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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

“School Attendance: Why do our kids attend or not attend school? We want to hear from you!”
Presented by Susan Lieberman, Count ME In
Did you know that students who miss 18 or more days of school are at risk of failing, whether the student is in kindergarten or high school? Why do your children attend or not attend school? What makes you, as a parent or caregiver, feel welcome at school? Learn how you can support your children’s learning at school. G.E.A.R. Parent Network is collaborating with Count ME In to support students. Count ME In focuses on improving student attendance, so every child and youth is an engaged, successful learner. We want to hear from you! Please come and join the discussion!

  • Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Dana Center, Maine Medical Center, 22 Bramhall St, Portland

“Striving through STRIVE”
Presented by Bill Hughes, Admissions Coordinator, STRIVE
STRIVE is an organization that provides educational, recreational, social and community integration programs for tweens, teens and young adults. Bill Hughes will share information regarding all of the program opportunities available through STRIVE, including the Friday night socials, Wednesday night educational series, vacation camp and STRIVE’s three post-secondary educational programs.

  • Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, from 6-8 p.m. at LePage Conference Room at St. Mary’s, 99 Campus Ave, Lewiston
  • Wednesday, March 23, 2016, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Dana Center, Maine Medical Center, 22 Bramhall St, Portland

“Eight Great Strategies for Supporting Individuals with Autism”
Presented by: Guest Speaker Eric Campbell, MS, BCBA, Senior Program Director of Educational Services, Spurwink
Receiving a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) 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, March 9, 2016, from 6-8 p.m. at LePage Conference Room at St. Mary’s, 99 Campus Ave, Lewiston

“Positive Behavioral Supports & Tantrum Management: Self-Preservation & Success in Parenting Children with Behavioral Health Needs”
Presented by Laurie Cavanaugh, CPSP, Regional Parent Support Coordinator
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 emphasize practical ideas about how to meet your child where they are 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 16, 2016, from 6-8 p.m. at Chamber of Commerce, 4 Western Ave, South Paris

Support Group Time
Facilitated by Rebecca Williamson, G.E.A.R. Parent Representative
Tonight will be open topic night and is open for informal discussion and future planning of the group. Please come with your ideas and questions for discussion.

  • Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016, from 6-7:30 p.m. at Chamber of Commerce, 4 Western Ave, South Paris

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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

“Positive Behavioral Supports & Tantrum Management: Self-Preservation & Success in Parenting Children with Behavioral Health Needs”
Presented by Diane Bouffard, CPSP, Regional Parent Support Coordinator
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 emphasize practical ideas about how to meet your child where they are 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.

  • Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, from 6-8 p.m. at Crisis & Counseling Centers, 10 Caldwell Rd, Augusta

"The Motivation Breakthrough: Six Secrets to Turning on the Tuned Out Child” by Rick Lavoie, M.A., M.Ed.
Facilitated by Diane Bouffard, CPSP, Regional Parent Support Coordinator
This workshop explores proven techniques, strategies and scripts - based on six possible motivational styles - that will revolutionize the way teachers and parents inspire children to succeed and achieve. Rick Lavoie explodes common myths and gives specific advice for motivating children. With empathy and understanding, he offers parents and teachers the key to unlocking enthusiasm and responsiveness, proving any child can be motivated to learn.

  • Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Community Concepts, 103 Deerfield Lane, Farmington
  • Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016, from 9-11 a.m. at Kennebec Behavioral Health, 5 Commerce Drive, Skowhegan
  • Tuesday, March 8, 2016, from 6-8 p.m. at Crisis & Counseling Centers, 10 Caldwell Rd, Augusta
  • Thursday, March 10, 2016, from 9-11 a.m. at Educare, 56 Drummond Ave, Waterville

“Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, Oh My!”
Presented by Diane Bouffard, CPSP, Regional Parent Support Coordinator
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.

  • Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, from 9-11 a.m. at Educare, 56 Drummond Ave, Waterville

“Maine Suicide Prevention Program: Education, Resources & Support--It’s Up to All of Us”
Presented by Diane Bouffard, CPSP, Regional Parent Support Coordinator
Suicide is a significant concern in Maine and nationwide, but we can do something about it. Come learn more about what you can do to prevent suicide. The goals of the session are to heighten awareness about suicide in Maine and beyond, increase our ability to speak about suicide, provide information about the risk and protective factors associated with suicide, warning signs and clues for suicidal behaviors, teach skills to intervene when concerned someone might be considering suicide, and provide helpful resources for participants.

  • Thursday, March 3, 2016, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Community Concepts, 103 Deerfield Lane, Farmington
  • Tuesday, March 22, 2016, from 9-11 a.m. at Kennebec Behavioral Health, 5 Commerce Drive, Skowhegan

“Parenting with Dignity: Picking Up This Ball is a Victory for All!”
Presented by Diane Bouffard, CPSP, Regional Parent Support Coordinator
G.E.A.R. Parent Network invites you to pick up the ball and run with it through a nine-hour parenting education course developed by Mac Bledsoe, father of a celebrated New England Patriots’ quarterback. Parenting with Dignity helps parents learn effective techniques for raising responsible, independent children.

