Advanced Seminars

For a complete calendar of our events, classes, workshops, and lectures coming soon, please visit our calendar page.

PaRC offers additional seminars/workshops scheduled biannually or annually, usually on weekends. Each workshop is two hours in length, except the Intelligence Lecture, which is a two-day workshop.

Ethics of Mental Health

format: lecture, audience: adult, length: 2 hrs.

Mental health and ethics are inseparable. This workshop will lead you to examine the traits of some of the healthiest people who have ever lived and what makes them that way. A list of good ethical practices is discussed supported by the reasoning of why they’re important. The lecture concludes with examples of good ethics, a discussion of their soundness and what it means to model good ethics when you parent your children.

Homework

format: lecture, audience: children & adults, length: 2 hrs.

Has homework been a battle with your child or do you have a child about to begin school? Homework is your child’s biggest responsibility growing up. How your child approaches it and manages it is indicative of how she will handle later responsibilities as an adult, especially in her career. Parents will learn how to help their child create good habits without battling with their child. Because of the importance of this ethic, we help parents set up a routine to promote success and enthusiasm for this basic childhood responsibility.

“What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up?”

format: lecture, audience: children & adults, length: 2 hrs.

Not just for kids. Children of all ages think about what they’re going to be when they grow up. We will help them come up with a plan to begin their path and think about what kind of life they want to create for themselves. This does not mean we are locking a child in to any given plan. We are simply teaching planning. These steps are not specific to their individual goal, but are generalized steps for the child to think about and apply to any goal that they ever endeavor to achieve. The discussion is interactive and valuable for children who can benefit from thinking about their lives in a bigger context.

Safe Kids Know: My Body Belongs To Me

format: lecture, audience: children & adults, length: 2 hrs.

This lecture is for both children and parents. The correct names for “private parts,” privacy, secrets, good vs. bad touch, boundaries, and empowerment through words and actions are discussed. This interactive workshop designed to prevent sexual abuse includes stories, activities, and discussion with children for the first hour and a half and discussion with parents for the last half-hour. The goal is for children to understand that they have boundaries, that their body belongs to them and how to respond should someone known or unknown try to cross these boundaries.

Sibling Rivalry

format: lecture, audience: children & adults, length: 2 hrs.

Sibling rivalry is not necessary and it is not a stage. It is a result of feelings of betrayal and jealousy with regard to parental attention and conditions in the home when a child has not been sufficiently filled up emotionally or has not been helped to transition into sharing. The most critical time to address sibling rivalry is before the baby is born. Every time a new baby is introduced into the family sibling rivalry may become an issue. We will help you discover parental patterns that have brought about the conflict between your children as well as new routines to implement. This information will help you develop a family that operates from love, respect and understanding.

Containment (aka Holding Therapy or Anger Reduction Therapy)

format: lecture, audience: adult, length: 2 hrs.

We do not want children to act out their feelings on others through meanness, violence, defiance or controlling behaviors. If these behaviors are not modeled in the home, then they are signs that your child has repressed feelings or trauma from inadequate, weak or unhealthy parenting practices. The most effective way to heal a child with these issues is for the parent to take back the repressed feelings through containment, a way to hold your child and receive his feelings. In this lecture parents will examine the parenting practices that can lead to repression and trauma in their child and the ways to release the childhood feelings caused by the repression and trauma. Dr. Faye teaches parents the key components to a successful containment, resulting in re-bonding between the parent and child where the child feels “seen” and safe.

Discipline

format: lecture, audience: adult, length: 2 hrs.

The format of this workshop is Question and Answer using Causal Theory as a guideline for how to discipline. Graduates of our parenting series are invited to bring their discipline questions to the lecture. Questions are answered with both theoretical answers as well as practical suggestions for immediate implementation.

Intelligence (aka Lecture #9 of "The Class")

format: lecture, audience: adult, length: 2 days

Prerequisite for this seminar is having taken the 8-week parenting class. Taught annually by Dr. Faye Snyder and her son, Scott Clifton Snyder, aka Scott Clifton. There is much that parents can do in their interactions with their child to enhance their child’s intelligence, beginning at birth. We will look at the role of curiosity and self-esteem as it pertains to the development of the intellect, and how to foster that at an early age while teaching about self-discipline. We teach that the source of intelligence, as well as wisdom, is pure perception of internal and external reality. Students learn about clear observation, from which naturally comes the ability to conceptualize, generalize, and express. As a parent provides words and language to experience, the child receives the gift of expression. Parents can learn to co-create significantly higher intelligence in the child by having greater awareness of process when interacting with the child. Additionally parents who elect to take this class in critical thinking should be prepared to have their own beliefs challenged since beliefs impede perception.