SUMMIT, NJ - "Purpose Drive Parenting: Becoming the parent you want to be and attaining your parenting goals," the final installment in the Parent Wellness Series -- an integrated initiative between the Summit, New Providence, Berkeley Heights, Chatham and Millburn School Districts -- will take place May 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the Auditorium at New Providence High School.

The session will be led by Michael Friedman, Ph.D. a clinical psychologist who has been involved in the study and treatment of adults with psychological, health and interpersonal issues for over 20 years.

Friedman attended University of Pennsylvania as an undergraduate, attended Yale University for his graduate studies, and completed his clinical internship and post-doctoral fellowship at Brown University. He has co-authored several papers and book chapters on a range of issues in clinical and health psychology. He has presented his work at both national and international conferences, and has conducted several workshops on the delivery of clinical care.

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He has received awards for his work from the Association for the Advancement of Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy, Society for Behavioral Medicine, and Association for Clinical Psychosocial Research.

Purpose-Driven Parenting is a "simple, but not easy approach to becoming the parent you want to be," and is designed to offer ways to stay on track to and achieve parenting goals.

The presentation will explore how to:

- Identify parenting goals



- Set up a program for families to achieve those goals, and

- Examine coping strategies to help out when parents get off track

New Providence High School is located at 35 Pioneer Drive.