Note: Space is limited, so you must pre-register for this series.

  • “A Model of Human Performance”: Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, from 6-8 p.m. at Warsaw Middles School, 167 School St, Pittsfield
  • “Five Rules for Parents”: Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, from 6-8 p.m. at Warsaw Middles School, 167 School St, Pittsfield
  • “Discipline: Decide What You Want to Teach Your Kids”: Monday, Feb. 22 & 29, 2016, from 6-8 p.m. at Warsaw Middles School, 167 School St, Pittsfield
  • “Send a Message of Love & Learn to Communicate Your Love to Your Kids”: Monday, March 7 & 14, 2016, from 6-8 p.m. at Warsaw Middles School, 167 School St, Pittsfield
  • “Teaching Your Values to Your Kids”: Monday, March 21, 2016, from 6-8 p.m. at Warsaw Middles School, 167 School St, Pittsfield
  • “Goal Setting”: Monday, March 28, 2016, from 6-8 p.m. at Warsaw Middles School, 167 School St, Pittsfield
  • “Reasons Why Punishment Does Not Work”: Monday, April 4, 2016, from 6-8 p.m. at Warsaw Middles School, 167 School St, Pittsfield
  • “G.E.A.R. Family Group Decision Making, Healing Tools/Processes”: Monday, April 11, 2016 from 6-8 p.m. at Warsaw Middles School, 167 School St, Pittsfield
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Knox, Lincoln and Sagadahoc Counties

“Last One Picked – First One Picked On: Learning Disabilities and Social Skills” Video Presentation by Rick Lavoie, M.A., M.Ed.
Facilitated by Norman LeBlanc, CPSP, Regional Parent Support Coordinator
Do you watch your child struggle with social isolation and rejection? This workshop will provide parents, caregivers and teachers with strategies for teaching our kids the social skills they will need for success in social interaction. Participants will learn about positive traits for peer acceptance, student traits that teachers like, and the “hidden curriculum.”

  • Thursday, March 24, 2016, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Curtis Memorial Library, Seminar Rm (2nd floor), 23 Pleasant St, Brunswick

“ADHD 101 - What we want to know but forget to ask!”
Presented by Norm LeBlanc, CPSP, Regional Parent Support Coordinator
This workshop will offer the framework to help us understand what Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder is, what causes it, how to diagnose and who can diagnose it; the symptoms, what helps, supports; and treatment and management. Come and join in the conversation as we journey together toward greater success.

  • Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, from 6-8 p.m. at Penobscot Bay Medical Ctr, Physicians Bldg, Conf Rm B (ground floor), 4 Glen Cove Dr, Rockport

“Managing Stress: Strategies for Recognizing & Reducing Stress”
Presented by Norm LeBlanc, CPSP, Regional Parent Support Coordinator
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.

  • Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Curtis Memorial Library, Seminar Rm (2nd floor), 23 Pleasant St, Brunswick

“The Motivation Breakthrough: Six Secrets to Turning on the Tuned Out Child” Video Presentation by Rick Lavoie, M.A., M.Ed.
Facilitated by Norman LeBlanc, CPSP, Regional Parent Support Coordinator
This workshop explores proven techniques, strategies and scripts - based on six possible motivational styles - that will revolutionize the way teachers and parents inspire children to succeed and achieve. Rick Lavoie explodes common myths and gives specific advice for motivating children. With empathy and understanding, he offers parents and teachers the key to unlocking enthusiasm and responsiveness, proving any child can be motivated to learn.

  • Tuesday, March 8, 2016, from 6-8 p.m. at Penobscot Bay Medical Ctr, Physicians Bldg, Conf Rm B (ground floor), 4 Glen Cove Dr, Rockport

“ME Dads Who Care - Parent Support Group for Dads”
Facilitated by Norman LeBlanc, CPSP, Regional Parent Support Coordinator & Robert Boulier, Parent Volunteer (Bangor)

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 four locations. Come and join in the conversation with other “ME Dads Who Care.” If you are a dad, stepdad, granddad, or foster 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 Wednesday of the month from 6-8 p.m. at Acadia Hospital, Leonard Rm, 268 Stillwater Ave

Note: The remaining locations will begin meeting on a quarterly rotating schedule on the 3rd Tuesday of the month from 6-8 p.m.

  • Brunswick: Meets at the Pathways Merrymeeting Center (Back Entrance), 62 Pegasus St on Jan 19, April 19, July 19 & Oct. 18, 2016
  • Auburn: Meets at The Old Engine House, 158 Court St, Suite 24 on Feb. 16, May 17, Aug. 16 & Nov. 15, 2016
  • Augusta: Meets at Crisis & Counseling Centers, 1st Floor Conference Rm, 10 Caldwell Rd on March 15, June 21, Sept. 20 & Dec. 20, 2016

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Hancock, Waldo & Washington Counties

Nikki Jackson, Regional Parent Support Coordinator, 207-884-9163, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Note: Child care is available to Head Start parents at the Searsport and Unity locations with pre-registration.

