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Special Workshops for Adults to Enhance the Quality of Their Lives Offered at the Madison Area YMCA

Jan 13, 2017

For more information contact:
Madison Area YMCA
Marketing & Communications Department 973.822-9622

For Immediate Release 

Special Workshops for Adults to Enhance the Quality of Their Lives Offered at the Madison Area YMCA 

(Madison, NJ) – January 13, 2017 – The Madison Area YMCA is offering workshops for adults this winter to improve the quality of their lives that include: Lose That Mommy Guilt and Brain Skills Training to Enhance Your Quality of Life. The Y’s Community Mental Health Initiative is offering Reach Your Goals with Positive Positivity and Raising Your Children in a Media World.  

All lectures will be given at the Madison Area YMCA Family Center located at 111 Kings Road in Madison.  

Lose That Mommy Guilt: This is a class for moms who find themselves overwhelmed and experience guilt that comes from the demands of parenting. The fallacy of “perfect” will be discussed and the differences between expectations and reality will be explored. Self-care practices based on cognitive therapy, mindfulness-based stress reduction and positive psychology will be reviewed to help moms lose the guilt and feel more confident. The session is Thursday, February 9, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The fee is $15. 

Brain Skills Training to Enhance Your Quality of Life: The brain controls every aspect of your life and you can control your brain by developing new mental habits. With the discovery of neurogenesis, a quality of the brain that changes in response to training, you can develop qualities that change the physical structure of the brain to promote well-being and healthy habits of mind. The workshop will include tools to modify the stress response and to direct the brain to act in directions that result in your ability to move more effectively through life’s changes and challenges. It is offered at no fee on Wednesday, February 1, and Wednesday, February 8, from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.  

Reach Your Goals with Positive Positivity: This workshop teaches goal setting strategies that can help increase the likelihood of goal achievement. Participants learn key elements of positive psychology and how those elements can be applied to goal setting. We’ll review setting smarter, more realistic and appropriate goals, while still allowing you to stretch and achieve the changes you are seeking. A plan for success will be identified and we’ll prepare for obstacles that can get in the way. The workshop is on Thursday, February 2, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., and is hosted by Cara Maksimow, LCSW, CPC Clinical Therapist, author and founder of Maximize Wellness Counseling and Coaching, LLC. No fee.

Raising Children in the Media World: The explosive growth in technology, advertising and social media creates new challenges for parents to navigate and control. In this workshop, participants learn what experts recommend for managing screen time for your child’s optimal growth and development, and tips for keeping children aware of your family values and priorities. The session on teens is Thursday, March 30, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. followed by the session on toddlers from 7:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. No fee. 

To attend Reach Your Goals with Positive Positivity and Raising Children in a Media World, please RSVP to Katie Koontz at 973.822.9622 x2233 or 

The Y’s Community Mental Health Initiative raises awareness and lowers the stigma associated with mental illness. CHMI also focuses on reducing barriers to mental health care by providing community members with knowledge and skills to increase help-offering behaviors. The Y provides opportunities to become certified in Mental Health First Aid. An evidence-based skills training course, MHFA, is designed for non-mental health professionals, preparing them to know how to help reduce the social distance between people with mental illnesses and others. 

The Madison Area YMCA is a 501c3 cause-driven charitable organization dedicated to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Generous donations make it possible for everyone in the community to be enriched by the Y, regardless of ability to pay, to develop a healthy spirit, mind and body at any age. 

The Madison Area YMCA offers hundreds of classes for children and adults. Financial Assistance may be available. For additional information, contact Member Services at the Madison Area YMCA, at 111 Kings Road in Madison, 973-822-YMCA (9622), ext. 2276 or visit the Y’s website at