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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.

Click here to download a registration form. Please be sure to indicate the name and date of the workshop, your full name and a telephone number where we may contact you.

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York, Cumberland, Oxford and Androscoggin Counties

 
Note: No meetings will be held in Portland in November or December due to falling on the holidays.
 
“Family Detained! 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, Oct. 8, 2014, from 6-7:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Hospital, 99 Campus Ave., Lewiston
 
“Managing Stress, Strategies for Recognizing & Reducing Stress”
Presented by: Laurie Cavanaugh, 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.
            Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014, from 6-7:30 p.m. at St. Mary's Hospital, 99 Campus Ave., Lewiston

“ADHD 101 - What we want to know but forget to ask!”
Presented by: Laurie Cavanaugh, CPSP
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 Oct. 15, 2014, from 6-7:30 p.m., at the Chamber of Commerce, 4 Western Ave., South Paris
 
Sesame Street’s Little Children BIG Challenges: Incarceration”
Presented by: Laurie Cavanagh, CPSP
One in 28 children in the United States has a parent in state or federal prison. Chances are you or someone you know is dealing with some big challenges. If you or a loved one is returning home to parenting after being incarcerated, or if you are a parent facing incarceration, this training video may help your children with understanding incarceration. Free kit giveaway includes: Sesame Street DVD, Guide for Parents and Caregivers, and a Children’s Storybook.
Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, from 6-7:30 p.m. at Dana Center MMC, 22 Bramhall St., Portland
 
“Take Action Against Bullying”
Presented by: Laurie Cavanaugh, CPSP
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, Nov. 12, 2014, from 6-7:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Hospital, 99 Campus Ave., Lewiston
Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, from 6-7:30 p.m. at Chamber of Commerce, 4 Western Ave., South Paris
 
“ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences)
Presented by: Laurie Cavanaugh, 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.
Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, from 6-7:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Hospital, 99 Campus Ave., Lewiston
 
“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, Dec. 17, 2014, from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Chamber of Commerce, 4 Western Ave., South Paris

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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

“ADHD 101 - What we want to know but forget to ask!”
Presented by: Diane Bouffard, CPSP
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. 
Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014, from 9-11 a.m. at Educare, 56 Drummond Ave., Waterville
Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Children’s Center, 1 Alden Ave., Augusta

“Take Action Against Bullying”
Presented by: Diane Bouffard, CPSP
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.  
Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, from 6-8 p.m. at Crisis & Counseling Centers, 10 Caldwell Rd., Augusta
Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, from 9:30-11 a.m. at Kennebec Behavioral Health, 5 Commerce Dr., Skowhegan
 
“Raising a Reader”
Presented by: Diane Bouffard, CPSP
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--street signs, reports, emails, grocery labels, medication, newspapers, websites and stories to kids? 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 that 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!
Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Children’s Center, 1 Alden Ave., Augusta
 
“Tips for Being Your Child’s Best Advocate:  Communication, Advocacy and Conflict Resolution”
Presented by: Ann Long, Maine Parent Federation
We will take a close look at our advocacy skills and explore the various aspects of communication, conflict and advocacy styles during this training. We will discuss effective communication, learn strategies to help us achieve successful communication outcomes, and explore other methods to resolve conflict.
Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014, from 9-11 a.m. at Educare, 56 Drummond Ave., Waterville
 
“Transition Planning: The Middle School Years”
Presented by: Ann Long, Maine Parent Federation
This workshop is designed to help families who have children in grades 6-8 learn about, and plan for, transition early on. We believe that to help ensure a successful outcome after high school, you must begin planning early. This workshop will help you understand the transition process, learn who to contact and when for various services, and understand more about the adult options and choices that are key to a successful transition process. We will talk about the importance of having your child’s interests and dreams about their future lead the way in their transition planning.
Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, from 9:30-11 a.m. at Kennebec Behavioral Health, 5 Commerce Drive, Skowhegan
 
“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, Dec. 9, 2014, from 6-8 p.m. at Crisis & Counseling Centers, 10 Caldwell Rd., Augusta
 
“Managing Stress during the Holidays”
Presented by: Diane Bouffard, CPSP
The holiday season will quickly be here! While it is meant to bring feelings of love and cheer, it’s also the harbinger of stress for many of us. Join us and learn a few simple tips you could try to help reduce holiday stress before it begins so that it remains at a positive level rather than an overwhelming one.
Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014, from 9-11 a.m. at Educare, 56 Drummond Ave., Waterville
Wednesday Dec. 17, 2014, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Children’s Center, 1 Alden Ave., Augusta

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Knox, Lincoln and Sagadahoc Counties

 
“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, Oct. 16, 2014, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Penobscot Bay Medical Center, Physicians Bldg, Conf Rm D (ground floor), 4 Glen Cove Drive, Rockport             
Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Curtis Memorial Library, Seminar Rm (2nd Floor), 23 Pleasant S.t, Brunswick
 
