PARENTING SKILLS

The purpose of the In the Circle Parenting curriculum is to provide participants with the methods and skills needed to be a better parent and role-model to their children. The curriculum consists of Evidence-based and Clinically Proven Practices that are administered through 12 weeks of intense interactive workshops that will reinforce the positive parenting skills learned from their parents, while at the same time dispelling the negative lessons that have proven to be destructive to their children’s well-being. Among the tools used are: PowerPoint Slides, handouts, and videos.

Parenting skills outcomes: After completing parenting skills, participants have been shown to gain a better understanding of themselves, their family, and the skills needed to be better parents.

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ANGER MANAGEMENT

The purpose of this Anger Management curriculum is to provide participants with the methods and skills needed to effectively deal with their destructive anger related behavior. The curriculum consists of Evidence-based and Clinically Proven Practices that are administered through 10 weeks of intense interactive workshops that revolve around the belief that “shame” is often at the root of one’s anger. Among the tools used are: PowerPoint Slides, handouts, weekly homework assignments, anger logs, skits and videos.

Anger Management group outcomes: After completing the anger management group, participants have been shown to gain a better understanding of themselves, their family, and the root causes/triggers of their anger. This in turn will better prepare participants to deal with frustration(s), anger and destructive behavior.

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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE WORKSHOP

The purpose of this Domestic Violence Workshop curriculum is to provide participants with the methods and skills needed to recognize and refrain from engaging in potentially volatile situation within the household and beyond. The curriculum consists of Evidence-based and Clinically Proven Practices that are administered through 13 weeks of intense interactive workshops that are intent on replacing previous beliefs and actions once deemed appropriate with better inter/intrapersonal communication skills. Among the tools used are: PowerPoint Slides, handouts, weekly homework assignments, skits and videos.

Domestic Violence workshop outcomes: After completing this workshop, participants will have gained a better understand of themselves in relation to their spouses. They will learn what led them to believe that they can/should control another person. They will gain better control of their own emotions and apparent need to be in control of their loved ones. And finally, they will learn to exhibit appropriate responses to normal relational adversity.

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FARMing Support Group

Scheduled bi-weekly, the FARMing support group, allows for a safe place where men can discuss many of the ills that are currently plaguing them and their families. Participants are encouraged to share openly, and when possible to give advice/encouragement to members who are in need.

FARMing Support Group outcomes: The FARMing Support group will serve as a bi-weekly reminder to our participants that they are not the only ones going through problems as a result of being a man of color raised in an urban environment. As a result, they will begin to build up their networks of not only the staff at The FARM, but  also of new found friends who share similar backgrounds.

For those that are still overcome with trauma related grief, The FARM will make a referral to an appropriate service provider, who will then provide client with a higher level of care.

Note: These services are voluntary and are available to all eligible persons, regardless of race, gender, age, disability, or religion.

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SPROUTS PROGRAM

Focused on raising our next generation, one child at a time, the SPROUTS program is a mentoring based initiative specifically designed to harness the best this generation has to offer. 

Utilizing the medium of theater as a conflict resolution educational (CRE) technique, SPROUT mentors work with teens to develop their acumen for success, despite less than stellar origins. 

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FARM’s Healthy Relationship program:Couples Reconciling to be Outstanding Parents (C.R.O.P.)

With emphasis on reconnecting families and repairing relationships, the C.R.O.P. program is designed to give all parties the skills needed to confront, adjust, heal and most past the issues that are currently keeping the family a part. We understand that all relationships are not destined for reconciliation. However, what C.R.O.P. emphasizes is the need for parents, children and extended family members to constructively address their familial discourse in a way that allows for continued parenting and family support. This is primarily done through family counseling, where a counselor trained in evidence based practices, will work with the family, encouraging them to adopt better attitudes, communication, and conflict resolution practices.

Couples Reconciling to be Outstanding Parents (C.R.O.P.) outcomes: Once completed, participants will be better prepared to deal with relational, family, and systems related stress.

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Rikers Island re-entry project

Through our Rikers Island re-entry project, we are honored to be among those working to provide hope and guidance to youth and young adults (16-21) housed on Rikers Island. In partnership with Friends of Island Academy's Youth Reentry Network, we are tasked with providing comprehensive re-entry focused services geared towards empowering and changing the lives of those incarcerated in preparation for their eventual status as returning citizens. Our culturally competent services are as follows:

  • Conflict Resolution
  • Parenting
  • Employment Prep
  • Budgeting
  • Goal setting
  • Referrals

We at the FARM pride ourselves on providing workshops and services specifically designed to meet the needs of this unique and diverse population. 

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