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County offers monthly parenting seminars

Judge Sharon Guffee

Juvenile Judge Sharon Guffee and James Wellborn will host a Parenting Seminar for Parents of Teenagers called “Parenting Basics 101” one Saturday each month. Specific dates are July 20, Aug. 10, Oct. 12, Nov. 9, and Dec. 14. The classes will be from 8 a.m. until noon at, and will be held at the Williamson County Public Library at 1314 Columbia Avenue in Franklin.

Guffee said she sees a common problem in many cases that come before the court – parents and teens struggle to communicate. This is not a new problem, but the Juvenile Court is seeking a new way to offer solutions. Beginning this July, the court will partner with local adolescent and family therapist, James Wellborn, Ph.D., to offer an innovative parenting seminar that will provide effective parenting strategies. What’s different about that? In this class, the kids come too.

Wellborn, author of “Raising Teens in the 21st Century,” has been in practice for almost 20 years in Williamson County. He has primarily dedicated his practice to adolescents. His dynamic style and characteristic humor will lead families through some tough topics including effective communication and family policies regarding drug and alcohol use. This seminar will provide practical parenting advice regarding proven psychological principles. It is designed to strengthen the relationships between teens and parents.

“There is something very meaningful about having teens in the same seminar with their parents,” Wellborn said. “They get to practice the strategies I give them right there.”

As part of the Juvenile Court’s mission to be a resource to all the families of Williamson County, the class is open to the public, not just parents of teens involved in the court system.

“Raising teenagers can be challenging today,” Guffee said. “And this seminar will provide parents with valuable tools to improve communication. I encourage all parents raising a teenage child to participate in this seminar.” Judge Guffee sees this class as a preventative measure in that it may be the key to preventing some kids from getting involved in the juvenile system.

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Posted on: 7/15/2013


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