Programs Offered

Courses

Attentive Parenting Program

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4-6 sessions, 1.5-2 hours per session

Attentive Parenting enhances family relationships and empowers parents to encourage positive behaviors, improve compliance, strengthen social, emotional, and academic competencies, and develop a supportive bond with other parents. This program focuses on parents of primary grade children.

Celebrating Families!

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16 sessions, 2.5 hours per session

This is a parenting skills program designed for families in which one or both parents are in early stages of recovery from substance addiction.  This program is used to achieve three primary goals: break the cycle of substance abuse and dependency within families, decrease substance use and reduce substance use relapse, and facilitate successful family reunification.  Parents and children participate in separate 90-minute instruction group sessions devoted to a particular theme.  Parents then join their children for a 30-minute activity to practice what has been presented and learned.  Themes include healthy living, nutrition, communication, feelings and defenses, anger management, chemical dependency as a disease, effects of dependency on the whole family, goal setting, healthy choices, healthy boundaries, and healthy friendships/relationships.

COBYS Family Life Center, Lancaster, PA
  • August 7 - November 27, 2017 - Mondays 6-8 pm (5:30 pm meal)
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Cooperative Parenting and Divorce

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2 sessions, 4 hours per session

This program gives divorcing parents with children of all ages the power to make positive changes that shield their children from parental conflict and guide them toward establishing a long-term relationship with the child’s other parent(s). Suitable for parents who are separated or divorced.

In order to successfully complete, both Saturday sessions must be attended.

COST: $100.00 per individual participant (nonrefundable fee must be paid prior to first class)

 

COBYS Family Life Center, Lancaster, PA
  • October 2017 -- dates to be determined
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Family Nurturing Education & Support Program

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 (Approved program of the Lancaster County Children and Youth Social Service Agency)

12 sessions, 2 hours per session
A free 24-hour, comprehensive program designed to nurture and support parents and their children (birth to 12 years old) through guided play, modeling, and the presentation and practice of nurturing, sensitive, and competent parenting strategies. The course includes parent/child interactive activities, separate classes for parents and children, and a healthy snack. Recommended reading: The Incredible Years, A Trouble-Shooting Guide for Parents of Children Aged 2-8 years old, by Carolyn Webster-Stratton, PhD.

COBYS Family Life Center, Lancaster, PA
  • July 5 - September 20, 2017 - Wednesday mornings: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
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COBYS Family Life Center, Lancaster, PA
  • July 5 - September 20, 2017 – Wednesday evenings: 6-8 p.m.
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  • August 13 - November 5, 2017 -- Sunday afternoons: 4-6 p.m.
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Girls Circle

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6-8 sessions, 1.5-2 hours per session

Girls Circle is a structured support group for girls in middle school and high school, teaching skills that are designed to increase positive connection, personal and collective strengths, and competence.  When girls voice their ideas and opinions in a safe environment, it strengthens their confidence and self-esteem, and encourages them to express themselves more fully.  It also helps them critically think through their behavior and choices, raises awareness of their options and strengthens their ability to make choices that are consistent with their values, interests, and talents. The Girls Circle aims to counteract social and interpersonal forces that impede girls’ development by promoting an emotionally safe setting and structure within which girls can develop caring relationships.

Grandparenting Today

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This program helps grandparents positively impact the future of their grandchildren. Topics include strengthening family bonds through active communication, differences in parenting styles, and building grandchildren’s self-esteem.

Guiding Good Choices (GGC)

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5 sessions, 1.5-2 hours  per session

An interactive course in which parents of 4th to 8th graders* focus on the transition to adolescence and the “nature and extent of adolescent drug use, and the conditions that help protect against and contribute to adolescent drug use. Parents will also learn how to hold a family meeting to plan family fun and strengthen family bonding.” (Quoted from GGC Parent Guide.)

GGC goals include:

How to Prevent Drug Use in Your Family
Setting Guidelines: How to Develop Healthy Beliefs and Clear Standards
Avoiding Trouble: How to Say No to Drugs
Managing Conflict: How to Control and Express Your Anger Constructively
Involving Everyone: How to Strengthen Family Bonds
GGC supports parents as they clarify family expectations for behavior, enhance conditions to promote close family relationships, and teach skills that allow children to meet the family and community expectation to resist drug use. In addition, GGC provides opportunities to explore current trends in adolescent behavior.

Incredible Years Autism and Language Delays Program

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11 sessions, 2 hours per session

This 11-session program is geared to parents of young children (aged 2-8) on the Autism spectrum or with language delays in order to promote children’s emotional regulation, social competence, language skills, school readiness, and relationships with others.

Topics discussed will include:

  • Child-directed narrated play promotes positive relationships
  • Pre-academic and persistence coaching promotes language development and school readiness
  • Social coaching promotes friendship skills
  • Emotion coaching promotes emotional literacy
  • Pretend play promotes empathy and social skills
  • Promoting children’s self-regulation skills
  • Using praise and rewards to motivate children
  • Limit setting and behavior management

 

Incredible Years Series with Dina Dinosaur Training Program

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18 sessions, 2 hours per session
The Incredible Years Series is an internationally recognized, evidence-based program that is proven to help children increase social and self-control skills and reduce challenging behaviors.  This program offers a therapy class for the child alongside a supportive program for the parents.  Together, the programs are proven to make a real difference in the lives of the family! The child’s portion of the program is a 36 hour small group Dina Dinosaur child training program for children aged 4-8 who struggle with acting impulsively, feeling anxious, resisting cooperation, and/or struggling with friendship skills.  It utilizes puppet and video modeling, coaching and reinforcement with structured activities, visual imagery, fantasy play, as well as live role plays.  The parents’ portion of the program is a 36 hour group format that will prepare parents to promote more positive behaviors between parent and child, improve compliance at home and at school, reduce aggression and behavior problems in and out of the home, learn positive and consistent discipline, and gain support that includes other parents.  More information on Incredible Years may be found at www.incredibleyears.com.

