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G.E.A.R. Parent Support Group

posted Mar 20, 2015, 12:13 PM by Linda Faucher   [ updated Sep 19, 2018, 12:14 PM ]
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“G.E.A.R. Parent Support Groups”

The Place Where Gaining Empowerment Allows Results

Parent Learning & Support

Location: Aroostook County-Webinars Only

Note: While we locate an appropriate meeting space we are offering these live and informative webinars for your positive parenting needs. 

G.E.A.R. workshops/support groups are offered free to parents/grandparents/caregivers/educators of children with emotional/behavioral health concerns! Pre-registration is recommended, so we may notify you if a workshop is rescheduled or cancelled. Changes will also be posted to our Facebook page. Regional Coordinators will be available after workshops for those who would like additional support! Unable to attend in person? Many workshops are available by webinar with pre-registration. Join us remotely from your computer or mobile device with Go ToMeeting™. Please note that audio and video must be enabled to participate in a Go ToMeeting™ webinar. Contact your Regional Parent Support Coordinator for more information!


Tuesday, October 23, 2018 from 9:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. “Take Action Against Bullying” Presented by Presented by Susie Pitcher, 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 posttraumatic 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. Webinar Only.

Tuesday November 27, 2018 from 9:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. “Impulsivity & Disruptive Behaviors in Children & Youth” Presented by Susie Pitcher, Regional Parent Support Coordinator All children have outbursts from time to time; however, some children have chronic problems in their ability to regulate emotions and behaviors even when adverse consequences may occur. This lack of self-control can cause significant distress or impairment in a child’s or youth’s life. A number of different diagnoses are unified by impulsive and disruptive behaviors, including oppositional defiant disorder (ODD), conduct disorder (CD), and impulse control disorder (ICD). In this workshop you will learn more about the disorders defined in the chapter on disruptive, impulse-control, and conduct disorders by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5), what treatments are available, and what parents/caregivers can do to better respond to disruptive behavior. Webinar Only 


                                         Facilitated by parents for parents. Are you worried about your child’s emotional well-being? Through parent-to-parent sharing of experiences and knowledge, G.E.A.R. Parent Network empowers parents of children with behavioral health needs to build on their family’s strengths and to advocate for their family’s needs. Free services available to parents and caregivers include information and support by phone; monthly support groups; education, health, and legal training; and social opportunities. We are parents helping each other. We offer unconditional support: no blame, no shame, and no judgment! We want you to know that you are not ALONE!

To register, 

please contact: Susie Pitcher, Regional Parent Support Coordinator 

Penobscot, Piscataquis, & So Aroostook; Ph: 1.800.264.9224 or 215.6254 

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 G.E.A.R. Parent Network is a Parent-to-Parent Network of Information & Support For Parents of Children with behavioral health needs,