Strengthening Families

CARES strengthens families by raising awareness on current, controversial and challenging issues facing families today. These cutting-edge programs are research-based and vetted by local parents and educators.

Our aim is two-fold; 1) to assist parents and caregivers of preschoolers, through college-age children to identify and resolve common parenting challenges using a variety of large and small group formats, and 2) enhance parental connections with their children, and facilitate productive family interactions.

To request a program topic, click here. For a complete listing of this year’s topics, see below.

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© Adrian Dreßler
© Adrian Dreßler
© Adrian Dreßler
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“CARES provides speakers that discuss timely and relevant topics

for our New Canaan families. I personally find at least one “take away”

skill or point on parenting in each presentation I attend.”

SUSAN M., PARENT, ELEMENTARY, MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL

Programs

Middle School/High School: Understanding the Teenage Brain: The Keys to a Positive Relationship

October 16, 9:30AM (NCHS PFA Meeting), NCHS, Wagner Room

Speaker: Cristina Young, LCSW Parents will learn to anticipate and understand the typical conflicts that arise with teens based on recent brain research. Parents should leave feeling better equipped to handle the highs and lows of the adolescent years.

Middle School/High School: Understanding the Teenage Brain: The Keys to a Positive Relationship – PM Session

October 16, 7PM, NCHS, Wagner Room Speaker: Cristina Young, LCSW Parents will learn to anticipate and understand the typical conflicts that arise with teens based on recent brain research. Parents should leave feeling better equipped to handle the highs and lows of the adolescent years.

Book Discussion: “How to Raise an Adult”

October 23, 6:30PM, Elm Street Books Facilitated by Ellen Brezovsky. Join other parents to talk about how to prepare our kids for success. Discussion will be geared toward Elementary/Early Middle School parents. Limited to 15 participants. 10% of book stores sales from 3:30-5:30PM will go to CARES

Middle School: Puberty: Parents, Let’s Talk!

October 29, 9:30AM, NC Library, Lamb Room Speaker: Ellen Brezovsky, LCSW This workshop will help raise your awareness about your child’s changing bodies, emotions and hormones as well as develop strategies for communicating in a consistent positive manner.

The Art of Healing Through the Arts: A Community Conversation

November 10, 3:30PM, Silvermine Arts Center, Auditorium Speaker: Ellen Brezovsky, LCSW A panel discussion with Karen Nisenson, Jennifer Ellyson (Arts for Healing), Katie Wieting (Silver HillHospital) and Ellen Brezovsky (NC CARES) on the healing power of art for behavioral health issues. Q&A to follow.

Preschool: Parenting is the Hardest Job

November 12, 10AM, NC Library, Lamb Room Speaker: Susan O'Brien, LCSW When our children push our buttons our skills go out the window and we may respond in ineffective ways. This workshop will teach strategies to manage everyday parenting challenges such as sleep disturbances, picky eaters and potty training.

Book Discussion: “How to Raise an Adult”

November 14, 6:30PM, Elm Street Books Facilitated by Ellen Brezovsky. Join other parents to talk about how to prepare our kids for success. Discussion will be geared toward Elementary/Early Middle School parents. Limited to 15 participants.  

Parents & Middle/High School Teens: Vaping 101: A Community Conversation

November 20, 7PM, NCHS, Wagner Room Speaker: Dr. Stephen Dewey Parents and 7-12 graders will learn the facts about vaping, the effects on physical & emotional health and most importantly the long term consequences on the brain. In partnership with RAM Council & NC Parents Support Group

2019 Program Topics

  • Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs
  • Birth Order & Development
  • Body Image & Eating Disorders
  • Boundaries & Limit Setting
  • Cliques, Exclusion and Other Mean Behaviors
  • Cyber Safety
  • Dating & Intimacy
  • Decision Making & Leadership
  • Developmental Milestones – physical, social, academic
  • Independence & Responsibility
  • Nutrition & Health,
  • Organizing your Family
  • Overindulgence
  • Parallel Parenting – Working as a Team
  • Personal Safety and Injury Prevention
  • Positive Discipline
  • Pressured Child (social, academic, athletic)
  • Puberty & Development
  • Resilience & Self-Confidence
  • Self-Care
  • Sibling Rivalry
  • Social, Emotional and Physical Changes
  • Social Networking/Monitoring Technology
  • Strengthening your Family Bonds (volunteering, traditions, moments)
  • Stress & Anxiety
  • Transitioning to Kindergarten, Middle School and High School