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Written by Beth P., Sprout Volunteer

The Kinship Care Initiative is hosting the Northwest Regional Retreat April 23-April 25, 2010 at the Family First Sports Park in Erie PA. The retreat will included workshops, meals, and recreational activities for the whole family including, board games, movies, basketball, ping pong, fooze ball, miniature golf, arcade games, go carts, rock wall, and many more.

The retreat also includes workshops for the youth and adults.

Youth workshops include:

  • Food, Fun, and Fitness
  • Making Sense of Sensory Changes
  • My Awesome Brain
  • How to Make Friends
  • Relationships: Where Does Yours Fit?
    • This program focuses on the definitions of healthy and unhealthy relationship through discussion of relationship expectations. It also covers an overview of why unhealthy relationships are undesirable and ways to evaluate a relationship to determine if it is healthy or unhealthy. It also talks about warning signs when a relationship might become unhealthy and a discussion of priorities. The program ends with tips to building a healthy relationship and ways to leave on that is unhealthy.

As well as team building activities.

Adult workshops include:

  • Giving a Fish a Bath: The Untold Story of the Adolescent Mind, Frank Kros, MSW, JD
    • Recent discoveries in neuroscience offer exciting insights into how the brains of our teens really work and the special “brain-based” challenges facing adolescents as they mature. This workshop reveals why teens are especially vulnerable to drug use, high-risk peer influences and depression as well as the proactive measures adults can take to minimize a teen’s exposure to these dangers. This seminar also addresses the often-mystifying role of hormones on adolescent development and focuses on the key roles that stress and sleep have on teen learning processes. In addition, the workshop offers strategies compatible with the many strengths and opportunities available during this miraculous development period. If you’ve ever thought that the adolescent mind could not be understood, this workshop will arm you with the latest insights and information on knowing and empowering the teenage brain.
  • Egg Wall, Deb Lucas, Grief Counselor
    • We grieve when we lose something very important to us: a pet, a relative, a dream, a future. Anger is a natural part of grieving. In this activity, learn skills to work through anger. Learn effective methods while having fun.
  • Making Sense of Sensory Changes, Janet McDougall, County Extension Director, Mercer County
    • If someone in your home is experiencing age-related changes such as hearing loss, poor vision and more, this workshop will provide hands-on experiences to help you relate better to the feelings, frustrations and challenges these changes may cause. Tops on how to help ease adjustments for those with sensory changes will be provided.

For additional information please contact Lynn Clint, at 814-825-0900 or by email at lbc10@psu.edu.