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Specialty court program helps parents, elementary school children

Friday, September 12, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Michelle Rahl
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For Immediate Release                                                  Contact: Brian Philson, President/CEO

Sept. 12, 2014                                                                       517-628-2287


Specialty court program helps parents, elementary school children

To provide greater assistance to families with elementary school age children with attendance issues, the 30th Judicial Court has added an evidence-based parenting component to its “First Step” program, funded through a partnership between the 30th Judicial Court and Highfields Inc.  The parenting component will serve 25-30 families in Ingham County a year.

“Much of the time when elementary school children are truant, parents need help and more resources,” says Brian Philson, Highfields President/CEO.  “The collaboration continues a tradition between Highfields and the court of working together to help families.”

A new component of First Step is Highfields’ “Parenting Wisely” program, which provides parents identified by the court with strategies to increase communication and disciplinary skills.  Endorsed as an evidence-based practice recognized nationally, Parenting Wisely is a set of interactive, computer-based training programs for parents of children ages 3-18 years.  The program is based on social learning, cognitive behavioral and family systems theories.

The First Step has been in operation since April 2013 when it launched as a pilot in a specialty court. 

Highfields is in its 52nd year of providing home-based counseling, residential care, experiential education and support programs for families, youth and communities throughout mid-Michigan.



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