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Free parent/youth seminar set for Summit High School Nov. 3


Alcohol and drug use focus of event

Williamson County Juvenile Court Judge Sharon Guffee, second from left, will sponsor another free parenting seminar Sunday, Nov. 3 at Summit High School. Representatives from the 21st Judicial Drug Task Force and author and therapist James Wellborn will present and answer questions about teenage alcohol and drug use. The event is sponsored by Trinity Church. Submitted

“Alcohol, Drugs, and Teenagers = A Bad Mix” is the focus of a free seminar Sunday, Nov. 3 at 6 p.m. offered to parents and youth by the Williamson County Juvenile Court and partner agencies. 
The event, set to take place at Summit High School, will feature presentations from Juvenile Court Judge Sharon Guffee, 21st Judicial Task Force representatives, Dr. James Wellborn, an adolescent therapist and author and Trinity Church.
How do parents address drug and alcohol use with their teens?  It is a question that a lot of parents face, according to a prepared statement released this week by WCJC. 
Guffee says after handling numerous cases on a daily basis in her courtroom involving drugs and alcohol, she knows all too well the dangers that can be encountered by this mix. 
“It always saddens me to see a young person that has become dependent on drugs or alcohol,” Guffee said. “They face a lifetime of challenges.” 
Guffee’s office has offered similar parenting seminars throughout the county this school year because “parents today face new challenges and they need to be equipped for a new discussion with teens regarding drug and alcohol use,” according to the WCJC.
“Parents already know that they do not want their kids to abuse drugs, but we want to provide them the tools to formulate a sound policy for their families. Parents that attend will gain some practical information about how to talk o their kids about alcohol and drugs and what to do if they catch them using,” Wellborn said.  
The 21st Judicial Drug Task Force agents will bring with them a wealth of information about the law enforcement perspective, as well as provide information pertinent to parents.  
“We know that juvenile drug use can lead to the adult criminal justice arena,” Guffee said.  “If we can prevent that misstep, we will have more productive and successful youth.”
Program organizers say parents can expect to be given details about current trends in drug use, an overview of court related services and responses and expert advice about parenting teens. 
Students can gain information about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse, legal ramifications and tools for talking to their parents.

Posted on: 10/29/2013


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