Via Christi, Greater Wichita YMCA partner to offer educational series to parents of teens, preteens

Published On: Feb 27 2013 11:00:00 AM CST
Wichita, KS -

Via Christi Health and the Greater Wichita YMCA are partnering to offer a three-part series, Kohl's family Focus on Teens, which is designed to help parents survive their children's teenage years. The program is funded through a more than $81,000 grant from Kohl's Cares to the Via Christi Foundation for Kohl's Parents Academy programs.

"We're pleased to partner with Kohl's and the YMCA to make these much-needed programs available at no cost to parents of teens and pre-teens," said Jim Barber, president of Via Christi Foundation.

While there is no cost to participate, seating is limited and preregistration is required. Call Via Christi Health Connection at (316)689-5700 to sign up for one or more of the following seminars:

Navigating the teenage years: A life raft for parents

7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 7, Robert D. Love Downtown YMCA

7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, YMCA Farha Sport Center

Jennifer Harms, a licensed marriage and family therapist, and director of outpatient and clinical support at Via Christi Behavioral Health Center, and Matthew Gallagher, a licensed clinical professional counselor and a school counselor for Wichita Public Schools, will help parents learn how to deal with a difficult child, effectively set boundaries, and build relationships and self-esteem while preserving their own sanity.

Teenage brain: Under construction

7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 14, Robert D. Love Downtown YMCA

7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, YMCA Farha Sport Center

Kelli Netson, PhD, who specializes in child and adolescent psychology, and Nicole Klaus, PhD, ABPP, a pediatric neuropsychologist, both with the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita, will talk about the biological processes that control the teenage brain, providing insight into the teens perception of the world so parents can communicate with them more effectively.

Change, challenges and choices: If you're not in charge of your life, who is?

7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 21, Robert D. Love Downtown YMCA

7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, YMCA Farha Sport Center

Shiloh Jiwanlal, BA, BSN, MSN, APRN, PMHCNS-BC, a clinical nurse specialist with Via Christi Behavioral Health Center, and Susan Bumsted, RN, MSN, assistant chief nursing officer with Via Christi Hospitals in Wichita, will help parents learn to take control of their lives through self awareness, assertive communication and personal growth.

Other Kohl's Parents Academy offerings include:

Kohl's Cares presents Boot Camp for New Dads: a monthly three-hour program that pairs expectant fathers with veteran dads and their newborns for hands-on training.

Kohls Cares presents Happiest Baby on the Block: a monthly two-hour program that teaches parents how to calm a crying baby by triggering the self-calming reflexes babies already know.

For more information about these programs, go to or call (316)689-5700.


About Via Christi Health

Via Christi Health, a Catholic-sponsored ministry affiliated with Marian Health System and Ascension Health, is the largest provider of health care services in Kansas. Via Christi employs more than 10,000 in its hospitals, senior villages, physician offices and health services. In fiscal year 2012, it provided $90.5 million in community benefit to those it serves, including the poor. Visit

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