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OMC Behavioral Healthcare to offer Free Nurturing Parenting Programs®

OMC Behavioral Healthcare to offer Free Nurturing Parenting Programs®

Ozarks Medical Center (OMC) Behavioral Healthcare was recently awarded a $49,214 grant from the Children’s Trust Fund to offer free Nurturing Parenting Programs® for the 2019 fiscal year. Two separate 10-week community-based education workshops will be offered four times a year and a 16 week program for the entire family will be offered three times a year. All programs are free and are for parents and caregivers who are dedicated to developing skills for raising successful children, learning respectful discipline practices, nurturing healthy family relationships, and building self-worth in children. They will consist of discussions, interactive activities, worksheets, and handouts.

The Nurturing Parenting Programs are built upon a philosophy first published in 1983 and have been proven to have successful outcomes worldwide by addressing the importance of building empathy, empowerment, positive self-worth, and the use of respectful-dignified discipline for all family members.

Three programs will be offered: Community Based Education in Nurturing Parenting®, Family Nurturing Skills®, and Nurturing Parenting Group for Young Parents.

The Community Based Education in Nurturing Parenting® meets on Wednesdays from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. starting on August 1. This class will focus on:

  • understanding feelings
  • alternatives to spanking
  • communicating with respect
  • building self-worth in children
  • praising children and their behavior
  • ages and stages of growth for infants and toddlers
  • learning positive ways to deal with stress and anger
  • developing family morals, values, and rules
  • ways to enhance positive brain development in children and teens

The Nurturing Parenting for Young Parents meets on Wednesdays from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. starting on August 1. This class will focus on:

  • nurturing parenting philosophy
  • dealing with temper tantrums
  • making potty training easier
  • bedtime challenges
  • mealtime difficulties
  • appropriate expectations
  • understating discipline
  • developing routines

The Family Nurturing Skills Program® will include a free meal for families and meets on Wednesdays from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. beginning August 1. This class will focus on:

  • assessing and meeting the specific needs of families in the group
  • building connection between group members and their families
  • appropriate expectations for children
  • developing empathy in parents and children
  • discipline with dignity
  • self-awareness and appropriate family roles
  • empowerment and independence
  • developing skills of parents and children concurrently

All classes will meet at OMC Behavioral Healthcare located at #23 OMC Parkway Center, 1211 Porter Wagoner Blvd. in West Plains. Space is limited. To register, contact Chelsey VanWinkle at 417-257-6762, ext. 4101 or Christine Dowell, LPC, at 417-257-6762, ext. 4190.

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