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305 Practical Parenting for Adolescents 12 17 years A Training Outline Developed by William Dougherty For the Pennsylvania Child Welfare Training Program University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work Pittsburgh PA June 2000 The Pennsylvania Child Welfare Training Program University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work 403 East Winding Hill Road Mechanicsburg PA 17055 Phone 717 795 9048 Fax 717 795 8013 305 Practical Parenting for Adolescents 12 17 Years An Overview of the Curriculum Rationale Parents of adolescents often feel they have lost control of are fearful of and or are concerned about the behaviors their children display This is often a result of improper parenting styles or skills as they relate to the developmental status of their adolescents Caseworkers must be able to assess the cause of these difficulties Case workers need to be keenly aware of developmental issues and parenting skills appropriate to meet the needs of children s developmental growth Additionally the caseworkers must be able to transfer these skills and knowledge to the parents Learning Objectives Participants will be able to Assist parents in understanding their parental role for adolescents Demonstrate practical parenting tips for adolescents Apply child development knowledge to parenting skills Demonstrate effective and positive discipline techniques for adolescents Communicate best practice standards to parents about parenting adolescents Competency 305 1 The child welfare professional is familiar with models of effective parenting and can teach parenting strategies to parents by explaining and demonstrating parenting techniques can support parents and try new strategies and can refer parents to formal training classes or groups when needed 305 2 The child welfare professional can identify parenting and discipline strategies which are appropriate for a child s developmental level and individual needs Length of Workshop 6 Hours Materials Needed to Present Workshop 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 Color markers Name tents Idea catchers Overhead projector screen TV VCR Easel stand flip chart Negotiating within the family Boys Town video Curriculum with transparencies Handouts for participants The Pennsylvania Child Welfare Training Program 305 Practical Parenting for Adolescents 12 17 years Page 1 of 21 305 Practical Parenting for Adolescents 12 17 Years An Overview of the Curriculum continued Target Audience Child Welfare Caseworkers and Supervisors Summary Caseworkers often deal with parents who are frustrated and feel they have lost control over the uncooperative defiant out of control and or disrespectful behaviors of their children This workshop offers knowledge and skills that will help the parent reassume their proper role and establish an appropriate relationship between the parents and their adolescent Expectations of the Trainer The trainer should be knowledgeable about adolescent development behaviors and appropriate practical parenting styles for this age group The trainer should also have significant experience working with parent child conflict families The Pennsylvania Child Welfare Training Program 305 Practical Parenting for Adolescents 12 17 years Page 2 of 21 305 Practical Parenting for Adolescents 12 17 Years Agenda for a Full Day Curriculum on Practical Parenting for Adolescents 12 17 years Estimated Time 30 minutes 45 minutes 90 minutes 60 minutes 45 minutes 15 minutes 30 minutes Content Section I Introduction and Expectations Section II Evaluating our own Feelings Section III Understanding and eliminating the generation gap Section IV Shifting parenting style from controller to mentor Section V Discipline consequences Punishment Section VI Power struggle and respect Section VII Reflection group 15 minutes The Pennsylvania Child Welfare Training Program Section VIII Wrap up and Evaluation Page 4 5 6 7 8 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 305 Practical Parenting for Adolescents 12 17 years Page 3 of 21 305 Practical Parenting for Adolescents 12 17 Years Section I Introduction Expectations Estimated Length of Time 30 minutes Learning Objectives 9 Discuss the workshop rationale learning objectives and agenda 9 Become familiar with each other trainer and participants 9 Identify and list participants learning desires Method of Presentation Lecture individual and small group activity Materials Needed 9 Name tents and markers 9 Idea catchers 9 Overhead 1a Agenda 9 Overhead 1b Learning Objectives 9 Handout 1a Agenda 9 Handout 1b Learning Objectives 9 Strips of flip chart paper for participants 9 Overhead 9 Idea Catcher 9 Overhead 9 Idea Catcher The Pennsylvania Child Welfare Training Program 305 Practical Parenting for Adolescents 12 17 years Page 4 of 21 305 Practical Parenting for Adolescents 12 17 Years Section I Introduction Expectations continued Outline of Presentation Prepare the training room by placing markers name tents idea catchers and strips of flip chart paper on the tables The trainer should then 9 Welcome participants 9 Introduce self to the participants 9 State the rationale 9 Have participants introduce themselves 9 Review the agenda using overhead 1a and handout 1a agenda 9 Review the learning objectives using overhead 1b and handout 1b learning objectives 9 Identify and list participants expectations 9 Explain the use of the idea catchers using overhead 9 and handout 9 idea catchers Step 1 Instruct the participants to make and write their names on name tents and explain the concept and use of the idea catchers distribute handout 9 idea catchers Step 2 Trainer introduces self and states the rationale for the workshop The trainer then asks participants to introduce themselves name agency unit tenure and why are they here today Trainer then distributes handout 1a agenda and displays overhead 1a agenda and reviews the agenda Trainer then distributes handout 1b learning objectives and displays overhead 1b learning objectives Step 3 Trainer asks participants to discuss in their small groups what they would like to get out of this workshop After the discussion the trainer asks each participant to write at least one thing they would like to learn on the strips of flip chart paper The strips of paper are hung on the wall and the trainer briefly goes over the list acknowledging their needs as well as identifying anything that may be listed that will not be part of this workshop The Pennsylvania Child Welfare Training Program 305 Practical Parenting for Adolescents 12 17 years Page 5 of 21


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