> Parent Support Groups
Parents of children with
mental, emotional, or behavioral
issues often times do not know
many--or any--other parents who are
going through what they are trying to
cope with. They may feel
isolated and stigmatized and often
times ashamed that they cannot
"handle" their child. A Parent
Support Group helps parents dealing
with these issues feel less alone and
Here at Hill Country
MHDD, Parent Support Groups are
facilitated by Family Partners.
Family Partners are persons who have
"lived the experience" parenting a
child with mental, emotional, and/or
behavioral issues and can articulate
their understanding to other
parents. Our goal is to offer a
safe place to come and meet others who
are experiencing similar things.
Our hope is to empower you to become
your own problem solver and your
child's best advocate by sharing
information on a variety of topics
that relate to issues you may be
facing as parents. Meeting
others who are contending with the
same issues and making progress in
their lives is inspiring and
encouraging and gives others hope.
Parent Support Groups
- Provide a safe, non-judgmental,
and confidential outlet for sharing
with peers who are going/have gone
through similar experiences.
- Provide understanding and
assurance for others in the group
that they are not alone.
- Provide evidence that it is
possible to feel better about
dealing and coping with your child's
special needs and to develop
positive attitudes about the future.
- Offer resources, speakers,
information, and literature not
readily available outside of the
- Provide the opportunity for the
formation of new support
relationships which may exist
outside of the group framework.
Parent Support Group Times and Places: