Mental Health Education Services in NH

A Peaceful Balance provides educational services for parents, teens, and the public at large.A Peaceful Balance offers mental health education services, and will customize our presentations to meet your needs. Samplings of our more popular topics for parents, teens, schools, and the general public are:

Bridging the Communication Gap - Talking with Your Teen: There are many stressors unique to today’s generation of kids which are sometimes difficult for parents to understand. In this interactive workshop, parents will learn useful techniques for communicating with teens. Common roadblocks that get in the way of effective communication will also be discussed.

21st Century Girls: This interactive workshop, for teen girls and their parents, examines what it’s like to be a teen girl in the 21st century. By looking at the differences and similarities between this generation and past generations, girls and their parents will become aware of the unique issues causing stress for girls today. Methods to counteract these stressors will also be discussed.

We also offer mental health education services for professionals:

Transgender 101: This workshop is for school personnel, other mental health providers or primary care practitioners. We cover an overview of terms, what it means to be transgender, and how to create a pluralistic environment for the transgender or gender variant person. Jennifer Bois is the only therapist who provides transgender services. Please contact her directly with any questions, or for more information about this workshop, at apeacefulbalance@gmail.com or call Jennifer at (603) 577-5551, extension 2.

Understanding childhood sexual abuse from multiple perspectives: In this workshop, participants will learn to understand the impact of sexual abuse on children from a symptomological, developmental, relationship and psychological perspective. Based on Jan Hindman's model, this workshop discusses the underlying causes of trauma in sexually abused children and how a thorough assessment and effective treatment can minimize this trauma. Topics covered include legal and mental health definitions of sexual abuse, normal and abnormal sexual behavior in children, post traumatic stress disorder, symptomological perspectives, evaluating the relations between the victim and others, stages of sexual development at the onset of abuse, cognitive and post-disclosure issues, and treatment models.

How to Assess and Treat Juvenile Animal Cruelty: This workshop is designed to provide professionals with important conceptions and trends about the connection of animal abuse to human violence. Many professionals already understand animal cruelty as a serious offense requiring attention. Those who work with children may already work with clients who have been referred as animal abusers, or who have been harmed by or threatened with animal cruelty; or who have been affected by witnessing animal abuse.

Grounded in research, this workshop presents information about the dynamics of animal abuse and its significance to family, child and spousal abuse. Based on the AniCare Child approaches, participants receive an overview of strategies that can be used to identify and treat juvenile animal abusers.

For more information about our mental health education services, or to arrange a workshop, psycho-education group, or in-service training, call our office at (603) 577-5551.