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Norwalk's Human Services Council, Courage To Speak Offer Parenting Clinic

Larry and Ginger Katz are the head of the Courage To Speak Foundation.
Larry and Ginger Katz are the head of the Courage To Speak Foundation. Photo Credit: Screen grab from YouTube

NORWALK, Conn. -- A free parent education series, entitled Courage to Speak-Courageous Parenting 101, will be offered at West Rocks Middle School in Norwalk.

The series was developed by experts with the Courage to Speak Foundation and is run in conjunction with the Human Services Council of Norwalk.

The first of the three-session course will include a the Courage to Speak Presentation by Ginger Katz, CEO and founder of the Foundation and author of Sunny’s Story, at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 21.

Sessions two and three will continue Wednesday, Oct. 28, and Nov. 4, at 6:30 p.m. A light dinner will be served at 6 p.m. Childcare is available with a reservation.

The course will be taught in English by Carlos Reinoso Jr., MSMOL, BHCC, Director of Mid-Fairfield Substance Abuse Coalition at the Human Services Council Connecticut.

Parents will learn effective communication strategies; gain confidence to talk to their children about the dangers of drugs; understand how to set clear rules and boundaries with their children related to use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs; and gain confidence in knowing how to deal with substance use among their children.

The course covers: teen drug use trends and party culture; guidance to help reduce the risk of substance use; how to help your child handle stress; warning signs; what to do if use or abuse is suspected and much more. Parents will also develop improved listening and communication skills, which have been shown to be a critical factor in prevention.

For more information contact Ginger Katz 203-831-9700 email gkatz@couragetospeak.org and visit www.couragetospeak.org.

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