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Adult & Families

Guiding Good ChoicesActive Parenting (4th Edition)

guiding good choicesGuiding Good Choices Parenting Program is a 10 hour, evidence-based psycho-educational program targeting parents of children ages 9-14 years old.  (Adaptable for children of younger ages)

The program is offered in five, two hour sessions, and 10, one hour sessions. Session topics are:

  • How to Prevent Drug Use in Your Family
  • How to Develop Healthy Beliefs & Clear Standards
  • How to Say No to Drugs
  • How to Control and Express your Anger Constructively
  • How to Strengthen Family Bonds

Each session involves a variety of lecture, discussion, worksheets, and videos.  The core message of this program is for parents to bond with their children and prevent drug and alcohol use in their homes.  Parents will learn how to; talk to their kids about drugs and alcohol, prevent and correct unhealthy behaviors, handle their own reactions and disappointments, and talk to their children in healthy, productive ways.

Where Programs are Offered

These programs are offered at a number of community locations throughout the five county region.  Our educators work with; criminal justice populations, community members, substance abuse populations, etc.  Programs are also offered at our office locations by appointment.

Completing the Program

Participants are encouraged to engage in open, respectful discussion with one another throughout the program.  Homework assignments may be used at the discretion of instructors, and workbook assignments will be utilized in session. Participants will receive a certificate of completion for attending all scheduled groups that may be used for proof of attendance to referral agencies, or as consideration for other pending obligations.

 active parentingActive Parenting is a six-session, evidence-based parenting program. Each session is two hours long, and is primarily designed to be taught in small to medium sized groups. Parents of children five-twelve years old are most appropriate for this program; however, parents of children in this general age-range may benefit as well. The original program was introduced more than a decade ago, and recently updated in 2014. It features; video, lecture, work-sheets, discussion, and activity.

The term ‘Active’ Parenting, refers to an authoritative style, that encourages parents to be assertive, but fair with children. The following topics are addressed, with that goal in mind:

  • The Active Parent
  • Cooperation & Communication
  • Responsibility & Discipline
  • Building Courage & Self-Esteem
  • Understanding & Redirecting Behavior
  • Active Parenting for School Success

Where Programs are Offered

These programs are  offered at a number of community locations throughout the five county region. Our educators work with; criminal justice populations, community members, substance abuse populations, etc. Programs are also offered at our office locations by appointment.

Completing The Program

Participants are encouraged to engage in open, respectful discussion with one another throughout the program. Homework assignments may be used at the discretion of instructors, and workbook assignments will be utilized in session. Participants will receive a certificate of completion for attending all scheduled groups that may be used for proof of attendance to referral agencies, or as consideration for other pending obligations.

More Info

To sign up for an Adult & Family Education program, or for more information, please contact the county Education Coordinator closest to you.

  • Ontario County: Alexis Thorne, (315) 789-0310
  • Schuyler County: Gretchen Silliman, (607) 535-8264
  • Seneca County: Liz Wiatrowski, (315) 568-9869
  • Wayne County: Jeanna Buisch, (315) 331-5957
  • Yates County: Idelle Dillon, (315) 536-2435