Program & Classes for PARENTS

We offer workshops to educate and sometimes remind parents of the “regular” challenges of being a teenager and young adults, but also discuss and inform parents on the new an ever changing challenges that todays youth face.

Additionally, we offer workshops for parents of younger children to help prepare for the teenager years.

Check out our current schedule.  If you would like to host a private workshop please let us know.

We are always looking for and open to suggestions of educational programming you would like to see.

WORKSHOP - Emotional Life of the Female Brain

Have your ever heard this? “Women are too emotional or why are you crying?” As a woman, I know I have. I have been in a movie, tears running down my face and my husband just shakes his head or I have been in a meeting and on the verge of tears, trying to hold them back so I don’t appear to be “weepy” or “emotional”, when really, I just want to scream. Funny thing, as humans we are all emotional. Yep even the guys!

Have you ever thought, I wish I could understand why this “insert situation” causes me to feel “insert one of the thousands emotions”? Do you want to know why you react the way that you do to things and people? Do you want to know why one friend totally gets your tears, while another is unmoved by the same thing? Do you want to know why certain people impact our emotions so strongly? Do you want to know why sometimes there is nothing better than ice cream with the girls? Do you want to gain insight and perspective on all things emotional?

Join SPHERE Education and Brain Coach Jenn Green for the Emotional Life of the Female Brain. This 6 week live, interactive, online workshop will have you laughing, crying, frustrated, but it will leave you with a whole new insight to the emotional life of your brain. We will explore the following topics:

The Biology and Neurology of Emotions - Emotions aren’t all psychology, and you can’t control your feelings; you can however control your reaction. In Week One we will look at the brain and biological process of emotions. We will explore the differences between men’s and women's brains when it come to emotion. We will understand the physical process of each emotion. How long emotions last in the body? What impact different emotions have on us physically?

The Emotional Blueprint - We weren’t born knowing how to feel about things, we learned it somewhere. Week Two we will discover our emotional blueprints and how and why we feel certain emotions. We will uncover why certain events impact us in such profound ways. We will examine who contributed to our emotional process and reactions, you might be surprised as you learn who impacts us and how.

Emotional Awareness - “I have no idea how I feel!” Week Three will discuss the different kinds of emotions. Are emotions good or bad? Why we judge certain emotions, both in ourselves and others? Why is it so hard sometimes to pinpoint how we feel? We will begin our development of personal emotional awareness and acceptance.

Emotional Responsibility -  “You make me feel…” Week Four we will take a hard look at who is responsible for how we feel. Why we are so willing to assign responsibility for certain feelings to someone else, and quick to reject someone blaming their emotional state on us. We will then explore why and how we sometimes feel responsible for someone else’s emotions and what that can do to our mental health.

Emotional Ownership - Sometimes we just need to be sad. Week Five we will dive into the concept of “sitting in an emotion.” How do you allow yourself to really feel and process emotions? Can you work through sadness or can you just “get over” something? We will learn a process for fully feeling our emotions, how to come to terms with the feelings around a certain situation, and how to let things go. We will also learn our reactions are our responsibility, and how to model that lesson to our family, friends, children, and coworkers.

Our Tribe and Emotional Support - We all know who to turn to when we feel a certain way. Week Six we will explore the complex system of friends, romantic partners, acquaintances, strangers, and family. We will learn how to recognize which members of our tribe support us in different times and which ones make us crazy. We will discuss how to build a tribe that encourages your authentic self and supports your emotional and mental wellbeing.

Details-The workshop is offered online, you will need a computer, tablet or phone. SPHERE Education uses Zoom for video conferencing. If you can’t attend all the sessions you can still join, we will record all the sessions and the video will be available to you the next day.

WORKSHOP - I Have A Teenager Now What?

Having a teenager can be the most nerve racking, exciting, scariest, and exhausting experience a parent can have. Sometimes it seems one-day you have wonderful, affectionate, and adorable child; then the very next day there is a sullen, moody, defiant, alien in your home. This workshop is designed for parents of teens to help you understand the unique challenge of having a teenager and the effects teens can have on the family and the parenting relationships. The workshop will include:

  • Identifying male and female hormones in adolescence
  • Review the neurobiology of the teenage brain
  • Offer an understanding of the importance of socialization, friendships and peer pressure
  • Examine the pressures of romantic relationships
  • Provide a look at social media, the changing definition of social circles, and the impact on teens
  • Identifying the major stressors for teens
  • Tips on managing the teen/parent relationship

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WORKSHOP - The Dark Side: The Ugly, The Dangerous and the Terrifying Truth About Social Media

Facebook, SnapChat, Twitter, and Instagram, these are the popular mainstream social media apps. Do you know about Kik, YikYak, GroupMe, Slack, Snow, WhatsApp, Whisper, FireChat, After School, Kandid, etc. There are hundreds of social media apps that teens have access to, but like all apps so does everyone else who has a phone. Due to the nature of the teenage brain, they engage in more risky behavior, they also tend to act more impulsively. This workshop will discuss the dangers of the apps teens have access to and how to encourage teens to be cautious about their use of social media. The workshop will include:

  • Examine all the different social media apps
  • Discuss how parents can encourage good decisions
  • Provide a look at the dangers of the different apps
  • Offer ways to keeps up with technology and engaging teens to keep parents up to date

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WORKSHOP - Who's In Control: A Look at Parenting Authority

This workshop is designed for parents of younger children (toddlers and elementary school age).

Parents worry if the choices they make as parents are going to produce happy and healthy children, unfortunately kids don’t come with a manual. Parenting styles have an enormous impact on how children view authority, including parents, teachers, and law enforcement. Additionally, parenting style influences the way children make decisions regarding schooling, friends, romantic partners, and the way they handle peer pressure. This workshop is designed for parents and guardians to explore the different styles and effect on the children's view of the world. The workshop will include:

  • Review parenting styles, authoritative, neglectful, permissive, and authoritarian
  • Discuss how parenting styles impact thoughts and behavior
  • Provide tips on how to shift parenting styles during throughout the years
  • Offer ways to encourage children to make good choices regarding authority figures in their lives

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WORKSHOP - Relational Aggression: The New Face of Bullying

Relational aggression is the combination of behaviors that uses close relationships to inflict social and mental harm on peers. This type of aggression came to the forefront of research and media attention in the late 20th century when there seemed to be a surge of aggression leading to increased numbers of reports of non-physical aggression. It is often referred to as “girl bullying” due to the disproportionate number of girls who participate in this kind of aggression. Studies are now seeing large increases of relational aggression across all genders. Social Media is a large contributor to the new bullying as well, due to its anonymous nature and pervasiveness. This workshop is for parents and guardians who want to understand this behavior. We will engage in education and group discussion about this type of bullying. The workshops will include:

  • Define relational aggression
  • Review the behaviors associated with this type of aggression
  • Discuss the reasons teens participate in bullying
  • Examine the effects of this behavior
  • Review ways to prevent and cope with aggression

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If you have a suggestion for a program, let us know!