRUG & ALCOHOL ISSUES

Talking to you kids about drugs 
No matter how good school and community anti-drug efforts are, research clearly shows that a parent’s prevention campaign is still the most powerful. Therefore, the Bucks County Schools Intermediate Unit provides a program for parents to empower them with strategies and tools for talking to their children about drug use. The program is facilitated by a prevention education specialist and can be tailored to meet the needs of the affiliated parent group or school.
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Underage Alcohol Use  
The use of alcohol by minors is the single largest drug abuse problem facing our youth.  This talk will familiarize parents with the current statistics on UAD in this area, will discuss prevention strategies parents can employ, and provide concrete suggestions on talking to youth about alcohol use. Presented by Bucks County Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (BCCADD).
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Prescription Drug Misuse 
In recent years the misuse of prescription drugs has grown rapidly among all age demographics, but particularly among adolescents.  The presence of the internet as a staple of everyday life has contributed to the easy access of prescription medications for illicit purposes.  This presentation will advise parents of the latest trends in prescription drug misuse and how parents can address this issue preventatively with their children. Presented by BCCADD.
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Inhalants  
This talk is a general overview of the issues related to inhalant abuse and would include some basic information about the scope of the problem, the range and availability of products, warning signs and symptoms, physiologic effects, and intervention options.  Presented by BCCADD.
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Media Messages, Substance Use & Abuse and Youth
Modern technology has resulted in a multitude of societal advances, but with progress comes challenges. This presentation will explore media and Internet influences on youth opinions, choices and behaviors surrounding drug and alcohol use. We will explore the increased availability and access to substances and pro-drug messaging through the Internet. Additionally, we will discuss issues around texting and social networking sites as a means of communicating drug and alcohol-related activities. Learn how to balance the mostly pro-drug messages of the Internet with prevention messages to help counteract negative influences on the web. Presented by The Council of Southeast Pennsylvania, Inc.

 

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HEALTH & WELLNESS

Lifting the Grey Cloud - Preventing Youth Suicide
Suicide is the second leading cause of death for Bucks County Youth and prevention of youth suicide begins with knowledge. Learn about youth depression and suicidal thinking, and what a caring adult can do to help identify and respond to a potentially suicidal youth. Office of Safe And Drug Free Schools, Bucks County Schools Intermediate Unit.
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Self-mutilation  
The prevalence of self-mutilation has drastically increased over the past several years. This workshop is designed to help parents/ professionals identify what self-mutilation is (as compared to “normal” tattoos and piercing) and to understand some on the emotional factors related to it. It also addresses how self-mutilation has taken on a “fad” quality with some teens but can develop into a more chronic problem. Treatment will also be discussed. Presented by Reb Brooks, Psychologist.
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The Choking Game  
This PowerPoint presentation by local police officers describes the health effects and dangers of playing this “game”. They started this program after learning that some local teens were involved in, and dying from this activity. The program includes a pictorial of victims from across the United States and identifies signs parents can look for in their child to see if they are involved in this risky behavior. The officers actively interact with the audience throughout the presentation, introducing their own personal experiences. This program is for late-elementary aged students through high school. Presented by Sergeant J.R. Landis and Officer Stephen Thomas of the Buckingham Township Police Department.
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Is It Safe? Identifying and Managing Concussions
in Active Youth

Has your child ever had their "bell rung", gotten "dinged" or been "knocked for a loop"? Chances are, they've had a concussion.  Most concussions are mild and recovery is relatively quick and uncomplicated.  However, there are circumstances when recovery is complicated, confusing and concerning, especially in children.This workshop will explain what concussion is, how to recognize it and what important steps you need to take to ensure your child's safety, manage their educational needs and determine when it is safe for them to return to activities, such as sports. Presented by Dr. James Stone, Clinical Neuropsychologist and Certified School Psychologist.
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EDUCATION/SCHOOL

