Lecture and Discussion- Participants are encouraged to make the workshop more relevant to their concerns by asking questions.
Focus is on helping participants learn the role of culture in their families. Seeing families as inherently multi-cultural helps break the pattern of empathetic and communication failure between parents and children. Examination of the development of different cultural values, patterns, and behavior in response to different social demands for adults versus children in middle childhood, pre-adolescence, and adolescence. Participants will learn how cultural diversity is appropriate and logical in response to needs, i.e. that family members are never "just" different or defiant. Individual, family of origin, and cohort experiences are considered to help participants become aware of their own attitudes with regard to values, including "family values".
SUMMARY OF CONTENT:
1) THE SURVIVAL PERSPECTIVE OF CULTURE AND VALUES
Culture in Society- Economic & Political Considerations
Workplace Culture- Values of the Work Community
2) CULTURE IN FAMILIES & ADULT CULTURE-
The Family Society & the Adult Society
"FAMILY VALUES"- Origins: Mainstream and Immigrant Social Principles
"When the Heat is ON!", Family Culture Response to Stress
3) CULTURE IN SCHOOL- The School Society & Values, An Historical Perspective
4) CULTURE IN THE OUTER WORLD- Children's Societies
Culture on the Playground, the Mall, in the Hood- Survival & Success Issues
Middle Childhood Society & Cultural Demands
Developmental Needs of Different Stages of Childhood
Preadolescent Society & Cultural Demands
Adolescent Society & Cultural Demands
Identifying the Needs and Issues of Adolescence
How "Family Values" Fail Our Teens
5) ADULTS & CHILDREN CONFLICT AS CROSS-CULTURAL CONFLICT
Principles of Multi-Cultural Sensitivity and Appreciation of Diversity as Applied to Generational Conflict
Problem Area Identification & Solutions & Parental Prejudice/Family Values?