The Nurturing Parenting Programs are a family-centered trauma-informed initiative designed to build nurturing parenting skills and child-rearing practices. Since 1983, the evidence-based Nurturing philosophy has helped families from all over the world improve their parenting skills.
The Nurturing Parenting Programs target all families at with children birth to 18 years. The programs feature activities to foster positive parenting skills with nurturing behaviors, promote healthy physical and emotional development, and teach appropriate role and developmental expectations.
The Nurturing Parenting Programs are recognized by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and a number of state and local agencies as proven programs for the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect.
The long term goals are to prevent recidivism in families receiving social services, lower the rate of multi-parent teenage pregnancies, reduce the rate of juvenile delinquency and alcohol abuse, and stop the intergenerational cycle of child abuse by teaching positive parenting behaviors.
Although many goals of the program focus on prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect, the program is written for ALL families. No matter how long you have been a parent, each and every parent will gain something valuable in these classes.
Classes meet once a week (in person or virtual) for individual family sessions or a group setting with parents 18 and over.
*Girls, young women, and gender non-confirming youth
When girls voice their ideas and opinions in a safe environment, it strengthens their confidence and self-esteem and encourages them to express themselves more fully and critically think through their behavior and choices. By examining cultural expectations in a safe and supportive setting, girls gain greater awareness of their options and strengthen their ability to make choices that are consistent with their values, interests, and talents.
The Girls' Circle model, a structured support group for girls and youth who identify with female development from 9-18 years, integrates relational theory, resiliency practices, and skills training in a specific format designed to increase positive connection, personal and collective strengths, and competence in girls.
It aims to counteract social and interpersonal forces that impede girls’ growth and development by promoting an emotionally safe setting and structure within which girls can develop caring relationships and use authentic voices.
The Girls' Circle does not aim to provide advice, but encourages girls to share experiences that are helpful to one another. To participate, girls need only have the desire, make a commitment to attend the meetings, and agree to follow the circle guidelines, i.e. respect, no put-downs or interruptions, offer experiences - not advice, keep the focus on oneself, and keep what’s said in the group private. Girls are free to share at their own pace.
Girls' Circles are most often held weekly for 1 1/2 to two hours, in-person or online. Each week, the facilitator you leads the group through a format that includes each youth taking turns talking and listening to one another respectfully about their concerns and interests. The circle participants express themselves further through creative or focused activities such as role playing, drama, journaling, media, murals, poetry, drama, movement, drawing, collage, clay, visualization and imagery.
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A program for ALL women.
Women's Circle is a support group for women to share, explore, build skills, and encourage one another to live authentically in mind, body, heart, and spirit.
Affirmed and strengthened in a caring circle, women gain esteem, confidence and power to live according to their true values. By participating in meaningful, gender-relevant discussions and capacity building activities, women reinforce their vital roles within the community and society.
Women grown through and toward relationships as the share diverse strengths and capabilities that shape their lives and their communities. Through discussions and creative arts activities, women address and build skills in the areas of relationships, self-care, clarifying purpose, goal setting, money, conflicts, skills in work and professional life and more.
Women's Circles are most often held weekly for 1 1/2 to two hours, in-person or online.