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February 25, 2009 > Parent Project Program

Parent Project Program

By Meenu Gupta

How does a parent cope up with a child caught up with truancy, alcohol, drug use, or behavioral problems? After trying out ways to discipline, most parents end up feeling frustrated and confused. "The level of violence and destructive behavior that we are seeing among youth in our county has reached new heights. While the age that children are engaging in destructive behaviors, such as drug and alcohol use or gang involvement, has decreased (starting often in middle school and sometimes earlier), the intensity of these behaviors has increased (i.e., more violent gang-related assaults)" said Julia Alloggiammento, Deputy District Attorney. Parent Project is there to help parents searching for ways to help them out. The nationally acclaimed parenting program helps them to teach and practice prevention and intervention strategies.

Successfully adopted for use by hundreds of schools and community based organizations throughout the nation, the program is coming to Milpitas on March 16 and will continue until June 8, facilitated by Officers Kevin Jackson and Gene Smith from Milpitas Police Department.

Facilitators will be trained through a National Parent Project Facilitator Training Course. The cost is $120 per person or $155 per couple. To make sure that no one gets turned away for financial difficulties, payment plans and financial assistance are also available.
"Classes will be in English. Other classes are offered countywide at different locations, some in English and some in Spanish" said Alloggiamento.

Parent Project teaches strategies to change behavior, including drug and alcohol use, gang affiliation, truancy, violence, and family conflict. The straightforward, step by step action plans presented in the curriculum allow parents to take immediate steps toward preventing or intervening in their children's negative choices. Because of its success in preventing, identifying and intervening in the most destructive of adolescent behaviors, the Parent Project has won 3 state awards in California.

While most of the other parenting courses mostly lay emphasis on effective communication to deal with the problem, this program does much more. The course curriculum is divided into two parts. Part I is "Laying the Foundation for Change" and consists of six activity-based instructional units. Parents learn identification, prevention and intervention techniques for the most destructive adolescent behaviors and criminal activity.

Part II is called "Changing Behavior and Rebuilding Family Relationships" consisting of 10 topic-focused parent support group sessions (combined to fill the last 6 weeks of the course). Each session is designed to provide parents practical and emotional support as they continue the process of change in their home. These sessions also include an activity based parenting skills component. As part of the program, parents receive and work within an activity based 216-page curriculum "A Parent's Guide to Changing Destructive Adolescent Behavior."

Moreover, the program uses the self-help support group model, so parents who participate eventually form their own support groups that continue after the course has concluded. For additional information regarding the countywide program, contact a Parent Project Coordinator at (408) 808-3794 or at parentproject@da.sccgov.org. To register parents should contact Officer Kevin Jackson at (408) 586-2528.

Parent Project Program
March 16 - June 8
Mondays 6 p.m. -9 p.m.
Milpitas Public Library
160 N. Main Street, Milpitas
(408) 586-2528

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