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Where human needs and government intersect. The Division of Community Services promotes ongoing economic security and independence for the people of Shelby County. We do this by promoting, coordinating and delivering services that address the underlying conditions for well-being and justice. We strive to be a highly organized team and partner, dedicated to promoting a strong community where all people are able to reach their full potential.

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Dec 23

Helping Families through Social Skills Classes

Posted on December 23, 2019 at 11:27 AM by Janet Lo

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Office of Justice Initiatives - Pretrial Services
Helping Families through Social Skills Classes

Family values and healthy social skills are often at the core of positive and safe relationships. The Programs Unit of Pretrial Services helps those previously incarcerated to improve their social skills to have healthier relationships and prevent future offenses. Pretrial Services offers programs such as Bringing Peace to Relationships, Batterers Intervention Program, Anger Management, Parenting, and 24:7 Dad.  In these programs, clients are allowed to share personal experiences of their own, listen to group members, and follow an evidence-based curriculum aimed at improving the well-being of the entire family and community. 

Each program has unique curricula that offer knowledge, skills, and cognitive behavior themes.  The Bringing Peace to Relationships and Batterers Intervention Program are domestic violence programs. Both programs focus on abusive relationships in the family and the power and control that one person can exert. The Anger Management Program allows one to identify their anger and how to cope with anger.  The Parenting Program gives direct guidelines on parenting skills and family values.  In addition to parenting, the 24:7 Dad program offers principles of parenting, directly to the father. 

Pretrial Services’ Programs Unit is designed to help bring balance to one’s self, others and the community by fostering a positive family. For more information, contact 901-222-4000 or visit