Equipping parents with emotional intelligent parenting approach
Coast Community Connections will be hosting a five-session parenting program called Tuning in to Teens. Presented by Uniting’s Reconnecting Parents and Adolescent Team (RAPT) this program is designed for parents of adolescents aged between 10 and 18 years with sessions to be held every Thursday from 18 October to 15 November 2018 at the Peninsula Community Centre.
The Tuning in to Teens program aims to equip parents with the skills to take a more emotionally intelligent approach to parenting, as well as giving parents the knowledge to help their teens develop emotional intelligence for themselves.
The sessions will teach parents valuable emotional coaching skills allowing them to develop a better understanding of their teen as well as help their teen learn to effectively manage their emotions and deal with conflict.
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65 students trained in Mental Health First Aid Course
Following a $20,000 grant from the Department of Family and Community Services, Coast Community Connections’ Evolution Youth Service has successfully provided Teen Mental Health First Aid (TMHFA) training to 65 young leaders across the Central Coast.
The three and a half-hour TMHFA course, delivered in two sessions, was developed in response to research indicating that young people prefer to share their mental health issues with peers.
Seven local schools participated in the program that was delivered to students in years 10 to 12, with the course teaching participants how to provide mental health first aid to their friends.
Key course topics included awareness of disorders associated with anxiety, eating, depression, drugs and alcohol, bullying or abuse, as well as education relating to the relationship between feelings and behaviours for someone with suicidal thoughts or those considering self-harm.