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NCS would like to congratulate Pat Hendrickson on her retirement. 

Pat has been an integral part of NCS for the last 30 years, primarily in the role of Administrative Assistant. Her contributions and dedication to the work of NCS will always be valued and remembered. In the 30 years, Pat assisted with numerous accreditation processes and welcomed countless clients through our doors. 

Pat leaves some very large shoes to fill, and we have hired Aleea Chute to do just that. Aleea started at NCS on June 3rd. She has worked a number of years in administrative roles, and we are delighted to welcome her to our NCS team. 

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Making Sense of Adolescence: A Parenting Course

A Gordon Neufeld Parenting Course 




Crossing the bridge from childhood to adulthood has never been so daunting. The time of adolescence is longer than ever and yet society today offers little support in understanding or facilitating this transition. This course is designed to be used by parents, grandparents, teachers, administrators, professionals — anyone who desires to make sense of adolescence. Parents of pre-teens will find this course invaluable as preparation for what lies ahead.



Facilitated by:  Liz Amaral of Nelson Community Services
Liz Amaral is a Certified Canadian Family Educator with 40 years of experience in the field of working with parents and children. She supports parents in identifying dynamics so that they can see their children from the inside out in a way that makes sense of attachments.



Free              Drop-in
Come to one, some or all…

at Nelson Public Library

Tuesday evenings — April 2 to May 21
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Course Outline

This course is formatted into eight one-hour sessions on the following topics:

      1. Crossing the bridge: adolescence in perspective
      2. Two paths diverge: conformity versus individuality
      3. Walking through aloneness and sadness: the necessary road to individuation
      4. Taking a wrong turn: when peers replace adults
      5. The counterwill storm: how to survive teen resistance
      6. Becoming tempered: the key to adolescent balance and stability
      7. Reclaiming our youth: how to hold, or win back, their hearts
      8. Becoming a sexual being: the pursuit of proximity in another dimension



course objective

The objective of this course is to make sense of adolescents from inside out. Every adolescent is an individual of course, but there are some common dynamics that affect all adolescents. Understanding what these dynamics are can provide the keys to knowing how to deal with the problems that may arise.

some of the topics addressed include:

      • the psychological changes at puberty that impact adolescents and those that parent and work with them
      • how to deal with the premature loss of power and influence with an adolescent
      • the rites of passage that must be endured for the adolescent to mature
      • how to recognize when rebellion is healthy or a result of adults being replaced by peers
      • the psychological temptations faced by adolescents on their journey to maturity
      • how parents and teachers can avoid premature or forced retirement
      • the two alternate paths to adulthood and societal integration
      • how to preserve or restore one’s rightful place in an adolescent’s life
      • the dangers of peer-orientation in the life of an adolescent
      • how to differentiate between relationship problems and behaviour problems in the adolescent
      • the role of dissonance and internal conflict in the life of an adolescent
      • how to hold on without holding them back


For more information:  email Melodie Rae

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NCS renews its Accreditation with COA

Nelson Community Services has successfully renewed its accreditation with COA — Council on Accreditation.
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