Adolescent Survival Guide: Series One: Build Your Best Day

An opportunity for parents, grandparents, caregivers to connect with their emerging adolescents, ages 11 to 14, through creating awareness and developing open dialogue of meaningful teen topics. This introductory retreat series offers first steps in bridging the communication gap between generations.

This introduction includes: Creative problem solving techniques; Identifying challenges your family faces through teen years; Understanding perspectives within the family unit; Beginning to build your tool box: exercises to practice newly learned skills as you develop a strong healthy foundation for your family. After this introductory retreat, collaborative groups will be offered to participants as they tackle the challenges of the school year. More in-depth conversation and skill development for specific topics: Peer pressure, social media, bullying, alcohol and substance abuse, sexuality, behavioral concerns, academic success, body image, divorce, faith, and issues tailored to the groups need upon request.

9am: Meet and greet with light refreshments.

9:30am: Program Start: Adolescence: A Survival Guide Series One

10am Lego Series Play:  3-hour program with break-out sessions in between. Time for tools, games and activities to take your adolescent more confidently into the new school year.

1pm: Picnic Lunch on the 61-acre grounds of The Mariandale Center. overlooking the Hudson River

2-3pm:  Give & Take Session: Self-Reflective Discussion with Parent and Child “Your Best Self”

3-4pm: Pool, open swim and games

Fee: $100 per family of two (2) (additional family members welcome for $30 each)

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About the Presenters:

Presenter: Judy Bernstein-Creative Thinking Trainer & Facilitator. An accomplished Creative Thinking Trainer/ Facilitator and Insights pro with deep experience in CPG, medical devices, Rx, OTC and health & beauty. She has expertise in Creative Problem Solving, FourSight Thinking Systems, Human Centered Design, Group Creativity, LEGO Serious Play, and Synectics. Judy holds a Master of Science in Creativity & Innovation, is the author of Growing the We: Collaboration & Character Education, teaches Creative Problem Solving at the Creative Problem Solving Institute and to US Special Forces as adjunct faculty to the Joint Special Operations University.

Presenter: Patricia Fazzino, BS, MS, Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor with 20 years’ experience as a dedicated professional working with teens, adults and family counseling Detox and rehab counselor.

Presenter: Jennifer Tricomi, LMHC, School Counselor, Licensed School Psychologist, NYS regular and Special Education Teacher.

Aqua Meditation

Relax and unwind from your week as Pam Zicca guides you through an in-water Aqua meditation, using music and movement. Within our bodies lie seven vital energy centers; these are referred to as Chakras. A different Chakra will be explored each week.

Each Chakra is associated with a specific color : red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and white, each with their own significance. Arranged vertically from the base of the spine to the top of the head, the Chakras are known as “susmana,” sanskrit, for spine. Through these centers life energy flows and is processed. Eastern cultures have recognized the importance of the Chakras to our physical, emotional, and spiritual health.

Join us on Fridays from 5-6pm in the lovely pool at Mariandale for this meditative, relaxing aqua session.

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About the Presenter

Pam Zicca has been involved in aquatics for the past 35 years. She is an American Red Cross certified Lifeguard and Water Safety Instructor, Aqua Fitness Professional, and Arthritis Foundation Program Leader certified through Aquatic Exercise Association International. In addition to aqua related certifications, she is a Reiki 2 practitioner in the Usui system of Reiki and a wildlife and nature photographer.

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