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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. For more information contact Mary Eileen Baltes at mbaltes@dh.org

Parent Education Workshops

PARENTING
 
Advanced Parenting Skills for 21st Century Kids
Discipline That Works
Effective Communications
Setting Realistic Expectations
Should I Be Concerned?
Using Positive Psychology to Be the Best Parent That You Can Be

ADOLESCENCE
Adolescence Today
The Secret Life of the Teenage Brain

FAMILY MATTERS
Breaking up is Hard to Do: How divorce and remarriage affects children
Happiness: How to Get More of It
Helathy Adult Relationships  
Stress management for the Whole Familsy 
Superwomen is a Myth: Women and Self-Care

DRUG & ALCOHOL ISSUES
Natural Highs: How exposure to helathy activities reduce likelihood of substance abuse
X-Treme Sports and the Brain
Marijuana- Cannabis: Information for Parents

Overdose Prevention and Education: How to recognize use, basic physiological opioid effects and how to respond to and overdose

Drug Trends: Overview of current substances of abuse across the ages

The Power of Parents

HEALTH & WELLNESS
From Generation Gap to Thigh Gap  
Is this behavior and focus on food normal, or should I be concerned?
Lifting the Grey Cloud - Preventing Youth Suicide  
Nutrition and Sports: Separating Fact From Fiction
Prioritizing your family's health
Youth and Anxiety

EDUCATION / SCHOOL
Homework Help  
Technology Kids: The good, the bad, and scary
Test-Taking Strategies

PRESENTER BIOS
Professionals
Organizations


PARENTING

Advanced Parenting Skills for 21st Century KidsAdolescence
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 and Dr. Christina Carson-Sacco, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, The Center for Neuropsychology & Counseling.
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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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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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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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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

Adolescence Today is Nothing Like it Was: A Workshop for Parwents 
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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FAMILY MATTERS

Breaking up is Hard to Do: How divorce and remarriage affects children Learn about how to divorce in a healthy way and how to manage the changes and the factors involved in blending families. Presented by The Center for Neuropsychology & Counseling, PC.
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Happiness: How to Get More of It
Learn about the latest research on happiness and discuss ways to teach yourself and your child to be happier. Presented by The Center for Neuropsychology & Counseling, PC.
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Healthy Adult Relationships:
Learn ways to strengthen your relationship with your partner. Strong parental relationships provide a healthy foundation for children and give them role models for their adult relationships. Presented by The Center for Neuropsychology & Counseling, PC.
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Stress Management for the Whole Family
Learn about the harmful effects of stress, as well as ways to eliminate and cope with the stress of daily life whether you're an adult or child. Presented by The Center for Neuropsycholgy & Counseling, PC.
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Superwoman is a Myth: Women and Self –Care
Women tend to fall into caregiving roles and often put themselves at the bottom of the priority list. Start on a path to being stronger and healthier by attending this workshop on improving your self-care. Presented by The Center for Neuropsychology & Counseling, PC.
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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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DRUG & ALCOHOL ISSUES

The first five workshops are presented by the Council of Southeast Pennsylvania, Inc.

Natural Highs: How exposure to healthy activities reduce likelihood of substance abuse
    • How illicit drugs mimic naturally occurring brain chemicals
    • Endorphins
      • Dopamine and Serotonin
    • Motivation
      • Flow chart
      • Skill and Effort
    • Youths experimental years (critical period)
    • How parents can increase natural dopamine and serotonin production in their child’s brain.

X-Treme Sports and the Brain
How sports can provide the “excitement” youth are looking for in drugs

    Students will understand that “Risk Taking” desires are normal in adolescence and that these behaviors can be healthy if applied to sports instead of drugs and alcohol. 

    • Why do youth begin to experiment with drugs?
    • Why are Extreme sports popular amongst your
      age group?
    • How to choose one over the other
    • Pros and Cons of Sports versus Drugs
    • How do you know if you’re someone who
      might find an interest in an extreme sport?
    • This is your brain
    • Difference between using drugs and sports
      How do you make sure your brain doesn ’t
      influence you into trying drugs?
    • How to be safe while participating in X-Treme
      Sports
Marijuana – Cannabis: Information for Parents
    • Has “pot” changed over the years?
    • Is cannabis addictive?
      • What is its perceived level of harm
        amongst youth?
    • Critical-Period years vs. Adult years:
      differences in potential for addiction / dependence
    • Legality:
      • Parental challenges
      • Medical cannabis
      • Recreational cannabis
    • Methods of use
    • Signs of use

Overdose Prevention and Education: How to recognize use, basic physiological Opioid effects and how to respond to an overdose.

