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Parent 2 Parent Project

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NEARI Press and Training Center is excited to announce our new Parent 2 Parent project!

Welcome Parents, Caregivers, Clinicians, Providers and Child Advocates!

The Parent 2 Parent Project is a new initiative of the New England Adolescent Research Institute (NEARI) Press and Training Center, funded by a $50,000 grant from Raliance, a national collaborative formed to distribute funds to end sexual violence in one generation.

The goal of this project is to help break the isolation of families of children and youth with sexual behavior problems (SBP) by producing resources and educational materials to help parents come together and support one another and address healthy sexual exploration, as well as working to help families prevent and/or address problematic or harmful sexual behaviors.

 

What is the Parent 2 Parent project?

We know that parents and caregivers often feel exhausted, isolated, and unsure of how to get their child the care they need and struggle to connect to other families with similar experiences. Often these parents and caregivers suffer from deep shame about the nature of their child's actions and may find themselves unable to turn to outlets they might otherwise count on for support. Some may lack the resources or information to locate a clinician or provider with training in treating youth with SBPs, leading to further isolation.

We at NEARI Press and Training Center are shattering that sense of isolation by providing helpful, easily accessible, up-to-date materials for parents and caregivers.

We will produce materials such as:

  • A protected online forum through which parents can connect with one another;
  • Parent stories;
  • A "toolkit" to help you understand and address your child's behavior;
  • Written material such as fact sheets;
  • Audio materials such as podcasts or webinars;
  • Links to outside resources.

We cannot achieve this alone. We need YOUR stories. We need YOUR experiences. We need YOU!

For information on how to participate, please read "How can you get involved in the Parent 2 Parent project?" below.

You can read our press release about this project here.

To learn more about the Parent 2 Parent project or find out how to be a part of our research, please contact Krysten Lobisch, Project Coordinator, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (best way to reach) or by phone at 413.540.1712 x60. We hope to hear from you soon!

 

How can you get involved in the Parent 2 Parent project?

Are you interested in contributing to our project? We welcome your participation!

Are you a parent or caregiver?

We are currently seeking parents and caregivers of youth with sexual behavior problems to answer some general questions and tell your stories. We feel that your knowledge and input is crucial in order to ensure we are able to create the most useful, helpful, and accessible materials we can, guided BY families and FOR families.

In order to participate in this project, we'll ask you to fill out a short written survey, accessible online here. You will be asked to fill out a consent/confidentiality form beforehand.

You may:

  • Choose to participate anonymously or give a name;
  • and/or communicate directly with our Project Coordinator to share your story privately by email or phone if you prefer.

All information given will be confidential and thoroughly secured, and will be destroyed at the completion of the project.

You can view our consent and confidentiality agreement for this survey here.

We are providing parents and caregivers who participate fully in the survey with a $10 gift card to Amazon.com, once we are able to confirm full survey completion, as a thank you for helping us build these important tools.

Are you a clinician or provider?

Do you work with parents or caregivers of children and adolescents with sexual behavior problems? Would you be willing to extend information about our project to your clients if they are willing to participate? We need you, too! You can access our letter to parents here and our consent and confidentiality agreement here.

NEARI Press and Training Center is offering a choice of one of three of our most popular books; Assessing Youth Who Have Sexually Abused: A Primer, Very Different Voices, or Who Am I and Why Am I in Treatment? for free as a thank-you for referring parents to us. If your parents or caregivers are hesitant about filling out a survey online, we would also be happy to mail you paper copies with a self-addressed, stamped envelope included to return them to us.

If you know of other clinicians, providers or organizations who might want to participate, please spread the word or have them contact Krysten Lobisch, Project Coordinator, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by phone at 413.540.1712 x60.

Thank you!

 

Who will benefit from the Parent 2 Parent project?

We are hoping that the materials ultimately produced by this project will benefit a wide variety of stakeholders, including:

  • Parents of youth with sexual behavior problems and their children;
  • Caregivers of youth with sexual behavior problems, including foster parents;
  • Clinicians and providers who work with parents and caregivers;
  • Organizations willing to distribute our resources and materials;
  • Members of the medical and legal systems and others who want to learn more;
  • The wider public who may be seeking more information about youth with SBPs and related topics.

We are also using this project as an opportunity to assemble easy-to-access documents that summarize existing written, audio and visual resources (books, websites, articles, videos, etc.) from a variety of organizations and individuals. During this project, we are consulting with a wide variety of experts working in different locations who are helping us to include the most up-to-date knowledge within the field.

You can access our ever-expanding lists of resources here and here.

We would like to extend a special thanks to Stop It Now!, an organization which has provided us with many of the resources listed above, as well as to the National Center on the Sexual Behavior of Youth (NCSBY), which has done the same.

Frequently asked questions about the Parent 2 Parent project

How do I know if I am eligible to participate?

If you are the parent or caregiver, including foster parents, of a child or adolescent under the age of 18 who has a current or past history of sexual behavior problems or inappropriate or harmful sexual behavior towards others, you qualify to participate in our project.

How will NEARI Press and Training Center ensure my privacy and confidentiality if I participate?

We understand the sensitivity of the materials and information we are requesting from parents and caregivers and are taking all possible steps to ensure your privacy and confidentiality. All online sensitive materials related to the Parent 2 Parent project are stored on an encrypted network that cannot be accessed by outside parties. Our Survey Monkey platform is password-protected and can't be accessed by anyone but the Project Coordinator. You will be provided before beginning the survey with a consent and confidentiality agreement that specifies in further detail the context of your submission. The survey agreement form can be accessed here for your viewing. Parents and caregivers are not required to provide a real name but may choose to be identified any other way in both the online and paper copies of the survey. You are not required to provide contact information unless you choose to. (*Note: we will need contact information if you would like to receive a gift card as a thank-you afterwards.) If you have any additional concerns, please contact Krysten Lobisch, Project Coordinator, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by phone at 413.540.1712 x60.

How long does the survey take to complete?

The survey should take no more than five to ten minutes.

Do I have to answer all the questions on the survey?

Most survey questions are mandatory so that we can obtain the most information possible from you in order to help shape our direction as we move ahead with the project. However, you are not required to provide a detailed explanation for any question if you don't choose to do so, although the more information you are willing to include, the more helpful it will be for us!

Okay, I'm on board. How can I complete this survey?

We're glad to have you! You can go here to find it.

I completed the survey but did not receive my Amazon.com gift card. Why is that?

We must confirm all survey submissions are complete before distributing gift cards. All survey questions must be completed understandably. We must also have a reliable way to contact you. If you believe you fit into these categories, we ask you to please wait patiently until we are able to confirm our submissions. If you do not receive a gift card by the end of October 2017, please do This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

When will these resources be made available?

We will be gradually adding new materials between now and April 2018 as they are developed. Remember, we need you to make it happen! Continue to check back on this website in the coming months as it is updated.

If you have a question that has not been answered, please contact Krysten Lobisch, Project Coordinator, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by phone at 413.540.1712 x60. We look forward to hearing from you.

 

 

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