Friday, September 26, 2014

‘Simplicity Parenting’ training offered

Public and professionals invited to hear author Kim John Payne

Express Staff Writer

Kim John Payne

    Syringa Mountain School and St. Luke’s Wood River Foundation have teamed up to bring parenting expert Kim John Payne to the Wood River Valley for several speaking and workshop engagements in early October.
    Payne is a counselor, educator, speaker and the author of “Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier, and More Secure Kids.”
    “In today’s fast-paced world, families and schools are feeling the effects of stress and disorientation,” said event organizer Carrie Thomas Scott, a certified Simplicity Parenting coach. “Kim helps us to understand that cumulative stress can cause disruptions in attention, behavior, learning and relationships.
    “Through both Simplicity Parenting and Social Inclusion, Kim will explore practical strategies for decreasing the effects of stress at home and school, and for helping families and schools become calmer, happier, more secure and productive places,” Scott said.
    Parents, educators, community members and health professionals are welcome to any of three events featuring Payne.
    A teacher in-service session, entitled “Social Inclusion Approach & Restorative Discipline Model Introduction,” is scheduled from noon to 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 3, at the Community Campus on Fox Acres Road in Hailey.
    A free public lecture on Simplicity Parenting is scheduled from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 3 at the Community Campus auditorium.
    On Saturday, Oct. 4, a Simplicity Parenting workshop will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Syringa Mountain School at 4021 Glenbrook Drive in south Hailey. Participants are encouraged to bring a lunch. The workshop costs $40 per individual or $50 per couple.
    Scott said accredited continuing education units are available for teachers and licensed mental-health professionals.
    To register for the workshop, or for more information, contact Scott at 208-721-0531.

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