 

COBYS Family Life Center, Lancaster, PA
  • August 8 - December 12, 2017 Tuesdays 5:40 pm meal; 6-8 pm class
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New Holland Elementary School, New Holland, PA
  • August 3 - December 7, 2017 Thursdays 5:40 pm meal; 6-8 pm class
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Mothers & Daughters Circle

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6-8 sessions, 1.5-2 hours per session

Mothers & Daughters Circle is a structured support group for mothers, and daughters (aged 11-18), who join together in combined age-appropriate groups, aiming to strengthen mothers and daughters bonds through shared listening, creative expression, and skill building. This program promotes empathy, communication skills, stress reduction, exploring messages about female identity, setting limits, honoring boundaries, and experiencing affirmation together.

Parenting Wisely

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(A court-approved alternative adjudication program in Lancaster County)

3 sessions, 2 hours per session.

Parenting Wisely, evidence-based curriculum, provides parents and youth (ages 11-18) with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to build stronger parent/child relationships and to promote regular school attendance.  This program is a highly interactive family education online program. Participants will be instructed how to use the online program by a COBYS Family Life Educator. The program may be completed at home or anywhere internet access is available.  Computer access and educator assistance are available as needed. The Parenting Wisely Young Child program is available for parents of elementary-age children. This program receives funding by the PA Department of Health through the Lancaster County Drug and Alcohol Commission and the Lancaster County Children & Youth Agency.

Families will learn to:

  • Strengthen family and school bonds;
  • Enhance family communication;
  • Help children develop responsibility;
  • Establish family policies against problem behaviors, including truancy, violence, drug and alcohol use, etc.;
  • Develop mutual support.
COBYS Family Life Center, Lancaster, PA
  • June 22 & 29, 2017 -- Thursdays, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
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  • July 5, 2017 -- Wednesday, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
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Cross Connection Ministry, New Holland, PA
  • July 11 & 18, 2017 -- Tuesdays, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
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Community Life Network, Columbia, PA
  • July 6 & 13, 2017 -- Thursdays, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
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Ephrata Public Library, Ephrata, PA
  • August 8 & 15, 2017 -- Tuesdays, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
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Parenting Wisely for Dads

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5 sessions, 2 hours per session

Parenting Wisely for Dads uses evidence-based curriculum, and provides Dads with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to build stronger parent/child relationships.  This program receives funding by the Statewide Adoption and Permanency Network (SWAN) Post Permanency Services in partnership with Pressley Ridge.

Fathers will learn to:

  • Strengthen family bonds;
  • Enhance family communication;
  • Help teens develop responsibility;
  • Establish family policies against problem behaviors, including truancy, violence, drug and alcohol use, etc.;
  • Develop mutual support.

 

Specialized Training For Children And Youth Ministry Workers

(All Specialized Trainings are 1.5-2 hours per session)

Creating a Sense of Belonging

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Help your children’s ministry team create a warm, caring environment that children will love coming to each week! This workshop focuses on specific tools your staff can use to provide an environment in which kids feel safe, loved, and stimulated.

Discipline That Leads to Discipleship

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This workshop focuses on giving children’s ministry workers the skills to successfully manage classroom behavior while maintaining positive relationships. Information discussed includes building a plan based on the goals of your children’s ministry, preventing problems, meeting emotional needs, and correcting problem behaviors.

Serving Children with Autism

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This workshop focuses specifically on successfully including children with autism into a church classroom setting. Information includes general characteristics of children with autism, such as communication patterns, social interactions, sensory responses, play patterns, strengths, and abilities. Practical tips are given on creating room arrangement, routines, and rewards that will offer a successful church experience for all involved.

Workshops

(All workshops are 1.5-2 hours per session)

Changing Behavior Through Positive Reinforcement

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This workshop will focus on how parents can recognize the importance of using positive reinforcement to change and maintain our children’s behaviors, break down reasons why parents object to using praise, practice using effective praise in order to change our children’s behaviors from negative to positive, as well as discussing and planning the use of tangible rewards as a method to encourage positive behaviors in our children.

Communication: Getting Your Message Across

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Communication is discussed as the key to cooperation. Communication styles, communication blocks, and active communication skills are presented and practiced. The content of the workshop can be focused on communicating with family, children, your child’s school, co-workers, or spouses.

Expressing Feelings Positively: Handling Anger and Conflict

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Participants discuss common family conflicts and their causes. In addition, skills for controlling anger and expressing feelings in a positive manner are presented and practiced.

Five Love Languages

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Based on the Book, The 5 Love Languages, by Dr. Gary Chapman, this workshop discusses the ways we can show love to one another using the five love languages: Words of Affirmation, Quality Time, Receiving Gifts, Acts of Service, and Physical Touch.

Learning Through Play

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Learning Through Play will help parents discover the importance of play in children’s lives. The use of play helps children learn skills and strategies in problem solving, cooperation, self-esteem, and attachment. Learn ways to let your child take the lead in play and support them as they learn. Also learn how playing with children encourages their academic, social, and emotional development.

Promoting Positive Choices: Building Self Esteem and Courage

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Participants learn the important connection between self-esteem and helping children make positive choices. Topics include the think-feel-do cycle; ways parents can influence positive thoughts, feelings, and behaviors in their children; encouragement vs. praise; ways parents encourage and discourage their children; and the four components of self-esteem.

Strengthening Family Bonds: Fun as a Family

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Participants learn about and discuss the benefits of spending time together as a family. The workshop also covers family meetings and setting limits to promote quality family time.