Community Workshops

Looking for some new insight, tips, tools or ideas on parenting or child development? Invite one of PEP’s certified parent educators to speak at your event!

Looking for some new insight, tips, tools or ideas on parenting or child development? PEP’s certified parent educators are available to speak at PTA meetings, preschool parent nights, business lunches and other gatherings of parents, teachers and others who work with children. As parents themselves, PEP parent educators have helped thousands of people understand parenting issues and how to apply concepts and strategies to particular situations – practical skills delivered with warmth, humor and professionalism.

To arrange a community workshop, take a look at the topics listed below and contact Colleen Reed at to provide

  1. the topic or topics of your choice
  2. your organization and address
  3. a proposed date and time for your program (and an alternate possible date, if available).

PEP’s speakers are not always available when requested, so please contact Colleen at least four weeks in advance of your event. It is ideal to offer a couple of dates for your event so we can try to meet everyone’s needs.

All workshop attendees will be offered a discount on other PEP programs, including our new monthly series of online parenting workshops. Once the topic, date and speaker are confirmed, the PEP parent educator will consult in advance with your organization for specific information about your audience.

Community Workshop Fees for Schools and Nonprofits:

Individual community workshop (60 – 90 minutes) $200
Package of 2 $375
Package of 3 $550

Community Workshop Fees for Businesses:

Individual community workshop (60 – 90 minutes) $500
Package of 2 $925
Package of 3 $1,350

Broad Topics on Parenting

These workshops provide an overview of positive parenting techniques and can be adapted to a broad range of ages, from preschoolers to teens. 

Positive Discipline

Move away from punishment and toward using encouragement, consequences, limits and agreements, for an approach to discipline that stimulates cooperation and self-restraint.

Power Tools for Power Struggles

Frequent power struggles, whether between adults or between parents and children, impact relationships. Learn what happens when a conflict develops and gain some insights into redirecting that energy in ways that tend to solve problems and bring people closer.

Raising “I Can” Kids

A child’s “I Can Quotient” is Betty Lou Bettner and Amy Lew’s term for a more useful measure than the traditional IQ. It includes the qualities that predict a child’s ability to thrive in life. Learn strategies to increase your child’s sense of feeling connected, capable, competent and courageous.

The Truth About Consequences: Effective Discipline Without Punishment

When children misbehave, parents often resort to punishment or rewards to motivate better behavior. Learn how to use natural and logical consequences instead, to foster learning and cooperation instead of anger and rebellion.

Other Community Workshops

Parenting Practices/Family Life

Managing Your Anger

What are the underlying causes of anger? What does anger accomplish for us? When tempers flare, here are some constructive and cooling options that can actually build closer, more loving relationships.

Managing Stress and Pressure

With so much to do, achieve and accomplish, children of all ages can get squeezed out of spontaneous play, exploration and daydreaming. And parents wonder how to keep their family connections strong and vital when schedules are packed and downtime is scarce. Examine common stress triggers and learn strategies to lower the pressure and help children achieve balance.

Raising Responsible Children

You can’t make a child be responsible, but you can provide plenty of opportunities for learning how. Discover new ways to encourage responsible behavior in your children as you lay the groundwork for successful adulthood.

Sibling Rivalry: “But They’re Hurting Each Other!”

Sibling fighting, teasing and bickering are some of the biggest frustrations for parents. Learn why children fight and what you can do to help your children become friends and fight less often.

Tackling Technology

Feel like you’re constantly asking your child to “turn that thing off?” Whether it’s video consoles, computers, tablets or smart phones, you may be starting to feel like electronics are ruling your child’s life, making you tempted to shut them down and unplug them entirely. In this workshop, we will explore ways to identify your concerns around your child’s technology use, connect with your child to understand the role technology plays in his or her life, and how to set limits as a family around technology use.

Understanding Friendship and Bullying

Some children have trouble making and keeping friends, and some worry every day about being ridiculed, pushed around or excluded. How do you tell the difference between bullying and behavior that’s just immature? In either case, what do you do about it? This workshop will give parents tools for supporting children in meeting social challenges with confidence.

Young Children – Preschoolers and Elementary School

Morning Mayhem

Mornings are a hot spot for trouble in many families. Parents need to get out of the house on time, but the kids aren’t cooperating. How do you motivate them to move – without resorting to nagging, yelling or bribing? Learn why mornings are stressful and how to achieve a more peaceful, productive start to everyone’s day.

Good Fences, Happy Families: Limit Setting with Young Children

Behavioral limits help young children learn to go to bed on time, pick up after themselves and get along with others. Limits also provide security, order and an understanding of the way the world works. Learn techniques to build and uphold firm and friendly boundaries.

Setting Limits for Cooperation (Elementary School)

Learn about challenges to limit setting and find out how to begin putting limits in place. (See also: Good Fences, Happy Families: Setting Limits with Young Children and Setting Logical Limits with Tweens or Teens.)

Tweens and Teens

Setting Logical Limits with Tweens

Tweens are experiencing many changes that make limit setting difficult for parents. Learn how to use problem solving and natural and logical consequences, balance increased freedom with responsibility and deal with challenges to your boundaries.

Problem Solving with Teens

Sometimes guiding our teens can seem like a wrestling match, with both parent and teen feeling like losers. Gain the necessary skills to help your teen discuss and solve problems in a positive way by focusing on long-term goals, determining who owns the problem and encouraging resilience.

Setting Logical Limits with Teens

Teens need firm limits that parents uphold with kindness and respect for the teen’s growing independence. Learn how to set and uphold limits with your teen, to foster learning and cooperation instead of anger and rebellion.

Talking with Teens:  The Big Topics

Learn and practice the specific skills of listening to understand and talking to be heard by your teenager. You’ll be able to address sensitive subjects including sexuality, alcohol and drugs with confidence and compassion.

The Challenges of Adolescence

Adolescence begins with puberty and ends when the child’s developmental tasks are completed. Explore each task in detail: independence and autonomy; the growth of abstract thinking; and forming identity, social and spiritual.

Planning a PEP Presentation

Off-Site Class Policy

PEP staff is always interested in connecting with schools or community facilities that could host a PEP parenting bootcamp, core class or multi-session seminars in locations throughout the MD-DC-VA region. If you are interested in partnering with PEP to host PEP programming at your school or organization, contact Colleen Reed at for more information. 



Parent Encouragement Program
10100 Connecticut Ave.
Kensington, MD 20895