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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 reserve 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. After workshops, G.E.A.R. Regional Parent Support Coordinators may provide one-to-one and/or group support for up to 30 minutes, as needed. Learning is your key to empowerment!

Participate At Home

G.E.A.R. Parent Network also allows you to participate in workshops remotely via GoToMeeting conferencing technology. This is only accessible using DSL internet service. If you are interested in participating in workshops from the convenience of your home, please contact the G.E.A.R. Regional Parent Support Coordinator presenting the workshop below, and he or she will send you the connection information. When accessing any workshop, be sure to list your name and town so we can track participant numbers. If you would like a certificate of attendance with contact hours, please contact the coordinator who presented the workshop.

 

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York, Cumberland, Oxford and Androscoggin Counties

"Team Up for Your Child”
Presented by Michelle Hill, G.E.A.R. Parent Representative & Nikki Jackson, Regional Parent Support Coordinator
Getting services for a child with behavioral health needs can be overwhelming. “Team Up for Your Child” is a step-by-step guide designed to help families navigate confusing service systems and work smarter with doctors, schools, agencies and insurers. When a child has serious behavioral health issues, you suddenly have a team of professionals in your life who provide a variety of services. This team could include doctors, therapists, health workers and teachers but remember that the coach of this team is you, the parent. You are the only one who takes care of the whole child. Learn how to identify your child’s strengths and needs, make sense of reports and evaluations, understand your child’s treatment plan, track your child’s progress and translate the Individualized Education Program.
Note: Lunch will be provided. Space is limited to 18 people, so you must pre-register for this series.

  • Saturday, April 9, 2016, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Canopy Park Resource Center (CPPC hub), Suite 101, 46 Sullivan St, Biddeford

“Grandparents Raising Grandchildren - Oh, My!”
Presented by Michelle Hill, G.E.A.R. Parent Representative
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.

  • Wednesday, April 13, 2016, from 6-8 p.m. at LePage Conference Room at St. Mary’s, 99 Campus Ave, Lewiston

“Empowerment Through Knowledge - Ask an Expert”
Presented by Guest Speakers Douglas Patrick, LCSW, Director of Case Management and Behavioral Health Services; Ellen Martzial, LCSW, Assistant Director of Case Management of Woodford’s Family Services
Parents, youth and families: Do you wish you had more knowledge of the modern day therapies used with our children and youth? Would you like to know more about case management services? This informative panel of specialists will explain the latest evidence-based therapies used to assist families and children ages 0-21. Therapies to be covered include: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT), Social Thinking, Narrative Therapy, Grief and Loss Therapy, Structural Family Therapy and Wrap Around strengths-based Case Management. There will be discussion with question and answers. Learning this information is key to empowerment and progress for self and family.

  • Wednesday, April 27, 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 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, April 20, 2016, from 6-8 p.m. at Chamber of Commerce, 4 Western Ave, South Paris
  • Wednesday, May 25, 2016, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Dana Center, Maine Medical Center, 22 Bramhall St, Portland

Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week Event: “Family Fun & Wellness Activities”
Hosted by Laurie Cavanaugh, CPSP, Regional Parent Support Coordinator
Join us for a special afternoon of family fun and nurture your wellness with nature! Join us for a seed planting activity followed with a hike through the woods. Take your planted seeds home to watch them grow!

  • Monday, May 2, 2016, from 4-5 p.m. at Hinckley Park on Highland Ave, South Portland

“Empowerment Through Knowledge - Ask an Expert”
Presented by Guest Speakers Melanie Mauro, LMSW-CC, HCT and Outpatient Clinician; Ty Michaud, BA, Children’s Case Manager of Woodford’s Family Services
Parents, youth and families: Do you wish you had more knowledge of the modern day therapies used with our children and youth? Would you like to know more about case management services? This informative panel of specialists will explain the latest evidence-based therapies used to assist families and children ages 0-21. Therapies to be covered include: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT), Social Thinking, Narrative Therapy, Grief and Loss Therapy, Structural Family Therapy and Wrap Around strengths-based Case Management. There will be discussion with question and answers. Learning this information is key to empowerment and progress for self and family.

  • Monday, May 9, 2016, from 6-8 p.m. at LePage Conference Room at St. Mary’s, 99 Campus Ave, Lewiston

“The Motivation Breakthrough: Six Secrets to Turning on the Tuned Out Child” by Rick Lavoie, M.A., M.Ed.
Facilitated by Michelle Hill, G.E.A.R. Parent Representative
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.

