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Free parent education session set for Jan. 10 in Salem

The human brain is not well developed until the early to mid-20s. Adolescence typically brings challenges for caregivers; adding mental health problems to the equation creates even greater difficulties.

Helping our children get through these trying years can test our patience. This session will contain information to help you learn positive coping skills. When caregivers use positive coping skills we model behavior that, hopefully, our children will learn and use. Phyllis Arends, Executive Director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness of South Dakota will be the presenter.

"Keeping It Together: Skills to Maintain Your Composure When Your Teen Has Lost Theirs" will be held at 7 p.m. on Jan. 10 in Salem at McCook Central School, 200 E. Essex Ave. through the Dakota Broadcasting Network (DDN), and will be available LIVE on the internet. Visit under the Family Life/Parent Education Series tab for details on how to join the session or call 1-800-640-4553.

Parent Education sessions are free and open to the public. The sessions are appropriate for parents and those working with or supporting children with cognitive, developmental, emotional/ behavioral, or physical special needs and their families. Child care is not provided.

The Parent Education and Support series is sponsored by Black Hills State University and South Dakota Parent Connection.

At the site, you will find materials which may be provided in advance of the presentation and information on future as well as previously recorded sessions. You may also call 605-361-3171 or 1-800-640-4553 for details. Pre-registration is not required.