“Take Action Against Bullying”
Presented by Nikki Jackson, Regional Parent Support Coordinator
Bullying has become such a widespread problem it is now being recognized as a major mental health concern for children and youth, having been found to leave long-term emotional scars and psychological effects similar to anxiety disorders and post-traumatic stress. This workshop will help you identify the warning signs of both the victim and the bully. Prevention and effective coping skills will be explored.

  • Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016, from 9 a.m.-11 a.m. at Downeast Horizons, 77 Union St, Ellsworth

“Non-Toxic Housekeeping Class”
Presented by Cindy Seekins, CPSP, Program Director
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.

  • Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Waldo County Head Start, 3 Back Searsport Rd, Searsport

“Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, Oh My!”
Presented by Diane Bouffard, CPSP, Regional Parent Support Coordinator
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.

  • Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Unity Head Start, 85 School St, Unity

“ADHD 101 - What we want to know but forget to ask!”
Presented by Nikki Jackson, Regional Parent Support Coordinator
This workshop will offer the framework to help us understand what Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder is, what causes it, how to diagnose and who can diagnose it; the symptoms, what helps, supports; and treatment and management. Come and join in the conversation as we journey together toward greater success.

  • Wednesday, March 16, 2016, from 9 a.m.-11 a.m. at Downeast Horizons, 77 Union St, Ellsworth

“Seasonal Affective Disorder”
Presented by Cindy Seekins, CPSP, Program Director
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) can affect adults, teens and children. It is estimated about 6 in every 100 people (6%) experience SAD. One US study found rates of SAD were 7 times higher in New Hampshire then California, suggesting the farther we are from the equator the more likely we are to develop SAD. Join us for an educational and stress-less evening learning about SAD and how to deal with it.

  • Tuesday, March 22, 2016, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Waldo County Head Start, 3 Back Searsport Rd, Searsport

“The Motivation Breakthrough: Six Secrets to Turning on the Tuned Out Child” by Rick Lavoie, M.A., M.Ed.
Facilitated by Diane Bouffard, CPSP, Regional Parent Support Coordinator
This workshop explores proven techniques, strategies and scripts - based on six possible motivational styles - that will revolutionize the way teachers and parents inspire children to succeed and achieve. Rick Lavoie explodes common myths and gives specific advice for motivating children. With empathy and understanding, he offers parents and teachers the key to unlocking enthusiasm and responsiveness, proving any child can be motivated to learn.

  • Thursday, March 24, 2016, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Unity Head Start, 85 School St, Unity

 

Penobscot, Piscataquis & Southern Aroostook Counties

Nikki Jackson, Regional Parent Support Coordinator, 207-884-9163, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 

“Take Action Against Bullying”
Presented by Nikki Jackson, Regional Parent Support Coordinator
Bullying has become such a widespread problem it is now being recognized as a major mental health concern for children and youth, having been found to leave long-term emotional scars and psychological effects similar to anxiety disorders and post-traumatic stress. This workshop will help you identify the warning signs of both the victim and the bully. Prevention and effective coping skills will be explored.

  • Friday, Feb. 5, 2016, from 9-11 a.m. at Community Health & Counseling Services, 1093 West Main St, Dover-Foxcroft

“Ask a Case Manager”
Presented by Wings’ Case Management
This workshop will provide an overview of what case management services are as well as provide parents and caregivers an opportunity to ask questions.

  • Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, from 6-8 p.m. at Wings for Families & Children, 900 Hammond St, Bangor

“Need a Ride?”
Presented by Marcia Lawson, Director of Lynx Transportation
Marcia Larkin, Department Director of Lynx Mobility Services, has 23 years of experience providing transportation services to the residents of Maine. Marcia began her tenure at Penquis in 1994, serving as a Dispatcher in the Transportation Department. At Penquis, Marcia has held the positions of Lead Dispatcher, Dispatch Supervisor, Division Manager and Director of the Community Support Department. In 2013, Marcia was appointed Department Director of Lynx Mobility Services. Whether it’s transportation to medical appointments or ensuring rural residents get their shopping and banking done, Marcia’s team is there to make it happen.

  • Friday, March 4, 2016, from 10 a.m.-noon at Community Health & Counseling Services, 1093 West Main St, Dover-Foxcroft
  • Tuesday, March 8, 2016, 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 & Robin Levesque, Regional Support Coordinator, Maine Parent Federation
Raising a child is a rewarding, but demanding job!  G.E.A.R. Parent Network and Maine Parent Federation are collaborating to offer 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 from 9:30-11 a.m. at Cary Library, Meeting Rm, 107 Main St, Houlton
  • Bangor: Meets 3rd Friday of each month from 10:30-noon at Bangor Housing, Board Rm, 161 Davis Rd, Bangor

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