Southside Behavioral Health began offering free parenting classes in September.
Led by SBH Divisional Director of Children and Family Services Ruth Ann Ott, the first eight-session course will be held in Mecklenburg County on Tuesdays from 5:30 to 7 p.m. through Oct. 25 at the Southside Behavioral Health Administration Building.
In November and December, the course will be held in Halifax County at the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center in South Boston. In January and February, the course will be offered in Brunswick County at SBH Child & Family Services in Lawrenceville.
The course is suitable for parents who have been referred to a parenting class by DSS or the court. Parents who simply want to improve their skills are also welcome.
In this series, parents will identify their own discipline styles and learn strategies to be in relationship with their children, even while setting clear and consistent boundaries.
Classes will cover:
- Parenting styles
- Adverse Childhood Experiences
- Emotional regulation
- Brain and child development
- Avoiding conflict
- Maintaining a balance
- Connecting with your child
The course content is based off the work of Dr. Daniel Siegel, neuropsychiatrist, and Dr. Tina Payne Bryson, parenting expert.