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Vaping and Marijuana: What Parents Must Know

Dr. AAron Weiner

Vaping remains a huge problem for teens both at school and at home - not just with nicotine vapes, but also for THC and marijuana products.  Join Dr. Aaron Weiner, President of the Society of Addiction Psychology, for an exploration of vaping, including flavor restrictions, federal regulations, and THC products sold at gas stations. Most importantly, learn what you as parents can do to keep your teens healthy and safe.

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Vaping and Marijuana: What Parents Must Know
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Check out Operation Parent's past live parent webinars. These webinars are a great resource for parents, foster parents, school counselors, teachers, DFC’s, or anyone who is involved in the lives of children.

Our parent webinars cover a wide range of trending topics such as teen anxiety, video games, and social media as well as some new topics you may have not be aware of. We partner with renowned child psychologists, pediatricians, and parenting experts to bring you the most current information available. Just like those of us at Operation Parent, our guest speakers have years of real-world experience and have dedicated their lives to helping parents through some of their toughest challenges.

The goal of our parent webinars is to provide free, valuable information to parents all over the world so they can feel prepared to navigate through some of the most challenging yet rewarding years of their lives.

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Be a Force For Life A Webinar on Suicide from a Christian Perspective

Matthew Sleeth

Every single day, someone you know is thinking about committing suicide. In the past 20 years, hospital emergency departments experienced a 92 percent increase in visits by children for suicide ideation and attempts. During the pandemic, the proportion of pediatric admissions for mental health issues has increased 24 percent for young children and 31 percent for adolescents.

Teens & Opioids What Parents Need to Know

Arlene Rice

Operation Parent is again joining forces with Arlene Rice whose life’s work is to provide hope to anyone dealing with addiction. She will present an informative webinar digging deep into the topic of teen opioid use, focus on how prescription pain pills can lead to heroin or fentanyl use. Arlene will teach you about the various types of opioids, how to recognize use, and where and how a teen might conceal drugs. Most importantly, she is a parent who has lived through losing a child to drug overdose and crusaded two children to recovery. You will leave with hope and resources if a teen you love is struggling with drug addiction.

Opioid Prevention in the Home and in the Community

Captain Michael King

Captain Michael King from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) highlights what he has seen in the field regarding opioid addiction and shares examples for what communities can do for opioid addiction prevention and recovery. He also shares resources that can be utilized by parents, schools, and communities.

Facing Fentanyl Head On as a Parent

Wendy Woolcock

Wendy Woolcock, DEA Special Agent in Charge Special Operations Division, shares stories from the field and delves into the dangers of Fentanyl. She will explain why as parents we should be concerned about Fentanyl and how we should communicate these concerns to our teens so that they can be protected.

Prescription Opioid Abuse among the Teen Population

C. Martin Redd

Prescription opioid abuse continues to be an issue affecting every state across the United States. Teens and young adults are among the most susceptible to prescription opioid misuse and abuse. We will take a look at the problem, define prescription drug diversion, review the signs of abuse and addiction, and explain how the DEA is working to address the problem.

Understanding How to Support a Loved One's Struggle With Food and their Body

Dr. Erin Terada

Dr. Erin Terada presented on Eating Disorders and body image. Eating Disorders are now developing at earlier ages for females and males. Food that once bonded a family together can easily become the thing that breaks that same bond, creating chaos in the home. Tips will be shared on how to communicate, support a healthier home environment, and ways parents can encourage a balanced lifestyle. This webinar will also go over the most observable warning signs and behaviors that can be present when an eating issue emerges as well as when to seek out treatment. Viewers will also learn about the more commonly diagnosed Eating and Feeding Disorders, along with the evidence-based treatments that are currently used.

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Effects of Technology on Brain Development

Dr. Crystal Collier

The Effects of Technology on the Growing Brain focuses on how technology overuse affects brain development. Evidence from studies performed in Asian cultures where technology addiction has grown to large proportions will be used. Effects on mood, sleep, relationships, and behavior will also be discussed. Solutions regarding healthy technology limits and treatment issues will also be covered.

What Every Parent Needs to Know about Emotional Trauma

Dr. Aaron Weiner

Our children have been required to shoulder the burden of unprecedented levels of stress. The effects of the pandemic and exposure to the news about recent mass and school shootings has driven a surge of anxiety and depression in teens across the country. Operation Parent welcomes you to join Dr. Aaron Weiner for a discussion on how these traumatic events can impact a child's physical and emotional state because of trauma-based stress reactions.

Your Teen’s Brain and the Link to Risky Behavior

Dr. Crystal Collier

Get ready to learn about how substances and other risky behavior affect the teen brain, the role of genetics in addiction, and implications for prevention and treatment. Dr. Crystal Collier, author of The NeuroWhereAbouts Guide, teaches the science of risky behavior to students, families, and clinicians across the country and every parent can utilize the information in daily parenting interactions.

Embracing Uncertainty How to Support Anxious Teens in Developing Resilience in Stressful Times

DR. Erin Terada

Attempting to navigate these stressful times can be a strenuous endeavor families face. This operation parent webinar will focus on the effects of our current times and the resulting role that anxiety can play in the family. Parents will learn how to support teenagers through adaptive open communication skills. Plus, how resiliency in the home can be a key factor in helping adolescents thrive in uncertain times.

