Six week workshop to increase skills, success, and sanity in parenting begins Monday, March 8

Supporting Successful Parenting

* A six week workshop to increase skills, success, and sanity in parenting begins Monday, March 8

Successful Parenting, the popular parenting program previously presented at Brunswick and Morse high schools, will commence on Monday, March 8, at Mt. Ararat Middle School in Topsham.

Previously the workshops were called "Don't Toss Your Teen" but the new name indicates a demand for a course with a broader scope.

"Haven't we all had moments with our children that have left us feeling like pulling our hair? We may ask a question as simple as "How was your day?" and up goes that invisible wall," says Pierre Shevenell, one of the course facilitators. "Our concerns may be met with anger or confusion, hurt or defiance.

According to Shevenell, there are techniques by which "We can turn these moments into times of learning and connection. This program is designed to make your life as a parent easier, with less work."

Lead facilitator Laurent Roy pioneered these workshops in Maine just about thirty years ago.

"The workshop offers powerful ways to help our children gain problem solving skills while making it easier for us to succeed as parents," Roy says.

"We are forunate that materials, workbook, and administrative costs are provided by sponsors, so the cost to families is just time, energy, and willingness to work together."

Larry Roy is a Licensed clinical social worker and Pierre Shevenell is a licensed addiction counselor who bring many years of practical experience to the program.

For more information contact Patricia Boissevain, OneME Prevention Coordinator, at 373-6957 or by email at

Successful Parenting is made possible through the support of Mid Coast Hospital, Parkview Adventist Medical Center, The Times Record, Downeast Energy, Hannaford Supermarkets, and the Maine Office of Substance Abuse.