Parent Seminars & Therapy Groups

 

Groups Led by Jennifer Alfonso, MBA, MSW, LCSW-C, CEAP

Exclusive to patients of Potomac Pediatrics!

  • Are you spending too much time on technology and not enough time being present in your everyday life?
  • Do you find yourself constantly checking your smart phone for notifications?
  • Do you ever panic if you forget your phone at home?
  • Does your family spend more time on devices than talking to each other?

Plugging in has made life easier in many ways. Most people no longer use a paper map or a phone book. Being plugged in also has made life more stressful. When your smartphone is down to one percent left on its charge, what do you do? If you’re like most of us, you dig out your charging cord as fast as you can and make a mad dash to the nearest available outlet. You may find yourself attached to devices causing you to be distracted and overwhelmed and making a healthy life balance challenging. As a parent it is important to unplug at times so you feel more connected to your family and the world around you. Join this webinar to learn about the benefits of a technology break and learn strategies for both you and your family on how to digitally detox for periods of time.

 

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn about technology burnout
  • Understand social media addiction
  • Learn the effects of connection overload
  • Understand the benefits of unplugging
  • Review tips to “detox” for both you and your family

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All parents can fall victim to parenting burnout. As parents we often don’t learn how to avoid or protect ourselves against burnout, a condition at the end of the stress continuum.

Common signs and symptoms that you’re experiencing parenting burnout:

Feeling tired and overwhelmed as a parent

Feeling like you are always running from one thing to the next

Feeling like you are just going through the motions

Feeling like you have no “me time”

You are not alone. Join this workshop to learn practical skills to improve your satisfaction as a parent and decrease your risk of parenting burnout. This dynamic, fast paced, and interactive workshop uses lecture, small group exercises, large group discussion, and experiential learning.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn what causes parenting burnout
  • Identify early warning signs of parenting burnout
  • Learn how to prevent the progression of burnout
  • Understand your own level of parenting burnout
  • Learn how to overcome and avoid parenting burnout

More dates coming soon!

Parenting is a full-time job, yet most of us never received formal training on how to speak to a teenager. Do you ever feel defensive, frustrated or helpless when communicating with your teenager?

Do you know how to listen so you can defuse the situation rather than escalate it?
Learning how to respond to your teen when they may attack, blame, withdraw, or lie is a necessary skill to communicate non-defensively. Join this virtual workshop to learn practical techniques that will help you improve your non-defensive communication with your teenager.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the difference between defensive and non-defensive communication
  • Learn how to be non-defensive even when the situation feels overwhelming
  • Learn proven strategies on how to de-escalate situations at home
  • Improve your communication skills during difficult conversations

Future Dates Coming Soon…

Contrary to popular belief, parents do not have super hero powers! It can be challenging to keep your cool when the parenting gets tough.

  • Do you find yourself getting frustrated easily?
  • Are you raising your voice more than you want to?
  • Do you ever feel exasperated when dealing with your kids?
  • Have you lost your cool with your loved ones?

If you can relate to any of these (and we are sure you have more of your own examples!), join this virtual six week workshop to learn proven strategies on how to keep your cool even when the parenting gets tough.

During this dynamic, interactive and fast paced workshop you will:

  • Learn to manage parental frustration and stress so it doesn’t manage you
  • Understand Healthy vs. Unhealthy Anger Responses
  • Learn strategies on how to keep your cool when situations are overwhelming
  • Understand the physiological impact of stress and frustration
  • Learn the ten most common parenting mistakes you make when frustrated
  • Understand six cognitive distortions that impact your parenting and how to change them
  • Develop a comprehensive Keeping Your Cool Parenting Plan

Class fee includes workbooks and all virtual sessions.
This virtual workshop will run from 3/14/22 to 4/26/22 (with no class on 4/11/22)

All classes are Monday evening 5:30pm to 7:00pm, and is facilitated by an anger and conflict management expert.

At $249.00 and beginning on Monday March 14, 2022 at 5:30PM- Click Here to Register Now >>

Stressed out or Overwhelmed as a Parent?

Stress solutions provides a therapeutic space for parents to engage with other parents who are experiencing similar parenting and life stressors, as well as learn proven stress management strategies and improve overall life satisfaction.

Eligibility:

  • Child is a patient of Potomac Pediatrics.
  • Ability to attend 6 group sessions
  • Complete intake form and attend intake session

Session Details:

  • Starting Tuesday March 15, 2022
  • Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm
  • Weekly sessions ending on 4/26/2022. No class 4/12/2022.

This group will be processed through insurance. Financial responsibility will vary based on your individual policy and available benefits.

Submit Intake Form>>

 

Group Led by Dr. Kim Burgess (BHIP Method)

Parents and kids increasingly need help managing all aspects of these technologies and screens, which are happening earlier in childhood than ever before and more frequently during the pandemic. Dr. Burgess has conducted scientific research on this workshop’s content delivered to kids/teens and achieved statistically significant results, as well as recently published a book on this topic for parents and professionals.This dynamic and interactive workshop utilizes various formats including lecture, experiential learning, and group discussion.  Ideal for parents of children who in 4th-12th grade. Objectives are for parents to:

Learn advantages and disadvantages of commonly used platforms

Gain practical advice and strategies for parenting your child about healthy versus unhealthy use

How to deal with common situations and avoid common mistakes

Know the dangers of each platform and learn ways for your kids to be more secure and private

Better understand the pros and pitfalls of video game use in order to make informed decisions about issues such as time spent and type of games

Q & A will be held toward the end

More events coming soon…

*page last updated on 2/2/2022//SJC