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Workshops

To find your nearest workshop please look in the list or click your county in the map below and then call us toll free at 1-800-264-9224 to book your place. (If you live near the border of another county, feel free to take a look at those workshops as well.) All workshops are free and open to parents, grandparents, caregivers and educators of children with emotional or behavioral health concerns.

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York, Cumberland, Oxford and Androscoggin Counties

 
“Making Friends with the IEP”
Presented by: Ann Long, Parent Training & Information Specialist, Maine Parent Federation
IEP meetings, IEP Teams, the IEP, timeframes, notices and evaluations can be confusing and overwhelming. Join us as we follow the IEP process and review common terms and definitions. Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions and will receive a copy of the Maine Unified Special Education Regulations. This workshop is designed for parents, foster parents or anyone who has or works with a child between the ages of 2 and 20 who has an IEP or 504 Plan.
         Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Chamber of Commerce, 4 Western Ave., South Paris
 
“ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences)
Presented by: Michelle Hill, G.E.A.R. Parent Representative
ACEs are the influence of adverse childhood experiences that may affect you as an adult. Research has proven that ACEs account for a significant portion of a wide array of physical and mental health problems. Understanding that each person’s life history impacts who they are, how they develop relationships, and how they respond to opportunities is critical in creating healthy and safe families. This ACEs presentation will provide you information about what happened to you versus what is wrong with you. Target audience: parents/caregivers of children with behavioral health issues, but all are welcome.
Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015, from 6-7:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Hospital, 99 Campus Ave., Lewiston
Wednesday, March 18, 2015, from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Chamber of Commerce, 4 Western Ave., South Paris

“Eight Great Strategies for Supporting Individuals with Autism”
Guest Speaker: Eric Campbell, MS, BCBA, Senior Program Director of Educational Services, Spurwink
Receiving a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder can be very overwhelming. Where do I begin to look for help? What can I do as a parent to help support my child? This presentation will give a brief introduction to eight research-based intervention strategies for individuals with Autism, and give examples of each that can be applied to everyday environments.

Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, from 6-7:30 p.m. at Chamber of Commerce, 4 Western Ave., South Paris
Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, from 6-7:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Hospital, 93 Campus Ave., Lewiston

“Families Detained in Maine: Coping & Parenting When Your Son or Daughter is Involved with Juvenile Corrections”
Presented by: Laurie Cavanaugh, CPSP
If you have a son or daughter in the corrections system, detained or facing juvenile detention, your whole family has been affected. You may be feeling overwhelmed with an array of different emotions: anger, guilt, shame and the frustration of not knowing what to do next. How do I parent from a distance? How do I stay involved and work with the systems? How do I prepare for their return home? Please join us and other parents/caregivers as we open the discussion about the challenges, barriers and strategies for greater success for our family and youth. You don’t have to go it alone!      
            Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, from 6-7:30 p.m. at Dana Center, Maine Medical Center, 22 Bramhall St., Portland

“Support Group Time”
Facilitated by: Michelle Hill, G.E.A.R. Parent Representative
This meeting will be facilitated for parent support/discussion time and planning for the upcoming year. Please come with your questions, concerns and ideas for an effective and beneficial parents-only meeting.
            Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, from 6-7:30 p.m. at Chamber of Commerce, 4 Western Ave., South Paris

“Co-Parenting Effectively After Divorce or Separation”
Presented by: Donna L. Andrews, LCSW, Spurwink
This workshop will focus on how to develop a co-parenting relationship, which focuses on the best needs of the child or children. Positive and effective communication styles and conflict resolution strategies will be addressed. Also, the importance of self-care during and after the process of divorce or separation will be covered.
           
Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, from 6-7:30 p.m. at Dana Center, Maine Medical Center, 22 Bramhall St, Portland
            Wednesday, March 11, 2015, from 6-7:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Hospital, 93 Campus Ave., Lewiston

“Non-Toxic Housekeeping Class”
Presented by: Laurie Cavanaugh, CPSP
Save money & reduce your family’s exposure to toxic cleaners! Join us and learn: how to avoid using toxic chemicals and still provide a clean, healthy and comfortable home; how to save money and time with simple cleaning techniques; and easy and inexpensive recipes to make safe, effective homemade household cleaners.
Wednesday, March 25, 2015, from 6-7:30 p.m. at Dana Center, Maine Medical Center, 22 Bramhall St., Portland

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Kennebec, Somerset and Franklin Counties

Diane Bouffard, CPSP, Regional Parent Support Coordinator, 207-612-8996, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

“ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences)
Presented by: Diane Bouffard, CPSP
ACEs are the influence of adverse childhood experiences that may affect you as an adult. Research has proven that ACEs account for a significant portion of a wide array of physical and mental health problems. Understanding that each person’s life history impacts who they are, how they develop relationships, and how they respond to opportunities is critical in creating healthy and safe families. This ACEs presentation will provide you information about what happened to you versus what is wrong with you. Target audience: parents/caregivers of children with behavioral health issues, but all are welcome.
Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015, from 9-11 a.m. at Educare, 56 Drummond Ave., Waterville
Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, from 6-8 p.m. at Crisis & Counseling Centers, 10 Caldwell Rd., Augusta

“How Difficult Can This Be? The F.A.T. (Frustration, Anxiety, Tension) City Workshop” by Rick Lavoie
Presented by: Diane Bouffard, CPSP
This unique and interactive program allows participants to experience the same Frustration, Anxiety and Tension that children with learning disabilities face in their daily lives. See how teachers, social workers, psychologists, parents and friends who have participated in Richard Lavoie's workshop reflect upon their experience and the way it changed their approach to children who have a learning disability.
            Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Community Concepts, 103 Deerfield Lane, Farmington
            Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, from 9-11 a.m. at Educare, 56 Drummond Ave., Waterville            

“Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, Oh My!”
Presented by: Diane Bouffard, CPSP
Are you raising a second set of children at a time you thought you would be planning your retirement? This discussion will focus on specific issues that may be challenging for grandparents today and uncover ideas and solutions for greater success and less stress.
               Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, from 9:30-11 a.m. at Kennebec Behavioral Health, 5 Commerce Dr., Skowhegan
              
Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Community Concepts, 103 Deerfield Lane, Farmington

“Making Friends with the IEP”
Presented by: Ann Long, Parent Training & Information Specialist, Maine Parent Federation
IEP meetings, IEP Teams, the IEP, timeframes, notices and evaluations can be confusing and overwhelming. Join us as we follow the IEP process and review common terms and definitions. Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions and will receive a copy of the Maine Unified Special Education Regulations. This workshop is designed for parents, foster parents or anyone who has or works with a child between the ages of 2 and 20 who has an IEP or 504 Plan.
         Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015, from 6-8 p.m. at Crisis & Counseling Centers, 10 Caldwell Rd., Augusta

“Transition Planning: The High School Years”
Presented by Ann Long, Maine Parent Federation
All parents want their child to be the leader of his or her future, but how do you get there? If you have a child receiving special education services and they are approaching transition age (14 and up), or are already transition age, this is the workshop for you. During this workshop participants will explore ways to prepare for their child’s future and learn how to involve their child in transition planning. You will also learn about the IEP requirements for transition plans and begin the process of developing a transition plan for your son or daughter. The information covered can be used to better understand and advocate for your child during transition planning at IEP meetings and in the future.
Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2014, from 9:30-11 a.m. at Kennebec Behavioral Health, 5 Commerce Dr., Skowhegan
 
"Positive Behavioral Supports & Tantrum Management: Self-Preservation & Success in Parenting Children with Behavioral Health Needs"
Presented by: Diane Bouffard, CPSP
Do you sometimes feel like you don’t know how to help your child? Children with behavioral health needs do not come with a manual! This workshop will offer a framework to understand the nature of your child’s behavior and methods to flexibly respond to the needs your child presents. Positive behavioral supports emphasizes practical ideas about how to meet your child where they are at and utilize their motivation to increase success. Understanding and using Stage of Change concepts, maximizing provider involvement and enhancing natural supports will be emphasized to provide usable tools that can be applied in a variety of real life situations. Temper tantrums are disruptive behavior or emotional outbursts displayed in response to unmet needs or desires. Come and learn how to control your child’s tantrums by using behavior management.
            Thursday, March 5, 2015, from: 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Community Concepts, 103 Deerfield Lane, Farmington                              
 
“Non-Toxic Housekeeping Class”
Presented by: Diane Bouffard, CPSP
Save money and reduce your family’s exposure to toxic cleaners! Join us and learn: how to avoid using toxic chemicals and still provide a clean, healthy and comfortable home; how to save money and time with simple cleaning techniques; and easy and inexpensive recipes to make safe, effective homemade household cleaners.
Wednesday, March 25, 2015, from 6-7:30 p.m. at Dana Center, Maine Medical Center, 22 Bramhall St., Portland

"Do You Speak Teen? 'mnE Ps dnt bleev der is a gNR8N d/c b/t em n thr teen'"
Presented by: Diane Bouffard, CPSP
Communicating with teens today is more challenging than ever but not impossible! This workshop will explore modern technology and give you some new ideas to peek into your teen’s world.  Minneapolis-based, Search Institute® has identified 40 building blocks of healthy development – known as “developmental assets” – that help influence choices young people make and help them become caring and responsible adults. The framework of the 40 Developmental Assets® will also be shared.
            Thursday, March 12, 2015, from 9-11 a.m. at Educare, 56 Drummond Ave., Waterville

