SEPT. 29, 2000

CONTACT: Mike Stepanovich, 661/664-2456; mstepanovich@csub.edu



CLL workshop to examine family issues

The Center for Living and Learning at California State University, Bakersfield hosts its third annual workshop for families on Thursday, Oct. 19, at the Bakersfield Christian Life Center, 5500 Olive Drive. Titled Surviving and Thriving III: Strengthening our Families Across the Lifespan, the workshop will be from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

Keynote speaker is Dr. Jess Diamond, who will talk about child abuse and how to cope in an increasingly violent society.

The program will cover a wide range of topics, from children dealing with divorce and dealing with depression in teens to grandparents' rights and Native American, Latino, and African-American perspectives on family. Other topics include anger management and family conflict resolution and mental illness in the family.

Speakers will address challenges such as learning disabilities, coping with incontinence, grandparents raising grandchildren. They will take a closer look at the growing phenomenon of "the sandwich generation," where adults are likely to devote more years in caring for their aging parents than raising their children.

"The workshop will feature a variety of topics affecting virtually all families today," said Ken Ishida, CSUB psychology professor and vice-president of the Center for Living and Learning. "It's designed to provide important information to help people cope with a myriad of issues. We hope people will take advantage of the workshop."

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., followed by the keynote address and breakout sessions on specific topics, which will be presented by community professionals. There will be ample time for questions and answers and audience participation.

The program is open to the public. Admission is $7.50, which includes continental breakfast. Seating limited to 150. To register, please call 664-2024.

The Center for Living and Learning promotes advocacy, research, and continuing learning for senior citizens and intergenerational activities to promote understanding of gerontological issues.