Conflict Resolution Education for Children of Incarcerated and Returning Parents

The Children of Incarcerated and Returning Parents (CHIRP) Program offers youth with a parent or adult sibling who is incarcerated or returning from prison an opportunity to deepen their emotional awareness and their ability to manage conflict more effectively.  Through a series of conflict resolution workshops, participants will gain emotional support and skill development while learning productive approaches in managing conflicts.

When dealing with a parent’s incarceration, children may feel a range of emotions such as sadness, anxiety, shame and guilt.  CHIRP will provide a forum to address these emotions in sharing circles and role plays. Learning to use better conflict resolution and communication skills in a range of situations will assist the children in dealing with the issues that emerge in family reunification after a period of incarceration.

Workshop Overview

The Children of Incarcerated and Returning Parents (CHIRP) project offers youth with a parent who is incarcerated or returning from prison an opportunity to deepen their emotional awareness and increase their capacity to respond to conflict more effectively.

Conflict Resolution Education

Participants will develop skills to work through conflict situations productively. Learning to use better conflict management and communication skills in a range of situations will assist the young people in dealing with the issues that emerge in family reunification after a period of parental incarceration. 

Dealing with Emotions

When dealing with a parent's incarceration, children may feel a range of emotions such as sadness, anxiety, shame and guilt. The workshops will provide a forum to address these emotions in sharing circles and role-plays.

Anger Management

Anger is normal emotion and it can be very difficult -- especially for young people -- to manage it in productive ways. The workshops provide children with an opportunity to understand and produce alternative behaviors to better manage their anger. This will strengthen relationships with supporting adults and caregives. 

Family Meetings

Where appropriate an additional workshop will be scheduled to bring the parents and the children together to practice family problem-solving meetings -- Kitchen Table conflict resolutions. 

Who can attend?

Separate three-day workshop series have been arranged for children, ages 9-12, and young people, ages 13-17. The workshop is FREE, but preregistration is required because each workshop is limited to 12 participants. Some workshops are held at schools during the school year.

Transportation

SEPTA tokens may be provided to those who require assistance with travel costs.

 

Workshop/Event Date(s)

  • June 26, 2017 - June 28, 2017 - 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • July 19, 2017 - July 21, 2017 - 9:00 a.m to 1:00 p.m. each day
  • July 24, 2017 - July 26, 2017 - 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • August 1, 2017 - August 3, 2017 - 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • August 8, 2017 - August 10, 2017 - 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

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