July 2010


The journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.
–Lao Tzu


Announcements

Can You Spend a Couple of Hours to Tell Us About Your Experiences Working with Teen Parents?

A graduate student from the University of Minnesota is gathering groups of professionals to eat and talk about the lessons learned regarding educating and supporting teen parents. She is looking for professionals (social workers, public health nurses, parent educators, those who work with teen dads, and any other people who work with teen parents) who have worked at least two years with teen parents and in particular, with inner city low-income teen parents. The commitment is one evening discussion group during the month of July or August at MOAPPP's office. It will last about two hours and dinner will be served. (This can also count as in-service for those who need continuing education hours). For more information, contact Sue Fust, sue@moappp.org.


Save the Date for 10-10-10 Step Up for Kids March and Rally
October 10, 2010

We need 10,000 people to march to the Capitol in St. Paul on 10-10-10 to raise awareness of issues facing Minnesota children and youth! A rally will take place on the State Capitol grounds and information will be distributed on 10 issues that affect kids in Minnesota. Please save the date and if you can help by distributing information about the event, please contact sue@moappp.org. We need all the help we can get to pull off the feat of getting 10,000 people there! Planning by: Children’s Defense Fund-MN YALT and MN Children’s Platform Coalition.


Save the Date for the Third Annual Minnesota Breastfeeding Coalition Meeting

Breastfeeding Collaboration: Everyone Counts
Monday, October 25, 2010 at Minnesota Department of Health in St. Paul.


In the News

But What If I Don’t Want to Be a Dad?

For an interesting and somewhat controversial perspective on unplanned pregnancies and gender issues, read this, But What If I Don’t Want to Be a Dad?

Here is National Fatherhood Institute President, Roland C. Warren’s response.


Resources


New Guide to Title IX Rights from National Women’s Law Center

Women and girls have come far and made great strides at all levels of education, but sex discrimination in education still persists. By learning about Title IX, girls can help to protect their rights and those of their fellow students, to make sure they all get the education they deserve. This guide will help girls to understand the requirements of Title IX, and will provide them with ideas about what to do if they are not getting equal opportunities in school. Click here to see NWLC’s new guide on Title IX.


From Zero to Three: What to Expect From Your Toddler’s Development

Developmental information on toddlers age 17 months and 18 months.


The Fatherhood Resource Center Sale - Through July 23

Deployed Fathers & Families™ Guide
With more information and resources than ever before, this in-depth guide helps families create a deployment plan that includes strategies for dealing with finances, medical issues, power of attorney and more. Plus, this guide includes interactive exercises to help fathers stay connected to children even while far away!
Sale: $3.50 Reg. $4.95
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Dad's Pack™
Perfect for deployment briefings, this creatively packaged bundle is filled with information every dad needs to know!
Sale: $7.95 Reg. $9.95
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New Dad's Pocket Guide™
This resource is filled with child development information, ideas for connecting with a newborn, and more. Perfect for New Parent Support Programs.
Sale: $5.99 Reg. $6.99
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DadVentures™
Connect fathers with their children using these fun activities that are ideal for reunion events and family days.
Sale: $89 Reg. $99
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Parents as Teachers Resources for Teen Parents Available

Visit www.parentsasteachers.org.

Money Matters: A Young Parent's Workbook for Finances and the Future
Navigating the increasingly complex world of personal finances can be hard, especially for a young parent. Here at Parents as Teachers we understand this and have developed a fact-filled workbook written especially for teen parents. The workbook includes journal entries, exercises designed to make the readers more money conscious, and charts to log your numbers. Also available in Spanish.
Item #257 (English) | Item #257S (Spanish)

Hands on Help for Parents Parent Handouts on CD
Print black/white handouts on demand from pdf files on this CD. Twelve handout topics that include:

  • Avoiding mealtime madness
  • Ideas to help you raise a reader
  • Be all you can be: becoming a great dad

$35 | Item #6000C

Young Dads, Young Moms: A curriculum for peer facilitated group meetings
A comprehensive curriculum including five units which address areas of personal development, health and safety, parenting skills, child development, and using community resources.
$265 | Item #YDYM

Guide to Health, Hearing and Vision Screening
Information-packed guide covers numerous health topics such as nutrition, illness, sleep, safety, hearing and vision. Provides guidance on completing a health record, conducting hearing and vision screenings, and making referrals.
$45 | Item #S34

For these or other resources, products and training, visit the eStore at www.ParentsAsTeachers.org.


Upcoming MOAPPP Trainings

August 19, 2010
What About the Baby? Nurturing Healthy Attachment in Young Families

Women’s Building
32 E 1st street, Duluth, MN
9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
$50 MOAPPP member/ $85 Non-member

Early learning happens in the context of relationships. This workshop focuses on the importance of relationship—between adolescent parents and their children and between young families and the professionals who work with them. It offers insight into the strengths and challenges faced by young parents, the competing developmental agendas of adolescent parents and their children, and strategies for promoting relationships that lead to the healthy development of both parent and child. (This workshop has been offered in the past under that title, Relationship Matters).

For more information and to register, see the flyer and registration form (PDF). Click here to register online. Registration scholarships are available. Questions? Contact Sue at 651-644-1447 x15, sue@moappp.org.


August 25-26, 2010
Issues in Working with Teen Parents

8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., both days
National Center for Parents as Teachers (MOAPPP Co-Sponsor)
1700 Second Street NE, Minneapolis

NOTE: PRICE REDUCED TO $250

This two-day session is for all professionals who work with teen parents. It offers constructive insights into teen parents, their children and the issues they all face.

Topics include:

  • Adolescent brain development & the developmental characteristics unique to adolescents
  • Parallel developmental needs of both teen parent & child
  • Techniques to enhance teen parents’ feelings of confidence and competence & strategies to help them transition into adulthood
  • Strategies to address the special family dynamics & multigenerational issues teen parents face
  • Strategies to facilitate father involvement
  • Parent group meetings & personal visits

Registration fee includes Parents as Teachers Issues in Working with Teen Parents 800+ page curriculum (valued at $165) and parent handouts CD for use in teen programs.

For more information and to register, download the flyer and registration form. Questions? Contact Jennifer Barshack at 612-332-7563 x305, Jennifer.Barshack@ParentsAsTeachers.org.


Save the Date! Registration information coming soon!
September 30, 2010
Access to Education for Pregnant and Parenting Teens

8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
MN Department of Education, Roseville

This forum will delve into the meaning and scope of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 with respect to the prevention of discrimination against students who are pregnant and/or parenting. Forum objectives include:

  • How the law protects access to education for pregnant and parenting students: Title IX is not just about sports!
  • The unique needs of pregnant and parenting students.
  • What do pregnant and parenting students need to stay in school, graduate and move on to post-secondary schools and/or job opportunities?
  • How can districts provide programming to meet those needs and help students graduate?

There will be content for both administrators and those who work directly with students. Plenary session by Lara Kaufmann of the National Women’s Law Center.


Other Trainings

July 26, 2010
Infant Mental Health: A Primer For Mental Health Professionals

9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Southdale Public Library, Edina
$79.00

Online Registration
For more information, call 800-528-4511
MN Association for Children’s Mental Health


July 29, 2010
U of MN Series - FASD: The Real Deal, Imitators & What Lies Ahead

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Eagan Community Center, Eagan
$40.00

Online Registration
For more information, call 800-528-4511
MN Association for Children’s Mental Health


August 2, 2010
U of MN Series - Coordinated Interventions with School, Home & Healthcare for FASD

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Southdale Public Library, Edina
$40.00

Online Registration
For more information, call 800-528-4511
MN Association for Children’s Mental Health


August 2, 2010
U of MN Series - Can We Heal the Brain in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders?

1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Southdale Public Library, Edina
$40.00

Online Registration
For more information, call 800-528-4511
MN Association for Children’s Mental Health


August 19, 2010
Webinar
Adolescents with Chemical Dependency and Mental Illness: Addressing the Complexities of Dual Diagnosis

1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Limited to the first 25 registrants.
$49.00

Online Registration
For more information, call 800-528-4511
MN Association for Children’s Mental Health


Monday, August 23
Child & Adolescent Depression, Self-harm & Suicide Risk

9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Brookdale Public Library
$79

Depression may cause substantial morbidity and mortality in children and youth. However, some may engage in self-harming behaviors which are not intended to result in death. Dr. Joel Oberstar will review the symptoms of child and adolescent depression and common reasons why youth may engage in self-harm. Risks assessment, brief intervention, and approaches to referral and follow up actions will be discussed.

Joel V. Oberstar, MD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Minnesota Medical School

Online Registration
For more information, call 800-528-4511
MN Association for Children’s Mental Health


August 31, 2010
Depression, Anxiety and Bipolar Disorders in Youth: Distinctions and Overlap

9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Maplewood Community Center
$79

Youth depression, anxiety and bipolar disorders may occur together and distinctions can be challenging to identify and treat. Dr. Oberstar will review the presenting symptoms of these disorders and their comorbidity, and discuss appropriate treatment options, including both psychotherapeutic and pharmacotherapeutic modalities.

Joel V. Oberstar, MD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Minnesota Medical School

Online Registration
For more information, call 800-528-4511
MN Association for Children’s Mental Health



For more resources and information about adolescent parents, visit the Adolescent Parent Program page on the MOAPPP website.