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My Choice Matters Summit: Parenting to Prevent Substance Use


My Choice Matters – Parenting to Prevent Substance Use is for parents of all ages and is designed to provide Cape Cod parents with information from local experts on strategies for positive, effective parenting and practical tips for communicating with their children. When it comes to substance use, choice matters – as parents and as community members. Believing that “My Choice Matters,” we are empowered to make decisions that have a positive impact on our lives and the lives of those around us

My Choice Matters – Parenting to Prevent Substance Use
Sunday, November 20, 2016
12:00 – 3:30 PM
Cape Codder, Hyannis MA
Free Lunch and Childcare Provided
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Registration is required.

The keynote speaker, Dr. Ruth Potee, will speak to the developing teen brain and how substance use can affect brain development. Workshop choices for ages 0-7, 8-14, or 15-21 will allow parents to leave with specific tools needed to promote protective factors and reduce risk factors at each developmental stage. The workshop choices, listed below, will each provide parenting tips, strategies for helping your child, and communication skills.

Raising Healthy Families – Cindy Horgan, Cape Cod Children’s Place
Risky Business: Promoting Protective Factors – Traci Wojciechowski, Caron
Stressed Out: A Millennial’s Anthem – Tom Hermanowski, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Training

rsac_mcm_logo-4cMy Choice Matters is a Cape-wide media campaign sponsored by the Barnstable County Regional Substance Abuse Council that seeks to promote healthy behaviors. The campaign highlights ways that communities can provide positive choices.  Research shows that misconceptions of the prevalence of risky behaviors can actually increase unhealthy behaviors among teens.  Changing this perception and providing alternative activities can reduce unhealthy behaviors. In an effort to increase positive decisions among teens, the My Choice Matters campaign reinforces the positive behaviors of our community members and encourages healthy choices.