> 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 more understood
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 group.
- Provide the opportunity for the formation
of new support relationships which may exist outside of the group
Parent Support Group Times and Places: