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Hamilton’s Get Connected offers talk on adolescents

The Hamilton School District’s Get Connected Parent Network invites parents to hear from Paul Zenisek, whose topic will be “Is This Normal Adolescent Behavior?” Jan. 15 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The presentation, which is free and open to the public, will be at Templeton Middle School, N59 W22490 Silver Spring Drive, Sussex.

Many parents approach their child’s teen years with a combination of excitement, anxiety and fear. On the one hand, adolescents today have the chance to experience unheard of opportunities, but at the same time face unparallel stress. The culture has shifted dramatically, and this makes it difficult for parents to recognize if their teenager is getting off track.

When parents struggle to know what is and isn’t normal during the teen years, it sets them up to either over-respond or under-respond to their child. This workshop will look at the basics of adolescent culture and help participants understand the culture of today’s teens and strategies to stay positively engaged in the teen’s life.

Zenisek is a senior psychotherapist who works for Aurora Psychiatric Hospital’s Adolescent Substance Abuse Program. He is an ad hoc professor at the Helen Bader School of Social Work at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and an AODA interventionist with the West Allis West Milwaukee School District. He earned masters degrees in social work, church social services and religious education.

The Get Connected Parent Network helps parents navigate children through their school years by providing:

  • age-appropriate information;
  • networking with other parents;
  • presentations from professionals; and
  • guidance and support.

Get Connected is sponsored by the Parent and Community Triangle, a partnership between the Hamilton School District, Sussex-area Outreach Services and community parents. Funding and support provided by United Way of Waukesha County “Helping Kids Succeed” initiative.

For more information, please contact Get Connected Coordinator Kristin Hasbrook at (262) 246-1973 x1128.