The Parent Seminar Series is open to anyone who is currently raising children, as well as for prospective parents/caregivers. The series will consist of 12 90-minute seminars offered throughout the year. Registration is currently open for the first 4 seminars. These are open groups (i.e., individuals may register for one, two, three, or all four sessions).
Individuals who attend at least one seminar will be invited to join our parent-focused Facebook group. This group is a closed group available only to those who have attended our parent seminars. The group will allow parents to support one another and share information. Dr. Dew-Reeves and Dr. Bailey will moderate the Facebook group, but the needs/interests of group members will guide the content.
Seminar 1: Self-Care for Parents This 90-minute workshop is all about helping parents take care of themselves so that they will be able to take care of their children. We will discuss the importance of self-care, barriers parents face when trying to care for themselves, and the benefit for families of healthy parents. We will also assist participants in creating their own self-care plans that they can use at home. The activities are designed for personal reflection and do not require participants to share their responses with the group.
Seminar 2: Intentional Parenting – What is your parenting philosophy? This 90-minute workshop will focus on intentional, mindful parenting. We will help caregivers explore their parenting values and the relationship they want to create with their children. Participants will engage in activities that help them develop their personal parenting “mission statement.” The activities are designed for personal reflection and do not require participants to share their responses with the group.
Seminar 3: Fostering Open Communication This 90-minute seminar will focus on helping parents/caregivers create an environment of open communication in their homes. Benefits of and barriers to open communication will be explored. Skills including active listening, compromise, and conflict resolution skills will be discussed. This seminar will include an interactive lecture and a discussion/Q&A session. Participants can, but are not required to, share their challenges and successes when trying to foster open communication with their children.
Seminar 4: Skills for Clear Communication This 90-minute seminar will focus on the skills needed for clear communication. We will discuss the pitfalls parents often face when trying to get their point across to their children. Effective communication skills will be presented through an interactive lecture and discussion/Q&A session. Participants can, but are not required to, share their communication challenges and successes.
Preparing for College Seminar Series The Preparing for College Seminar Series consists of 6 sessions that are 90 minutes each. This series is open to current high school seniors and is a closed group (i.e., new participants cannot join the group after the first session). Registration is now open for the Preparing for College Seminar Series.
This seminar series will not involve generic lectures or PowerPoints. Instead, we will be delving into the process of applying for college and ultimately deciding where you want to go.
Sessions will be tailored to meet the needs of group members, based on where they are in the college preparation process. As such, the exact content of each session is not predetermined and will be guided by student needs and progress. Topics covered may include:
Developing a timeline for your college preparation
Organizing your approach to college preparation
Developing a list of prospective colleges
Safe, realistic and reach schools
Establishing the number of colleges to which you will apply
Developing criteria to help you identify possible colleges based on what matters to you
Organizing your search based on your criteria
Selecting the best prompts for you
Highlighting what you want colleges to know about you
Helping yourself stand out
Completing and submitting applications
Early decision vs early selection vs regular admission vs rolling admission
Asking for letters of recommendation
Managing expectations and perceptions
Scholarships and funding
Selecting the college that is the best "fit" for you
These seminars will be interactive and will require both giving and receiving feedback on ideas, plans, progress and written work (e.g., essays) from group facilitators as well as peers. Please note that although the sharing of some personal information will be necessary for participation, students can but are not required to disclose their GPA, SAT and ACT scores to their peers. Feedback and sharing must be constructive in nature. Although group participation carries the risk that a group member could breach the confidentiality of their peers, all group members must sign a Commitment to Confidentiality Statement before participating. This document confirms that participants will not discuss the identities, personal information and/or disclosures of fellow group members with anyone outside of the group.
How do I participate in a seminar or seminar series?
When upcoming seminars are planned and scheduled, they appear on the Calendar page. However, you may be interested in a closed seminar series that is already underway or a seminar that has not yet been scheduled (from the above list of prospective topics). If you are not already a patient at Nautilus Behavioral Health and would like to participate in one or more of our seminars, please call us at 904-432-3321. If you are leaving a voicemail, please leave a detailed message, including your name, telephone number and the seminar or seminar series in which you are interested. You can alternatively complete the form on our Contact page by clicking here. Please be sure to note whether there is a specific upcoming seminar or prospective seminar in which you would like to enroll. If you are a current therapy patient and are interested in participating in a particular seminar or seminar series, please let your psychologist know and she can help you enroll.
When you receive a callback, you will be asked about what specific seminar(s) interest you and some basic background information about your child and your family. Based on that preliminary contact, if you decide that Nautilus Behavioral Health seems like a good match for you, you can register and complete our standard new patient paperwork. This will help us better understand the issues your family is dealing with and your preferences for communication and scheduling.
At Nautilus Behavioral Health, we will do our best to make enrolling in seminars a simple process.