Social Anxiety The Silent Pandemic that Needs a Louder Voice

Kyle Mitchell

We all have a social anxiety part that keeps us from doing things we want to do because of fear of judgment. Take back control of your social anxiety with Kyle’s 3 step process to achieve social confidence and tackle goals you were too anxious to strive for before. Learning objectives (3) 1. What social anxiety is and its purpose 2. 3 step process to turn social anxiety into social confidence 3. How to support others with their social anxiety and mental health

Wyatt's Story: A message on Fentanyl

Julie Hofmans

With his big and shining personality, 23-year-old Wyatt Williamson lit up every room he entered. "Wyatt really didn't know a stranger," his mother, Julie Hofmans, said. "Everybody loved Wyatt. He was my best friend." Wyatt tragically passed away at age 23 after taking a pill he thought was Xanax, but was actually laced with the powerful synthetic opioid, fentanyl. By sharing Wyatt's story, Julie hopes to save other families from tragedy and heartache. “Are you willing to take a chance with your life … to take a pill and you don’t know where it came from?”

Bridge the Gap Between Parents and Teens How to Keep Tweens and Teens Talking to Us

Kerry Stutzman

There are so many curveballs and moments of uncertainty in parenting ‘tweens and teens. In this presentation, we will focus on trouble spots such as keeping our big kids talking to us, putting an end to arguing and yelling, and being the kind of parent your child can confide in.

Understanding Childhood Trauma and How to Help Youth Recover

Beth Tyson

Childhood trauma is common, and a natural response to overwhelming events, yet most people are unaware of what it is and how it shows up in the life of a child. If you are raising a child with big emotions and nothing you do seems to help, this webinar is for you! You will take away practical, evidence-based techniques for helping the children you love to heal the root cause beneath their challenging behaviors - a lack of security in the world around them caused by trauma.


Sex, Drugs and Netflix

Dr Aaron Wiener

Depictions of drug and alcohol use is widespread in current media, including shows often viewed by teenagers such as Stranger Things and The Queen's Gambit on Netflix, and HBO's Euphoria. Given that research indicates that exposure to these messages increases teenage substance use, what can parents do to protect their children? And how do depictions of substance use and sexual activity relate to risky sexual behavior in real life? Join Dr. Weiner for an exploration of the psychological impact of drug use and sexual content in media, as well as actionable strategies for parents and caregivers to help teenagers navigate this complicated social and cultural terrain.

Helping Teens Cope with Anxiety during Covid-19

Dr. Tanya Stockhammer

Not sure what to say or how to help your teen cope with Covid-19? You are not alone. This webinar will explain the positive and unhelpful components of anxiety, what happens to our teens during high anxiety, and tips to help with discussions about how to help them deal with their emotions.


COVID Crazy? Fresh Ideas for Family Fun

Operation Parent

Are you out of fun family activities to get through this quarantine? Feeling stressed with trying to juggle working from home plus manage your children, online school, and so much togetherness? Looking for some ways to deal with your own stress? So are we! Our team members have children in all age groups and will be sharing ideas on family fun and ways to destress.


Marijuana: Parenting for Prevention

Christine Storm

In this webinar, we will explore the important role parents play, discuss the landscape of cannabis products our kids may be exposed to, and learn how we can reduce the chances of our teens using.


Managing Your Child’s Excessive Screen Time and Gaming during COVID-19

Dr. Clifford Sussman

This webinar will discuss healthy gaming and why a balance is important, giving a straightforward plan for setting age-appropriate limits and proven interventions for struggling parents. Then he will discuss what the red flag signs are that your child may need additional help.


Teens, Screens, and the Summer of Covid-19

Dr. Paul Weigle

In this webinar we explore how screen media habits impact the health of teens. Advances in persuasive design coupled with social distancing measures have resulted in an explosion of screen media engagement to the extent that it now dominates the lives of many teens.


Social Media Mania: Setting Boundaries

Mary Beth Uberti

Do you feel like your child knows more about social media and the cell phone than you do? You're not alone. In this webinar we will discuss raising digitally responsible children, establishing family media boundaries, and parental control settings.


How is Vaping Effecting Teens, Especially during Covid?

Dr. Aaron Weiner

Our teens are caught in the crossfire of a war between a massive vaping industry and the public health entities trying to reign them in. We will highlight current teen vaping statistics and the latest policy changes on flavor bans, disposable vapes, and more.


The Effects of Social Distancing on Teens’ Social-emotional Development

Caroline Maguire

Social distancing has isolated and stressed all of us, but it has caused teens to lose valuable opportunities to practice their social skills, and make and keep friends. Peer Connection is critical for tweens/teens' well-being.


When Alcohol, Teens and Covid Intersect

Christine Storm & David Chango

Cooped up teens might be looking forward to blowing off steam…in unhealthy ways. We will discuss common misconceptions about alcohol that influence parenting choices and share tips on how parents can educate teens to have a healthy perspective on alcohol for their future.


Youth Suicide on the Rise

Dr. Hatim Omar

Dr. Omar will be joining us to discuss adolescent development issues related to suicide, contributing factors, and prevention strategies for youth suicide. He will also be discussing the rise of depression during the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on youth.

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