OAKHURST – Thanks in part to a substantial grant, Cornerstone Family Counseling is currently offering a series of free parenting workshops at local elementary schools.
Help with parenting skills, along with information surrounding the prevention of tobacco, drug and alcohol abuse, are being offered at Spring Valley, Wasuma, Rivergold, Raymond and Coarsegold Elementary schools.
Childcare is provided, along with parenting “gift” bags, and of course, the pizza. Organizers invite parents to join other parents and learn to set limits with children, guide them in meeting their responsibilities, and to help children learn to make good decisions concerning tobacco, alcohol and drugs.
Parents will learn problem-solving approaches, conflict resolution, ways to develop positive relationships, and how to develop family values.
According to Greg Thomas of Cornerstone Family Counseling, the program is the result of an alcohol and drug education grant for eastern Madera County schools through Madera County Behavioral Health Department. “This was a little tough to get,” said Thomas, “but Tom Wheeler advocated for us and the 18-month, $83,499 grant is now funded and implemented.”
The workshops are led by parenting educator and child development instructor Marcia Freedman, Ph.D., and Greg Thomas, who is a certified addiction specialist.
Each workshop takes place on a weekday from 6 – 8 p.m.; school schedules follow:
Spring Valley Elementary, Wednesday, May 7
Wasuma Elementary School, Thursday, May 8
Rivergold Elementary School, Wednesday, May 14
Raymond Knowles Elementary, Thursday, May 15
Coarsegold Elementary School, Wednesday, May 21
Workshops have already been held at North Fork and Oakhurst Elementary Schools.
For more information contact Cornerstone Family Counseling at (559) 641-6321