    • What is an Opioid/Opiate?
    • How to recognize symptoms of use
    • Types of Opioids/Opiate
      • Natural
      • Semi-Synthetic
      • Fully-Synthetic
    • What is an Overdose
      • Sympathetic / Parasympathetic Nervous systems
    • How to respond to an Overdose
      • ACT 139

Drug Trends: Overview of current substances of abuse across the ages.

    • Youth drug trends
    • Adult drug trends
    • Substances covered with updated trends:
      • Alcohol
      • Cannabis
        • Recreational use: states vs. feds
        • Medical Use
        • Addiction potential
      • Cocaine
      • Opioids/Opiates
        • What are they
        • Access
        • Perceived level of harm
        • Problem overview
      • Prescription Medications
        • Benzodiazepines
        • Opioids
        • ADHD / ADD : Amphetamines / Methyl amphetamines, etc
        • Dissociatives
      • Over the Counter Drugs
      • Research Chemicals

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The Power of Parents
 Power of Parents is a community-based underage drinking prevention program developed by Mother against Drunk Driving [MADD]. Research shows that 74% of kids say their parents are the leading influence on their decisions about drinking alcohol; and alcohol kills more teenagers than all other illegal drugs combined. Based on scientifically proven results from research conducted by Dr. Robert Turrisi and his colleagues from Pennsylvania State University, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) has created a parent handbook to provide guidance to parents of teenagers for communicating with their kids about alcohol. The handbook will be given to participants attending the workshop. For more information on this program, please visit: http://www.madd.org/underage-drinking/the-power-of-parents/. Presented by the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools.

 

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HEALTH & WELLNESS

From Generation Gap to Thigh Gap: How parents can understand and help promote positive body image.
Thigh gaps have become a teen status symbol.  A new study from University of Leeds shows “fat prejudice” starts as young as age four in both girls AND boys. Come find out the factors affecting body image, share your concerns about the relationship between body image and self esteem, and learn how to help your sons and daughters feel better about their bodies and themselves.Presented by Kristin A. Kwak,MS,RD,LDN 
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Is this behavior and focus on food normal, or should I be concerned? Identifying and understanding disordered eating and eating disorders in boys and girls.
Secretive, restrictive or an excessive focus on food can be a signal that there is more going on under the surface.  Focusing on food is a way to manage other stressors in life, and early intervention is crucial.   
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Kristin A. Kwak,MS,RD,LDN, will explain the behaviors and thoughts behind the development of eating problems, with recommendations of when and where to go for help. 
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Lifting the Grey Cloud - Preventing Youth Suicide
Suicide is the second leading cause of death for Bucks County Youth. 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. Presented by Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools, Bucks County Schools Intermediate Unit.
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Nutrition and Sports: Separating Fact From Fiction.
There are a variety of sports products and a vast array of nutrition tips today that promise athletes a competitive edge. From sports drinks to protein shakes, pre-game meals to recovery foods, discover the truth about optimal food and fluid choices for recreational and competitive athletes. Presented by Kristin Kwak,MS,RD,LDN.
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Prioritizing your family’s health: Making Wise Food Choices in a Fast-Paced, Time-Crunched World. 
Do you find yourself being a short-order cook and relying on Wawa for meals and snacks?  Learn tips for planning, shopping and feeding your family in a mindful manner.  Explore fun ways of introducing new foods, incorporating family favorites and feeling good about how you and your children nourish your bodies and feed your souls. Presented by Kristin A. Kwak,MS,RD,LDN. 
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Youth and Anxiety
This workshop will discuss the various types, signs, and symptoms of anxiety, as well as interventions for child/teen anxiety. Bring your friends and join other parents to learn practical child/teen coping, parenting, and biofeedback strategies to reduce youth anxiety. Partnering with your child's school staff to develop/implement strategies which can be used to address anxiety in the school setting will also be covered. This workshop will be led by Leah Murphy, Psy. D., and Chelsea Renna, Psy.D, The Center for Psychology and Counseling.
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EDUCATION/SCHOOL

Homework Help
This workshop will discuss practical coping and behavioral strategies for dealing with difficult homework issues. Bring your friends and join other parents to learn how to reduce the stressful homework battle, and instead make homework a more productive, timely, and positive learning experience for both you and your children.