  • Wednesday, May 18, 2016, from 6-7:30 p.m. at Chamber of Commerce, 4 Western Ave, South Paris

“Maine Suicide Prevention Program: Education, Resources and Support - It’s Up to All of Us!”
Presented by Michelle Hill, G.E.A.R. Parent Representative
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

  • Monday, June 8, 2016, from 6-8 p.m. at LePage Conference Room at St. Mary’s, 99 Campus Ave, Lewiston

“Managing Stress: Strategies for Recognizing & Reducing Stress”
Presented by Laurie Cavanaugh, 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.

  • Wednesday, June 15, 2016, from 6-8 p.m. at Chamber of Commerce, 4 Western Ave, South Paris

“Have Fun in the Sun This Summer”
Presented by Laurie Cavanaugh, CPSP, Regional Parent Support Coordinator
Come learn how to make all-natural suntan lotion and bug repellant. Also learn some fun activities to do this summer for little or no cost. Talk to parents about some challenges that you may experience and some ideas to deal with the issues. This is a fun and relaxing workshop.

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

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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

“Non-Toxic Housekeeping Class”
Presented by Diane Bouffard,
CPSP, 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, April 7, 2016, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Community Concepts, 103 Deerfield Lane, Farmington

“Toxic Chemicals and Our Children’s Developing Brains”
Presented by Diane Bouffard, CPSP, Regional Parent Support Coordinator
Why is environmental health so important? Consider the following information: Twelve million American children or 17 percent of all Americans under the age of 18 have one or more developmental, learning or behavioral disabilities; more than 1.5 million Americans are autistic. In the 1970s, autism was estimated to have affected about 1 in 2,500 to 5,000 children; studies show that in Maine it occurs today 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, April 7, 2016, from 9-11 a.m. at Educare, 56 Drummond Ave, Waterville
  • Tuesday, April 12, 2016, from 6-8 p.m. at Crisis & Counseling Centers, 10 Caldwell Rd, Augusta

Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week Event: “Skowpendous”
Hosted by G.E.A.R. Parent Network
Free admission, kid-friendly music, climbing wall, fire pit and s’mores, kids' crafts and a G.E.A.R.-sponsored activity table, free raffles, healthy snacks and more!

  • Friday, April 22, 2016, from 5-7:30 p.m., rain or shine, at Municipal Public Parking Lot, Skowhegan

“Non-Toxic Housekeeping Class”
Presented by Diane Bouffard,
CPSP, 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.

  • Tuesday, April 26, 2016, from 9-11 a.m. at Kennebec Behavioral Health, 5 Commerce Drive, Skowhegan

Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week Event: “Healthy Kids Day”
Hosted by G.E.A.R. Parent Network
A morning of fun activities including a G.E.A.R.-sponsored activity table and many other activities to help kids become caring, courageous and inspired! Call 626-7582 to register.

  • Saturday, April 30, 2016, from 9-12 p.m. at Kennebec Valley YMCA, 31 Union St, Augusta

Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week Event: “Children’s Discovery Museum”
Hosted by G.E.A.R. Parent Network
Free admission to the Children’s Discovery Museum, which offers vibrant, professional exhibits and events that creatively complement educational resources and are designed to promote self-directed learning in children from birth to developmental age 8. Includes a presentation of “Sesame Street’s Little Children BIG Challenges: Incarceration” from 5:30-6 p.m. with a free kit giveaway that includes a Sesame Street DVD, Guide for Parents/Caregivers, and a Children’s Storybook.

  • Monday, May 2, 2016, from 3-7 p.m. at 171 Capital St, Augusta

“Managing Stress: Strategies for Recognizing & Reducing Stress”
Presented by Diane Bouffard, 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, May 5, 2016, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Community Concepts, 103 Deerfield Lane, Farmington
  • Thursday, May 12, 2016, from 9-11 a.m. at Educare, 56 Drummond Ave, Waterville

Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week Event: “Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day Official Celebration Event”
Join us to hear Maine youth and family members share stories of resiliency and view a new #EndStigma public service announcement!  Family and youth organizations, providers of children’s behavioral health services and DHHS Children’s Behavioral Health Services will be present to offer information about what they do and how they can support families and youth in Maine’s system of care and to celebrate children’s mental health awareness day.

