Tuesday, January 5, 2010

LIVING WITH DIVORCE: Strategies for Survival

We’ve all heard the statistics: approximately 50% of first marriages end in divorce. But just because it is commonplace does not make it any less painful or disruptive. Concerned parents often wonder what they can do to help their children manage this life change. At 6:30 pm on Thursday, February 25th, Youth Connect will present “Living With Divorce,” a talk and discussion led by Donna Bednarek, Ph.D.

Dr. Bednarek, a certified school psychologist and licensed therapist, is acting director of the Psychology Department at Laughlin Children’s Center, where she works with children and families on issues surrounding adjustment and learning.

The purpose of this talk on divorce is to help parents understand the questions and concerns that divorce typically evokes in children of different ages; provide practical suggestions regarding how parents can effectively respond to help their children cope; and assist in gaining a perspective on what a successful adjustment to divorce requires of parents.

Drawing on her years of experience as a therapist and evaluator, Dr. Bednarek will present real-life suggestions for families struggling to adapt to the new reality of divorce, as well as help those families already impacted by divorce to function in more healthy ways. The talk is free and open to the public, and takes place at Laughlin Children’s Center, 424 Frederick Avenue, Sewickley.

Youth Connect is a group of concerned adults and students from schools and organizations in the Sewickley area working to provide the information, resources, and support our young people need to avoid risky behaviors and enjoy their teen years.

The evening program is open to all community members. For more information on Youth Connect and the upcoming presentation “Living With Divorce”, email youthconnect@hotmail.com.

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