SAT/ACT Prep: Prepare/ Achieve / Succeed  
A practical workshop for parents of college-bound students designed to guide them through the college application and selection process.  Presented by the Huntington Learning Center of Doylestown.
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Meeting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted Child
Is your child exceptionally bright? Do they have difficulty handling frustration? Do they expect most things to come easily to them? Do they have trouble relating to their age-peers and gravitate more to adults? This presentation will discuss the emotional needs of exceptionally bright children and instruction on how to help them develop the skills they need. Presented by Dr. James Stone, Clinical Neuropsychologist and Certified School Psychologist.
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Homework- A Parent’s Survival Guide
This practical workshop style discussion will offer proven strategies and tactics for dealing with the most difficult homework issues. Bring your friends and join other parents to learn the secrets to making homework a less stressful, more productive and more efficient experience for both you and your children. This workshop will be led by the Huntington Learning Center of Doylestown.
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PRESENTER BIOS

Individuals

Reb Brooks is a licensed psychologist who has been practicing in Central Bucks County since 1979. He provides individual, marital and family therapy in his practice in Doylestown and is certified in treating co-occurring disorders of mental illness and substance abuse. In addition to his practice, he provides workshops and trainings to both professionals and the community and has taught psychology related courses at Delaware Valley College for over 20 years.
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Dr. Deborah Van Aken
is a licensed psychologist with a private practice in New Hope,
PA. She has provided individual and family psychotherapy for children, adolescents and adults for more than 20 years. In addition, she provides workshops in a variety of parenting and family issues.
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Fabian Salgado, M.A. . has a degree in Clinical Counseling Psychology with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy. Additionally, he worked as a software engineer for 13 years.
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Barry G. Ginsberg has practiced child and family psychology for more than 30 years. He is the Executive Director of the Center of Relationship Enhancement, an education and training center, and Ginsberg Associates, a child and family psychology practice. Parenting has been a central interest of Dr. Ginsberg since his first child was born in 1962.  Dr. Ginsberg is the host of  Parent Connections, a cable TV interview program on today's important issues for parents and families. He has conducted many parenting seminars and trained thousands of parents.
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Dr. James J. Stone is a Clinical Neuropsychologist and Certified School Psychologist who specializes in the assessment and treatment of neurological, behavioral and learning challenges.  He is in private practice at The Center for Neuropsychology and Counseling, PC ("The Center") in Warrington. He is also on staff at Doylestown Hospital and serves as consultant to Brighton Place in Chalfont and the Community Skills Program of Counseling and Rehabilitation, Inc. in Wyomissing, PA. Dr. Stone also provides consultation, training and professional speaking services to schools, businesses and other organizations. 
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Patrolman Stephen Thomas joined the Buckingham Police Department in 1996. He holds an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice and is currently assigned to the patrol division. Steve achieved the “Police Officer of the Year” Award in the second year of service.
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Organizations

The Council of Southeast Pennsylvania, Inc. (formerly Bucks County Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc.)(BCCADD) is a private not-for-profit human services agency serving Bucks County, Pennsylvania for the last 28 years.    The mission of The Council is to provide resources and opportunities to reduce the impact of addiction and to improve related health issues for the entire community. This mission is accomplished through prevention, consultation, education, advocacy, assessment, intervention, and treatment services.
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The Huntington Learning Center in Doylestown has been in our community since 2004. Huntington Learning Centers help students of all ages build the skills, confidence and motivation to attain better grades. Each student receives a personalized program of individual instruction designed specifically to meet that student’s needs. This custom-designed approach applies, as well, to SAT and ACT exam prep instruction for college-bound students.
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Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools. The Bucks County Schools Intermediate Unit, Office of Safe & Drug Free Schools, strives to provide high quality prevention programs to assure that schools are a safe and drug free environment conducive to learning. The office works together with community efforts to provide resources and technical assistance to Bucks County Schools to assist with their prevention efforts in the area of alcohol, tobacco, drugs and violence.
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