Are you a parent of a middle schooler?  Have you struggled with the thought of how to talk to your child about the changes they will experience as they go through puberty? Do you not know where to start when it comes to explaining sex? This workshop is intended to help parents and youth best navigate through the period of puberty. Attendees will gain an understanding and recognize the physical and emotional changes associated with puberty. We will discuss how to best navigate this period to allow for positive growth and development of the young person and the family through interactive activities and comfortable discussion.

Do you have a High schooler at Home? What will your child experience and be exposed to now that they are in high school? Are you prepared to address issues that they run into or answer questions that they may have? This newly developed workshop is designed to help participants begin to address those concerns. The workshop is split into 2 parts; the first part for the parents of high school-aged students. The instructors will cover topics such as gender and identity expression, attraction, healthy relationship development and relational fulfillment, sexuality from a spiritual lens as well as sexual harassment/assault, red-flag issues and much more. The second part of the workshop will be for the high schoolers themselves where they will cover the above-mentioned topics and be able to ask questions and go over topics that might not otherwise be covered by an Islamic framework or point-of-view. This workshop builds off of the middle-school version of the Coming of Age series.

Day 1 – Parent Program

The program begins with a 3 hour workshop for the parents of the participants for the Middle School and High School session. The instructors will go over the changes that a young person goes through during puberty both physically as well as emotionally and how they can best support this transition. Additionally, the instructors will discuss Islamic guidelines for these changes. Parents will learn and practice strategies to talk to their children and have an opportunity to ask questions and address concerns with the instructors. Parents will gain an overview of what their child(ren) will be learning in the following workshop in order to be able to go home and discuss as a family.

The instructors will also go over the High School program for parents with children in this category. Instructors will discuss risk behaviors such as drug and alcohol use as well as the prevalence of premarital sex and offer support and suggestions on how to speak to your teen about these topics. Parents will learn and practice strategies to talk to their children and have an opportunity to ask questions and address concerns with the instructors. Additionally Parents will gain an overview of what their child(ren) will be learning in the following workshop in order to be able to go home and discuss as a family.

Day 2 – Youth Programs

Following the parent’s session, separate programs will be running simultaneously for the middle schoolers and then high schoolers

Saturday AM – Middle School Girls session
Saturday AM – Middle School Boys session

Saturday PM – High School Girls session
Saturday PM – High School Boys session

 

Speakers

  • Duaa Haggag, MA, LLPC, ​holds a Masters in Counseling and works in private practice as a child, adolescent, and family therapist at Silent Sunlight Counseling. Her counseling experience includes working with youth and their families in both the school and clinical setting. She has extensive experience and training in group therapy for adolescents and play therapy for children. Her research interests include child and family development, attachment parenting, and parent education. She has presented psycho-educational workshops on youth development and parenting at the local and national levels. She has actively worked with Muslim youth and families through the Muslim American Society (MAS).
  • Nadeem Siddiqi, Ph.D.​ has been extensively involved in community activism at both the local and national levels for over 25 years. Dr. Siddiqi currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of The Family and Youth Institute (The FYI). He is trained as a marriage educator, presented parenting workshops, and has worked extensively with Muslim youth, primarily through the Muslim
    American Society (MAS) and Muslim Students’ Association (MSA). He has a wide array of interests and serves on the board of other non-profits. Dr. Siddiqi holds a Ph.D. in Finance and works in the area of Retail Finance.

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