Our Daughter’s Voices

See below for information on a series of workshops, for daughters and parents, related to relational aggression held at Positive Directions in Westport, CT.

While much has been said about boys and bullying, the more subtle aggression that girls demonstrate is still a mystery. In a society, which does not encourage girls to exhibit anger in traditional ways, aggression expresses itself in many forms, including exclusion, whispered insinuations, rumors and manipulation. This schoolgirl cruelty often has lasting consequences for girls, following them from adolescence into young womanhood and adulthood.

Author Rachel Simmons put a name to this hidden culture of girls’ aggression in her best selling book ‘Odd Girl Out’, in which she addresses how this phenomenon diminishes our daughters’ self esteem and how families and schools are affected.

In response to the concerns parents have expressed about this behavior, Positive Directions offers a series of workshops entitled Our Daughters’ Voices.

During four interactive sessions, participants can expect to explore:

  • What is relational aggression;
  • The relationship between voice and self-esteem in girls;
  • Characteristics of a healthy friendship & maintaining authentic relationships;
  • Understanding the difference between friendship and popularity;
  • Effective ways to identify and communicate feelings;
  • The connection between relational aggression and risky behavior;
  • Effective techniques for listening without trying to control;
  • Being a role model for your daughter.

For information on the scheduling of Creating Lasting Family Connections; Our Daughters’ Voices and other Positive Directions’ workshops in your area, please call:

203-227-7644 ext. 127

About Positive Directions:

Since 1973, Positive Directions – The Center for Prevention & Recovery, has been reaching out to individuals, families and communities in the Fairfield County, Connecticut area, providing treatment, counseling and education programs focused on the prevention of and recovery from substance abuse and dependencies.

At Positive Directions, our caring and professional staff offer counseling, support and Intervention services for individuals and families seeking treatment for alcoholism, drug abuse & addiction, problem gambling and other addictive behaviors. For adolescents, we offer Youth Evaluation Services designed to provide counseling, referrals and support to adolescents and their families.

Positive Directions also offers prevention programs that promote positive parenting and the prevention of risky behavior by teens and young adults.

Positive Directions is a state licensed out-patient treatment center, and as an independent, non-profit and non-sectarian agency, Positive Directions guarantees client confidentiality and the promise that no one seeking help is turned away for lack of funds.


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