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Family Wellness series a hit at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital

Family Wellness Series

The Women & Children’s Center at Wentworth-Douglass approached the Foundation in late 2016 to support the development of an innovative education series to be held in 2017 aimed at providing parents in the community education, advice and support in raising children. 

According to Lyndi Sargent, Maternal/Child Resource Coordinator for the Women and Children’s Center at Wentworth-Douglass, “understanding how to support the social, emotional, physical and intellectual growth of children positively impacts their lives and promotes success as learners as well as promoting optimal health and well-being.”

At the recommendation of the Employee Campaign Committee, Foundation leadership approved the funding request and a series was born.  The 6-part series kicked off with its first event, held in late September, titled The Gift of Anxiety and Depression Prevention: Skills We Can (and Should!) Be Teaching Our Children with guest speaker, and well-known psychotherapist, Lynn Lyons, LICSW from Concord, NH.  The first event was jam packed (over 150 in attendance!) as Lynn shared education on how to interrupt the most common anxiety and depression enhancing patterns–including reassurance, accommodation, avoidance, and three cognitive habits—and adopt instead a process-based “umbrella approach” that changes both the child and adults’ engrained patterns of thinking and behaving.    

The second event, Raising Kids You’ll Love to Live With took place October 3 with Bonnie Harris of Connective Parenting.   Bonnie’s approach helps parents connect even in the toughest times, and guides them through problem-solving to be accountable for their actions—all without punishment or blame.

“At Wentworth-Douglass Hospital we engage daily with patients filled with questions about parenting. Thanks to the generosity of donors to the Wentworth-Douglass Foundation, we are able to provide this parenting series – with these engaged speakers – to encourage optimal health and well-being.  We’re proud to be able to offer these services,” added Sargent.

The final four events include Food Monsters - Encouraging Healthy Meal Habits on November 7, with Dave Goff and Leigh Davenport, RD, LD, CNSC, of Wentworth-Douglass Food & Nutrition Services; Safe Social Media Workshops for Parents & Teens on December  5 with Tina Raczek & Loren Hallet from Media Power Youth; Building Strong Communities on January 9 with Jeff Frigon of the Browne Center and Support Your Child’s School Success on February 6 with The Parent Information Center of Concord NH.

 All sessions are free and take place at 6pm and are held at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital. For more information or to register, visit  Childcare is available, but you must pre-register.