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LEAAP Center offering new class

Sunday, April 11, 2010

A new class for parents and teenagers will be offered beginning Thursday at the Linking Education to Adults, Adolescents and Preschoolers (LEAAP) Center.

Lifeline Youth and Family Services will offer the seven-week course, which will take place from 6:30-8 p.m.

The class, Center for Responsible Thinking (CRT), launched in 1999.

"The classes we are now offering are working with teens and parents," Lifeline Assistant Regional Coordinator Ashley Titus told The Brazil Times.

Titus said the class helps with character education for teens.

"Its focus is on specific issues," she said, "healthy decisions that can be applied to life."

As an example, Titus said teens attending the class will learn how to "target their own thinking errors," while parents "learn how to interact and respond to those thinking errors."

"As a whole, it promotes communications between teens and parents," she said.

The classes have enough space for 25 teens and 20 parents to attend.

"We have had success in other areas of the state," Titus said. "But this is the first time we're bringing the classes here."

She said a pre-test and post-test are given.

The pre-test helps coordinators understand what teens and parents know and the post-test shows what has been learned.

Lifeline's main office is located in Fort Wayne, but they have divided the state into eight regions, or districts. Region 8, for example, encompasses Clay, Parke, Vermillion, Vigo and Sullivan counties.

Lifeline is offering CRT courses at two other locations as well, including the Booker T. Washington Community Center, 1101 S. 13th St., Terre Haute, on Wednesdays, and the Wilson Center, 3636 E. State Road 36, Hillsdale, Ind., on Mondays.

The classes at the Wilson Center are designed for parents only.

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