WEST PLAINS, Mo. — Ozarks Medical Center Behavioral Healthcare was recently awarded a $49,214 grant from the Children’s Trust Fund to offer free Nurturing Parenting Programs for the 2019 fiscal year.
Two separate 10-week community-based education workshops will be offered four times a year and a 16 week program for the entire family will be offered three times a year. All programs are free and are for parents and caregivers who are dedicated to developing skills for raising successful children, learning respectful discipline practices, nurturing healthy family relationships, and building self-worth in children. They will consist of discussions, interactive activities, worksheets, and handouts.
Three programs will be offered: Community Based Education in Nurturing Parenting, Family Nurturing Skills, and Nurturing Parenting Group for Young Parents.
The Community Based Education in Nurturing Parenting meets on Wednesdays from 12:30-2 pm starting on August 1. This class will focus on alternatives to spanking, communications, building self-worth in children, understanding feelings, and developing rules, values and morals.
The Nurturing Parenting for Young Parents meets on Wednesdays from 2-3:30 pm starting on August 1. This class will focus on potty training, bedtime and mealtime challenges, discipline, and developing routines.
The Family Nurturing Skills Program will include a free meal for families and meets on Wednesdays from 5-7:30 pm beginning August 1. This class will focus on appropriate expectations for children, empowerment and independence, self-awareness and appropriate family roles, and discipline.
All classes will meet at OMC Behavioral Healthcare located at #23 OMC Parkway Center, 1211 Porter Wagoner Blvd. in West Plains. Space is limited.
To register, contact Chelsey VanWinkle at 417-257-6762, ext. 4101 or Christine Dowell, LPC, at 417-257-6762, ext. 4190.