Workshops & Groups

Free Six-Session Pandemic Parent Support Groups

The experts at North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center are offering FREE, six-session remote video support groups for parents who are struggling to navigate home life during the Coronavirus pandemic.

The purpose of the groups will be to:

  • Decrease parental isolation during this time of COVID-19 quarantine.
  • Increase mutual support.
  • Increase understanding of children’s emotional response to change, stress and loss.
  • Discover concrete strategies to assist children and families during this difficult time.

You will discover how to help your children to better manage anxiety and stress: find ways to create a calming environment at home; adapt to the uncertainty of the immediate future; build a structure of routine and regularity in the family; foster resiliency in children; and carve out time for yourself, to name just a few. 

This will be limited to four groups of six to nine participants:

  1. Parents of Children Ages 3-5 (Wednesdays 7:30 pm) 
  2. Parents of Children 6-10 (Tuesdays 7:30 pm)
  3. Parents of Children 11-14 (Thursdays 4:00 pm)
  4. Parents of Children 15-18 (Tuesdays 4:00 pm)
  5. Spanish-Speaking Parents – All Ages (Tuesdays 4:30 pm)

Please click registration and choose which group is best for you, and select a free ticket. Before beginning your group, one of our therapists will call you for an introduction and to answer any questions you may have. As the groups are limited in size, participants will be registered on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

What date does my group start? Sessions will begin immediately. You will be contacted by the appropriate therapist as soon as your registration form is processed.

What is a support group? It is a small group of people who agree to meet together to share and address similar needs that often emerge from stressful life circumstances.  Some people refer to support groups as providing mutual aid.

What does mutual aid mean? It means that the group leader is not the only helping person in the room or on Zoom. Rather, all group members have something to offer one another – information, understanding or support. In a mutual aid support group, all group members are in the same boat, paddling together, no one alone. 

Do I have to attend all six meetings? For maximum benefit for you and all members of your group, it is our expectation that you commit to attending all six meetings.

How long does the group meet for? 60 to 75 minutes, to take into account any technical problems with Zoom conferencing. 

Who leads the groups? The groups are led by licensed mental health professionals from North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center.