Parenting Wisely is an evidence-based program proven to develop effective
child supervision and increase parent involvement for families with at-risk
children. Parents are able to choose between Teen and Young Child editions
depending on the age of their children.
Columbus Public Health's Alcohol and Drug Services (ADS) Prevention Program offers two options for
families who want to participate in a parenting supportive education program.
1. Parenting Wisely
Parenting Wisely is offered as a 5 week
program. Classes include small closed discussion based groups. In addition to
the topics covered by the curriculum, we include how alcohol and drug use
impacts parenting and the family relationship, impact of childhood trauma on
behavior, and coping skills. Participants must complete each of the 5 classes in order to receive a certificate of completion.
2. Family Interaction Group (FIG)
Parenting Wisely with Columbus Public Health’s You’re Extra Special (Y.E.S.)
youth prevention program. You’re Extra
Special is designed for children whose lives have been affected by alcohol and
other drug use focusing on the needs, feelings, and perceptions of the child.
Children learn how to better communicate feelings, problem solve, exercise
positive coping skills, and gain an understanding of alcohol and drug use
including not being the cause of use or being in control of their parent’s use.
Families of children between the ages of 7-12 meet for 10 weeks. Three of the groups will allow the children and parents to meet
together to discuss feelings and communication, family dynamic, and alcohol and
drugs. Parents/Guardians must attend
each class with their child/children to complete the FIG program as it is
centered on family engagement.
Outcomes of Parenting
- Increased knowledge & use of good
- A decrease in child behavior problems
- Improved problem solving
- Reduced spousal violence & violence
toward their children
- Reduces children's aggressive and disruptive
- Improves parenting skills
- Enhances family communication
- Develops mutual support
- Increases parental supervision and appropriate
programs are grant funded through ADAMH and free to clients.
If you would like to enroll in either program
or have questions call 614-645-6839.