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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

 

“Responding to Abuse and Neglect: It’s Everyone’s Responsibility”
Presented by Laurie Cavanaugh, CPSP
Our children are our future, and child abuse and neglect is everybody’s business. This workshop will discuss what is considered child abuse, when to report and who to report to, state and national statistics, Maine law, “punishment” vs. “discipline,” behavior management and protective factors.
               Wednesday, July 22, 2015, from 6-7:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Hospital, 93 Campus Ave., Lewiston
               Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015, from 6-7:30 p.m. at Dana Center, Maine Medical Center, 22 Bramhall St., Portland

“Toxic Chemicals and Our Children’s Developing Brains”
Presented by: Laurie Cavanaugh, CPSP
*Please note this is a class for new Mainers with Somali language translators available.
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, Aug. 20, 2015, from 4-6 p.m. at DHHS, 57 Birch St., Lewiston

“How Difficult Can This Be? The F.A.T. (Frustration, Anxiety and Tension) City Workshop” by Rick Lavoie, M.A., M.Ed.
Facilitated by: Michelle Hill, G.E.A.R. Parent Representative (Lewiston location), Rebecca Williamson, G.E.A.R. Parent Representative (South Paris location)
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.              
              Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015, from 6-7:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Hospital, 93 Campus Ave., Lewiston
              Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015, from 6-7:30 p.m. at Chamber of Commerce, 4 Western Ave., South Paris

“Non-Toxic Housekeeping Class”
Presented by: Laurie Cavanaugh, 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, Sept. 30, 2015, from 6-7:30 p.m. at Harper Conference Center located in the Ripley Building, 139 Main St., Norway

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Kennebec, Somerset & 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

“Have Fun in the Sun This Summer”
Presented by: Diane Bouffard, CPSP
Come learn how to make all-natural suntan lotion and bug repellent. Also, learn some fun activities to do this summer for little or no cost. Talk to parents about some challenges you may experience and some ideas to deal with the issues. This is a fun and relaxing workshop!
               Thursday, July 2, 2015, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Community Concepts, 103 Deerfield Lane, Farmington
               Thursday, July 9, 2015, from 9-11 a.m. at Educare, 56 Drummond Ave., Waterville

“Navigating the Transition from School to Adult Life”
Presented by: Erin Dimbleby, Information Specialist, Autism Society of Maine
Join us and learn information about the transition from school to adult life for individuals with an autism diagnosis. Discussion topics will focus on eligibility requirements, assessments and timeframe for assessing services in the areas of post-secondary education, employment, independent living and guardianship.
              
Tuesday, July 14, 2015, from 6-8 p.m. at Crisis & Counseling Centers, 10 Caldwell Rd., Augusta
              
Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015, from 9-11 a.m. at Educare, 56 Drummond Ave., Waterville

“It’s So Much Work to be Your Friend” Video Presentation by Rick Lavoie, M.A., M.Ed.
Facilitated by: Diane Bouffard, CPSP
Are you concerned that your child has few or no friends? Do you watch your child struggle with social isolation and rejection? This workshop will enlighten you about learning disabilities and help your child find social success. Participants will learn what is making it difficult for their child to be a good friend and practical solutions to social skills issues.
          Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Community Concepts, 103 Deerfield Lane, Farmington
          Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, from 9:30-11 a.m. at Kennebec Behavioral Health, 5 Commerce Drive, Skowhegan
          Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015, from 6-8 p.m. at Crisis & Counseling Centers, 10 Caldwell Rd., Augusta
          Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015, from 9-11 a.m. at Educare, 56 Drummond Ave., Waterville

“Support Group Time”
Facilitated by: Diane Bouffard, CPSP, Regional Parent Support Coordinator
Come meet with other parents and caregivers to share your experiences and knowledge in an open discussion format.
          Tuesday, July 28, 2015, from 9:30-11 a.m. at Kennebec Behavioral Health, 5 Commerce Drive, Skowhegan
          Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015, from 6-8 p.m. at Crisis & Counseling Centers, 10 Caldwell Rd., Augusta

