The Parents PEACE Program
began in 2005 as an adjunct to the Youth Peer Program. It is EPIC’s goal to provide an educational and supportive program for parents who wish to improve the relationship they have with their child.
PEACE stands for:
Practicing Esteem-building, Awareness, Communication and Evaluation
|I look forward to group. They really help a lot. I will be lost over the summer.|
Every Monday night, parents meet in the Youth Peer facility with Peggy Vassallo, the facilitator for the program. Issues of parenting are discussed. The parents are frequently joined by Management Team partners and other community agency representatives who speak on issues that can directly impact parent-child relationships. The nights when speakers are not present, Peggy focusses the sessions on specific parenting issues that the participants are dealing with or have requested.
One of the features that makes this parenting program uniquely helpful is that it is offered continuously throughout the school year. Parents may begin at any time and are welcome to participate as long as they like. There is no charge for this service.
Peggy and the parents have as a tool for tackling real-life parenting issues, The Parents PEACE Framework developed by EPIC (see below).
A Selection of Topics presented to the group:
|I felt these sessions really help with all different situations. Even just to be able to talk an see you are not the only one out there experiencing difficulty.|
Anger Management for Teens,
Bonnie Nicholson, Transition House
Cathy Penny, Cape Breton Centre for Sexual Health
Nicole Aboud-Ellis, Family Place
Consequences and Choices,
Michelle MacLean, CAS
Janice Smith, Cape Breton Regional Hospital
Graham Smith, Cape Breton Regional Police Services
Anju Virick, Tapestry Yoga Institute
Talking to Your Kids about Drugs & Alcohol,
Diane MacDonald, Addiction Services
Wayne Pendergast, Cape Breton Regional Police
Sessions are held on Mondays from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at:
Southside Learning Centre
266 Whitney Avenue
Sydney, Nova Scotia
telephone: 902 539-8228
fax: 902 539-7407
The Parents PEACE Framework
No parent has all the answers
Evaluation builds confidence, hope, and gradual improvements.
Treat yourself and your child as human beings worthy of dignity and respect at all times. Forgive yourself and your child when expectations are not met.
Stop the action
Identify your part in the situation, actions and emotions
Think about how everyone’s behaviors and emotions mix to bring about conflict or resolution
Taking the time
Talking and listening
Two-way interaction builds
Trust which leads to a parent’s ability to
Teach which is another word for Discipline
Remember: Good communication is a loop. Keep it going.
Do I feel good about myself?
Do I understand my child better?
Do I feel better understood by my child?
Do my actions allow my child to have hope?
Do my actions help me feel closer to my child?
Remember: there are no quick fixes to complex problems.
It is all about Practicing. Take some slow deep breaths and begin again with renewed confidence and hope.
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