  • Friday, May 6, 2016, from 1-3 p.m., in the Hall of Flags at the Maine State House, Augusta

“ADHD 101 - What We Want to Know but Forget to Ask!”
Presented by Diane Bouffard, 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.

  • Thursday, June 2, 2016, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Community Concepts, 103 Deerfield Lane, Farmington
  • Tuesday, May 10, 2016, from 6-8 p.m. at Crisis & Counseling Centers, 10 Caldwell Rd, Augusta
  • Tuesday, May 24, 2016, from 9-11 a.m. at Kennebec Behavioral Health, 5 Commerce Drive, Skowhegan

“How Difficult Can This Be? The F.A.T. City Workshop” by Rick Lavoie, M.A., M.Ed.
Facilitated by Diane Bouffard, CPSP, Regional Parent Support Coordinator
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, June 9, 2016, from 9-11 a.m. at Educare, 56 Drummond Ave, Waterville
  • Tuesday, June 28, 2016, from 9-11 a.m. at Kennebec Behavioral Health, 5 Commerce Drive, Skowhegan

“The Special Education Process”
Presented by Guest Speaker Betsy Boardman, Educational Advocate, KIDS LEGAL
This workshop will help parents of children who have either been identified for special education services or are having struggles in school including academic performance, behavior issues, lack of attendance, and suspensions/expulsions. The education system and laws can be extremely difficult to navigate and this will help families establish the proper programming for their child as well as ensure educational success.

  • Tuesday, June 14, 2016, from 6-8 p.m. at Crisis & Counseling Centers, 10 Caldwell Rd, Augusta

 

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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, April 14, 2016, from 9-11 a.m. at DHHS-District Operations, 91 Camden Street, Suite 103, Rockland

“Sharing and Keeping Personal Information Safe”
Presented by 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.  Learn about red flag sites, cyber bullying prevention and awareness of internet predators.

  • Thursday, April 28, 2016, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Curtis Memorial Library, Seminar Rm (2nd floor), 23 Pleasant St, Brunswick

“Maine Suicide Prevention Program: Education, Resources & Support - It’s Up to All of Us!”
Presented by Norm LeBlanc, CPSP, Reginal 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 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, May 12, 2016, from 9-11 a.m. at DHHS-District Operations, 91 Camden Street, Suite 103, Rockland
  • Thursday, May 26, 2016, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Curtis Memorial Library, Seminar Rm (2nd floor), 23 Pleasant St, Brunswick

“Building a Bridge: Navigating Youth to Adult Transition”
Presented by Norm LeBlanc, CPSP, Reginal Parent Support Coordinator
Transition planning is the key to ensuring success in adulthood for youth with disabilities. This workshop will teach parents and caregivers how to build the transitional bridge from children's mental health services to adult mental health services in order to achieve successful post-secondary outcomes.  Learn what you can do now to prepare, how adult services are different from school-based services, what is included in a transition plan, how to meet the unique needs of the individual and how to empower youth to have a voice in the planning process.

  • Thursday, June 9, 2016, from 9-11 a.m. at DHHS-District Operations, 91 Camden Street, Suite 103, Rockland
  • Thursday, June 23, 2016, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Curtis Memorial Library, Seminar Rm (2nd floor), 23 Pleasant St, Brunswick

“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 3rd 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 April 19, July 19 & Oct. 18, 2016
  • Auburn: Meets at The Old Engine House, 158 Court St, Suite 24 on May 17, Aug. 16 & Nov. 15, 2016
  • Augusta: Meets at Crisis & Counseling Centers, 1st Floor Conference Rm, 10 Caldwell Rd on June 21, Sept. 20 & Dec. 20, 2016

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Hancock, Waldo & Washington Counties

Cynthia Cullinane, Regional Parent Support Coordinator, 207-266-9523, 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.

“It’s So Much Work to Be Your Friend: Helping the Child with Learning Disabilities Find Social Success” Video presentation by author Rick Lavoie, M.A., M.Ed.
Facilitated by Nikki Jackson, Regional Parent Support Coordinator
Are you concerned that your child has no friends? Do you watch your child struggle with social isolation and rejection? This workshop will identify specific reasons why children with learning disabilities have difficulty with social interaction. Parents and caregivers will learn practical strategies to assist children in gaining peer acceptance and developing age appropriate social skills.

