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What I Learned About Kids in Response to an Email to Prinicipals

April 24, 2015

Here in the province of Ontario, Canada, schools can apply for a $1,000.00 grant to enable programs for parent involvement. I have provided numerous workshops to area schools under those grant funds.

I recently sent out an email blast to school principals throughout the province to inform of my availability to provide such workshops.

I have received many inquiries and of those, almost universally, I am told that schools are grappling with increase of mental health issues, most notably anxiety, followed by depression. I am told of the challenges faced by both the parents of these children as well as the teachers in getting these kids to school and then participating appropriately when at school.

In discussing workshop titles, I have suggested that we stay away from those titles that include mention of the mental health issues specifically as it is more difficult to get parents out to a workshop where that is mentioned. Unfortunately the stigma still associated with those issues, preclude parents from attending as their attendance signals their grappling with those issues.

Alternately, I have suggested more neutral to positively oriented titles, which I have seen garner better turnout from parents.

I have booked several new workshops already. As an example, one is entitled and described:

Raising Awesome Kids in an Age of Distractions and other Stresses

Children can face any amount or kind of challenge to their academic achievement. This workshop will provide parents an opportunity to seek answers to any concern they may have regarding their child’s positive and fruitful education experience. Have a concern? Want answers to help your child get the most out of school? Come and ask your questions of social worker, parenting columnist and media personality, Gary Direnfeld, MSW, RSW.

Parents need support. School is a logical place to provide primary prevention and to serve as an education and referral support place. These workshops can help.

Next week at another school the workshop title is, Raising Children in a Complex World: The Role of Character Education, Resiliency, and Discipline

My workshops always begin by asking the attendees how I could be of service, what are they hoping I would discuss. By soliciting their input at the beginning, I tailor my presentation to specifically address those issues to meet their needs. This makes for very successful and engaging workshops. BTW – Last night’s workshop on Successful Co-Parenting, sponsored by the local YMCA, was a smashing success.

I am so pleased to be of service in this capacity.

Looking for a workshop presenter? Here I am.

I am Gary Direnfeld and I am a social worker.

Gary Direnfeld, MSW, RSW

Gary Direnfeld is a social worker. Courts in Ontario, Canada, consider him an expert in social work, marital and family therapy, child development, parent-child relations and custody and access matters. Gary is the host of the TV reality show, Newlywed, Nearly Dead, parenting columnist for the Hamilton Spectator and author of Marriage Rescue: Overcoming the ten deadly sins in failing relationships. Gary maintains a private practice in Dundas Ontario, providing a range of services for people in distress. He speaks at conferences and workshops throughout North America.

If your relationship is faltering, then set it as your priority.

Read: Marriage Rescue: Overcoming ten deadly sins in failing relationships.

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