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Release date: May 10, 2006
Councelor to present workshop series on parenting teens

PLAINVIEW – Most parents approach the teenage years with dread and anxiety, recalling what horror stories they’ve heard from others and wondering what stories they’ll tell in a few years.

              With practical advice and help from experts, though, parenting teenagers doesn’t have to be a horrible experience. A workshop series presented by Wayland Baptist University’s Community Classroom will provide parents of teens or children approaching the teen years with good information to prepare for the experience.

              Called STEP – Systematic Training for Effective Parenting of Teens – the workshop begins on Thursday, June 1 with the first session from 7 – 8:30 p.m. at the Community Classroom, located at 708 Yonkers. Sessions follow each Thursday with the final session on July 6.

              Instructor for the workshop is Carole Bell, licensed professional counselor in Plainview and a retired teacher and school counselor. Bell maintains a private counseling practice and writes a weekly Christian parenting column for the Plainview Daily Herald. She brings to seminars a wealth of experience and practical advice based on Biblical foundations for parenting.

              “Parents tell me all the time that they need to know more about how to parent their teens. There really are some techniques that make parenting teens easier and more effective,” Bell said. “In this seminar, I will use Biblical principles for parenting in combination with the materials from Systematic Training for Effective Parenting. The meetings will be fun, lively and encouraging to parents. At the conclusion of six weeks, parents will have the tools needed to navigate the teen years in a way that is good for both parents and teens.”

              Cost for the workshop is $130 per couple and includes the book Parenting Teenagers.

              Registration is underway for the class, with payment due at registration. Call the Community Classroom at 291-3650 for information.