  • Wednesday, April 20, 2016, from 9-11 a.m. at Downeast Horizons, 77 Union St, Ellsworth

“Understanding Birth Order”
Presented by Cindy Seekins, CPSP, Program Director
Research shows that a person's birth order has a direct link with his or her personality. Understanding birth order positions allows parents, guardians and teachers to guide and support children and strengthen positive attributes.

  • Tuesday, April 26, 2016, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Waldo County Head Start, 3 Back Searsport Rd, Searsport

“Toxic Chemicals and Our Children’s Developing Brains”
Presented by Diane Bouffard, CPSP, Regional Parent Support Coordinator
Why is environmental health so important? Consider that twelve million American children (17% 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% of the children receiving special education services in our public schools have learning or attention disabilities. Learn why it is important to protect your family from toxic chemical exposures.

  • Thursday, April 28, 2016, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Unity Head Start, 85 School St, Unity

Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week Event: “Family Fun & Wellness Activities”
Hosted by Karen Nix, Training Coordinator & Cynthia Cullinane, Regional Parent Support Coordinator
In collaboration with our friends at Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust, join a family-friendly guided hike at 2:15 p.m., learn about the eight letterboxes scattered around the property, check out the children’s play area at Great Pond Popple Grove, have a snack and plant seeds to take home! Come grow with G.E.A.R.!

  • Sunday, May 1, 2016, from 2-4 p.m. at the South Gate, Great Pond Mountain Wildlands, Rt 1, Orland

“Child Abuse and Neglect: It’s Everyone’s Responsibility”
Presented by Nikki Jackson, Regional Parent Support Coordinator
Our children are our future, and child abuse and neglect are everybody’s business. This workshop will discuss what is considered child abuse, when to report and who to report to, state/national statistics, Maine law, “punishment” vs. “discipline,” behavioral management and protective factors.

  • Wednesday, May 18, 2016, from 9 a.m.-11 a.m. at Downeast Horizons, 77 Union St, Ellsworth

“Grandparents Raising Grandchildren - Oh, My!”
Presented by Cindy Seekins, CPSP, Program Director (Searsport) & Nikki Jackson, Regional Parent Support Coordinator (Ellsworth)
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, May 24, 2016, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Waldo County Head Start, 3 Back Searsport Rd, Searsport
  • Wednesday, June 15, 2016, from 9 a.m.-11 a.m. at Downeast Horizons, 77 Union St, Ellsworth

“How Difficult Can This Be? The F.A.T. City Workshop” Video Presentation by Rick Lavoie, M.A., M.Ed.
Facilitated by Diane Bouffard, CPSP, Regional Parent Support Coordinator
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, May 26, 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
 

“Cooking Matters at the Store: Shopping Healthy & Saving at the Grocery Store”
Presented by Andrew VanEss, Nutrition Education Coordinator of Piscataquis Public Health, a Healthy Maine Partnership serving Piscataquis County
Join us for a fun shopping pop up tour of your local grocery store. A model grocery store will be set up for demonstration purposes. Learn easy ways to buy healthy foods for your family while sticking to your budget.

  • Friday, April 1, 2016, from 10 a.m.-noon at Charlotte White Center, 572 Bangor Rd, Dover-Foxcroft

“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. 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.

  • Tuesday, April 12, 2016, from 6-8 p.m. at Wings for Families & Children, 900 Hammond St, Bangor

“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, and treatment and management. Come and join in the conversation as we journey together toward greater success.

  • Friday, May 6, 2016, from 10 a.m.-noon at Charlotte White Center, 572 Bangor Rd, Dover-Foxcroft
  • Tuesday, May 10, 2016, from 6-8 p.m. at Wings for Families & Children, 900 Hammond St, Bangor

“Ask a Case Manager”
Presented by Wings’ Staff: Trish Niedorowski, Executive Director, Jenny Dow, Training/Administrative. Coordinator, Wings & Tina Grant-Billing
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, June 14, 2016, from 6-8 p.m. at Wings for Families & Children, 900 Hammond St, Bangor

“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, June 3, 2016, from 10 a.m.-noon at Charlotte White Center, 572 Bangor Rd, Dover-Foxcroft

“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 every 3rd month (June 10, Sept 9, Dec 9) from 9:30-11 a.m. at Cary Library, Meeting Rm, 107 Main St
  • Bangor: Meets 3rd Friday of each month from 10:30-noon at Charlotte White Center in Bangor 34 Penn Plaza

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