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PROGRAM FOR PARENTS On Parenting Tweens Coming to Naperville


May 17, 7-830pm

Krista Sherinian, LCSW of Dunham Counseling in Naperville has first-hand knowledge of parenting Tweens, pre-teens typically in the Junior High or Middle School years. As the foster Mom of two Tweens herself, Sherinian has been researching the latest approaches for helping these young people navigate the often challenging tween years. “I’ve learned a lot of new methods and techniques, particularly for kids going through changes,” she says. “And kids at this age go through a lot of change, whether it’s a change of schools, activities, friends, or an adoption, re-marriage, divorce, or relocation. All the while, they themselves are changing a lot, both physically and emotionally through this period.”

Sherinian and her Dunham colleague Madiha Haroon, LMFT, CACD, will present a program on Parenting Tweens on Tuesday, May 17th from 7:00- 8:30 pm at Dunham Counseling, 1516 Legacy Circle Suite 108, on Naperville’s north side.

The presentation will focus on the blending of nurturing and structure which can result in positive discipline that fosters greater connectedness in the family as opposed to animosity and distance. “This approach is based on love and logic,” says Sherinian, who cites The Connected Child, a book by Karyn B. Purvis and David R. Cross, as the inspiration for the program. The counselors plan to present specific scenarios and techniques for dealing with situations parents may encounter including lying, chronic lateness, too much screen time, failure to complete homework or chores and more. “We plan to offer some fresh ideas to be more positive in discipline, making everyone in the family feel more connected. We tend to approach discipline as punitive, but this is a way to view discipline in a more loving and hopefully, more productive way.”

Krista Sherinian is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 15 years of experience. Krista works with children and teens, she personalizes treatment with her training in play, art, written and visual journaling as well as talk therapy. She often works collaboratively in cases of divorce and with stepfamilies. She has been a speaker in District 203's Parent University, for Aurora Family Counseling Center on Ethics, Advances in Neuropsychiatry, and Evidence-Based Holistic Therapies.

Madiha Haroon is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Certified Alcohol and Other Drug Counselor. Madiha focuses her practice on counseling individuals, couples, families and adolescents. Madiha is also clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy with over 12 years of clinical experience. Madiha has a broad background that includes working with parents and adolescents and experience treating alcohol and drug issues. She is understanding of cross-cultural issues in life transitions and is bilingual in Urdu/Hindi. As part of her practice offerings she provides counseling services specifically designed for the many aspects of the Muslim Religion community.

Pre-registration for Parenting Tweens is requested and refreshments will be provided. Registration is $10 per person or $15 at the door. Couples are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Space is limited. To register call Dunham Counseling at 630-799-0100 Option 1 Ext 3 and leave a message. Checks may be sent to Dunham Counseling at 12516 Legacy Circle Suite 108, Naperville, IL 60563.

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