“Understanding Autism & Strategies”
Guest Speaker: Erin Dimbleby, Info Specialist, Autism Society of Maine
One in 66 children in the U.S. has autism. Come and learn some of the basics about autism. Join in the discussion about general strategies, environmental strategies, sensory strategies, communication strategies, behavioral strategies, social skill strategies, educational strategies, and classroom strategies.
Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Curtis Memorial Library, Seminar Rm (2nd Floor), 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick
Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Penobscot Bay Medical Center, Physicians Building, Conf Rm D (ground floor), 4 Glen Cove Drive, Rockport
 
“Appreciating and Reshaping Atypical Behaviors: Why does my child need to flap, jump, spin, run, yell, pound, pinch, stare and alternatives that you may prefer”
Guest Speaker: Maggie McKenna, Occupational Therapist
Come and learn the basics about the development of the body’s sensory systems. Join the discussion about specific behaviors that you are currently working on. Explore possible methods to enhance development, accommodate the difference and appreciate the preference.
Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., Curtis Memorial Library, Seminar Rm (2nd Floor), 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick

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Hancock and Waldo 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

Note: No meeting at KidsPeace in Ellsworth in November due to Thanksgiving.

Sesame Street’s Little Children BIG Challenges: Incarceration”
Presented by: Karen Nix
One in 28 children in the United States has a parent in state or federal prison. Chances are you or someone you know is dealing with some big challenges. If you or a loved one is returning home to parenting after being incarcerated, or if you are a parent facing incarceration, this training video may help your children with understanding incarceration. Free kit giveaway includes: Sesame Street DVD, Guide for Parents and Caregivers, and a Children’s Storybook.
Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, from 10:30-12:30 p.m. at KidsPeace of New England, 16 KidsPeace Way, Ellsworth
 
“Maine Snap-Ed: Eating Healthy on a Budget”
Presented by: Beth Chamberlain, Healthy Waldo County
Join G.E.A.R. Parent Network and Healthy Acadia in four fun and interactive monthly classes based on the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Each class highlights key nutrition concepts accompanied by hands-on cooking demonstrations and food tastings.
 
1. “Eating Better on a Budget”
Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, from 10:30-Noon at Bucksport Regional Health Center, 110 Broadway, Bucksport
Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, from 6-7:30 p.m. at Waldo County Head Start, 3 Back Searsport Road, Searsport
2. “Building a Healthy Meal”
            Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, from 10:30-Noon at Bucksport Regional Health Center, 110 Broadway, Bucksport
Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, from 6-7:30 p.m. at Waldo County Head Start, 3 Back Searsport Road, Searsport
3. “Smart Shopping for Veggies and Fruits”
            Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, from 10:30-Noon at Bucksport Regional Health Center, 110 Broadway, Bucksport
Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, from 6-7:30 p.m. at Waldo County Head Start, 3 Back Searsport Road, Searsport
4. “Saving More at the Grocery Store”
            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
 
“Seasonal Affective Disorder”
Presented by: Karen Nix
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.
Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, from 10:30-12:30 p.m. (note change due to holiday) at KidsPeace, 16 KidsPeace Way, Ellsworth

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Penobscot, Piscataquis, Southern Aroostook, and 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

Sesame Street’s Little Children BIG Challenges: Incarceration”
Presented by: Karen Nix
One in 28 children in the United States has a parent in state or federal prison. Chances are you or someone you know is dealing with some big challenges. If you or a loved one is returning home to parenting after being incarcerated, or if you are a parent facing incarceration, this training video may help your children with understanding incarceration. Free kit giveaway includes: Sesame Street DVD, Guide for Parents and Caregivers, and a Children’s Storybook.
Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, from 6-8 p.m. at Catholic Charities, 1066 Kenduskeag Ave., Bangor
Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, from 6-8 p.m. at Wings for Families & Children, 900 Hammond St., Bangor
 
“Suicide in the Young”
Presented by: Heather Carter, MA, Senior Trainer-Suicide Prevention Program, NAMI Maine
We would all like to think that suicide doesn’t occur in our young children. Unfortunately, we do see suicidal behavior in those under the age of 14. We’ll talk about what to look for in young children, how to talk to them about their suicide risk and how to get them the support they need. We will also look at the issue of suicide as a whole: statistics, risk factors and protective factors. Join us for this difficult but important conversation.
               Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, from 6-8 p.m. at Wings for Families & Children, 900 Hammond St., Bangor
 
“Managing Stress during the Holidays”
Presented by: Cindy Seekins, CPSP
The holiday season will quickly be here! While it is meant to bring feelings of love and cheer, it’s also the harbinger of stress for many of us. Join us and learn a few simple tips you could try to help reduce holiday stress before it begins so that it remains at a positive level rather than an overwhelming one.
Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014, from 6-8 p.m. at Catholic Charities, 1066 Kenduskeag Ave., Bangor
 
“Seasonal Affective Disorder”
Presented by: Karen Nix
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.
Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014, from 6-8 p.m. at Catholic Charities, 1066 Kenduskeag Ave., Bangor
 
“Non-Toxic Housekeeping Class”|
Presented by: Karen Nix
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.
Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, from 6-8 p.m. at Wings for Families & Children, 900 Hammond St., Bangor

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