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February 22, 2014 | Parent Education Conference

Discipline with an Adoption Twist

Suburban Hospital, Bethesda, Maryland
9:00 AM-3:00 PM

Are you tired of fighting, fussing, threatening, nagging, and engaging in constant power struggles with your kids?
Do you wish your home life could be more peaceful?
Come learn effective ways to reinforce desired behaviors, while minimizing challenging behaviors with toddlers through teens!

Adopted and foster children who have experienced maltreatment and other forms of trauma require specialized discipline approaches that enhance relationships, build connections, preserve self-esteem and avoid re-traumatization.  There are numerous behavior management programs and discipline techniques that are effective for mainstream parenting, but may need to be modified to meet the unique needs of adopted and foster children.  Based on the work of Doris Landry, MS, this workshop will explore how elements of traditionally accepted approaches such as 123-magic, Love and Logic, time-out, and lecture can be adapted to achieve desired outcomes with children with traumatic histories.  The essential components of managing undesirable behavior and supporting positive behavior through relationship enhancing strategies will be outlined and discussed.  Through a combination of discussion, case scenarios, and group activities, participants will learn specific strategies they can begin applying immediately in their home.      


April 25, 2014 | Swing Into Action for Kids Golf Tournament

Turf Valley

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May 31, 2014 | Yogi Kids Conference

Post Permanency Family Center of Adoptions Together
900 Varnum Street NE, Washington DC
Fee: $25/child, $10/adult
Recommended Age Range: 5-17 

The ancient practice of Yoga unites the mind, body and spirit to maximize overall health and well-being.  Yoga can be tremendously therapeutic for children.  Through a series of postures and breathing techniques, Yoga has been shown to enhance flexibility, strength, coordination and body awareness.  It also helps to decrease impulsivity, anxiety and depression, as well as improve concentration, focus, and academic achievement.  It is a fun and easy way for children and teens to reduce stress and calm the mind so they can navigate life’s challenges with a little more ease.   


The Yogi Kids Conference will offer adopted children and teens the opportunity to connect and forge new friendships, while learning about how they can use Yoga and mindfulness practices to feel better and happier every day.  They will have the chance to practice Yoga exercises, postures and breathing techniques in a way that is fun, nonthreatening and playful.  They will learn to engage their entire body, mind and spirit in a way that grounds them in strength, peace, connection and well-being. 


Parents are invited to participate in a morning orientation and afternoon closing session.  In between, kids will participate in the Yoga workshop, while parents are free to run errands or take a much needed mini-break.              


The Yoga workshop will be led by Chantelle Britton, RYT, who began her yoga journey from a desire for self-healing, spiritual transformation and mind-body balance.  She teaches classes to both adults and children in the Washington metropolitan area and has experience working with adopted and foster children of all ages.   

September 13, 2014 | Taste of Potomac Julia Bindeman Suburban Center

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October 12, 2014 | Fall Family Day

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