"You Are Not Alone!" Welcome to G.E.A.R. Parent Network

Through parent-to-parent sharing of experiences and knowledge, G.E.A.R. Parent Network empowers parents of children with behavioral health needs to build on their family’s strengths and to advocate for their family’s needs.

FREE support available to parents and families include:

  • Support by phone at 1-800-264-9224
  • Monthly support groups
  • Workshops on topics related to emotional and behavioral health
  • Opportunities to network with other families
  • Information on resources and public services available to you and your family
  • Programs for passing on your knowledge and assisting other families
  • Leadership skills and quality assurance advocacy through the F.A.C.E.S. Council

We are parents helping each other; we offer unconditional support – no blame, no shame and no judgment. We want you to know that you are not ALONE!

Learn more about us, our staff, support groups, resources and much more.

G.E.A.R. Parent Network offers three surveys for caregivers of children with behavioral health concerns to identify their experiences and needs. Please take the surveys below to help us learn which supports would be most helpful to you.

The Family/Caregiver Survey asks you to identify the immediate and long-term effects of caregiver strain, as well as what would reduce the strain and improve health and well-being.

The Parent/Caregiver Support Needs Assessment assists our program in tailoring which types of support groups, workshops and/or activities you may be interested in attending.

Help G.E.A.R. Parent Network inform the system of care to better understand the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) that families have been exposed to. This information will also help us provide future educational workshops, awareness and prevention of ACEs.

New Lives in the Balance Date Announced

WHERE: Biddeford High School’s Little Theater, 18 Maplewood Ave., Biddeford, Maine
WHEN: March 16, 2015, 6 to 8 p.m.
HOW TO RSVP: Call G.E.A.R. Parent Network at 1.800.264.9224 or register online

G.E.A.R. Parent Network in association with Lives in the Balance presents Dr. Ross Greene.

Dr. Greene is the founding director of Lives in the Balance and the originator of Collaborative & Proactive Solutions as described in his books, "The Explosive Child" and "Lost at School." He is also an adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Virginia Tech. His model suggests that challenging behavior is the by product of lagging skills, not lagging motivation or poor parenting.

Challenging kids benefit primarily from interventions aimed at teaching them the skills they’re lacking rather than by trying to give them the incentive to behave adaptively. The model draws from research in the neurosciences that indicates that behaviorally challenging kids are lacking crucial cognitive skills.  

Indeed, according to Dr. Greene, this is the best time in all of human evolution to be understanding and helping a behaviorally challenging kid because we’ve never known as much about them as we do now.

Many behaviorally challenging kids don’t respond well to having their problems solved unilaterally or emergently.

It’s better to solve those problems collaboratively and proactively. Dr. Greene’s model has helped many parents, educators and staff in various facilities – inpatient units, residential facilities and prisons – do just that, and often with dramatic effect. Maine is one of the states that has been most receptive to this approach, especially in its system of juvenile detention and public schools.

At this presentation you will learn the basics of Collaborative & Proactive Solutions, a non-adversarial, non-punitive approach for children with social, emotional and behavioral challenges.

Be sure to visit the Parents/Families section on the Lives in the Balance website: livesinthebalance.org.

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