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Child Advocacy Center to host What a Girl Needs to Know Workshop

Written by: John DeRousie, Custom Marketing Solutions
FULTON, NY – The Child Advocacy Center of Oswego County invites mothers and daughters to attend a special one-day workshop: “What a Girl Needs to Know.”

Committee members for the upcoming “What a Girl Needs to Know” workshop meet at the Child Advocacy Center of Oswego County to finalize details for the event. Standing from left are: Kaylee Damm; Karrie Damm, executive director of the Child Advocacy Center of Oswego County; and Jen Bregande, LMFT.  Seated from left are:  Suzanne Haas-Cunningham, PhD., a therapist with the Syracuse Institute for Healing Relationships; and Susan White, LMFT with Dragonfly Counseling and Consultation in Syracuse.
Committee members for the upcoming “What a Girl Needs to Know” workshop meet at the Child Advocacy Center of Oswego County to finalize details for the event. Standing from left are: Kaylee Damm; Karrie Damm, executive director of the Child Advocacy Center of Oswego County; and Jen Bregande, LMFT. Seated from left are: Suzanne Haas-Cunningham, PhD., a therapist with the Syracuse Institute for Healing Relationships; and Susan White, LMFT with Dragonfly Counseling and Consultation in Syracuse.

Scheduled for May 18, the What a Girl Needs to Know mother and daughter workshop focuses on a number of issues that are vital to developing healthy relationships for young women ages 12 to 15 and their mothers or caregivers.

“This workshop will focus on what a girl needs to know to strengthen her sense of self, her safety, and increase the chances that her talents and skills will be shared with others to her fullest capacity,” explained Karrie Damm, executive director of the CAC. “Additionally, we will look at what we as a community can do to support mothers and caregivers so that they may raise internally stronger daughters.”

Suzanne Haas-Cunningham, PhD., a therapist with the Syracuse Institute for Healing Relationships, drew upon her vast experience to establish the curriculum for the workshop.

“I have witnessed the aftermath of women murdered by their boyfriends and husbands, the almost commonplace stories of women being sexually molested and raped, and girls and woman who have felt so lost and self-hating that only their only desire was to waste away. I ask myself: ‘Am I doing all I can to change how woman are growing and valuing themselves in a world that still does not often honor their right to be here and to develop themselves?’  The What a Girl Needs to Know workshop is a way for myself and the CAC staff to reach out to young women, to offer them an interactive workshop that will empower them to use their skills so that they may grow strong and with a solid sense of self inside,” said Haas-Cunningham.

Damm added that the What a Girls Needs to Know workshop would address topics such as:

Identifying skills and passions, attending to ones beliefs in themselves.
Body Image issues in young women growing up in our culture.
Keeping yourself safe in relationships and social media.
Sense of Spirit.
Communicating needs and feelings to others and developing a voice in relationships.

“These topics will be addressed in a number of ways, including: interactive groups and multi-media presentations. We are pleased to be able to offer this workshop to mothers and daughters in our community and I look forward to seeing many of them at the workshop,” added Damm.

The workshop will be held May 18 at the CAC offices, 301 Beech St., inside the former St. Michael’s Church building.

The cost to attend the workshop is $10 per person.  Pre-Registration is suggested but not required to attend the event.

For more information or to register to attend the workshop you may visit www.whatagirlneedstoknow.com and click on “register for workshop”; e-mail Haas-Cunningham at [email protected] or contact the Child Advocacy Center of Oswego County at 315-592-4453.