The Holy Family University Family Center announces its two free and public series, one on parenting and one on retirement. The Mission of the Holy Family University Family Center is to provide resources to families through education, counseling, consultation, and advocacy. These resources serve to empower families to adapt to changes in the environment, changes in relationships within the family, and the changing needs of family members. The Center's goals are to offer services that enhance family processes of nurturing, support, and socialization; respect family boundaries; address expressed concerns of the family; link families with community resources; and support outcomes of family survival, family continuity, and family growth.
Free Parenting Sessions
All sessions are 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Upon completion of the five (5) sessions, participants will receive a certificate of attendance. Participants are welcome to attend as few or as many sessions as they desire. Free child care is available. Facilitator/Speaker: Sister Eunice Leszczynska, CSFN, PhD
Wednesday, March 18 | Communication for Today's Family
In this session, parents will learn the different styles of communication, explore common communication mistakes, and learn how to become clear and confident when communicating with their child.
Wednesday, March 25 | Self-Esteem
In this session, parents will study the process by which a child develops his or her self-image, how parenting styles affect self-esteem, and how to promote self-confidence and a healthy self-image.
Wednesday, April 8 | Anger: The Challenging Emotion
This session will introduce parents to the principles of anger, different types of anger and ways to use anger in a constructive and healthy manner.
Wednesday, April 15 | Parenting the Defiant Child
In this session, parents will study the special needs, expectations, and fears of the defiant child, while learning several ways of creating a safe, consistent,
and non-threatening environment where the child's needs are consistently met.
Wednesday, April 22 | Parenting the Teenager
This session will introduce parents to the teen brain, common behaviors of the teen years and best ways to communicate with a teen.
Happy Days: Retirement Party and Beyond
Sessions are 7:00–9:00 pm, unless marked. Those who complete all five (5) sessions will receive a certificate of attendance. Participants are welcome to attend as few or as many sessions as they desire. This program will explore the physical, social, cultural, wellness, and generational transformations being experienced by many of your friends and family and will examine approaches to wellness and holistic strategies. Participants will have the opportunity to interact with local community and healthcare leaders to evaluate and to assess the twenty-first century "retirement party."
Thursday, March 19 | The Mature Adult
Jeannette Kates, PhD, MSN, APN-C, GNP-BC
Assistant Professor, School of Nursing and Allied Health Professions
This session will examine physical changes experienced by older adults, introduce healthy aging concepts, and examine trends that inspire older adults to stay healthy.
Thursday, March 26 | Practical Planning
Jenai Grigg, PhD
Associate Professor, School of Arts and Sciences
This session will describe safety issues related to driving, benefits of assigning an individual as Power of Attorney, and using "5 Wishes" to develop a living will.
Thursday, April 9 | Supportive Services
Rochelle Robbins, PhD
Clinical Psychologist in Geriatric Practice, PA Licensed
Dean, School of Arts and Sciences
This session will review the normal psychological, cognitive, and emotional aspects of aging and healthy coping mechanisms.
Thursday, April 16 | 5:00-7:00 pm | Healthy Nutrition
Amanda Sajczuk MS, RD, LRN
Adjunct Instructor, School of Nursing and Allied Health Professions
Nutritional needs and dietary changes will be described to promote health for the older adult.
Thursday, April 23 | Life Closure
Sister Clare Marie Butt, CSFN, PhD, RN
Adjunct Faculty, School of Nursing and Allied Health Professions
Loss, dying, and death are universal events of the human experience. This session will examine home care, hospice, and palliative care services to assist the person and family to navigate this life transition.