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Parent University

Parent University is a free program launched in 2015 that brings parents in our community together to learn from experts and each other about key topics relevant to raising and educating kids in today's world. 


Preventing Teenage Substance Abuse

Date:  Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 6:00 pm

Presenter: Beth Andrews, LCSW, LADC

Location: GMS Cafeteria

  • How (and when) do I start the conversation about drugs and alcohol with my kids?
  • Why do I need to talk to my kids about experimenting when I did it?
  • What do I say to my young teen to help guide them through peer pressure?
  • Where do I go to get resources to help me have these uncomfortable conversations
About the Presenter

Beth Andrews, Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor, is currently in private practice in Yarmouth. She works with teens and adults on a variety of issues, including substance abuse, depression, anxiety and relationship issues. Beth grew up in Maine, attended Middlebury College, and completed her MSW at New York University. She has been involved in the prevention and treatment of addictions for over 25 years. Beth works on many initiatives designed to reduce underage substance use in our local communities, often in conjunction with Casco Bay CAN.

Link to detailed flyer here.


Please help us plan for the event by filling out the pre-event form here.

Parent University: Not Just Kids Being Kids

Creating a Dialogue about Bullying and Cyber-bullying 

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Time:  TBD

Presenter: Mandy Levine

Location: TBD

Parent University: Boys to Men Workshop

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Time:  TBD

Location: TBD

Parent University: Finding Kind

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Time:  TBD

Location: TBD

FOR MORE INFORMATION about Parent University events, go to www.greelypto.org  or email Laura Singer at  greelypto51@gmail.com .


Kids and Anxiety

Thursday, November 17, 2016, 6:30-8:30 pm

Speaker: Dr. Gordon P. Street

Location: Greely Middle School Cafeteria

●  Did you know anxiety disorders are one of the three most common childhood psychiatric disorders?
●  Are you concerned your child or teenager is struggling with anxiety issues?

●  Do you have questions about what to look for and how to manage an anxious child?

About the Presenter

Dr. Gordon P. Street co-founded Anxiety Solutions of Northern New England, PLLC, in 2004 with his wife, Dr. Lee Fitzgibbons. Both are clinical psychologists who specialize in evidence-guided therapies for people struggling with dysfunctional anxiety (e.g., worrying) and fear (e.g., phobias). Dr. Street specialized in child and family psychology/therapy while earning his PhD at the California School of Professional Psychology in San Diego. He often combines his expertise in child/family therapy with his expertise in EB/CBTs in treating individuals struggling with anxiety disorders and their families

Parent University: Nutrition for a Healthy Home

Wednesday, October 26, 2016, 6:30-8:30 pm

Speaker: Eryn Neptune from Nutrition Simplified

Location: Cumberland Congregational Church Hall

Please join us as we talk about nutrition and ways to help our kids make healthy food choices. In this

open discussion we’ll touch on topics such as:

    • healthy eating on-the-go;
    • nutritious lunch options, snack, and even dessert options
    • shopping tips and interpreting food labels
    • hearty, satisfying meals that help reduce sugar cravings

Google Training: Catching Up with Your Kids 

Wednesday, September 28th, 6:30-8:30 pm

Speaker: Dirk Van Curen

Greely Middle School Computer Lab

  • “How do I navigate the world of Google and other platforms my children are using?”

  • “Is there a way to keep my children from accessing inappropriate information?”

  • “How do I manage my kid’s homework time on the computer and limit the amount of screen time doing non-homework stuff?”

  • “What tools are available to help me create a healthy “digital environment” at home?”

Please join MSAD51 Director of Technology, Dirk Van Curan as we learn how kids use technology at school. Parents will gain a better understanding of Google Drive, the platform used by MSAD51 students, through hands-on training and discussion. We'll also learn what policies the district has in place to keep students safe and discover tools to monitor and manage technology use at home. Come with you computer and questions for a lively discussion!

About Our Presenter

Dirk Van Curan has a great deal of experience in technology within a variety of businesses. He worked as Technology Supervisor at Lehman Brothers for over a decade before moving on to be a financial advisor. Dirk has also worked as a consultant in the travel industry. He has been Director of Technology for MSAD51 since 2012, having  previously worked in the district on business education and technology support.

FOR MORE INFORMATION about this or other Parent University events email Laura Singer at greelypto51@gmail.com.

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