All groups listed below will meet online until further notice. Interested individuals can register by calling the office at 404.394.1096 to schedule a time to discuss whether the group setting will be adequate to meet their needs. Group fees are detailed below. Call 404.394.1096 for more information.
Groups Currently Forming:
Trust-Based Relational Intervention ® (TBRI®) Caregiver Training TBRI® (Trust-Based Relational Intervention ®) is a caregiver program developed by the Karen Purvis Institute of Child Development at Texas Christian University that presents a way of parenting children who have experienced various traumas early in life using an approach that focuses first and foremost on nurturing a connected relationship while providing the structure needed to communicate safety. It stresses understanding and responding to the need underlying a child's sometimes challenging behavior, while also encouraging caregivers to examine how their own early experiences inform the ways they show up in their children's lives. It is a practical, hope-filled reorientation to parenting.
Susan Richardson, LPC, NCC, is currently forming a group to spend seven weeks together going through the TBRI Caregiver Training curriculum. Participants will come away from the group with an understanding of TBRI empowering principles, focused on building children up by proactively meeting needs, connecting principles that strengthen parent-child attachment, and correcting principles that disarm and replace fear-based behaviors with strategies for increasing children's capacity to do well when they can with parent support. The flyer below can be downloaded and distributed to caregivers interested in signing up. Meeting Dates: Currently forming for 2021. Group will meet weekly on Thursdays via telemental health from 8:00 - 9:30 pm. Cost: $50/session (individual registration); $75/session (couple registration - this can also be an individual registrant who would like to bring a regular caregiver or extended family member). To Register: For more information or to register, contact Susan Richardson, LLC, NCC directly at 404.394.1096, extension 3.
Adoptive Parents' Connection Group For parents of children who joined the family through adoption after having been in foster care, after placement through private adoptions, through international adoption, or through kinship or stepparent relationships. Each group will include a time of discussion about a specific topic relevant to adoption, complex trauma, attachment, parenting, and other areas of interest to the group, as well as open, facilitated time for parents to share and connect with each other. Meeting Dates: Currently being planned for 2021. Group will meet via telemental health. Cost: $50/monthly meeting (individual registration); $75/monthly meeting (couple registration - this can also be an individual registrant who would like to bring a regular caregiver or extended family member). To Register: If you haven't attended this group before, we ask that you contact us below first to schedule a brief phone call or meeting to make sure the group is the best fit for your needs. This is an open group, but to give everyone ample opportunity to share, each session's registration is capped at a maximum of eight participants, so advance registration is required. If registration maxes out, we will start a waiting list and let you know if a spot becomes available. We hope to see you soon!
Putting the Pieces Together - For Adolescent Girls Who Are Adopted Putting the Pieces Together is a six-month group for adolescent girls between the ages of 13 and 18 who are adopted. Each month's group will include a time of discussion about a specific topic relevant to adoption, along with an expressive arts activity and open, facilitated time for young women to share and connect with each other. Topics of past groups have included identity and self-concept, questions about biological family & history, recovery from loss & trauma, combating unhelpful questions or biases related to adoption, developing healthy relationships, and setting goals for the future. Light refreshments are provided.
Meeting Dates: Currently being planned based on interest. Contact us for more information. Groups will take place via telemental health for the time being. Cost: $50/monthly meeting To Register: If you are interested in future group offerings, please complete the form below and we will be in touch with you to schedule a brief meeting with you and your adolescent to make sure the group is the best fit for her current needs.