The Healthy Start Coalition and Duval Cooperative Extension/University of Florida held a “Train the Trainer” workshop on Tuesday, April 10, equipping 23 participants with the tools needed to implement all of the “Teening Up” program within their agency. The research-based curriculum is for parents of teens.
Seven different agencies were represented at the workshop, which was an implementation strategy of the Northeast Florida Teen Pregnancy Task Force in their community action plan.
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.
Participants learned about each section of the curriculum and had the opportunity to teach portions of it to each other.
Teening Up trainings will also be held in Baker/Bradford and Nassau counties. Dates are forthcoming.
Photos courtesy of the Duval Cooperative Extension/University of Florida: