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Group Of Seven Are Trained
For Parent Education Programs
Steven Brunswick County Schools
suffers have been trained as trainers
for parent education and support in
the schools as part of a state-funded
violence prevention grant.
The team will train staff in all
Brunswick County schools who par
ticipate during the 1994-95 school
The training was done by the
Active Parenting. Inc.. staff, headed
by Dr. Michacl Popkin, who created
The Brunswick County team was
chosen by principals from their
schools. Members spent four days
learning parenting skills and tech
niques. Available to train staff in the
schools will be Linda Shaddix, pro
ject coordinator for the grant to pre
vent violence in Brunswick County
schools; Nellie Vamam, Chapter
One lead teacher; Sue Chapman,
school counselor at Union Elemen
tary; Charles Snow, school coun
selor at Supply Elementary; Sue
Whiteley, school counselor 3t
Lincoln Primary; Elizabeth Ward,
school counselor at Southport Ele
mentary; and Rebecca Harris, class
room teacher at Bolivia Elementary.
Shaddix said the program helps
parents with discipline, communica
tion, problem-solving and responsi
bility in their children.
"Active Parenting Today" is de
signed for parents of children 2 to
12, she said. "It is a fast-paced dy
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namic program that portrays fami
lies from various ethnic back
grounds as they address common
problems and solutions."
"Active Parenting of Teens" is de
signed for parents of children from
grade S through high school. Shad
dix said, "It is a great way to help
parents through those turbulent teen
years. Using a special blend of hu
mor and solid tried-and-true tech
niques, this program uses vignettes
that address common problems and
solutions to problems facing teens,
with special attention to alcohol and
other drug use.. .as well as teen sexu
ality and AIDS.
Parent support groups will be
conducted throughout the school
year, she added.
Groups or parents who would like
to be part of a group should call
Shaddix at 754-9282. The only
charge will be So for the parents'
guide. "No one will be turned away
due to inability to pay," she said.
PARENT EDUCATION TRAINERS for the Brunswick County Schools are (front row from left)
Becky Harris, Bolivia Elementary teacher; Sue Chapman, Union Elementary counselor; Sue Whiteley,
Lincoln Primary counselor; Nellie Varnam, Chapter One lead teacher; (back row) Elizabeth Want,
Southport Elementary counselor; Charles Snow, Supply Elementary counselor; Linda Shaddix, Safe
Alternatives project coordinator; and Dr. Michael Popkin, creator of the program.
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