“Teening Up” Train-the-Trainer workshop available in Baker/Bradford counties

The Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition and Baker County Cooperative Extension are hosting a “Train-the-Trainer” workshop to equip participants with the tools needed to implement the “Teening Up” parent education program. The training is open to organizations willing to hold at least one class in a year period.

The training will be held August 6 from 9:30am to 12:30pm. Register here. Space is limited!

Teening Up targets parents with teens between the ages of 9 and 16 years old and serves as a prevention tool rather than an intervention. The curriculum has six sessions that each last approximately an hour-and-a-half. The program teaches parents about the normal development of young and middle adolescent children and teaches skills to avoid more serious problems. The sessions include: the teen brain; developmental transitions; positive discipline; talking with teens about sex, drugs, and alcohol; understanding teen anger (and managing yours); and empowering youth to build assets. Teening Up also includes three activities per session to engage parents and practice skills, reflection and empathy-building and asset assessments.

Each participant will receive a copy of the Teening Up curriculum. The training will include instruction on how to facilitate the curriculum and how to incorporate it into your organization.

Holding “Train the Trainer” workshops for the Teening Up curriculum was one of the implementation strategies in the NEFL Teen Pregnancy Task Force’s final product, “Preventing Teen Pregnancy in Northeast Florida: A Plan for Community Action.” The Task Force identified Teening Up as a best practice for engaging parents. A workshop was held in Duval County in April; a training for Nassau County agencies will be held in the fall.