Parent Speaker Series

Have You Had the Conversation?
How to talk with young children about substances.

Thursday, October 6, 2022 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Phoenixville Area Early Learning Center 1 Phantom Way, Phoenixville, PA 19460

This is an In-Person Only Event
Register to attend in person
Babysitting will be available at no charge.
Spanish and Portuguese interpreters will be available at the event.

Elementary school years are the ideal time for families to begin important conversations about substance use, with special sensitivity toward young children.
Together we will have an engaging conversation about:
The reality of when and how kids are introduced to substances.
How to have a conversation about those who struggle with substance use.
Understanding risk factors and protective factors, and empowering ourselves as parents.

Gender inclusivity

Gender Inclusivity Workshop

Due to unforeseen circumstances, CHOP has cancelled the Gender Inclusivity Workshop scheduled for March 24th.  We are working with CHOP to reschedule, and will let you know when we find a mutually agreeable date.

During this workshop, participants will create a foundation of common language and terminology related to gender identity and sexual orientation. Stages of gender development for K-12th will highlight how gender emerges across childhood and adolescence. Emphasis will be given to creating gender inclusive and affirming educational environments for all students and families. Presenters: Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Counseling

Cancelled - March 24
Secondary Level Workshop



Universal Design for Learning for Families

March TBD
Chester County Intermediate Unit Experts
More Information Coming Soon!

Stewards of ChildrenStewards of Children Workshop English and Spanish

September 15th: 7-9 p.m., virtual (English) Register
September 16th: 7-9 p.m., virtual (Spanish) Register

Stewards of Children is a training program that teaches adults how to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. 

Technology Training

Back to School Technology--Canvas, Skyward, Remind & Zoom

September 21, 2021 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Manavon Elementary School

Drop-in anytime during the evening.  You can choose to participate in any of the trainings. Laptops will be available, but bring your own if you can. Presentations will be in both English & Spanish. Portuguese interpreters will also be available. No registration needed

Trauma Informed Practices

Trauma-Informed Practices for Families

October 19, 2021 6:00-8:00pm Virtual
Lakeside Counseling
Click here for registration

Intro to Trauma for Parents & Caregivers
Parents and Caregivers can play an important role in helping children recover from traumatic events. This workshop is designed to provide introductory information about the impact of trauma and the power of relationships to help children heal. The more parents and caregivers understand how trauma effects children, the more they will understand the reasons for kids’ behaviors and emotions, and the more they 
will be able to help them cope.

Family Safety Plans • Kinds of Trauma • Stress and the Brain • Brain Development
Dr. Bruce Perry’s Regulate-Relate-Reason
Three Styles of Leadership as Parent/Caregiver
Twelve Categories of Affirmations


Know Your Rights as an Immigrant

Students: November 1, 2021 10:00 AM 
Parents: November 1, 2021 7:00 PM

Presented by Project Libertad
Legal information and free consults with immigration lawyers and mental health professionals for students and parents

Phoenixville Area Middle School 
1000 Purple Pride Parkway, Phoenixville, PA 19460
Questions? Call 484-302-8551

VapingEducation Session on Vaping

Did you know there has been a dramatic rise in the number of PASD students who are vaping? 

Join Michelle Evans from Tower Health Community Health Education and learn how parents can help educate our kids on the dangers of vaping.

November 8   7:00 pm
In-person in PAHS auditorium AND presented LIVE on Phantom TV and livestreamed through our website

2019 responses to the PAYS survey were startling--
14% of all 8th graders reported vaping in prior 30 days
36% of all 12th graders reported vaping in prior 30 days

Does vaping cause young people to start smoking? Recent studies show young people who vape are 7 times more likely to become smokers one year later.

Students who are caught vaping in school are subject to suspension, mandatory participation in smoking cessation programs, and potential fines for repeat offenses.

Community Resources

Your Child's Mental Health

What you need to know about your child's mental health with community providers (Regan Sarmento) and PASD home/school visitors (Alyson Riffey and Kayla Richards).

November 16
7:00 PM  PAHS Auditorium AND LIVE on Phantom TV  and livestreamed through our website.

Feelings of stress, anxiety, loneliness, frustration, and depression are at an all time high for our students.  We are seeing a frightening rise in PASD students who are self-reporting feeling lost and alone.

Join us for a powerful conversation around mental health issues, preventive measures, and supports for parents in dealing with these challenging topics.

cellphonesParenting in a Digital World:  Youth, Technology, Social Media, Drugs & Mental Health

December 8 6:30-8:30pm (zoom)
Shape the sky: Creating responsible kids on smartphones. Click below to register


Parents are invited to join us as we team up with Licensed Professional Counselor and Nationally Certified Counselor Ryan Klingensmith, who is the founder of Shape the Sky, an organization dedicated to Creating Responsible Kids on Smartphones.
Through parent, professional, and youth trainings, combined with online resources, Shape the Sky provides the community with the tools needed to raise digitally responsible citizens. The goal of this training session is to help adults educate and provide guidance for youth, with the goal of creating a digitally responsible culture among today’s digital youth.

This session will identify categories of social networking that parents should be aware of and looking for with youth.

More details about this training

mental Health

Your Family's Mental Health and Wellness -Strategies and Tips for Parents: Structuring the Home Setting for Behavioral Success

January 20, 7:00 - 8:00pm
Location Zoom webinar

Presenters: Phoenixville Area School District’s Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs)

Description: The district’s Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) will focus on how to understand and manage child and adolescent behaviors in the home setting.  Attendees will learn how to determine the function of behavior.  Proven strategies to provide structure, respond to behavior, reduce problem behaviors, and encourage successful behaviors will be covered.

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