A program designed to give parents skills in dealing with teens with significant behavior problems will be offered by the Palo Alto Police Department.
The program is aimed at parents whose children are "strong-willed or out-of-control adolescents," said Police Agent Donna Arndt, one of the two officers who will facilitate the 13-week class for parents.
The class begins Sept. 20 and costs $59 for residents plus $35 for materials. It costs $68 for non-residents.
The program is from the Nevada-based group the Parent Project, which is the largest court-mandated diversion program in Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties.
Arndt and Officer Melda Christmas have been trained as facilitators to teach the program. "It's more hands-on than psychological," Arndt said, giving parents strategies to deal with the most destructive adolescent behaviors, including alcohol and drug use and delinquency.
Classes will be at the Cubberley Community Center and registration forms are available at Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Information is also available at http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/police .