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Practical Parenting Conference for the Community

Published: May 11, 2017 | Author: Abigail Wyatt | Category: Academics

Practical Parenting Conference for the CommunitySouthern Utah University is hosting a Practical Parenting event on May 20 for parents, caregivers and community members. This free half-day conference will provide a broad range of information to parents who have questions about managing common child behaviors or have concerns about their children. The event will take place in the Sharwan Smith Ballroom on SUU’s campus.

Practical Parenting: Everyday Strategies Recommended by Professionals is intended to help navigate the role of parenting and learn where to seek additional resources. The presenters are all practicing psychologists who have significant experience working with families who experience everything from mild, everyday issues to more serious concerns.

Participants are welcome to any or all of the following presentations:

8:30 a.m. Help! I’m raising a teenager!
9:45 a.m. Autism: Myths and Reality
11 a.m. Parenting the Worried Child
12 p.m. Strategies to Manage Disruptive Behavior
1:15 p.m. Mom or Dad, I can’t sleep!

Michelle Grimes, the assistant professor in the SUU Psychology Department, organized the event. “We wanted a time where we can talk about some very common parenting struggles, but also let folks know what to do when they have a serious concern,” she stated. “We want to help everyone know what signs to look for and what resources are available.”

Each lecture will include time for questions and answers. Since it is hosted by the university individual advice is not provided during this event. However, each presenter will share a list of available resources and will provide information intended to help navigate the role of parenting.

"Raising children is a wonderful experience, but at times it can be difficult,” said Grimes. “While there’s a lot of information available on the Internet it’s hard to know what you can trust, what’s accurate and what’s up to date.”

The presenters include Dr. Sheila Crowell from the psychology department at the University of Utah who specializes in adolescent depression, self harm and suicidality in youth; Dr. Cy Nadler from Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri who specializes in Autism Spectrum Disorders; Dr. Ariel Ravid from Evidence Based Treatment Centers of Seattle, Washington who has expertise in treating children with anxiety disorders, avoidance behaviors and childhood and adolescent fears; and Dr. Michelle Grimes from SUU who focuses on the evaluation and treatment of children with disruptive behavior, sibling conflict and sleep disorders.
“This conference will provide helpful information to parents and caregivers,"  said Grimes.  "It will cover how to respond to typical-yet challenging child behaviors, and also discuss signs that indicate more help is needed and what resources are available.”

This event is free thanks to support from Intermountain Healthcare. For more information or to register 

Contact Information:

435-586-5400
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