This workshop will be led by Julie M. Ziff, LCSW, Leah Murphy, Psy. D., and Chelsea Renna, Psy.D, The Center for Psychology and Counseling.
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Technology & Kids: The good, the bad, and scary Understanding the ways to manage technology in your child's life. Learn about what's out there, how to introduce and limit technology, and how to use it in a positive way. Presented by The Center for Neuropsychology & Counseling, PC
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Test-Taking Strategies
This presentationwill include the discussion of healthy coping skills for managing the stress related to taking exams.It will also address ways for students to combat test anxiety. Lastly, the talk will include a discussion of the specifictest taking strategies that students can use before, during, and after an exam. This workshop will be presented by Lorna Jansen, M.A., The Center for Neuropsychology & Counseling, PC.
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PRESENTER BIOS

PROFESSIONALS

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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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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Lorna Jansen, M.A., is a predoctoral intern at the Center for Neuropsychology and Counseling, where she does therapy, testing, and academic coaching with children and adolescents. She will be graduating from Widener University with her Psy.D. in May 2015. Lorna will continue her work at the Center following graduation.

Kristin A. Kwak, MS, RD, LDN, is a nutrition therapist specializing in eating disorders and nutritional wellness in her private practice in Buckingham, PA, and is a consultant for Delaware Valley College, Doylestown, PA and Project Transition.  She has presented at the National Art Therapy Association annual conference, has been a guest speaker for Delaware Valley College, and has presented locally and regionally to nutritionists, therapists and physicians on implementing nutrition guidelines, the patient-therapist relationship, and using a collaborative team approach in the treatment of eating disorders.  She has been interviewed on television, radio and newspaper. Kristin holds a background of experience in health promotion, sports nutrition and integrative medicine which provides a strong basis for her current work with eating disorders. 

Leah Murphy, Psy.Dis a PA Licensed Psychologist who completed her internship and postdoctoral training at New York/Columbia Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University. She has 17 years of experience working with youths ages 3-21, and their parents/families, in the areas of:  Anxiety, Problem Solving, Anger Management, Emotion Regulation, ADHD/Executive Functioning, Behavior Problems, School Difficulties, Social/Communication Skills, Autism Spectrum,Trauma,Depression,and Eating Disorders. Dr. Murphy is oriented in cognitive-behavioral, interpersonal, and family therapy approaches, and she also providesparenting strategies/groups and child skill groups (social/communication, anxiety management, anger management, assertion, problem solving, and school transition skills). Additionally, Dr. Murphy activelyconsults/collaborates with  school staff, pediatricians, tutors, medical professionals, and speech/physical/occupational therapists to establish strategies and interventions in support of treatment.

Chelsea Renna,Psy.D., BCB is a PA licensed Psychologist with over seven years clinical experience. She specializes in working with children, teens, and adults, taking a cognitive behavioral approach. Dr. Renna also incorporates Biofeedback techniques to help her clients manage anxiety.

Dr. James J. Stone is a Clinical Neuropsychologist and a Certified School Psychologist who specializes in the assessment and treatment of neurological, behavioral and learning challenges.  He is the co-owner of The Center for Neuropsychology & Counseling, PC in Warrington and is on the staff at Doylestown Hospital.

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.

Harvey W. Ziff, Ph. D. is a Pennsylvania licensed psychologist with more than 20 years experience working with children, adolescents, adults, groups, and schools. He is a member of the American Psychological Association, Pennsylvania Psychological Association, Philadelphia Society of Clinical Psychologists, and Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce. Dr Ziff is also an adjunct faculty member of Widener University.

Julie M. Ziff, LCSWis aLicensed Clinical Social Worker and a family and play therapist. Ms. Ziff received her training in Family Therapy at thePhiladelphiaChild Guidance Clinic. She has more than 20 years of counseling and supervisory experience. Ms. Ziff specializes in the treatment of early childhood disorders and is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and the Association for Play Therapy.
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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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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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