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PIOJ stages Stress management workshop

Published:Saturday | March 7, 2015 | 12:00 AM

THE PLANNING Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) has moved to capitalise on the success of one of its latest Community Renewal Programme (CRP) initiatives - the staging of parenting and stress-management workshops over three days in the community of Parade Gardens, downtown Kingston, recently.

Held under the theme 'Know Your Child', the workshops were staged in collaboration with, and funded by international humanitarian non-governmental organisation, the Art of Living Foundation (AOLF).

The objectives of the workshops were to explain children's behaviour; teach parents ways in which to establish and maintain dialogue, and spend quality time with their children; teach parents simple stress-management techniques; and provide insight into the nature of the mind and ways to handle it.

key priority

Given the success arising from these sessions, the CRP is seeking to extend the programme to other communities.

The CRP's technical specialist for socio-economic development, Charmaine Brimm, said she anticipates that this programme will

provide opportunities to further leverage other programmes offered by the AOLF, such as drug

de-addiction, disaster relief, environmental sustainability, and women empowerment, for implementation in the other 99 communities deemed vulnerable and volatile.

The issue of parenting was identified as a key priority area for focus, which required immediate attention.

"Parade Gardens is a big community comprising over 11,000 residents, of which, at least 60 per cent of its citizens are young people between the ages of 0 and 25 years.