“Autism and Strategies”
Presented by: Aimee DesRoches, Information Specialist, Autism Society of Maine
Participants will learn a basic understanding of autism along with general strategies, environmental strategies, sensory strategies, communication strategies, behavioral strategies, social skill strategies, educational strategies and classroom strategies.
            Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Community Concepts, 103 Deerfield Lane, Farmington

“How Difficult Can This Be? The F.A.T. (Frustration, Anxiety and Tension) City Workshop” by Rick Lavoie, M.A., M.Ed.
Facilitated 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.               
               Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015, from 9:30-11 a.m. at Kennebec Behavioral Health, 5 Commerce Drive, Skowhegan

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Knox, Lincoln and Sagadahoc Counties

“Managing Stress, Strategies for Recognizing & Reducing Stress”
Presented by: Norm LeBlanc, CPSP
We all have stress in our lives. The stress is even greater for parents of a child with behavioral health needs. Please join us in the conversation and discovery of what stress is, how stress affects us, how to differentiate between good and bad stress and learn about some different stress relief and reduction strategies that can help us to live healthier lives.
               Tuesday, July 14, 2015, from 6-8 p.m. at Penobscot Bay Medical Ctr, Physicians Bldg, Conf Rm D (ground floor), 4 Glen Cove Dr., Rockport
               Thursday, July 23, 2015, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Curtis Memorial Library, Seminar Rm (2nd floor), 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick

“G.E.A.R. Family Picnic”
Facilitated by: Norm LeBlanc, CPSP & Jess Connor, Regional Parent Support Coordinator
Damariscotta Lake State Park is a favorite summer destination for many Maine families. A large freshwater lake with a sandy beach provides a relaxing location for picnicking and sunning. A picnic lunch (beginning promptly at 1 p.m.) will be provided. Picnic tables are located near the beach. Please bring your beach apparel and lawn chairs. Don’t forget the sunscreen! There will be no lifeguards on duty. Parents, it will be your responsibility to watch your kids. Please come and join in the fun! Parents and caregivers from all regions are welcome. Admission is free! Note: Inform the ranger at the gate that you are there for the G.E.A.R. Family Picnic for free admittance.
               Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015, from 1-4 p.m. at Damariscotta Lake State Park, 8 State Park Rd., Jefferson

 “Disabilities Overview and Resources”
Presented by: Norm LeBlanc, CPSP
This workshop will provide an overview of children’s disabilities as well as special education qualifying conditions, accommodations and modifications for those disabilities to assist you in making your child’s school experience a positive and successful one. We will also review local and statewide resources available to your child and family.
               Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015, from 6-8 p.m. at Penobscot Bay Medical Ctr, Physicians Bldg, Conf Rm D (ground floor), 4 Glen Cove Dr., Rockport
               Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Curtis Memorial Library, Seminar Rm (2nd floor), 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick

“Improving Transitions in a Sensory Smart Family: Part II”
Presented by: Maggie McKenna, Occupational Therapist
Join us as we continue the conversation about improving transitions. 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 another 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, Oct. 22, 2015, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Curtis Memorial Library, Seminar Rm (2nd floor), 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick

“ME Dads Who Care”
Facilitated by: Norm LeBlanc, CPSP and Robert Boulier, Parent Volunteer
Dads have a tough job! Have you considered joining a parent support group for dads? G.E.A.R. Parent Network is currently offering a parent support group for dads at three locations. Come and join in the conversation with other “ME Dads Who Care.” If you are a dad of a child with behavioral, emotional or developmental health needs, please consider joining us one evening per month. Meet other dads who are on a similar journey as yours.
              
Bangor: Meets 2nd Thursday of each month from 6-8 p.m. at Acadia Hospital, Osprey Rm, 268 Stillwater Ave.
               Brunswick: Meets 3rd Tuesday of each month from 6-8 p.m. at Providence’s Merrymeeting Center (rear entrance/shared with Mid-Coast Veteran’s Resource Ctr), 62 Pegasus St., Brunswick Landing
              
Augusta:  Meets 4th Tuesday of each month from 6-8 p.m. at Crisis & Counseling Centers, Conference Rm (1st floor), 10 Caldwell Ave.

