Special Events

Ferndale Youth Assistance 38th Annual Youth Recognition Celebration!

March 5, 2020 – 6:30 to 8:00 pm
Ferndale Youth Assistance will be recognizing youth in two categories: Individual and Group grades k-12. One graduating senior who is nominated may be selected for a $1,000 scholarship from the David Michael Smith scholarship Fund to pursue higher education.
Click HERE for more information about nomination categories and to nominate a deserving Ferndale youth!
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A Child’s Journey Through Grief

January 29, 2020
Facilitated By: Peggy Nielsen, M.A., L.P.C.
Please join us  in learning realistic techniques used to address the topic of grief and loss with your children. This parent workshop will discuss the three tasks of grief, trends, resources and how to support children as they journey through the world of grief. 
Please click HERE to view event page for more information about the event, the guest facilitator and event registration.

2019 Events

Mind Full, or Mindful? Learning Mindfulness Techniques for Parenting

November 19, 2019
Facilitated By: Amy Tarrant, Mindfulness Coach
Please join us in learning mindfulness techniques used to cope with the daily stressors of parenting. This parent education class will explore how to implement daily coping skills to improve stress management and concentration. You will be led through a series of guided meditations and short breathing exercises to encourage calmness, relaxation and rejuvenation. Attendees are encouraged to bring a yoga mat, pillow or blanket with them for added comfort. 
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Youth Assistance Coordinating Committee Regional Sharing Sessions

October 8, 9, 17, & 19, 2019
Facilitated By: Oakland County Youth Assistance
A free session for any and all volunteers, officers, board members, committee members and new faces to:
learn what’s happening in other youth assistance offices
– Network with others in the community
– discuss topics that are important to you related to Youth Assistance in Oakland County

Please feel free to attend ANY or ALL of the sessions.
RSVP is strongly advised

October 8, 2019 6-8pm – Clarkston, MI
October 9, 2019 6-8pm – Novi, MI
October 17, 2019 – Auburn Hills, MI
October 19, 2019 – Ferndale, MI

How Do I Handle My Child’s Anger?

October 23, 2019
Facilitated By: Judith E. Lipson, M.A., L.P.C.
Please join us in learning realistic techniques used to improve anger management for children. Topics of discussion will include: sensory overload, tantrums vs. meltdowns, correlation of how kids mirror their parent’s expressions, and techniques used for releasing anger.
Judy Lipson is a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 30 years of experience in all levels of public education, including teacher consultant and crisis counselor. Her specialties include working with individuals who experience anxiety, ADHD, and ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder). As an educational strategist, she believes every child deserves a chance.
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2018 Events

Guest Speaker & Discussion: “Parenting the Love and Logic Way”

March 19, 2018
Facilitated By: Anne Alden
A free parenting workshop that combines education, parent support and group discussion on parenting with love and logic. Learn ways to establish effective control with children of any age.
Anne Alden is a private Parenting Coach, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Business Administration. Anne has coached over 500 parents and has facilitated all of the parenting classes at Common Ground for the past eight years. Combining her background in crisis counseling, psychology and parenting; Anne believes that everyone has the ability to be a good parent and welcomes the opportunity to help you become a more successful parent.

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Youth Recognition Banquet

March 28, 2019
Sponsored by FYA: Youth Recognition is an annual banquet to celebrate and affirm students for their extraordinary academic accomplishments, involvement in community service projects, overcoming personal tragedies and persevering through adversity, and for serving as role models to students throughout the school district. 
*FYA is accepting nominations for Youth Recognition until March 8, 2019!*
Please click HERE to view event page for more information