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Knox, Lincoln and Sagadahoc Counties

 
“Toxic Chemicals and Our Children’s Developing Brains”
Presented by: Norm LeBlanc, CPSP
Why is environmental health so important? Consider that 12 million American children (17 percent of all Americans under the age of 18) have one or more developmental, learning or behavioral disabilities. Today more than 1.5 million Americans have autism. Studies show that in Maine autism occurs in 1 in 66 children; 127,000 adults and children in Maine are identified as having learning disabilities; and 37 percent of the children receiving special education services in our public schools have learning or attention disabilities. Learn why it is important to protect you family from toxic chemical exposures.
            Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Penobscot Bay Medical Center, Physicians Bldg, Conf Rm D (ground floor), 4 Glen Cove Drive, Rockport

“Support Group for Dads Raising Kids with Behavioral, Emotional & Developmental Needs”
Facilitated by: Norm LeBlanc, CPSP
Have you wondered what goes on at a parent support group for dads?  Are you a dad of a child with behavioral, emotional or developmental health needs? Please come and join in the discussion with other fathers, who are on a similar journey as yours.
            Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, from 6-8 p.m. at Providence’s Merrymeeting Center (back entrance), 62 Pegasus St, Brunswick Landing (Old Naval Base), Brunswick (this back entrance is shared with Mid-Coast Veterans Resource Center)   

“Seasonal Affective Disorder”
Presented by: Norm LeBlanc, CPSP
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) can affect adults, teens and children. It’s estimated about six in every 100 people (6 percent) experience SAD. One U.S. study found the rates of SAD were seven times higher in New Hampshire than in Florida, suggesting the farther we live from the equator the more likely we are to develop SAD. Join us for an educational and stressless morning learning about SAD and how to deal with it.
Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., Curtis Memorial Library, Seminar Rm (2nd Floor), 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick
 
“Non-Toxic Housekeeping Class”
Presented by: Norman LeBlanc, CPSP
Save money and reduce your family’s exposure to toxic cleaners! Join us and learn: how to avoid using toxic chemicals and still provide a clean, healthy and comfortable home; how to save money and time with simple cleaning techniques; and easy and inexpensive recipes to make safe, effective homemade household cleaners.
Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Penobscot Bay Medical Center, Physicians Bldg, Conf Rm D (ground floor), 4 Glen Cove Drive, Rockport

“Sharing and Keeping Personal Information Safe”
Guest Speaker: Catie Lary, Community Educator, Sexual Assault Support Services of Mid Coast Maine
Please join us for an informative presentation about social sharing and keeping personal information safe. Come and gain useful information about how to keep yourself and your children stay safe when using social networking sites. Discover some useful tips for helping your children navigate cyberspace safely. Learn about red flag sites, cyber bullying prevention and awareness of internet predators.
             Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Curtis Memorial Library, Seminar Rm (2nd Flr), 23 Pleasant St, Brunswick
             Thursday, March 19, 2015, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Penobscot Bay Medical Center, Physicians Building, Conf Rm D (ground floor), 4 Glen Cove Drive, Rockport

“Improving Transitions in a Sensory Smart Family: Why can’t we ever just get in the car and go?”
Guest Speaker: Maggie McKenna, Occupational Therapist
Transitions are defined as any time that we are asking our child to shift from one place/activity to another place/activity. Many individuals with delays in sensory processing exhibit challenging behaviors during these transitional times. Come and explore techniques to encourage flexibility, as well as methods to reduce the impact of transitions. This will be an opportunity to discuss the behavior that you observe in your child. Customize strategies that will help your child develop the ability to shift and add tools for averting meltdowns due to the demands of transitions.
            Thursday, March 26, 2015, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Curtis Memorial Library, Seminar Rm (2nd Flr), 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick

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Hancock, Waldo & Washington Counties

Karen Nix, Regional Parent Support Coordinator, 207-469-0064, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

“Maine Snap-Ed: Eating Healthy on a Budget”
Presented by: Shoshona Smith, Healthy Acadia, and Beth Chamberlain, Healthy Waldo County
Join G.E.A.R. Parent Network, Healthy Acadia and Healthy Waldo County for the final installment of our four-part series of fun and interactive workshops based on the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Each workshop highlights key nutrition concepts accompanied by hands-on cooking demonstrations and food tastings with a special focus on saving more at the grocery store. Receive free cooking-related giveaways and recipes just for attending!
            Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, from 10:30-Noon at
Bucksport Regional Health Center, 110 Broadway, Bucksport
            Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, from 6-7:30 p.m. at Waldo County Head Start, 3 Back Searsport Road, Searsport

“ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences)
Presented by: Karen Nix, Regional Parent Support Coordinator
ACEs are the influence of adverse childhood experiences that may affect you as an adult. Research has proven that ACEs account for a significant portion of a wide array of physical and mental health problems. Understanding that each person’s life history impacts who they are, how they develop relationships, and how they respond to opportunities is critical in creating healthy and safe families. This ACEs presentation will provide you information about what happened to you versus what is wrong with you. Target audience: parents/caregivers of children with behavioral health issues, but all are welcome.
Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, from 9-11 a.m. at KidsPeace, 16 KidsPeace Way, Ellsworth
Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, from 6-7:30 p.m. at Waldo County Head Start, 3 Back Searsport Road, Searsport
Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, from 10:30-Noon at Bucksport Regional Health Center, 110 Broadway, Bucksport
 
“Toxic Chemicals and Our Children’s Developing Brains”
Presented by: Cindy Seekins, CPSP, Program Director
Why is environmental health so important? Consider that 12 million American children (17 percent of all Americans under the age of 18) have one or more developmental, learning or behavioral disabilities. Today more than 1.5 million Americans have autism. Studies show that in Maine autism occurs in 1 in 66 children; 127,000 adults and children in Maine are identified as having learning disabilities; and 37 percent of the children receiving special education services in our public schools have learning or attention disabilities. Learn why it is important to protect you family from toxic chemical exposures.
           Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, from 10:30-12:30 p.m. at KidsPeace, 16 KidsPeace Way, Ellsworth
 
“Non-Toxic Housekeeping Class”
Presented by: Karen Nix, Regional Parent Support Coordinator
Save money and reduce your family’s exposure to toxic cleaners! Join us and learn: how to avoid using toxic chemicals and still provide a clean, healthy and comfortable home; how to save money and time with simple cleaning techniques; and easy and inexpensive recipes to make safe, effective homemade household cleaners.
Thursday, March 19, 2015, from 10:30-Noon at Bucksport Regional Health Center, 110 Broadway, Bucksport
Tuesday, March 24, 2015, from 6-7:30 p.m. at Waldo County Head Start, 3 Back Searsport Road, Searsport
Friday, March 27, 2015, from 10:30-12:30 p.m. at KidsPeace, 16 KidsPeace Way, Ellsworth

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Penobscot, Piscataquis & Southern Aroostook Counties

Cynthia Levasseur, Regional Parent Support Coordinator, 207-951-2614, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

“Disaster Preparedness 101: Families Prepare and Empower Themselves to Persevere Through Traumatic Events and Unexpected Disaster”
Presented by: Cindy Levasseur, Regional Parent Support Coordinator
When disaster strikes will you be ready? Flooding, blizzards, power outages and intense storms are common disasters in Maine. This workshop focuses on the reactions and needs of children and adolescents in times of unexpected disaster. Participants will learn how to engage their communities and emergency teams to effectively respond to the unique health and well-being needs of their children and youth. Families will begin to plan and prepare for an emergency evacuation and learn strategies to make the unforeseen event more bearable and less traumatic.
            Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, from 6-8 p.m. at Catholic Charities, 1066 Kenduskeag Ave, Bangor
            Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, from 6-8 p.m. at Wings for Families & Children, 900 Hammond St., Bangor

“Non-Toxic Housekeeping Class”
Presented by: Cindy Levasseur, Regional Parent Support Coordinator
Save money and reduce your family’s exposure to toxic cleaners! Join us and learn: how to avoid using toxic chemicals and still provide a clean, healthy and comfortable home; how to save money and time with simple cleaning techniques; and easy and inexpensive recipes to make safe, effective homemade household cleaners.
Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015, from 6-8 p.m. at Catholic Charities, 1066 Kenduskeag Ave., Bangor
Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015, from 6-8 p.m. at Wings for Families & Children, 900 Hammond St., Bangor
 
"Positive Behavioral Supports & Tantrum Management: Self-Preservation & Success in Parenting Children with Behavioral Health Needs"
Presented by: Cindy Levasseur, Regional Parent Support Coordinator, and Cindy Seekins, CPSP, Program Director
Do you sometimes feel like you don’t know how to help your child? Children with behavioral health needs do not come with a manual! This workshop will offer a framework to understand the nature of your child’s behavior and methods to flexibly respond to the needs your child presents. Positive behavioral supports emphasizes practical ideas about how to meet your child where they are at and utilize their motivation to increase success. Understanding and using Stage of Change concepts, maximizing provider involvement and enhancing natural supports will be emphasized to provide usable tools that can be applied in a variety of real life situations. Temper tantrums are disruptive behavior or emotional outbursts displayed in response to unmet needs or desires. Come and learn how to control your child’s tantrums by using behavior management.
Wednesday, March 4, 2015, from 6-8 p.m. at Catholic Charities, 1066 Kenduskeag Ave., Bangor
Tuesday, March 10, 2015, from 6-8 p.m. at Wings for Families & Children, 900 Hammond St., Bangor
        

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