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Hancock, Waldo & Washington Counties

Jess Connor, Regional Parent Support Coordinator, 207-548-4121, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

“How Difficult Can This Be? The F.A.T. (Frustration, Anxiety and Tension) City Workshop” by Rick Lavoie, M.A., M.Ed.
Facilitated by: Jess Connor
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.               
               Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015, from 6-7:30 p.m. at Waldo County Head Start, 3 Back Searsport Rd., Searsport
 

Penobscot, Piscataquis & Southern Aroostook Counties

Nikki Jackson, Regional Parent Support Coordinator, 207-573-4074, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

“Raising a Reader”
Presented by: Nikki Jackson, Regional Parent Support Coordinator
Why is raising a reader so important? On a basic level, reading is a fundamental part of existing. Think about your typical day. How often are you reading something to kids: street signs, reports, emails, grocery labels, medication, newspapers, websites and stories? This workshop offers an understanding of how to engage your child in reading. Reading to our children routinely in their early years increases their language development and helps develop an attention span and concentration skills. A child who reads well is more likely to develop positive self esteem, independence and many other skills needed to last throughout their lives. Join us to share reading strategies and meet other parents who are also interested in striving to raise successful readers!
               Friday, Aug. 7, 2015, from 10 a.m.-noon at Community Health & Counseling Services, 103 West Main St., Dover-Foxcroft  

"Positive Behavioral Supports & Tantrum Management: Self-Preservation & Success in Parenting Children with Behavioral Health Needs"
Presented by: 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.
               Friday, Sept. 4, 2015, from 10 a.m. to noon at Community Health & Counseling Services, 1093 West Main St., Dover-Foxcroft

“Maine Snap-Ed: Eating Healthy on a Budget”
Presented by: Gail Lane, Bangor Public Health
Join G.E.A.R. Parent Network in four fun and interactive monthly workshops based on the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Each class highlights key nutrition concepts accompanied by hands-on cooking demonstrations and food tastings.
          “Eating Better on a Budget”: Tuesday, June 9, 2015, from 6-8 p.m. at Wings for Families & Children, 900 Hammond St., Bangor
          “Building a Healthy Meal”: Tuesday, July 14, 2015, from 6-8 p.m. at Wings for Families & Children, 900 Hammond St., Bangor
          “Smart Shopping for Veggies and Fruits”: Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015, from 6-8 p.m. at Wings for Families & Children, 900 Hammond St., Bangor
          “Saving More at the Grocery Store”: Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015 from 6-8 p.m. at Wings for Families & Children, 900 Hammond St., Bangor
 
“Families Detained in Maine- Coping & Parenting when your Son or Daughter is involved with Juvenile Corrections”
Presented by: Laurie Cavanaugh, CPSP, Regional Parent Support Coordinator
If you have a son or daughter in the corrections system, detained or facing juvenile detention, 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 families and youth. You don’t have to go it alone!
           Monday, Sept. 28, 2015, from 6-8 p.m. at Wings for Families & Children, 900 Hammond St., Bangor

“Support Group Time”
Facilitated by: Nikki Jackson, Regional Parent Support Coordinator and Robin Levesque, Maine Parent Federation
Raising a child is a rewarding, but demanding job! G.E.A.R. Parent Network and Maine Parent Federation are currently offering a parent support group for parents in Southern Aroostook County. Come and join in the conversation with other parents who share similar life experiences. If you are a parent of a child with behavioral, emotional or developmental health needs, please consider joining us once a month at the location listed below. Enjoy the opportunity to meet and compare notes with other parents who truly understand the journey you are on.
          Houlton: Meets 2nd Friday of each month except July from 9:30-11 a.m. at Cary Library, Meeting Room, 107 Main St.

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