News Release

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Contact: George Stinnett, CHKD, (757) 668-7043 or

Free Workshops for Professionals, Parents Presented by CHKD and Kohl's

September 28: Teen Relationships

HAMPTON ROADS, Va.—Two workshops dealing with teen relationships -- one for professionals, one for parents – will be presented by Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters and Kohl’s Department Stores on September 28 in the hospital’s Brickhouse Auditorium, 601 Children’s Lane, Norfolk.

The professional’s workshop, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., is entitled “Sexually Coercive Relationships Among Teens” and will focus on recognizing emotional manipulation and sexual coercion. Attendees will learn how to give kids the information and skills they need to avoid unhealthy and harmful relationships. Issues addressed will include: What is a sexual con game? Who perpetrates these games? How can kids recognized if they’re being conned? How they can avoid falling victim? And what is a healthy relationship?

The parent’s workshop, 7-9 p.m., is entitled “When Teens Play the Dating Game” and will address how to talk to teens about dating and how to know if teens are ready to date. Attendees will learn how to discuss with their teens “dating steps,” how far is too far and how to end a relationship.Featured presenter for both workshops is Laura Holmes Buddenberg, administrator, writer and trainer at the Girls and Boys Town Center for Adolescent and Family Spirituality, Boys Town, Neb., which specializes in issues affecting families. She is co-author of the third edition of Unmasking Sexual Con Games: Helping Teens Avoid Emotional Grooming and Dating Violence and the book “Who’s Raising Your Child – Battling the Marketers for Your Child’s Heart and Soul.”

The workshops are free, but seating is limited and advance registration is requested. For more information or to register, call (757) 668-7500 or visit, where information about future workshops also is available.

The workshops are part of a series of lectures to help parents and professionals build stronger relationships with their children. The series is made possible by a $57,557 grant from Kohl’s through the Kohl’s Cares for Kids campaign.