Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Summer Parenting Classes Starting Soon


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Project Self-Sufficiency will offer parenting workshops for parents with children of all ages this summer.  Participants will learn how to build positive parenting skills, prevent behavioral problems, and foster effective anger management.  The course will be offered on Zoom, Tuesdays, July 26th – August 30th, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.  The parenting classes offered by Project Self-Sufficiency follow the ACT Raising Safe Kids Program developed by the American Psychological Association which aims to educate parents and other adults who raise and care for young children about creating environments which protect them from violence.

Classes are co-sponsored by the Journey Family Success Center and Project Sussex Kids, the Sussex County Council for Young Children.  The sessions are free and open to the public, but registration is required.   Interested participants are invited to call 973-940-3500 for log-in details.


“The ACT Raising Safe Kids curriculum is based on the premise that effective parenting is an important factor in preventing behavioral issues and violence,” explains Deborah Berry-Toon, Executive Director of Project Self-Sufficiency.  “We are delighted to be able to offer these innovative parenting courses to the general public.”


To register for the free parenting workshops, to discuss your parenting needs, or to find out more about other programs and services available at Project Self-Sufficiency, call 973-940-3500. 

Thursday, July 7, 2022

Learn How to Prevent Tick Borne Illnesses

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Community members are invited to attend an information session about tick-borne illnesses and receive tips for preventing infections at a meeting of the Project Sussex Kids General Council, Wednesday, July 13th, 10:00 a.m.  Public Health Nurse Linda DiMieri, Sussex County Office of Public Health Nursing, will offer her expertise at the gathering which will take place at Project Self-Sufficiency, 127 Mill Street, Newton.  Project Self-Sufficiency staff will also provide an update on Project Sussex Kids activities.  Childcare is available for those in need.  The meeting is free and open to the public; masks and advance registration are encouraged.  Interested participants are invited to call Project Self-Sufficiency at 973-940-3500 to register.

Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Workshop Explains Impact of Childhood Trauma on Development


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Parents, caregivers, and other community providers are invited to learn how childhood trauma impacts physical and neurological development and discuss methods for improving health and well-being across the lifespan, Thursday, July 14th, 2:00 p.m. at Project Self-Sufficiency.  The virtual presentation, “Understanding ACEs: Building Self-Healing Communities,” will address the neurological and biological effects of adversity on development and its corresponding impact on the health of the overall population.  Tips for protection, prevention, and promoting resilience within the community will also be discussed.  Interested participants are invited to call Project Self-Sufficiency, 973-940-3500, for log-in details.


Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) have been identified as contributors to a host of physical and neurological ailments, including heart disease, diabetes, and depression.  They are also known to lead to mental illness, neglect, sexual abuse, and a variety of dysfunctional behaviors like substance abuse and domestic violence.


“Recent discoveries in neuroscience, epigenetics, epidemiology, and resilience studies, have helped us to understand how protection, prevention, and resilience promotion can profoundly improve health,” remarked Project Self-Sufficiency Executive Director Deborah Berry-Toon.  “The tools identified in this session can positively impact public health, safety, and productivity, and reduce public and private costs now and for future generations.”


The workshop is funded by the New Jersey Department of Children and Families and led by Prevent Child Abuse New Jersey.  The Zoom session is free and open to the public, interested participants are invited to call 973-940-3500 to receive log-in details.